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Test, Saturday, 9 June 2012 - Tests - Suncorp Stadium

Time
80.00
Team
Australia
Score
27
Team
Wales
Score
19
Australia versus Wales
Players Higginbotham (15min), Genia (41min), McCabe (67min) Tries 3 Tries 1 Players Cuthbert (58min)
Players Barnes 3/3 (100%) Conversions 3 Conversions 1 Players Halfpenny 1/1 (100%)
Players Barnes 1/3 (33%) Penalty goals 1 Penalty goals 4 Players Halfpenny 4/4 (100%)
Players Barnes 1/1 (100%) Drop goals 1 Drop goals 0 Players

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Match Tracker

Australia vs. Wales

  1. 1 minute
  2. 2 minute
  3. 3 minute
  4. 4 minute
  5. 5 minute
  6. 6 minute
  7. 7 minute
  8. 8 minute
  9. 9 minute Australia: Penalty Goal Berrick Barnes
  10. 10 minute
  11. 11 minute
  12. 12 minute
  13. 13 minute
  14. 14 minute
  15. 15 minute Australia: Try Scott Higginbotham
  16. 16 minute Australia: Conversion Berrick Barnes
  17. 17 minute
  18. 18 minute
  19. 19 minute
  20. 20 minute
  21. 21 minute
  22. 22 minute Wales: Penalty Goal Leigh Halfpenny
  23. 23 minute
  24. 24 minute
  25. 25 minute
  26. 26 minute
  27. 27 minute
  28. 28 minute
  29. 29 minute Wales: Substitution Off George North Wales: Substitution On James Hook
  30. 30 minute
  31. 31 minute
  32. 32 minute
  33. 33 minute
  34. 34 minute
  35. 35 minute
  36. 36 minute
  37. 37 minute
  38. 38 minute
  39. 39 minute
  40. HT Half time

Australia vs. Wales

Australia vs. Wales

  1. 41 minute Australia: Try Will Genia
  2. 42 minute
  3. 43 minute Australia: Conversion Berrick Barnes
  4. 44 minute
  5. 45 minute
  6. 46 minute Wales: Penalty Goal Leigh Halfpenny
  7. 47 minute
  8. 48 minute
  9. 49 minute
  10. 50 minute
  11. 51 minute Australia: Drop Goal Berrick Barnes Australia: Substitution Off Rob Horne Australia: Substitution On Anthony Faingaa
  12. 52 minute Wales: Substitution Off Ken Owens Wales: Substitution Off Luke Charteris Wales: Substitution Off Toby Faletau Wales: Substitution On Matthew Rees Wales: Substitution On Alun-Wyn Jones Wales: Substitution On Ryan Jones
  13. 53 minute
  14. 54 minute
  15. 55 minute
  16. 56 minute Australia: Substitution Off Tatafu Polota-Nau Australia: Substitution On Rob Horne Australia: Substitution On Stephen Moore Australia: Substitution Off Anthony Faingaa Wales: Penalty Goal Leigh Halfpenny Wales: Substitution Off Scott Williams Wales: Substitution On Ashley Beck
  17. 57 minute
  18. 58 minute Wales: Try Alex Cuthbert
  19. 59 minute
  20. 60 minute Australia: Substitution Off Benn Robinson Australia: Substitution Off Wycliff Palu Australia: Substitution On Ben Alexander Wales: Conversion Leigh Halfpenny
  21. 61 minute Australia: Substitution On Michael Hooper
  22. 62 minute
  23. 63 minute Wales: Penalty Goal Leigh Halfpenny
  24. 64 minute
  25. 65 minute Australia: Substitution Off Nathan Sharpe Australia: Substitution On David Dennis
  26. 66 minute
  27. 67 minute Australia: Try Pat McCabe
  28. 68 minute Australia: Conversion Berrick Barnes
  29. 69 minute
  30. 70 minute
  31. 71 minute
  32. 72 minute Australia: Substitution Off Cooper Vuna Australia: Substitution On Anthony Faingaa
  33. 73 minute
  34. 74 minute
  35. 75 minute
  36. 76 minute Wales: Substitution Off Adam Jones Wales: Substitution On Paul James
  37. 77 minute
  38. 78 minute
  39. 79 minute
  40. FT Full time

Australia vs. Wales

Statistics

Match Statistics
AustraliaWales

1 Benn Robinson

Substitution Off
1

1 Gethin Jenkins

2 Tatafu Polota-Nau

Substitution Off
1

2 Ken Owens

Substitution Off
1

3 Sekope Kepu

3 Adam Jones

Substitution Off
1

4 Rob Simmons

4 Bradley Davies

5 Nathan Sharpe

Substitution Off
1

5 Luke Charteris

Substitution Off
1

6 Scott Higginbotham

Try
1

6 Dan Lydiate

7 David Pocock

7 Sam Warburton

8 Wycliff Palu

Substitution Off
1

8 Toby Faletau

Substitution Off
1

9 Will Genia

Try
1

9 Mike Phillips

10 Berrick Barnes

Conversion
3
Penalty Goal
1
Drop Goal
1

10 Rhys Priestland

11 Digby Ioane

11 George North

Substitution Off
1

12 Pat McCabe

Try
1

12 Scott Williams

Substitution Off
1

13 Rob Horne

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

13 Johnathan Davies

14 Cooper Vuna

Substitution Off
1

14 Alex Cuthbert

Try
1

15 Adam Ashley-Cooper

15 Leigh Halfpenny

Conversion
1
Penalty Goal
4
Match Statistics
Australia Reserves Wales Reserves

Stephen Moore

Substitution On
1

Matthew Rees

Substitution On
1

Ben Alexander

Substitution On
1

Paul James

Substitution On
1

David Dennis

Substitution On
1

Alun-Wyn Jones

Substitution On
1

Michael Hooper

Substitution On
1

Ryan Jones

Substitution On
1

Nic White

Lloyd Williams

Anthony Faingaa

Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
1

James Hook

Substitution On
1

Michael Harris

Ashley Beck

Substitution On
1

Australia vs Wales

  • Possession

    Australia 50%
    50% 50%
    Wales 50%
  • Rucks/mauls

    Australia 87
    46% 54%
    Wales 103
  • Line breaks

    Australia 7
    54% 46%
    Wales 6
  • Offloads

    Australia 7
    28% 72%
    Wales 18
  • Scrum wins

    Australia 3
    60% 40%
    Wales 2
  • Scrums won against head

    Australia 0
    50% 50%
    Wales 0
  • Lineout wins

    Australia 6
    30% 70%
    Wales 14
  • Lineouts won against throw

    Australia 0
    0% 100%
    Wales 1
  • Runs

    Australia 102
    46% 54%
    Wales 121
  • Run metres

    Australia 677m
    45% 55%
    Wales 819m
  • Kicks

    Australia 27
    52% 48%
    Wales 25
  • Kick metres

    Australia 1056m
    53% 47%
    Wales 924m
  • Tackles made

    Australia 166
    54% 46%
    Wales 139
  • Tackles missed

    Australia 31
    47% 53%
    Wales 35
  • Turnovers

    Australia 19
    50% 50%
    Wales 19
  • Penalties conceded

    Australia 13
    65% 35%
    Wales 7
  • |
    Australia statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS MTRS TACK MI.TA OFLD KICKS TRY.A LI.BR RUCK T.O
    Benn Robinson LHP 59 2 16 13 1 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Tatafu Polota-Nau HOOK 55 5 35 10 3 0 0 0 1 3 3
    Sekope Kepu THP 81 2 5 13 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Rob Simmons LCK1 81 2 5 15 5 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Nathan Sharpe LCK2 65 7 27 14 0 1 0 0 0 6 1
    Scott Higginbotham BSFL 81 9 47 12 1 0 0 0 1 8 1
    David Pocock OSFL 81 5 10 17 3 0 0 0 0 6 0
    Wycliff Palu NUM8 59 8 46 15 2 1 0 0 0 8 1
    Will Genia HB 81 6 101 2 1 1 8 1 2 2 2
    Berrick Barnes FIV8 81 3 32 9 3 0 14 0 0 3 1
    Digby Ioane LWNG 81 13 112 4 4 2 0 0 1 10 4
    Pat McCabe ICEN 81 6 42 11 0 1 0 0 1 4 0
    Rob Horne OCEN 76 2 19 8 0 0 1 0 0 1 1
    Cooper Vuna RWNG 71 4 27 2 5 0 0 0 1 4 1
    Adam Ashley-Cooper FBCK 81 7 77 3 1 1 4 0 0 7 0
    Stephen Moore RHKR 25 4 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
    Ben Alexander RPRP 21 2 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    David Dennis RLCK 16 4 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Michael Hooper RFL 21 7 35 5 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
    Nic White RFL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Anthony Faingaa RBCK 14 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Harris RES1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Wales statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS MTRS TACK MI.TA OFLD KICKS TRY.A LI.BR RUCK T.O
    Gethin Jenkins LHP 81 5 15 15 2 0 1 0 0 5 2
    Ken Owens HOOK 52 5 16 9 2 0 0 0 0 6 1
    Adam Jones THP 75 1 10 8 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Bradley Davies LCK1 81 6 35 9 1 1 0 0 0 7 4
    Luke Charteris LCK2 52 1 3 14 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Dan Lydiate BSFL 81 6 24 18 3 0 0 0 0 6 1
    Sam Warburton OSFL 81 8 36 16 4 0 1 0 0 9 0
    Toby Faletau NUM8 52 7 17 10 3 1 0 0 0 7 0
    Mike Phillips HB 81 8 39 7 5 2 5 0 0 6 2
    Rhys Priestland FIV8 81 3 13 9 1 0 10 0 0 3 2
    George North LWNG 29 5 47 0 0 1 0 0 1 3 0
    Scott Williams ICEN 55 9 70 5 2 0 1 0 0 9 1
    Johnathan Davies OCEN 81 9 110 4 1 3 1 0 1 5 0
    Alex Cuthbert RWNG 81 10 136 1 2 2 0 0 2 8 1
    Leigh Halfpenny FBCK 81 9 77 1 0 2 2 0 2 8 3
    Matthew Rees RHKR 29 7 26 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
    Paul James RPRP 5 1 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Alun-Wyn Jones RLCK 29 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Ryan Jones RFL 29 5 41 5 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
    Lloyd Williams RHB 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Hook RBCK 52 9 56 1 2 1 4 0 0 6 1
    Ashley Beck RES1 26 3 19 2 1 2 0 1 0 1 0

    Latest Comments

    • Happy with that Growden suggestion for every Test to be played at Suncorp Phil. Can you get onto the ARU about that?
      Bit worried about the onset of rain. Welsh don't know what a dry track is.

      Billy | June 09, 2012, 9:25PM
    • wallas can't finish - if they get that right, they're home

      big al | June 09, 2012, 8:57PM
    • You can see why the Waratahs are rubbish right now. How did so many Tahs get selected for this game. AAC is the only one of them having a decent game.

      Ollie | June 09, 2012, 8:48PM
    • I wouldn't give you twopence for Halfpenny ....

      Jenno | June 09, 2012, 8:34PM
    • Rob Horne owes the whole team a beer now, and he should by me one and EVERYONE in Australia for that rubbish. Higginbotham saved his arse.

      Strayan | June 09, 2012, 8:30PM

    More comments 12 | Make a comment

    Top Players

    Tackles
    Player name Dan Lydiate 18
    Offloads
    Player name Johnathan Davies 3
    Kicks
    Player name Berrick Barnes 14
    Runs
    Player name Digby Ioane 13
    Metres
    Player name Alex Cuthbert 136
    Line Breaks
    Player name Will Genia 2

    Match Details

    Start time:
    8:00pm
    Weather:
    Fine
    Surface:
    Good
    Referee:
    Craig Joubert
    Touch Judges:
    Keith Brown, Garratt Williamson
    Video Ref:
    Vinny Munro

    Genia too much for Wales as Wallabies shrug off Scottish failure

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    Wycliff Palu of the Wallabies is tackled by Gethin Jenkins of Wales. Click for more photos

    Wallabies down Wales in Brisbane

    Wycliff Palu of the Wallabies is tackled by Gethin Jenkins of Wales. Photo: Chris Hyde

    WHERE THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S A WAY Berrick Barnes had been under fire for his flat attack but Will Genia ensured there was no heat on his playing partner tonight. Genia was superb in a man-of-the-match effort for his side, tearing Wales apart around the breakdown with his running game, scoring a try and setting up another for Pat McCabe. He looked sharp on his feet from the first touch and just had the look of a player who wanted to dominate how this game was played out. His form had dipped this season but he's back to his very best. He donated his man-of-the-match money to David Pockock's charity. What a guy.

    How does he feel? "I'm buggered," he told Fox Sports.

    BLINDSIDED Scott Higginbotham may have just turned in his best performance in a gold jersey. The big Reds flanker was too hot to handle for the Welsh, using his size and speed to cause them all sorts of trouble on the ground and with the ball in hand. He crashed over for a try in the first half and saved one in the second when he scurried after Welsh winger Alex Cuthbert, just as Wales were having one final roll of the dice.

    SPEED KILLS "To be perfectly honest with you, we struggled to keep up with them in that first half," said Welsh skipper Sam Warburton. Wales had hoped the Wallabies had nothing left in the tank after playing on Tuesday but new faces resulted in new energy. Warburton said much of his squad, many of whom are first-time tourists to Australia, found the pace of the Wallabies on a dry track too hard to handle. The Wallaby backrow was quick to the breakdown and Digby Ioane made a number of breaks as he came scouring for the pill. The Welsh fell behind 20-6 before finally getting in the tempo of the contest. They'll be better for that run and expect more in Melbourne.

    WORK IN PROGRESS The impressive thing for the Wallabies is they still have things to improve and players to return. This was won without Quade Cooper, James Horwill, Kurtley Beale and James O'Connor. New faces like Michael Hooper added some real punch and drive off the bench, while Anthony Faingaa made a few crunching tackles when he saw some time in place of Rob Horne.

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    FULLTIME Wallabies 27 Wales 19.

    80th min A little punch on at the end. Dave Dennis on the end perhaps? Mike Phillips could be in trouble there. I hope not - great stuff.

    79th min Will Genia is man of the match. You could knock me over with a feather.

    78th min And to answer your question Billy from Midtown Manhatten, Growdy really wants every Test up here because he's always aspired to be a Queenslander. He's still undergoing the conversion process but sinking the boot into the Tahs now and then is helping his cause.

    77th min Ioane off the hip of Barnes but Faingaa drops it as his winger offloads. Wasn't even looking. Wales cough it up themselves as they try to make something happen from their own end but Genia will concede a scrum. Wallabies 27 Wales 19.

    76th min He hits the post for a second time tonight. Lovely stuff. Wallabies get it back. Well played, Barnes. Wallabies 27 Wales 19.

    74th min Wales threatening and that's a try saver from Higginbotham. He's quick for a big man and he rounds up the winger Cuthbert, who only had the flanker to beat. And now it's turned for the Wallabies at the other end. Big chase from McCabe and Faingaa and they earn the penalty as the Welsh players doesn't release. Barnes should have no troubles and you'd think that will be enough to get them home.

    70th min Michael Hooper has been spirited since he came on tonight. He's great on the deck as we know but has carted the ball up with drive since his insertion into the contest. Cooper Vuna off now, McCabe to the wing and Faingaa back in the centres. Musical chairs for both sides tonight. Wallabies 27 Wales 19.

    66th min TRY to the Wallabies. It's Pat McCabe who runs straight and hard (what else?) but it's the angle that does the Welsh in there. Genia floated across, had options but spotted his centre sprinting into a gap. Coasts over under the posts and some breathing room now. Extras are a formality and it's Wallabies 27 Wales 19.

    65th min Let off there for Genia. His box kick isn't particularly accurate and goes into touch on the full but there's a Welsh touch. The Wallabies win the line-out as Dave Dennis comes on for Nathan Sharpe, who was getting treatment on his hand/fingers earlier.

    62nd min Halfpenny is the full quid. Lovely kicking and the penalty flies over. The Wallabies lead by just one - it's Australia 20 Wales 19.

    60th min Palu is done for the night and Michael Hooper goes out there. He'll give them a bit on the ball. Wales on the attack again but they've butchered it! Dropped cold in the backline and the Aussies were on toast. Priestland had to reach for it but should have held it. In any case, it's a penalty to Wales and Halfpenny goes again. Wallabies 20 Wales 16.

    58th min TRY for Wales! Alex Cuthbert flies over after a mesmerising ball from Beck, whose first touch in Test rugby leads to a try! Pocock and McCabe both went low and he put it on a tee for Cuthbert, who timed his support run perfectly. Now we've got a game on our hands. Halfpenny thumps it through. Wallabies 20 Wales 16.

    55th min Massive defence from the Wallabies on their own line. Wales had 14 phases at them but some big shots from Faingaa and Higginbotham in particular stopped them in their tracks. Some concern now for Polota-Nau and Scott Williams, who clashed heads. They are both going off. Halfpenny ends up kicking a goal for offside. So Ashley Beck on for Wales, Stephen Moore on for Australia, Horne back on and Faingaa back off. Got all that? Oh, and the crowd is 42,788. And the score is now 20-9. And it's raining.

    52nd min Rees, Wyn Jones and Ryan Jones on for Wales as they make a triple change. Owens, Charteris and Faletau take a seat. Wallabies 23 Wales 6.

    50th min DROP GOAL to Barnes. Has the chance right in front and says why not? Wallabies lead 20-6. Jury out for me on that one. Attack had broken down but they were only a few metres out. Horne off now, Ant Faingaa on for the Wallabies.

    49th min Wallabies are on fire at the moment. Wales give away a penalty in possession, the Wallabies pump it down the park and Vuna's chase is quality. Bustles Halfpenny into touch and prime opportunity now for the Wallabies to extend that lead. Some blood for Horne but he stays on. Big go here.

    48th min Got to love the way Ioane is looking for the ball tonight. He's worked out that it's probably not going to make it past McCabe and Horne so is cutting out the middlemen. It's working as well. He's been a handful but Wales get on the offensive now. They trail 17-6.

    45th min Wales must be the next to score you'd think. Intriguing one here.... penalty in front after Palu leaves his feet and Halfpenny is going to take the shot. They may have thought about something a bit more valuable after that Genia try to start the half but are happy enough to chip away at the lead. He makes no mistake. Wallabies 17 Wales 6.

    42nd min TRY to the Wallabies! Genia goes over under the posts! What a play. Awful read from Ken Owens the Welsh hooker lets him gallop into space, then he steps Hook to dive over. Superstar play from a superstar player. Barnes converts and it's 17-3 to the Wallabies. What a start for the home side.

    HALFTIME Wallabies 10 Wales 3.

    Here's SMH rugby superhero Greg Growden's take on that first half:

    Can all of the Wallabies tests be played at Suncorp? Perfect conditions and a hard pitch and the Wallabies are  back on track. The big difference between tonight and Newcastle is that the Wallabies have picked up their act at the breakdown. The Wallabies backrow are on top, ensuring good fast possession to Genia. When opposition teams get on top of the Wallabies it usually involves them stifling Genia. No tonight. He has time and space and is causing havoc. Pocock is leading by example, and Higginbotham and Palu are dominating. Who knows - they may go on and win a Test for a change. Thanks for the opportunity Phil - love the Waratahs T shirt you are wearing tonight, and has anyone said you're the spitting image of Rod Davies?

    More halftime notes

    • The Australian attack hasn't been perfect but on a rough guess, it's about 7000 per cent better than Tuesday night. They are loving the dry weather and have been keen to spin it when possible. Rob Horne's failure to put Digby Ioane over for a try was forgettable but Scott Higginbotham dived over just a minute later.
    • Wales are starting to build into this game. They are yet to find themselves within touch distance of the tryline but have caused enough damage to suggest they have some points in them. The Wallabies must stay alert.
    • Will Genia said yesterday Berrick Barnes shouldn't get the blame for the bad attack. He's making sure he gets the credit for good attack tonight. The little halfback has been causing all sorts of problems with his running game and he holds the key for the Australians.

    39th min Half breaks galore for Australia but not being turned into points. Ioane looking very dangerous and Genia has gone looking for him tonight. All comes undone in front of the posts and Wales will try and clear it out of this scrum.

    38th min Wales being frustrated by some good Wallaby defence, even if Rob Simmons isn't contributing a great deal with some dodgy misses. The Australians hold on through seven or eight phases and earn themselves a penalty. That had Pocock's fingerprints all over it. Wallabies lead 10-3 as Ioane gets away again!

    35th min More love pouring in for Rob Horne. This one from Strayan in Sydney: Rob Horne owes the whole team a beer now, and he should by me one and EVERYONE in Australia for that rubbish. Higginbotham saved his arse.

    33rd min Barnes misses - hits the posts! It's anyone's ball but the Welsh hold on to clear it partially. Wallabies right back at them now and are looking pretty darn handy tonight, I must say. More points on offer here perhaps. Nope - Polota-Nau loses it. Wallabies 10 Wales 3.

    32nd min Ashley-Cooper gets turned inside by Genia, makes a half break and then a penalty to Wales. Warburton penalised, Phillips throws the ball away and gets marched 10m up the park. Barnes calls for the tee.

    29th min Wales win the ball and the penalty. And that's about all I have to say about that. North off for the Welsh with an injury, James Hook on. Hook moves to fullback, Leigh Halfpenny shifts to the left wing.

    26th min The Welsh stringing something together now. Some quality possession for them in the Wallaby half but Australia doing a good job in defence and they turn it over. Barnes clears, Cooper Vuna chases, misses about three tackles in 10 seconds. But here's Genia! He's having a big game tonight! Burst clear, kicks ahead and Wales will restart from their 22m line. It's Wallabies 10 Wales 3.

    24th min Jono writes what many are thinking: "Not hard to understand why the Tahs are losing given that Horne can slaughter what should have been a ridiculously easy try."

    23rd min Halfpenny stabs it through. Looked unpleasant but the flags went up. He drains it and it's Wallabies 10 Wales 3.

    20th min Wales had some ball in attack finally but the Wallabies turn it around and Genia gets clear down the wing. His chip goes out on the full though and Wales end up back in possession and earn themselves a penalty. McCabe pinged for not staying on his feet. Halfpenny will have a shot.

    17th min All of that Australian pressure started with a terrific chase from Ioane on Rhys Priestland, who coughed up the Barnes bomb when Ioane was steaming down on him. Doing the little things leads to the big things.

    16th min TRY to the Wallabies. Pick and drive comes up trumps and Scott Higginbotham leaps over next to the posts. Palu went close, as did Simmons before Higginbotham got the meat pie. Barnes makes no mistake. Wallabies 10 Wales 0.

    14th min Rob Horne, give yourself an uppercut. Ball found him out on the left and the line was open for his winger but he tried to go himself. Rah rah the Waratahs. Ordinary stuff and the Wallabies should have gone over. They're still working away so all may not be lost.

    12th min Barnes has been decent early. Good kick from him sends Wales back to their 35m line. More pressure now off the Welsh mistake but they've gone the wrong way! Still on for Australia though. They lead 3-0 and are just metres out.

    10th min The Welsh cut through the middle and were away but they've found a knock-on. Halfpenny did the damage but Scott Williams loses it in the following ruck, just as more danger loomed. Lovely stuff from Wales but they can't erase that 3-0 deficit.

    7th min Penalty to the Wallabies. Played the advantage for a number of tackles but no way through. Barnes on kicking roster with 'Aussie' Mike Harris on the bench. He knocks it over and the Wallabies lead Wales 3-0.

    6th min Genia snipes a half break and that's better from the Wallabies. Barnes is looking to spread it with some urgency as well. It's not exactly flowing yet but that was some encouraging phase from the yellow jerseys. Attacking line-out now and a great chance to get first points. It's 0-0.

    4th min That was ugggggly. Wales slowing the ball, Genia throw it to nobody, Barnes out of position to direct traffic. It all ends with a penalty to the Welsh. Australia are going to have to do better than that to crack the red wall of defence.

    3rd min Wales just piling in on that breakdown with pace and power but that man Pocock was under it all and earned his side the penalty. First chance for the Wallabies to show they know how to launch an attack. It's 0-0.

    1st min Game on. Sharpe takes the Welsh kick and Barnes thumps it clear without finding touch. Wales lose it though and blow what would have been a good opportunity to pile on a bit of early pressure with the ball.

    8.03pm A couple of very decent anthem renditions down and we are set for a start in Brisbane.

    Oooops An avid reader has cleverly deteced an error in the match centre up above you (you can't see it on mobile just yet). It is in fact Benn Robinson in the Wallaby frontrow, not Beau Robinson, although I'm sure he would have a dig. I can't change that one sorry fans but rest assured, we know which Robinson is playing tonight. Could be a very sneaky switch from Deans.

    7.55pm Just five minutes away from kick-off here. Don't think this one is sold-out tonight, which is a shame. Not sure if that's more to do with the Welsh than the Wallabies to be honest. Some spare seats in the nosebleeds if you want to come on down. That's assuming you happen to be reading and live within walking distance of the ground. Obviously.

    Preamble Top of the evening rugby fans. I'm trackside in Brisbane for this Test tonight between the wobbly Wallabies and the Welsh. It's a lovely crisp night at the moment but there is a bit of rain on the way according to the radar. That's bad news for the Australians, who didn't exactly fire on all cylinders (more like a two stroke mower) against the Scots on Tuesday night in Newcastle.

    Just the one change to the teams. George North and Alex Cuthbert are swapping wings for Wales, which will see Cuthbert wear 14 and North 11. If that news isn't big enough, how about Quade Cooper re-signing with the Reds and the ARU for three years? That's actual big news on the eve of this game and very good news for the code in Australia. Like him or not, Cooper gets people through the gates and rugby's done well to hang onto him.

    The Wallabies start favourites here tonight but it's going to be hard to go past the Welsh. They've been growing in stature as a side since the World Cup and they'll be very tough to roll, despite the good Australian record at this ground.

    Love your company through tonight's game. Join the conversation below. Let the pun begin.

    12 comments so far

    • Happy with that Growden suggestion for every Test to be played at Suncorp Phil. Can you get onto the ARU about that?
      Bit worried about the onset of rain. Welsh don't know what a dry track is.

      Commenter
      Billy
      Location
      Midtown Manhattan
      Date and time
      June 09, 2012, 9:25PM
    • wallas can't finish - if they get that right, they're home

      Commenter
      big al
      Location
      los angeles
      Date and time
      June 09, 2012, 8:57PM
    • You can see why the Waratahs are rubbish right now. How did so many Tahs get selected for this game. AAC is the only one of them having a decent game.

      Commenter
      Ollie
      Location
      Date and time
      June 09, 2012, 8:48PM
    • I wouldn't give you twopence for Halfpenny ....

      Commenter
      Jenno
      Location
      Date and time
      June 09, 2012, 8:34PM
    • Rob Horne owes the whole team a beer now, and he should by me one and EVERYONE in Australia for that rubbish. Higginbotham saved his arse.

      Commenter
      Strayan
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      June 09, 2012, 8:30PM
    • Not hard to understand why the Tahs are losing given that Horne can slaughter what should have been a ridiculously easy try.

      Commenter
      Jono
      Location
      BRis
      Date and time
      June 09, 2012, 8:22PM
      • Rob Horne is perhaps the most over-rated player in the code. Shouldn't even be in the Waratahs, let alone the national team.

        Commenter
        Turtle63
        Location
        Date and time
        June 09, 2012, 8:41PM
    • Wales, Wales, bloody big fishes are Wales

      Commenter
      Galway41
      Location
      Date and time
      June 09, 2012, 8:13PM
    • It's Benn Robinson in the front row.

      Benn

      Commenter
      e roy
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      June 09, 2012, 7:48PM
    • With only 3 Jonessss in the team ... how can the Big Fish expect to win ????

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      June 09, 2012, 7:41PM

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