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80 The full-time siren goes, the ball is knocked on by Australia and New Zealand throw their hands in the air. Game,set and match as referee Mark Lawrence blows his wee whistle. Heartbreak for Australia, but respect to New Zealand who end the 2010 Tri-Nations unbeaten! Thanks for joining us!
78 The All Blacks on the charge once again as Nonu bursts clear. He finds Conrad Smith, who is brought down by his shorts as the clock runs down. The Wallabies need to get their hands on the ball to stand any chance of pulling this one out of the fire...
75 The All Blacks are back in front thanks to Weepu's conversion. Can they hold on? Only five minutes remain!
73 New Zealand edge closer as Weepu sees a gap but is hauled down a meter short. If the visitors score a converted try here, they take the lead. Short ball and Read is able to burrow his way over ... it's a try! Silence falls over ANZ Stadium...
70 Australia struggling to get their paws on the ball. Henry's changes seemed to have worked as once again, the black machine powers towards the Wallaby goal-line...
66 Weepu keeps his 100 per cent kicking record intact with the conversion as ew Zealand are right back in this!
65 Ball was held up, so it's a 5m scrum to the visitors as the pressure mounts Australia. Kieran Read off the back, links with his skipper and McCaw goes over for the try! Is this the start of another All Blacks' comeback???
63 Wallabies under pressure on their own line as replacement prop James Slipper gives away a silly penalty for collapsing the scrum. The All Blacks tap-and-go... they're only a meter out! Kaino is over the line but Australian hands underneath the ball...
60 All Blacks coach Graham Henry must be feeling the pressure as yet more changes are made: Off comes Cruden, Donnelly and Jane. On comes Slade, Boric and Ranger.
57 An All Blacks infringement 40m out gives Australia a chance to extend their lead. Beale takes over from Giteau and strikes it sweetly. It's over! 22-9
54 Sharpe in the thick of the action as he rumbles forward. However, McCaw steals it at the breakdown and Aaron Cruden boots the pill down field. Australia counter-attack... Cooper chips ahead but he's put too much weigh behind that kick as the ball rolls into touch.
51 A few changes for Australia: Salesi Ma'afu is replaced by James Slipper up front,and Dean Mumm takes over from Mark Chisholm. New Zealand making some changes of their own: Jerome Kaino comes on for Victor Vito....
50 New Zealand aren't going to roll over easily though, as Weepu steps up and converts his third penalty of the match. 19-9
48 Giteau pushes it wide once again! He really left his kicking boots at home tonight... but Australia open up a 19-6 lead. One more try,and one feels this will be the Wallabies' game to lose.
47 New Zealand now find themselves defending on their 22. Some confusion as the ball was thought to have hit the ref. The All Blacks stop, but the Wallabies play on. Genia runs it towards the tryline... there's a five-pointer on here. Ashley-Cooper is on hand to receive the pass, dummies and dives over in the corner for the score!
45 Line out on the 22 meter line and pressure on the hosts early on in the second half. Oh no, Flynn makes a consecutive error in the line-out ... not straight is the call and Australia can breath a collective sigh of relief.
43 Giant leap from Sharpe sees the Wallaby jumper steal one off New Zealand's throw - Corey Flynn the guilty party. The Wallabies rumble it up, but Pocock can't control. Nonu in possession and stabs one through. Adam Ashley-Cooper is back for the Wallabies, he has time to clear but runs straight into a black wall of defenders. Unsurprisingly, the Aussie centre is blown up for holding on. Cruden is instructed to kick for touch.
41 SECOND HALF: Welcome back as Beale kicks us off. It's a penalty to New Zealand straight away after Cooper was deemed offsides - harsh call, but he ref was closer than we were to make the call. Cruden punts into touch.
40 There's the half-time hooter! Will the hosts have the final say in this half? Yes, they do as Brad Thorn get penalised for not releasing the tackler. Giteau points towards goal and finally nails one on the stroke of half-time. Wallabies in front 14-6 at the break! See you in a few...
37 Not long to go until half-time as it's the Wallabies go hunting for a try before the break. They only five meters out and Cooper sends it wide to Giteau who is brought down inches short!
34 High tackle from Nonu on Beale - the crowd begging for a yellow. Just a warning though from the ref, and a penalty against New Zealand. Giteau decides to kick for posts and once more he is unsuccessful yet again!!!
30 McCaw penalised! Chance for three points if Giteau finds his target... it's over!
26 Free kick to the All Blacks - Ma'a Nonu kicks ahead but it lands up in O'Connor's hands, who throws it long to Turner on the left-hand touchline. Cooper takes the inside pass, chips and watches painfully as the ball rolls in goal for 22m drop out to New Zealand. Wasted ball...
23 Giteau now with another chance to extend Australia's lead as Weepu is blown up for diving over the top, off his feet. The kick is... no good! Flags stay down as Giteau throws the tee in disgust. It's still a two point game folks!
21 The Wallabies getting more adventurous and have a go from inside their own 22. The All Blacks close them down, so Beale hoofs it down field and into touch. Muliaina takes the quick throw-in, and Richie McCaw decides to take the kicking responsibilities as he boots it long and into touch on the bounce. The crowd liked that - and bring a wry smile to the All Black skipper's face.
19 The touchline conversion attempt from Giteau is wide, but Australia go in front. 8-6!
17 Big shove from Australia as Ben McCalman takes it off the base of the scrum and goes blind. The rookie number eight throws a super dummy before offloading to O'Connor who speeds home for the Wallabies opening try in the corner!
15 Australia win a turnover - take a bow David Pocock - and Cooper puts ball to boot down field. Jane takes and looks to start a counter-attack but the pass is called forward by referee Mark Lawrence of South Africa. Jane is fuming - and rightly so. Scrum to Wallabies...
12 Weepu makes no mistakes and NZ take back their lead! 3-6
10 Dagg into space now for NZ! The winger runs out of space, but sees two black jerseys racing up in support. A deft chip ahead sees the ball boomerang into the hands of Muliaina who charges towards the try-line... just one man to beat, but brilliant cover tackle by Turner keeps him out. The ball comes out Australia's side, but it was illegally done - penalty to NZ bang in front.
7 Up steps Matt Giteau and up go the flags - scores level in Sydney! 3-3
5 The Wallabies give the ball some air now - Stephen Moore takes a wayward pass brilliantly in midfield, and busts through. Powerful run by the hooker, and the men in gold are still going. Kurtley Beale turns on the gas, passes out to Lachie Turner who dives over in the corner! Try? Turner thinks so, as does the crowd... but not the TMO. Foot in touch. But Australia have a penalty bang in front of the posts - the ref was playing advantage.
3 Chance for three points for the All Blacks now after Sharpe is blown up - playing the ball off his feet at the ruck. Piri Weepu is entrusted with the kicking duties and doesn't let his team-mates down. First blood to New Zealand! 0-3
1 And we're underway! Cruden kicks off and it's taken in by Sharpe - Genia fires it out to Cooper who goes deep with his first punt of the match. It's not out, and Israel Dagg is back for it...oh, a nasty bounce of the ball eludes the All Black rookie as James O'Connor comes steaming through. Dagg recovers well though, pops to Cory Jane who clears into touch.
0 Welcome to ANZ Stadium for the final Tri-Nations clash of 2010! The All Blacks have already secured the Bledisloe Cup and Tri-Nations trophies, but whilst no silverware is at stake - there's still plenty to play for! There is potential for New Zealand to become the first team to compete the Tri-Nations unbeaten since it increased to six matches per side in 2006 and extend their winning current winning sequence to 15. Another victory in Sydney -- the last venue they lost to Robbie Deans' Wallabies in 2008 -- will also condemn Australia to their worst trans-Tasman losing streak since 1936-47, 10 games and counting....
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