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  • Mitchell (2), Moore, Barnes (2), Ashley-Cooper, Pocock (2), Ma'afu, McCalman,
    Conversions: O'Connor (9),
68 - 22


  • Rachkov, Ostroushko, Simplikevich,
    Drop goals: Rachkov,
    Conversions: Rachkov (2),
  • World Cup
  • Pool C
  • 1st Oct 2011
  • KO 03:30
  • Ground: Trafalgar Park, Nelson
  • Att: 17,000

Australia v Russia - Live

Last updated: 1st October 2011  

Full TimeFull time AUSTRALIA 68 - RUSSIA 22

Conversion80 CONVERSION. O'CONNOR. 68-22. That's it! It's all over. Russia will head home with their heads held high. The Wallabies will be concerned by their poor finish in the driving rain. Thanks for joining us, cheers!

TRY79 TRY, AUSTRALIA, BARNES. 66-22. Barnes charges down Babaev and then bolts clear to score under the posts. Australia will finish on a positive note at least.

77 Penalty against the Wallaby scrum. Elsom flattens Shakirov anyway. Robbie Deans will not be happy with this second half - his side has been matched by the Russians.

75 Samo makes another bulking run down the touchline. He's a tough man to stop. The ball comes back inside and there's a handling error from the Wallabies.

73 The Wallabies ply the pressure with a 5m scrum...but the Russians swing it around and Shakirov steals it and bolts clear! He puts ball to boot and sends play back into Wallaby territory.

71 What a second half from Russia, they're insatiable! They're even trying to run it out of their own 22 now!

Conversion69 CONVERSION, RACHKOV. 61-22. The replace back converts his own try.

TRY68 TRY, RUSSIA, RACHKOV. 61-20. What? Come on Russia! Super try from the Russians who hammer it up before spinning it wide to Rachkov - what an impact he's had since coming on!

67 It's all Russia at the moment. Rob Simmons gets a warning for a high tackle. Sharpe is also slow to get up....the Aussies can't afford another injury.

65 Russian scrum-half Alexander Yanyushkin is given a rousing round of a applauds as he is helped off the field with a knee injury. Alexander Shakirov comes on. It hasn't slowed the Russian attack though...it's full steam ahead from the men in white!

63 CONVERSION, Rachkov. 61-15. The Russians are going to fight to the very last minute of their first World Cup.

TRY61 TRY, RUSSIA, SIMPLIKEVICH. 61-13. Russia grab their second try! Simplikevich intercepts a Cooper pass near halfway, turns on the gas and races away to score under the sticks!

59 Sharpe gathers from a line-out, Burgess goes high for Samo to chase but it's carnages when the ball comes down. Russia kick for touch.

57 Australia weather the storm though and repel Russia, who are still in possession, back to halfway. It's all very scrappy here as the rain causes a few fumbles.

55 Penalty coming for Russia on the Australian ten-metre after a dangerous tackle from Cooper. He doesn't think it was bad but referee Lawrence thinks otherwise. Russian line-out five out and they look for the catch and drive.

53 It is a cruel blow for wing Mitchell as he looks to have pulled his left hamstring just as he was on his way for a hat-trick. Hopefully that is not his World Cup.

Conversion50 O'CONNOR CONVERSION! 61-8! Excellent kick.

TRY49 MITCHELL TRY! 59-8! Quick thinking from Quade as Australia catch Russia cold from a penalty. Mitchell eventually scores wide out after slick hands.

Drop Goal48 RACHKOV DROP! 54-8! What about this? A drop!

45 Ma'afu is in the action again, only this time he is penalised for dropping his bind at scrum-time on halfway. Chance for Russia and the impressive number eight Gresev to run hard from an attacking line-out. Ten metres out right now.

Conversion43 O'CONNOR CONVERSION! 54-5! He does.

TRY42 MA'AFU TRY! 52-5! Again it is the Cooper magic as he puts the ball round the back of a defender to his replacement prop. O'Connor can make it 54.

41 Welcome back. Changes for Australia with Saia Faingaa, Rocky Elsom and Rob Simmons on for Moore, Pocock and Horwill. It must be a good feeling for Robbie Deans to be able to take off his players in preparation for their quarter-final.

Conversion40 O'CONNOR CONVERSION! 47-5! Nice kick from the youngster and Australia go in 42 points ahead after a strong performance. Russia mustn't know what's hit them here with another 40 minutes not looking too appealing for them.

TRY39 ASHLEY-COOPER TRY! 45-5! It is an exhibition. Offloads, running lines and a lovely grubber from Cooper sees centre Ashley-Cooper jump over.

Conversion37 O'CONNOR CONVERSION! 40-5! Simple kick.

TRY36 MOORE TRY! 38-5! What an inside ball from Mitchell. He has just flicked it back inside to Pocock who then found a supporting Moore on his shoulder.

TRY32 OSTROUSHKO TRY! 33-5! What about this?! From a Burgess break-out, the scrum-half fumbled to allow the Russian winger Vladimir Ostroushko a chance to run in. Good final step that sends the crowd wild! What a moment for the finisher.

31 Lawrence has just blown too early for Russian fans as they were over on a resulting phase. There is no point dwelling on it though as they must regroup.

30 Well done Russia. They have just attacked well in a move that was started by number eight Victor Gresev and now find themselves with a line-out five out.

28 A bit too much of the flashy from Australia maybe. They decided to switch the point of attack on halfway but their quick hands proved too much for Cooper, who couldn't stop his one from going in a forward direction. Russian scrum on the ten-metre.

26 Finally a little chunk of ball for Russia and they wisely choose to keep it tight. However, that man Pocock isn't feeling too generous and wins a penalty at the breakdown. Stand by for another try..sorry Russia but it looks like a lot more is coming

Conversion23 O'CONNOR CONVERSION! 33-0! And again.

TRY22 POCOCK TRY! 31-0! He is over for number two. Power again showed by the flanker, who uses his legs to get over close to the uprights.

21 Cooper has just put in a kick against the grain which causes all kinds of bother to Vladimir Ostroushko, who just about clears his lines. Australia aren't done yet though and soon reclaim possession ten metres out. It looks ominous yet again.

19 Australia are loving it here today as they continue to make easy metres until a lavish ball from Horwill to Barnes is called forward. That was almost five.

Conversion16 O'CONNOR CONVERSION! 26-0! Another two!

TRY15 POCOCK TRY! 24-0! Could this be the fourth try already? O'Connor races down the right wing from halfway but his final pass is knocked into touch by a Russian. But from that line-out, Pocock shows strength by running over two defenders.

Conversion13 O'CONNOR CONVERSION! 19-0! Easy enough.

TRY12 MCCALMAN TRY! 17-0! Too easy. A chip to the right to Samo then saw him offload to Higginbotham before Cooper unselfishly handed to his eight.

Conversion10 O'CONNOR CONVERSION! 12-0! No mistake!

TRY9 MITCHELL TRY! 10-0! Lovely chip from Barnes, who is growing into this World Cup, sees Mitchell collect and cross in the corner. Simple score.

8 O'Connor has missed the conversion though so Australia's kicking woes at this World Cup continue. I doubt he will have to wait long for another go.

TRY7 BARNES TRY! 5-0! They are over! From recycled ball, the centre stepped and went in untouched. Is that to be the beginning of the end for the Russians.

6 However, the front-row will not be happy to see their number ten Yury Kushnarev send a poor kick dead in-goal that sees Australia put-in again. Now then, that's better from the men in gold as they quickly come blind via the big man, Samo.

4 What about this? Russia have just won a scrum penalty. James Slipper does not look too chuffed about that call, which is an early fillip for Russia's front-row.

3 A good start from the Wallabies as they inroads through Berrick Barnes and Scott Higginbotham. And we will come back for an earlier offence from Russia hooker Vladislav Korshunov. It will be a line-out then as Australia look to open matter.

Kick-off And we are off. But what a nightmare for Russia as they are caught in front of the kicker. Bryce Lawrence looks like he will not be taking any nonesence here today. Scrum Australia then and it's a perfect platform for Quade Cooper and co.

Team news Russian coach Nikolay Nerush has made six changes to his starting line-up for this clash. The biggest boost is the return of hooker and captain Vladislav Korshunov, who is back in the starting line-up after suffering a leg injury against Italy.

Team news Australia have named number eight Radike Samo on the wing for this one while Scott Higginbotham also gets a run at flanker. There is a new-look back-three with James O'Connor joined by Drew Mitchell and, of course, that man Samo.

Welcome Hello from Nelson for the Wallabies against Russia. Australia know what they have to do here today - that is claim all five points and then hope that Italy do a job on Ireland tomorrow. If that happens then they will avoid SA and the All Blacks.

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