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- World Cup
- 3rd/4th Play-Off
- 21st Oct 2011
- KO 08:30
- Ground: Eden Park, Auckland
Wales v Australia - Live
full-time Australia 21 Wales 18
80 CONVERSION, WALES, S JONES! 21-18. Stephen Hones slots the conversion to bring Wales to within three points. The referee blows his whistle to signal the end of the match and Australia have won an entertaining clash. Both sides scored two tries but in the end the difference was Barnes' well taken drop-goal. Wales put in a huge effort and won over lots of neutrals with their never-say-die attitude but in the end the Wallabies got the win and they certainly deserve it.
80 TRY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 21-16. Leigh Halfpenny finishes off a galant Welsh effort, which saw them take the ball through 28 phases!
78 Wales try to get back into the match by running hard at the Wallabies. However, the Australians' defence holds out and the Welsh make little headway.
76 TRY, AUSTRALIA, MCCALMAN! 21-11. Ben McCalman rounds off a good team effort! In the build-up, Slipper, Faingaa and Luke Burgess all handled before the big number eight gets in for the try!
74 Adam-Ashley Cooper has just butchered a certain try! In the process of going over the tryline he has the ball knocked from his grasp by a covering tackle from George North!
71 PENALTY, WALES, S JONES! 16-11. Stephen Jones lands apenalty from 35 metres after Australia's back-line is penalised for being offside.
68 DROP-GOAL, AUSTRALIA, BARNES! 16-8. Berrick Barnes pushes his team further ahead when he lands a snap shot from just outisde Wales' 22.
66 O'Connor has a shot at goal from just inside Wales' half when Halfpenny is penalised for holding on to the ball on the ground. However, the Wallaby wing's shot falls short of the crossbar.
64 Wales ring the changes as Andy Powell, Lloyd Williams and Stephen Jones come on for Dan Lydiate, Mike Phillips and James Hook.
63 Wales are camped on the edge of Australia's 22 metre line and have taken the ball through several phases. However, the Wallabies do well to keep them out with a solid defensive effort. Wales are frustrated and williams eventually tries a drop-goal which slices off the side of his boot!
60 Halfpenny puts a clearance kick upfield which Barnes gathers. He returns with a bomb and Wales soon win a penalty inside their half when one of the Wallabies plays the ball from an offside position. Wales kicks for touch.
57 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, O'CONNOR! 13-8. James O'Connor succeeds with another three-pointer when Huw Bennet is penalised for playing the ball on the ground.
54 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, O'CONNOR! 10-8. James O'Connor regains the lead for his side when he lands his spot-kick from just over 40 metres out.
52 The Wallabies go in the attack and O'Connor races down the touchline. He passes to Higginbotham, who is in the clear, but the referee calls him back when he rules that O'Connor's pass was forward.
49 TRY, WALES, WILLIAMS! 7-8. Shane Williams scores after kicking a wayward pass from Hook ahead. He regathers his kick and scores in the left-hand corner. Hook misses with the conversion attempt.
48 Hook puts in a high kick and Ioane goes up to field it. He drops the ball in the air but it goes backwards and Rob Simmons, who is on for Sharpe, comes to his rescue when he fields the ball.
46 Jonathan Davies drives Ben McCalman back with a crunching tackle but all his good work is undone by Toby Faletau, who plays the ball on the ground at the resulting ruck.
44 James Hook has just missed with an easy penalty attempt! This after Tatafu Polota-Nau and James Slipper were penalised for not rolling away at a ruck.
40 Berrick Barnes gets the second half started with the kick-off from the halfway line.
Half-time Australia 7 Wales 3
40 From a lineout inside Australia's half, Wales go on the attack. The ball comes to Jonathan Davies, who puts a grubber kick through for Williams to chase. However, the ball rolls into touch and referee Wayne Barnes blows his whistle to signal the end of the match. Despite the Wallabies' impressive start, Wales have fought back and this has been an evenly contested clash for most of the half. The second half should be an interesting affair as both sides go in search of victory. We'll be back in 10 minutes!
40 Digby Ioane goes on a run but is hauled into touch by North, who has returned to the field.
38 Leigh Halfpenny takes a shot at goal from 40 metres out when Anthony Faingaa is penalised for side-entry at a ruck. However, Halfpenny's shot sails wide of the upright and the Wallabies gain a reprieve.
36 Australia launch an attack from a scrum but Rob Horne spills the ball forward when he tries to offload in the tackle.
33 Now it's George North who is forced to leave the field with blood flowing from his head. He is replaced by Stephen Jones but the youngster should be back on the field soon. In the meantime, Higginbotham is back on the field after receiving stitches to his head wound.
32 James O'Connor drops a high ball and Australia is soon under pressure when Wales win a turnover. The ball goes out to their backs but Jamie Roberts knocks on when he takes the ball into contact.
31 Scott Higginbotham leaves the field with a blood injury. He has blood spewing from his head and is replaced by Radike Samo.
28 James O'Connor's strikes the post from a penalty attempt! This after Paul James was penalised for illegal scrumming.
25 Wales are on the attack in Australia's half but a handling error by Mike Phillips at a ruck sees Australia gaining the put-in at a scrum.
23 Ryan Jones does well when he wins a turnover close to his tryline. The ball comes out to Hook, who clears his line with a kick upfield.
22 There's serious concernds as Quade Cooper goes down like a sack of potatoes when he hurts his knee while trying to slip past a Welsh defender. The medics are soon on the field to give him attention and he leaves the field. He is replaced by Anthony Faingaa who moves to centre while Berrick Barnes slots in at fly-half.
20 PENALTY, WALES, HOOK! 7-3. Hames Hook scores his side's first points after Salesi Ma'afu is blown up for an infringement at a scrum close to the Wallabies' tryline.
16 James Hook launches a high kick and Cooper does well when he takes it despite the attentions of several Wales defenders! He has certainly made a good start in this match.
13 CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, O'CONNOR. 7-0. James O'Connor extends his side's lead after slotting an easy spot-kick.
12 TRY, AUSTRALIA, BARNES! 5-0. Berrick Barnes scores under the posts after running on to a pass from Cooper close to Wales' tryline!
10 Kurtley Beale has been forced off the field with a recurrence of his hamstring injury. He is replaced by Rob Horne. This means that he will slot in at centre and Ashley-Cooper will move to full-back.
8 Australia get a penalty in front of the posts but opt to run the ball! Cooper passes to Adam Ashley-Cooper but the midfielder knocks the ball on.
7 Shane Williams is penalised close to the halfway line after holding on to the ball on the ground. Cooper kicks for touch and puts the ball out midway between Wales' 22 metre line and their tryline.
4 There's some concern as Nathan Sharpe stays down with what looks like a knee injury suffered at a lineout. He hobbles back into position for a lineout in Wales' half.
2 Quade Cooper gets his hands on the ball and a chorus of boos ring out in the crowd! He is tackled close to the halfway line but manages to get his pass out to Kurtley Beale.
Kick-off James Hook gets us underway! He gives a hanging kick and Nathan Sharpe gathers. From the resulting ruck Scott Higginbotham takes the ball into contact.
Team News Loosehead prop Gethin Jenkins will captain Wales in the absence of regular captain Sam Warburton, who is suspended. Ryan Jones joins the back row to replace Warburton, with Toby Faletau switching from number eight to the vacant openside flank. Paul James replaces injured tighthead Adam Jones and Bradley Davies comes into the second row to rest Alun Wyn Jones.
Team News For Australia Kurtley Beale makes his comeback from a hamstring injury which ruled him out of the semi-final against New Zealand. Beale's return allows the versatile Adam Ashley-Cooper to return to the midfield that sees Berrick Barnes included, with Anthony Fainga'a moving back to the bench to sit alongside Luke Burgess and Rob Horne as the backline substitutes. Injuries rule out centre Pat McCabe (shoulder), lock Dan Vickerman (shoulder, leg and nose), prop Sekope Kepu (eye) and hooker Stephen Moore (sternum). Into their places in the XV come Barnes, Nathan Sharpe, James Slipper and Tatafu Polota-Nau. Veteran lock Sharpe wins his 100th cap while tighthead prop Ben Alexander, who has started in 10 of the 11 Tests played by Australia this year, has been given a lighter workload this week by being started off the bench. Rocky Elsom has been omitted altogether, with Reds loose forward Scott Higginbotham starting on the side of the scrum. Radike Samo and Ben McCalman have swapped roles from last weekend, with McCalman starting while Samo plays from the bench. The other alteration amongst the forwards on the bench sees Reds hooker Saia Fainga'a take up the position vacated by Polota-Nau's move.
Weather It's a clear night in Auckland with a south-westerly wind blowing at 28km per hour. The temperature is 16°Celcius.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Eden Park in Auckland for this bronze medal match at the Rugby World Cup between Australia and Wales. It's a match that neither side wants to be in but traditionally these clashes are usually very entertaining. Let's hope we'll see more of that today!
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