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Wales v Australia - Live
Full-time Wales 12 Australia 14
80 Wallabies captain Nathan Sharpe steps up to take the conversion in his final Test but his effort falls sgort of the cross-bar! This match could have gone either way and Wales' supporters will be heart-broken as this result means that they have now suffered seven defeats in a row. The Wallabies and especially coach Robbie Deans will be relieved as this eases the pressure on him.
80 TRY, AUSTRALIA, BEALE! 12-14. Beale rounds off in the corner after taking a pass from Dennis! Cuthbert makes a galant tackle but it's too little too late! That try seals the win for the Wallabies with the conversion kick to come.
77 Wales try to go on the drive from a line-out on Australia's try-line but the Wallabies do well with a counter-shove which stalls the hosts' momentum.
75 Australia take the ball through the hands with their backs but Beale is caught behind the advantage line and nailed by a big hit from Jonathan Davies1
71 Drew Mitchell does well when he puts in a 40-metre kick which sails into midway between the halfway mark and Wales' 22.
69 Priestland puts Wales back on the attack with a 20-metre grubber kick which rolls into touch inside Australia's 22.
66 Mike Harris gets a chance to draw the Wallabies level after Halfpenny is then penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground. Harris' effort not a good one though and sails just past the uprights.
64 Phillips puts through a gtubber kick which Phipps gathers just outside his 22. He puts in a woeful kick which sails directly into touch.
61 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 12-9. Hafpenny puts his team back in front after Sharpe is pinned for a ruck infringement.
58 Wales are awarded a penalty inside their half when Barnes plays Alex Cuthbert in the air. Priestland puts in a huge kick which goes into touch 10 metres from Australia's try-line!
56 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 9-9. Halfpenny makes up for his earlier miss when he lands another spot-kick after Australia's front-row are penalsied for illegal scrummaging.
52 The Wallabies butcher an attack when Ashley-Cooper throws a pass, which is intended for Dave Dennis, into touch inside Wales' 22!
50 Mike Phillips does well when he gathers scrappy line-out ball inside his 22 despite being under pressure from the Wallabies forwards.
48 Roberts puts a chip kick through inside his 22 for Liam Williams to chase but Stephen Moore covers well for the Wallabies when he gets to the ball first.
45 Australia win the ball at a line-out off a Wales throw-in and Nathan Sharpe sets off on a run before offloading to Palu who goes to ground.
43 Wales are on the attak just outside Australia's 22. They set up several phases until Scott Andrews loses possession through a knock on. Berrick Barnes puts the visitors on the attack with a clearance kick which rolls into touch just outside Wales' 22.
40 Rhys Priestland gets the second half started with a deep hanging kick. The Wallabies forwards gather and immediately set up a ruck.
Half-time Wales 6 Australia 9
40 Halfpenny gets a chance to draw his side level after Beale is pinned for not rolling away at a ruck but his effort is off target!Referee Wayne Barnes blows his whistle to signal half-time and the players head into the sheds. It's been qan entertaining half and Wales have done most of the attacking even though they are still trailing. It makes for an interesting second half.
39 Wales go on the drive from a line-out inside Australia's 22 but lose momentum when Aaron Shingler is blown up for holding onto the ball on the ground.
38 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, BEALE! 6-9. Beale puts his side back in front after Roberts is pinned for not rolling away after making a tackle.
35 Wales attack with their backs and take the ball through several phases but lose momentum when Halfpenny goes off his feet at a ruck deep inside Australia's 22.
29 Liam Williams is put in space and kicks ahead but Beale covers well and calls a mark inside his 22.
27 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, BEALE! 6-6. Beale succeeds with another monster kick from close to the halfway mark to draw the visitors level!
25 Halfpenny explodes through a gap and kicks ahead inside Australia's 22! He kicks ahead again for Toby Faletau and Sam Warburton to chase but when the ball goes over the Wallabies' try-line it's Wycliff Palu who gets to it first and dots down!
24 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 6-3. Halfpenny puts the hosts in the lead after David Pocock is blown up at a ruck!
22 Wales launch an attack indside Australia's half and Jonathan Davies puts Faletau in the clear but Nick Cummins does well to keep him in check.
19 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 3-3. Leigh Halfpenny draws the hosts level after Australia are blown up at a ruck.
16 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, BEALE! 0-3. Kurtley Beale opens the scoring with a penalty from close to the haflway line after Wales are pinned for a ruck infringement.
14 The Wallabies go on the drive from a line-out on Wales' try-line but Roberts does well to hold them up when they run in his channel. The maul goes static and Wales get the put-in at the scrum.
9 Ashley-Cooper makes a break through Wales' defence! He's soon on his opponents' 22-metre line but throws a forward pass to Drew Mitchell.
6 Beale puts the ball out on the 22-metre line after Lou Reed is pinned for not releasing a tackled player on the ground.
4 Beale gets a chance to open the scoring after Wales infringe at a ruck but his effort goes wide of the uprights! Luke Charteris leaves the field after injuring his head in a tackle and is replaced by Ryan Jones.
2 Adam Ashley Cooper tries to take on the Wales defence but Jamie Roberts takes him to ground with a fine tackle.
kick off And we're off! Kurtley Beale gets us underway with a kick which Toby Faletau gathers. He swings out a pass to his backs before Rhys Priestland kicks upfield.
Anthems The teams stand to attention for stirring renditions of Advance Australia Fair and Land of our Fathers.
Team news The big news for Australia is that flanker David Pocock has been included in coach Robbie Deans' starting XV. The change on the openside is one of three alterations from the Wallabies starting line-up during last weekend's gritty 22-19 win over Italy in Florence. The others see lock Kane Douglas return from a knee injury to take over from the suspended Sitaleki Timani, while Tatafu Polota-Nau resumes in the middle of the front row.
Team news Wales have been hit by a late injury blow ahead after Ian Evans failed a fitness test on a knee problem. His place in the second row will be taken by Lou Reed. Earlier in the week coach Evans was one of four changes to Warren Gatland's starting XV that lost to New Zealand last week. He came in forBradley Davies, who was left with concussion after being struck by All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore. The other changes sees Gethin Jenkins returning at loosehead prop, Aaron Shingler starting at blindside flanker and Scott Andrews in at tighthead prop.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for this Test between our hosts, Wales and Australia. We'll be back shortly with team news!
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|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
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|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
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|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
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|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
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