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Australia v New Zealand - Live
Full-time AUSTRALIA 18-18 NEW ZEALAND
84 Amazing scenes here in Brisbane - the Kiwis have worked their way from there 22 into Australia's dangerzone. Ben Smith nearly pulls clear! Now Carter falls back into the pocket for what could be a match-winning drop-goal. Out the ball comes - Carter strikes... he's missed!!! The ref blows his whistle and the match ends in a draw. The All Blacks' impressive winning streak comes to an end in thrilling fashion. Thanks to joining us folks!
81 Oh dear, the Wallabies gives away a penalty! Sekope Kepu the guilty party. New Zealand opt for the scrum though - they not leaving this grounf without a win.
80 Time up on the clock. Australia still in possession as Ben Robinson puts his head down and makes valuable metres upfield. The Wallabies are 35m out! Nobody hanging in the pocket yet... will it be Beale or Harris to play hero? Now we're into injury time!
79 Australia with the scrum feed. Brett Sheehan is on for Phipps and fires the ball to Beale who decides to run. 90 seconds left in the match... the Wallabies trying to get themselves into drop-goal range.
77 Now Beale takes his eye off the ball and spills it forward. NZ counter-attack by shipping it wide. But this time Read can't take. Ben Tapuai scoops it up, but runs into a black wall.
75 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA. It's over! Harris raises the flags and the scores are tied with five minutes remaining... what a match! 18-18!
73 Line-out to Australia as replacement James Hanson throws it in. Beale spreads it wide, Ben Smith comes up too quickly and gets pinged by the ref. Chance for the Aussies to draw level once again...
71 PENALTY, NZ. Four successive penalties by Carter puts the world champs in front as we near full-time. This one's going down to the wire folks!!! 15-18!
68 PENALTY, NZ. Now it's The Kiwis who are barging at Australia's line, and the Wallabies defence eventually concedes the penalty right in front. Carter levels the scores! 15-15!
65 The Wallabies looking to keep the ball in hand, but they are again penalised near New Zealand's 22 as the pace of the game starts picking up...
64 Some more changes for the All Blacks. Aaron Cruden comes on for Ma'a Nonu and that will push Carter out to inside centre while Piri Weepu is also on the field for Aaron Smith.
60 Centurion Keven Melamu is pulled from the field and that is replaced by Andrew Hore. Ben Smith is also on the pitch for his namesake Conrad.
56 PENALTY, NZ. Carter steps up and kicks the three points. The Australian lead is quickly eroding here! 15-12!!!
55 YELLOW CARD, HOOPER. Flanker Michael Hooper is sent to the bin after taking Aaron Smith out into touch after he kicked the ball. Could that be the turning point in this tight tussle?
53 PENALTY, NZ. Now Carter takes three points off the Wallabies lead after Hooper infringe at the breakdown. A certain theme is developing here... 15-9!
51 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA. The world champs give away another penalty - McCaw penalised for not releasing. Beale takes over the goal-kicking and raises the flags!
49 Now Beale finds himself in space. He drops ball to boot, but McCaw has it covered for New Zealand at the back. Beale crashes into the All Blacks captain.
46 Nonu has been a real threat with ball in hand. Once again he steps out of a tackle, gets his pass away to Conrad Smith and the All Blacks - minus a player - have an overlap. But Smith's pass is too low for Cory Jane and the winger can't take and tries to toe the ball ahead but a knock-on is signalled by Joubert.
43 Now Australia give away a penalty while Woodcock looks on from the sideline. Carter with a chance to post the first points on board in the second half, but once again he pushes his attempt wide. Two misses in a row for the star pivot... so Australia hang on to their six-point lead.
Second half Welcome back! Carter gets the second forty under way and the All Blacks get stuck into their trans-Tasman rivals straight away. Sam Whitelock putting pressure on Sharpe in the air in an attempt to win possession back, but the Wallabies skipper manages to keep hold of the pigskin.
Half-time AUSTRALIA 12-6 NEW ZEALAND
40 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA. Harris's reliable boot extends Australia's lead to six points on the stroke of half-time. So the Wallabies head into the break with their tails up. Can they keep it up in the second spell? Stick around to find out! See you in a few...
38 YELLOW CARD, WOODCOCK. Charlie Faumuina does well to bring Palu down. But his front-row partner Tony Woodcock is caught not releasing the tackler and gets shown a yellow for his troubles. The All Blacks down to 14 men!
35 Play taking place inside Australia's 22 after another barnstorming run by Nonu. Australia stroll offsides and give away a penalty. Carter steps up to square up proceedings once again... but misses!
33 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA. Harris with his third shot at goal. And the full-back makes it three from three as the flags go up. The Wallabies retake the lead! 9-6!
32 Nathan Sharpe puts his head down and charges forward, with Michael Hooper in support. The battle at the breakdown is won by Australia after McCaw is pinged and warned by referee Joubert.
29 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA. So Harris steps up and slots over the penalty to level the scores as McCaw runs back for the restart shaking his head.6-6!
27 Now there's a scuffle between Richie McCaw and Scott Higginbotham on the deck. The referees break it up. And a penalty is giving to the Wallabies. But looking at the replay, Higginbotham is lucky to escape punishment after headbutting McCaw. The citing commissioner might have something to say about that after the game though...
25 Beale restarts, and the Wallabies are in sixes and sevens as Gear exploits a gap and breaks through. He has Aaron Smith in support with one man to beat, but goes on his own. Oh dear, that was the wrong option by the winger as Harris stands his ground and brings down Gear.
23 Now Israel Dagg decides to have a run - the full-back has Ashley-Cooper in front of him so puts the chip over the top and gets taken out without the ball. The ref waves play on. Gear is giving chase, but Ben Tapuai wins the race. 22m drop-out.
19 Beale gains some valuable metres for his team after gliding through black jerseys. He's caught 5m short of the line though, but the Wallabies still have the momentum with them. Wycliff Palu tries to bash his way to the tryline. The home side cheering the Wallabies on with every inch gained, until Polota Nau loses the ball forward thanks to a monster hit from Read.
17 The two packs go head to head, with Australia forcing a reset - free kick to the Wallabies after Joubert loses his patience with the All Blacks front row. Phibbs takes a quick tap, and the hosts begin to put some phases together.
15 Now the men in gold try ship it wide, but some miscommunication sees Nick Cummins spill the ball forward. He screams out a four-letter word in frustration...
13 Play taking place on halfway. All Blacks flank Liam Messam with ball in hand and on the charge, but he gets hit hard by hooker Tatafu Polota Nau who brings the home crowd to their feet - CRUNCH!
11 PENALTY, NZ. Carter makes no mistake and puts his team in front. 3-6!
10 Australia having to defend their line now as the world champs continue to pile on the pressure. Aaron Smith stretches out, but loses the ball forward. The ref goes upstairs to double check with the TMO... yip, knock-on. But Joubert was playing advantage - Australia blown for offsides, which means another easy three points for Carter.
9 The All Blacks counter-attack after Australia spilled the pill inside New Zealand's 22. Nonu breaks up the middle, and then puts ball to boot. Hosea Gear gives chase and gets around Ashley-Cooper, but the ball falls into touch.
7 PENALTY, NZ. Now Beale gives away a penalty for an illegal entry into the ruck. Craig Joubert being very strict at the breakdown as Dan Carter steps up to level the scores... 3-3!
5 Nick Phipps now with a sniping run on the short side, but he's met hard in a Kieran Read tackle. The halfback does well to hang on to the ball though, and its Pat McCabe's turn to test the All Blacks defence which proves to be up to the task once again - Ma'a Nonu dragging his opposite number in.
3 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA. Now the All Blacks are pinged for hands in the ruck, which is in a very kickable position for Mike Harris if he can find his target. Over! First blood to the Wallabies, who have made a perfect start to this match. 3-0!
1 Referee Craig Joubert blows his whistle and we're under way as Kurtley Beale kicks off for Australia. The pivot goes deep, Aaron Smith takes and tries to clear but his kick is charged down! Adam Ashley-Cooper with a chance to open the scoring in the opening seconds, but the ball rolls over the deadball line.
Team news Seasoned Wallabies Adam Ashley-Cooper and Wycliff Palu return to the injury-depleted Australian side, while flanker Scott Higginbotham and prop Benn Robinson also start. Drew Mitchell is included on the bench.
Team news All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu will become the third New Zealander to play 100 Test matches, and will share his moment with tighthead prop Charlie Faumuina,who starts a Test for the first time in the only other change to the line-up that beat South Africa 32-16 to clinch the Rugby Championship.
New Zealand are overwhelming favourites, having won all their six matches in this year's Rugby Championship and going through last year's World Cup unbeaten. They face an Australia side racked by injuries to key players and whose coach Robbie Deans is under pressure to keep his job.
Welcome! Hello and welcome to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, where the all-conquering All Blacks will equal the most number of consecutive wins by a major Test playing nation if they down Australia in this final Bledisloe Cup match of the season!
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