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Saturday 10 November 2018, 12:20pm EST

Wales v Australia

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  • FT
  • Penalty GoalDan Biggar
  • Penalty GoalMatt Toomua
  • Penalty GoalLeigh Halfpenny
  • HT
  • Penalty GoalBernard Foley
  • Penalty GoalLeigh Halfpenny
  • KO


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Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Wales T C P
15 Leigh Halfpenny 0 0 2
14 George North 0 0 0
13 Jonathan Davies 0 0 0
12 Hadleigh Parkes 0 0 0
11 Josh Adams 0 0 0
10 Gareth Anscombe 0 0 0
9 Gareth Davies 0 0 0
1 Nicky Smith 0 0 0
2 Ken Owens 0 0 0
3 Tomas Francis 0 0 0
4 Adam Beard 0 0 0
5 Alun Wyn Jones 0 0 0
6 Dan Lydiate 0 0 0
7 Justin Tipuric 0 0 0
8 Ross Moriarty 0 0 0
16 Elliot Dee 0 0 0
17 Rob Evans 0 0 0
18 Dillon Lewis 0 0 0
19 Cory Hill 0 0 0
20 Ellis Jenkins 0 0 0
21 Tomos Williams 0 0 0
22 Dan Biggar 0 0 1
23 Liam Williams 0 0 0
Australia T C P
15 Dane Haylett-Petty 0 0 0
14 Israel Folau 0 0 0
13 Samu Kerevi 0 0 0
12 Kurtley Beale 0 0 0
11 Sefanaia Naivalu 0 0 0
10 Bernard Foley 0 0 1
9 Will Genia 0 0 0
1 Scott Sio 0 0 0
2 Silatolu Latu 0 0 0
3 Allan Alaalatoa 0 0 0
4 Izack Rodda 0 0 0
5 Adam Coleman 0 0 0
6 Jack Dempsey 0 0 0
7 Michael Hooper 0 0 0
8 David Pocock 0 0 0
16 Tatafu Polota-Nau 0 0 0
17 Sekope Kepu 0 0 0
18 Taniela Tupou 0 0 0
19 Rob Simmons 0 0 0
20 Ned Hanigan 0 0 0
21 Nick Phipps 0 0 0
22 Matt Toomua 0 0 1
23 Jack Maddocks 0 0 0


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  • Both sides are back in action next week as the November internationals roll on; Wales are at home again, this time against Tonga, while Australia travel to Italy to face the Azzurri. Until then however, thank you for joining us – and have a good weekend!
  • It wasn't pretty but they won't care; Wales win a tryless encounter with Australia to record their first victory over the Wallabies since 2008 and the first year of Warren Gatland's reign! It's been a long time coming and pandemonium erupts around the Principality Stadium. Cardiff is going to be rocking tonight! Full-time, it finishes Wales 9-6 Australia.
  • Australia whip it wide from right to left, and Maddocks breaks - but Wales win the turnover just ahead of their own 22 and get the penalty! They tap it touch - WALES HAVE BEATEN AUSTRALIA FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A DECADE! 
  • Frantic play results in a scrum for the Wallabies just inside their own half. The clock ticks into overtime as the two packs prepare to lock down for the scrum.
  • Australia have a line-out deep in Welsh territory - and put it long! Anscombe scoops it up and punts it long.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Wales 9-6 Australia. Has Dan Biggar just kicked Wales to victory? Three minutes on the clock remain as the substitute adds the three points.
  • Another Welsh penalty! For laying on in the ruck following the restart! Halfpenny is off so Biggar will take from the centre-right flank, around the 22 line.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Wales 6-6 Australia. That is a sensational kick from Toomua! It's all square with five minutes on the clock and boos ring around the stadium following that decision from referee Ben O'Keeffe to not further deal with the hit on Halfpenny.
  • Anscombe is also injured from the turnover play and needs treatment. Halfpenny meanwhile departs for a look at his head; Biggar arrives in his place as Toomua lines up a shot at goal with his penalty from the right wing.
  • Play has broken down following a penalty to Australia now - but Wales are furious following a late hit on Halfpenny by Kerevi. There's no malice in it as the Wallabies man was trying to charge a kick down, but even so, there is shoulder-to-head contact.
  • A disaster for the Australian defence! An Anscombe high bomb is spilled after two Wallabies men crash into each other and Liam Williams snaffles it.
  • The Wallabies overpower the scrum though and Hooper steals it to keep the visitors with the ball.
  • Lifted by their newfound lead, Wales strike fast through Jenkins and then spread it wide, only for Folau to make an interception. Substitute Toomua launches it deep into open space but puts too much weight on it and it runs out for a scrum all the way back from where he kicked it inside his own half.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Wales 6-3 Australia. My word, it's close again! This time though, Halfpenny just swings it inside the right post from bang in front and the hosts are in the lead with just over 10 minutes left.
  • Another penalty to Wales! This one is for infringement at the ruck and gives the hosts a brilliant kicking chance. Halfpenny is still on duty - can he put those two horror-show misses to bed and nudge his side in front?
  • Penalty to Wales now however as, from a line-out following the scrum that the hosts pinch, Australia fail to release. Anscombe pumps it into touch and Wyn Jones makes a superb take at the subsequent line-out.
  • Australia earn the turnover from the maul however and win the scrum just in front of their own line. Still no scores in this second half yet.
  • It's all become a little bit niggly until Wales break down the right. Jenkins, freshly arrived, pokes a grubber through on the left wing following an exchange of box kicks. Genia - a stand-out for the Wallabies in this game - cleans up the danger but the hosts will have an attacking line-out just inside the opposition 22.
  • A knock-on by Hooper puts paid to a dangerously mounted attack by the visitors however and Jonathan Davies leads the return counter with a brilliant fend and offload, before Wales themselves put the ball to ground.
  • Frustrating for Wales as Tupou, fresh off the bench, collapses the scrum and wins a penalty for Australia.
  • Exceptional play by Wales! Pinned back deep again from another Australian line-out, an overthrow allows them to turn the tables, firstly through a long kick by Davies, followed by a chase by Halfpenny and then a successful maul to win turnover in the opposition half. What brilliance from the hosts.
  • Haylett-Petty makes a weaving run for the Wallabies and Wales scramble to bring him down as the fullback poses a dangerous counter-threat.
  • Latu's line-out five metres away from the Welsh line results in a furious maul - and then Australia knock on, earning a roar of passion from Wyn Jones backed by the crowd.
  • The Wallabies get a penalty on halfway, in the middle of the park - but in the absence of long-distance kicker Reece Hodge, who has missed this tour to Europe through injury, they opt to punt to touch.
  • A double change for the hosts sees Williams and Lewis arrive for North and Francis as Australia come up with the ball inside their own half following a scrum.
  • Wales come up with the ball again on halfway though and then win a scrum. Australia force a collapse but the referee waves play on and the hosts are able to smuggle the ball out of the back.
  • Excellent work from Pocock though sees him win the turnover off Halfpenny on the 14th phase, following some brilliant handling by North and Australia survive the attack.
  • What a break by Halfpenny! The fullback zips through the Australian defence and sparks some excellent phase play from the hosts as they crash towards the Wallabies' 22.
  • We're back underway in Cardiff for the second half; can Wales find a way to secure the win and banish a decade of hurt against Australia?
  • It's a close encounter of the tough kind in Cardiff so far; no tries yet and just a single penalty each means Wales and Australia are all square at the break. The hosts could be six points in front were it not for two surprise misses from the kicking tee by Leigh Halfpenny, while the Wallabies will be frustrated to have made several simple errors throughout. There's a lot to mull over before we get back underway; at half-time, it's Wales 3-3 Australia.
  • That is a shocking miss from Halfpenny. He slices it to the right again with an absolutely awful kick and both sides, following an Anscombe kick into touch on the back of the drop-out from the 22, trudge off the field on level pegging at the break.
  • Silly play from Latu now as he comes in from the side following a crunching hit on Moriarty by Coleman and, from just about in front of the sticks, Halfpenny will go for the penalty kick.
  • Wyn Jones wins the ball from the line-out and then Australia concede another penalty after Coleman collapses the maul by tackling Owens.
  • Australia have Wales right back under the cosh from the restart, and find themselves within touching distance of the opposition line. It's a wonderful piece of phase attack - and Tipuric then saves the hosts with a gutsy turnover play.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Wales 3-3 Australia. Foley pops his kick neatly between the uprights and it's all square in Cardiff.
  • Tough luck for Lydiate; Foley catches him offside with a kick chase from the line-out and Australia pick up a penalty. They will go for goal and look to level things up.
  • A rather exceptional fend from Wyn Jones knocks Foley over from the line-out and then Adams can't quite take the ball in on the left wing, ceding possession back to Australia.
  • A second collapse then sees the penalty awarded to Wales.
  • An initial scrum collapse forces referee Ben O'Keeffe to demand a reset.
  • The Wallabies slowly creep towards the Welsh line through 16 phases of workmanlike attack, only for Coleman to knock on five metres in front of the sticks.
  • Beard is penalised for an infringement at the line-out and Australia plump for the scrum restart.
  • Adams almost breaks free from the kick-off but Australia manage to hold him inside his own half before he can pick up a head of steam. Beale then kicks for distance following a turnover and Wales will have a line-out inside their own 22.
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY: Wales 3-0 Australia. The hosts nose themselves in front as Halfpenny slots over the kick from distance on the left flank.
  • Wales overpower another scrum in halfway, with the Australian front-row going onto their elbows again, and Halfpenny will have another chance to go for the posts.
  • Anscombe's kick is exceptional, putting Wales deep beyond the opposition 22 - but they then lose a shoddy line-out and Australia are able to dig themselves out of danger through Haylett-Petty.
  • Australia are awarded a scrum just inside the opposition half and looking to be winning the tussle, until Wales force the collapse and win a penalty off it, to the fury of Michael Cheika in his coaching box.
  • Parkes flicks it out to North on the right wing and he tears off, stopped only by a quick cover tackle by Genia. The Wallabies half does more than that though; he earns the turnover too, pinning the Welshman and stopping him from making a release.
  • That looks like a bad omen. Halfpenny slices his kick wide and it sails past the wrong side of the near-right post. Foley will take the drop-out on the 22.
  • Wales are awarded penalty advantage on the 13th phase and Anscombe tries the same wide kick to Adams. Folau reads it perfectly though and takes on the full; both sides will come back for the original infringement, which Halfpenny will aim to convert for a three-point lead.
  • Oh, excellent work from the hosts! They steal the Australian line-out and nearly put Parkes over on the other side of the pitch with a fast, sliding attack. The Wallabies muscle up in short order but Davies, Smith and Moriarty continue to hammer at the defensive wall of gold and green.
  • A short line-out for Wales sees them try to drive through the middle before Anscombe pings a hanging kick out to Adams on the wing. There's a little too much weight on it in the end and it goes out on the full before the Worcester man can snaffle it.
  • An Australia line-out just shy of the Welsh 22 sees Foley bang a high bomb towards the posts for Folau - a former AFL and rugby league man of course - to chase. Halfpenny makes a wonderful take instead though and that eases the pressure on the hosts, with a penalty following to take them into opposition territory.
  • Tipuric now turns over the ball with some fantastic individual play and Wales are briefly able to dig themselves away from their own line.
  • Arguably some just fortune for Wales; a booming forward pass finds Kerevi on the left wing in space but the Wallabies centre drops the ball with the line begging thanks to a loose carry.
  • Excellent work from Australia; Halfpenny is pinned back on his left wing but sees the ball turned over on the back of a Foley kick and Genia whips it back inside on the opposition 22 for his side.
  • Foley kicks Australia off and we are underway in Cardiff! An opening exchange of box kicks is followed by an early break from the visitors down the left wing, led by Folau; North does enough to put the ball into touch and Wales concede the scrum inside their own half.
  • The teams have emerged at the Principality Stadium ahead of the national anthems and two minutes' silence for Armistice Day.
  • Wales are also on a five game winning run at home; only twice since 1978 have they enjoyed longer such streaks, with nine games between 1997 and 1999 and six games 2015 and 2016.
  • Europe has not been a happy stomping ground for Australia in recent times, having lost on four of their last five visits to the continent. That being said however, that solitary win did come at the expense of Wales, in Cardiff last year.
  • Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Sekope Kepu, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Ned Hanigan, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Jack Maddocks.
  • AUSTRALIA XV: Dane Haylett-Petty, Israel Folau, Samu Kerevi, Kurtley Beale, Sefanaia Naivalu, Bernard Foley, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper, David Pocock.
  • Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rob Evans, Dillon Lewis, Cory Hill, Ellis Jenkins, Tomos Williams, Dan Biggar, Liam Williams.
  • WALES XV: Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Jonathan Davies, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams, Gareth Anscombe, Gareth Davies; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty.
  • Australia meanwhile prefer Samu Kerevi and Kurtley Beale in the centres, meaning there is a move for Israel Folau out to the wing. Tolu Latu gets his second-ever test start, two years on from his first against France, and Adam Coleman returns to the second row following a groin injury that ruled him out of last month’s clash with the All Blacks.
  • Team news now and Wales have opted to retain Gareth Anscombe in the starting line-up following his fine performance in the win over Ireland last week. As a result, the incoming Dan Biggar has to make do with a spot on the bench. Worcester’s Josh Adams is one of three changes to the XV; he is joined by Adam Beard and Tomas Francis.
  • Almost a decade to the day since they last beat the Wallabies, Warren Gatland’s hosts will try to write themselves into the history books against Michael Cheika’s side on the banks of the River Taff. Captain Alun Wyn Jones remains one of the few Dragons left from that era – can he help the rest of his team taste victory against the Aussies for the very first time?
  • Hello and welcome to live coverage of the 2018 end-of-year rugby union internationals as Wales host Australia at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

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