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Kick-off local time : Sat, 30 November 2013 - 17h00
Kick-off : Sat, 30 November 2013 - 19h00
Venue : Cardiff
Referee : Wayne Barnes (England)
Match status : Result
  Wales Australia
Tries George North (2min) and George North (59min) Israel Folau (37min) and Joe Tomane (49min)
Penalties Leigh Halfpenny (12min), Leigh Halfpenny (19min), Dan Biggar (31min), and Rhys Priestland (69min)
Conversions Leigh Halfpenny (3min) and Dan Biggar (60min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Dan Biggar (35min) Quade Cooper (75min)
Red cards
Minute Commentary


The Wallabies try to close out the game but are penalised at the breakdown for holding on. Wales need to go 80 meters to score. They can't do it though, as Alex Cuthbert can't keep a chip kick ahead inside the field of play - he puts a foot on the touchline as he catches the ball and that is FULL TIME! What a superb game to end the November Test window and the year of International rugby! The pace of the match was intense as both teams hold nothing back to put on a wonderful display of running rugby. Wales had their moments, and led 16-10 at one stage, but the Wallabies showed class and quality in their attacking efforts - led by Quade Cooper - to score three impressive tries and managed to seal the victory. The Wallabies end their season on a high with four wins out of five on their European tour after losing the series against the British & Irish Lions and struggling in the Rugby Championship earlier in the year. Meanwhile, this is Wales' ninth loss in a row against Australia and they have a bit more work to do to get over the line against Southern Hemisphere opposition. That's it for our LIVE coverage for this year, be sure to join us in the new year for all the Super Rugby and Six Nations action.


Australia maul it up to kill some time before Will Genia kicks. Liam Williams keeps the ball in play inside his own 22 but then kicks it back to the Wallabies much to the displeasure of the crowd


The home side attack again and give the ball air, but Liam Williams is forced into touch after a superb tackle from Michael Hooper


Wales win the lineout and work the phases but Alum Wyn Jones runs in the flyhalf position but knocks it on! Australia can breathe again but they still have a defensive scrum 20m out from their own line with just fourteen men. But the Wallabies get a penalty for the home side wheeling the scrum. Now they can clear


Wales launch a relentless attack inside the Australian 22 now. Building the phases as the crowd's excitement build. Justin Tipuric gets a great offload away but Owen Williams is tackled early by Quade Cooper and it's a penalty. Referee Wayne Barnes says it was a try scoring opportunity and Cooper gets a YELLOW CARD. Wales kick to the corner


The Wallabies attack again, but Toby Faletau wins a penalty at the breakdown. Holding on from Australia, brilliant work from the Welsh no.8. Wales kick it out inside the Wallaby 22


Wales lose their own lineout in their 22 and Australia can launch another attack. Quade Cooper has a shot at the drop goal but completely scuffs his effort. Good idea from the Wallaby flyhalf though


PENALTY - Rhys Priestland makes no mistake


Will Genia makes a good tackle on Toby Faletau as he breaks from the base of the scrum. The Welsh build the phases until Ben Mowen puts his hands into the ruck - penalty. Rhys Priestland will kick for poles from right in front


Wales are slowing it down now, keeping the ball tight in their forwards as they attack inside the Australian 22. The ball becomes unplayable and they win a scrum


A strong surge from Joe Tomane adds momentum. Then Israel Folau carries well as Australia look to add to their lead, attacking inside the Welsh half. Sam Warburton wins the turnover and Wales kick it out between the Wallaby 10m line and 22m area


It is frantic now as both sides as throwing the ball around and showing huge adventure. Turnover follows turnover as caution is thrown to the wind


CONVERSION - Dan Biggar knocks over the conversion


TRY - The home side wins a penalty and Mike Phillips take it quickly as they chase the game. The ball is recycled and Biggar gives it to George North who runs onto it at great pace, he steps Scott Fardy and Will Genia before powering over under the poles!


Free kick for Wales at a scrum for Australia engaging early and the home side take it quickly. Dan Biggar gives the ball air and Liam Williams shows great pace and almost makes his way over the line in the corner but is pulled to ground. just short But it's a missed chance as Wales are penalised at the breakdown


Quade Cooper collects the ball at the back and then steps Leigh Halfpenny and George North making another break but he is caught and holds on


PENALTY - Christian Leali'ifano extends the lead to fourteen


Wales try to run the ball out of their 22 as desperation starts to creep in but Dan Biggar is caught and Wallabies skipper Ben Mowen forces him to hold on. Penalty


CONVERSION - the crowd boo as they think the last pass was forward but it doesn't affect Christian Leali'ifano who nails the conversion from the touchline


TRY - The Wallabies attack yet again. Quade Cooper sends a great ball out to Joe Tomane but he's caught. They recycle the ball and spread it to the other wing but Nick Cummins is also dragged to ground. The visitors continue and the ball goes down the line once more to Israel Folau and he offloads in the tackle to Joe Tomane. Referee Wayne Barnes sends this upstairs to check the last pass but it's fine and the try is awarded


It's time for the first scrum of the game... 47 minutes in, and it collapses. Reset. Wales win their defensive scrum and Mike Phillips clears


Wales keep it tight in the forwards as they wind down the time until Dan Biggar can returns from the sin bin. It goes wrong though, as they are penalised for holding on. The Wallabies take the quick tap and Quade Cooper breaks the line superbly and then steps Leigh Halfpenny but loses his footing in the process. The Wallabies send the ball wide but Nick Cummins knocks it on trying to stay in field just 5m out from the Welsh line


PENALTY - Christian Leali'ifano extends the lead to four


The Australians are looking dangerous until Stephen Moore throws a loose pass which Mike Phillips picks up and bounces off the attempted tackle of Quade Cooper. The Wallabies win the ball and Nick Cummins makes a great break back and soon the visitors win a penalty as Rhodri Jones leaves his feet at the breakdown


Quade Cooper gets us underway for the second forty minutes!


Wales win a penalty as they look to strike back but Leigh Halfpenny misses touch. Australia kick it back to them and Richard Hibbard gives the pass to Ian Evans and the big lock breaks down the wing. The Wallabies turn over the ball and Will Genia has had enough and he kicks the ball into touch for HALF TIME! What a half it has been. It has been a sensational forty minutes of rugby, as first Wales shot out of the blocks to run up an early 10-0 lead before the Wallabies scored two wonderful tries to take a one point lead into the break. It has been relentless action and very entertaining. Join us in 10 minutes for the second half!


CONVERSION - Christian Leali'ifano puts the visitors into the lead


TRY - eventually Australia get their rewards as Israel Folau finds his way over the line after they worked the phases, but not before some immensely physical hits on defence from George North and Richard Hibbard on the Wallaby attackers


YELLOW CARD for Dan Biggar. A brilliant pass from Quade Cooper sends Israel Folau clear and he looks like he's going to score but get pulled down and Biggar doesn't roll away and gets penalised


What a let off for Wales! Quade Cooper releases Joe Tomane down the right with another superb reverse pass in the tackle - Will Genia has a clean run through to the try line if he can only catch the ball but he can't. They get another chance but Christian Leali'ifano's pass finds Ian Evans just meters from the line. Frantic stuff but Wales survive for now


PENALTY - Dan Biggar takes over the kicking duties as Halfpenny seems to have a slight injury and converts the chance


Australia drop the ball at their lineout and Mike Phillips kicks the ball through. Christian Leali'ifano tidies up but Wales counter ruck and the Wallabies are penalised after the next phase for not rolling away.


Referee Wayne Barnes warns Australian captain that he doesn't want to be shouted at by the Wallaby players asking for decisions. At the next ruck Scott Fardy forces a penalty for holding on


Wales win another penalty as they attack again. Ben Mowen enters the ruck from the side. Halfpenny kicks for touch and finds it just outside the Wallabies 22m area


Leigh Halfpenny hits the posts from 38m out and Ben Mowen boots it into touch


A bit of aerial tennis ensues until Leigh Halfpenny decides to run and makes a searing break up to the Australian 10m line. A few phases later, James Horwill gives away a penalty for not rolling away


CONVERSION - Christian Leali'ifano converts his own try


TRY - Australia strike straight back with a superb try. Michael Hooper win a turnover and the ball is spread quickly to the backs. Quade Cooper hits the line at pace and sends a brilliant flick pass out the back to the flying Joe Tomane who feeds it inside to Christian Leali'ifano to score


PENALTY - the distance is no problem for Leigh Halfpenny as he sends the ball straight through the middle of the poles


The torrent of penalties continues as Rob Simmons strays offside at the breakdown. Halfpenny has the chance to kick at goal from 54m out


Now Owen Williams goes on a run but Dan Lydiate enters the ruck from the side. Australia kick to the corner flag, 5m out. But Ian Evans steals the Wallabies ball at the lineout and the home side can clear


PENALTY - Christian Leali'ifano knocks it over and Australia are on the board


Straight from the kickoff Alun Wyn Jones is penalised for leaving his feet at the breakdown, right in front of his own posts


PENALTY - Leigh Halfpenny extends the lead to ten


Shirt pulling off the ball is penalised. James Horwill pulls Toby Faletau's shirt and Halfpenny can have a shot at goal from over 35m


But Wales now steals Australia's lineout! Toby Faletau wins the ball brilliant with an athletic slap down. Mike Phillips gains a lot of ground with his clearing kick


Australia steal the Welsh lineout intended for Toby Faletau and then Ian Evans is penalised for a high tackle


The Wallabies surge forward again and take the ball through multiple phases but Gethin Jenkins forces Joe Tomane to hold on and wins a turnover at the breakdown


The fast pace continues at Australia attack now and Will Genia kicks ahead following a linebreak but the ball goes touch in goal and it's a 22m dropout


CONVERSION - Leigh Halfpenny adds the tricky conversion from the sideline


TRY! Electrifying start from the Welsh. Israel Folau slices through the Welsh defence but Leigh Halfpenny is equal to him in cover defence. Wales turn it over and send it to George North who hacks it ahead and chases hard. Adam Ashley-Cooper slips and makes a mess of the tidy up and North takes advantage to score. What a start!


Dan Biggar kicks off and we're underway!


The national anthems are a thing of the past and now it's time for the action to start


Both sides are readying themselves to take the field as the expectation builds in the crowd


Australian coach Ewen McKenzie said during the week that his side would treat the fixture as a 'Grand Final' in the light of the fact that the 2015 Rugby World Cup will be held in the United Kingdom and they will face Wales in the pool stages in the tournament


The Wallabies have the edge over today's hosts, winning the last eight encounters between the two nations. The last time Wales tasted victory was back in 2008 when they won 21-18 in Cardiff


The last time these two sides met was last year at this venue. Australia won 14-12 on that occasion


Australia have been very busy on their end-of-year-tour. They started off with a loss to England (13-20), before wins over Italy (50-20), Ireland (32-15) and Scotland (21-15) turned their tour around


Wales will be looking to end their November international series on a high after a loss to South Africa (15-24), and victories over Argentina (40-6) and Tonga (17-7) in this test window


Welcome to the Millennium Stadium, in Cardiff, for this big Test match between Wales and Australia!
15 Leigh Halfpenny
14 George North
13 Jonathan Davies
12 Jamie Roberts
11 Liam Williams
10 Dan Biggar
9 Rhys Webb
8 Toby Faletau
7 Sam Warburton
6 Dan Lydiate
5 Alun Wyn Jones
4 Luke Charteris
3 Aaron Jarvis
2 Scott Baldwin
1 Rob Evans

23 Scott Williams
22 Rhys Priestland
21 Gareth Davies
20 Justin Tipuric
19 Jake Ball
18 Scott Andrews
17 Rhys Gill
16 Ken Owens
15 Israel Folau
14 Adam Ashley-Cooper
13 Tevita Kuridrani
12 Matt Toomua
11 Joe Tomane
10 Bernard Foley
9 Nick Phipps
8 Ben McCalman
7 David Pocock
6 Scott Fardy
5 Rob Simmons
4 Will Skelton
3 Greg Holmes
2 Stephen Moore
1 James Slipper

23 Kurtley Beale
22 Quade Cooper
21 Nic White
20 Michael Hooper
19 Dean Mumm
18 Sekope Kepu
17 Scott Sio
16 Tatafu Polota-Nau