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Kick-off local time : Sat, 01 December 2012 - 14h30
Kick-off : Sat, 01 December 2012 - 16h30
Venue : Cardiff
Referee : Wayne Barnes (England)
Match status : Result
  Wales Australia
Tries Kurtley Beale (80min)
Penalties Leigh Halfpenny (18min), Leigh Halfpenny (23min), Leigh Halfpenny (55min), and Leigh Halfpenny (60min) Kurtley Beale (16min), Kurtley Beale (26min), and Kurtley Beale (36min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
Minute Commentary


The Welsh are gutted. They said after Sydney how they wanted to use their mid-year heartbreak to bounce back here but they’ve been robbed right at the death. Halfpenny looks in serious trouble here. He’s being put on to a stretcher as his team-mates shake their heads in disbelief that yet another potential win over the Wallabies has slipped from their grasp.That is FULL-TIME here in Cardiff folks. See you next year for more Super Rugby and Six Nations drama in February!


TRY: Incredible. The Wallabies have won it at the death ... again. Beale races in for the match winning try, after Dave Dennis surged down the right touchline. Heartbreak for Wales yet again. Wallabies captain Nathan Sharpe steps up to take the conversion in his final Test but his effort falls sgort of the cross-bar. It matters not - Australia win 14-12


The Wallabies are running this from deep as the clock ticks down. Jinking feet from Mitchell and then Beale give Sekope Kepu given space out wide.


The big moment goes Australia’s way. The Wallaby pack drive them back and Barnes signals an Aussie scrum.


Big hit from Roberts on Pocock and then Tipuric on Michael Hooper sees Wales win a penalty. Priestland kicks to touch and Wales will have a lineout five metres out. Big moments these.


It’s still anyone’s game. Australia have the ball close to halfway but it’s pretty slow.


Having lost possession at the setpiece, Wales have it back and more kicking ensues before Cuthbert barges his way over halfway only for Mike Phillips to knock on at the base of the ruck.


Both teams make liberal use of the boot. The end result is a Welsh lineout on their own 10-metre line. And it’s another scrappy one.


That’s really well played by the Wallabies. They move the ball well under pressure in their own 22 and Mitchell eventually hammers it deep into Welsh territory.


The Welsh lineout hasn’t functioned too well, though, and Wales lose possession again. Beale clears after an Aussie lineout just five metres out and Wales will have to build from the 10-metre line.


And it’s worked well as a dodgy bounce robs Mitchell of time and his hurried clearance makes next to no metres


Welsh possession in their own half. They’re still keen to keep ball in hand but are eventually forced to put boot to ball.


Penalty to Australia. Mike Harris will kick for goal. The man who destroyed Welsh hopes of a win in Melbourne in June can’t replicate that success, though, as he slips on impact and sends the ball wide of the sticks.


More subs - Off: Toby Faletau; On: Justin Tipuric and Off: Matthew Rees; On: Ken Owen. Still no tries in Cardiff then but it’s been a decent game so far. Evenly contested, just as it was in June when the Wallabies broke Welsh hearts in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.


Poor lineout from Wales. Australia tidy up and Ashley-Cooper kicks to touch after some lovely hands out wide.


Beale misses touch and Wales attack. Bit more ping pong and Wales win territory as Phipps sends one out on the full.


Lovely kick from Liam Williams. He’s whacked that fully 50 metres downfield. The crow is in full cry with the unofficial Welsh anthem - 'Feed me until I want no more'


PENALTY: No problem for Leigh Halfpenny from directly in front and just 15 metres out. Wales lead 12-9 then as we hit the hour mark at the Millennium Stadium.


Barnes is playing advantage for Nathan Sharpe’s failure to roll away in the tackle. Wales look to go wide but they run out of numbers and Halfpenny will instead go for the posts.


Australia offend again inside the Wales half and Priestland punishes them with a huge kick to the corner. It’s finished just seven metres short and Wales are on the attack again.


Poor lineout from Rees and co results in an Aussie turnover through Pocock. Chance wasted for Wales.


Penalty to Wales for crossing in midfield. It’s too far for even Halfpenny’s boot, though, so Priestland puts it into touch.


PENALTY: Halfpenny levels affairs at 9-all


Welsh scrum on the Aussie 10-metre line then and it’s a good one from the home pack. Barnes raises his arm to signal a Welsh penalty and Halfpenny points to the posts.


There’s a break in play while Roberts gets some strapping applied to his left arm.


Berrick Barnes releases Drew Mitchell and the winger dinks inside before being stopped by the alert Halfpenny. The Wallabies snorting like a dangerous animal... but the visitors turn into a bunch of tame kittens second later, spinning it wide and chucking the ball straight into touch. Australia are then penalised for knock-on.


More subs - Off: Kane Douglas; On: Mike Hooper


Mike Phillips does well when he gathers scrappy line-out ball inside his 22 despite being under pressure from the Wallabies forwards.


Digby Ioane is on for the Wallabies and he makes an immediate impact as he breaks two tackles and makes good yards in midfield.


Lovely kick from Beale. He curls one over the Welsh defensive line and rolls it into touch on the Welsh 22. Pressure on Rees and the Welsh lineout.


A poor Welsh kick sees the ball back in Wallaby hands through replacement hooker Stephen Moore. The visitors are past the Welsh 10-metre line but Barnes fluffs an a drop-goal attempt and their attacking chance is gone.


A mini kicking battle ends with a knock on from Liam Williams. Australia spread the ball wide right but Ryan Jones wins turnover ball and Wales look to go from deep.


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.


Wales seem to have lost their own line-out but the ball bounces in Scott Andrews's favour and the prop rumbles forward. Wales inch forward, Phillips controlling from the base.. 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.


The second half gets underway with some suibs - Ryan Jones for Luke Charteris and Stephen Moore for Tatafu Polota-Nau. Wales have started brightly. They’re on the edge of the Wallaby 22 and are looking dangerous.


Wales could level it up before they head to the changing rooms as Australia concede another penalty 38 metres from their line. Leigh Halfpenny removes some turf from his boots, closes his eyes, takes a deep breath... and boots his effort wide of the post for his first miss of the afternoon. Groans from the home fans and the players trudge off for the HALF-TIME breather. See you in 10 minutes.


Phipps puts up a high box kick, Cuthbert takes it calmly and Australia are pinged for not rolling away. Wales will have one more chance to attack before the break.


Welsh lineout 15 metres out. They’re trying to drive on but the Wallabies have dealt with that well and again they win a penalty at ruck time. That area is killing Wales right now.


PENALTY: Barnes has penalised Wales yet again - he deems Jamie Roberts to be too sluggish in moving his body from the tackle. Beale will kick for goal from just 35 metres out and this should be 9-6 to the Aussies.


Both teams make liberal use of the boot now and the Aussie who win that battle as Priestland puts it straight into touch from outside his 22.


Welsh lineout on halfway sees Jon Davies, Liam Williams and Cuthbert make hard yards to take play into the 22. However, Pocock again shows his mastery at the breakdown and Barnes pings Wales there yet again.


Penalty against Palu for failing to use his arms when tackling Matthew Rees. Big hit as well. Rees rode it but he must have felt that one.


It’s Aussie ball just inside the Welsh half. Patient phase play eventually results in a penalty as Warburton goes off his feet according to the referee. Beale will shoot for the sticks. After two cracking kicks he loses his radar and sends this one just wide of the far post from 40 metres out.


Wales are starting to dominate and are causing plenty of problems with ball in hand. Pocock’s proving a problem, though, and he’s won his side a penalty in their own half.


More good attacking work from Wales as Williams races through and kicks on. Beale covers superbly, though, and Australia can eventually clear.


PENALTY: That’s a big swing. Wales could have been celebrating a seven pointer but instead we’re all square again as Beale fires one over from halfway - 6-all.


The TMO rules no try, and it’s the right call. Wycliff Palu got to it first and dotted down! Wales are penalised immediately after the 22 drop out and Beale will kick for the sticks.


Solid Welsh scrum sets Wales on their way. Halfpenny picks a beautiful line and races all the way from one 22 to the other. He chips ahead but Wyclif Palu just – and – mean just beats Warburton and Faletau to the loose ball.


PENALTY: Halfpenny makes him pay in someway at least as he slots over the 35 metre penalty. 6-3 to Wales


Welsh patience pays off as Pocock is pinged for coming off his feet. Cynical from the Aussie openside as he stops Wales from winning quick ball.


Superb stuff over the ball from the returning David Pocock but the clearance that follows isn’t the biggest. Wales win the lineout and they’ve kept possession through Toby Faletau and Liam Williams among others.


A deliberate knock on from Nick Phipps gives Wales another penalty and again they go to touch. They’ve driven the lineout into the 22 but they’ve been turned over at the breakdown.


PENALTY: Leigh Halfpenny takes a shot at 52m out. It's 3-3


PENALTY: Kurtley Beale takes the advantage of 74% possession and knocks over a penalty kick. 3-0


First real attack from Wales and it comes from their own line as Cuthbert races deep into Aussie territory. Barnes tackles the Welsh wing into touch so it’s a Wallaby lineout but Wales have at least showed their intent. That was an adventurous foray which had the home fans singing. The men in red have some fire in their belly...


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.


It's a disjointed start from Wales. Adam Andrews penalised in the scrum and Beale turns the screw by finding touch 5m from Wales's line-out.


Cracking defence from Wales to force the Aussies backwards and win the put in at the scrum just five metres from their own line. Great stuff.


Scott Andrews is penalised for collapsing the scrum. Beale kicks to touch and it’s an Aussie lineout five metres out.


The Wallabies should have just claimed the opening try. Adam Ashley-Cooper Ashley-Cooper making Rhys Prisetland look like a novice, running through Wales's beleaguered flyhalf. However, he threw a forward pass as a 2 on 1 opened up on the 22. Lucky escape for Wales.


Luke Charteris returns to the playing field - that was just a concussion test and he is cleared Ryan Jones returns to the bench.


The visitors dominating early possession. A cute chip from Berrick Barnes behind the inexperienced Liam Williams, but the Scarlets youngster - despite a slip - finds Leigh Halfpenny, who kicks downfield.


Great defence from Wales forces Beale to infringe at ruck time. Big cheer from the Cardiff crowd and an even bigger one as Charteris surprisingly returns.


Wales are pinged again at the breakdown. Same offence as the first one. It’s out of kicking range, though, so the Wallabies go for touch.


Bad news for Wales as Luke Charteris is forced to leave the field after taking a heavy knock when attempting to tackle Scott Higginbotham. Are Wales cursed when it comes to second rows? Ryan Jones is on.


Kurtley Beale's effort wobbles wide of the uprights.


Still Wallaby ball but Wales are pushing them sideways. Nick Cummins makes hard yards down the right touchline and Wales are penalised for not releasing the tackled player two phases later.


Adam Ashley Cooper tries to take on the Wales defence but Jamie Roberts takes him to ground with a fine tackle.


Rhys Priestland clears to touch but the Wallabies take it quickly and they have possession just inside the Welsh half


Kurtley Beale gets the game under way, kicking down the throat of the reliable Alex Cuthbert.


The teams have taken to the field for the anthems. We are minutes away from the action!


Wales coach Warren Gatland said this week: 'It is important for confidence and to go into the Six Nations to get a win. We need to start well and build on the second-half performance against New Zealand. The players need to play with the ability they have, and with a smile on their faces. Not many teams dominate the All Blacks like we did in the second half.'


The teams are going through their final pre-match routines and the atmosphere is electric already!


Jonathan Davies, of BBC Sport fame, had this to say: 'Wales have a way of playing which is bash, bash, bash down the middle and if that does not work, then there is no alternative. It is rather stagnant at the moment.'


The question Welsh fans want answered is: How will the final episode of the soap opera end? Will Wales continue on their downslide and slump to a seventh loss on the trot? Or will there be a happy ending, with the World Cup semifinalists ending their worst run in nine years and securing a place in the top eight of the world rankings?


Welcome to the Millennium Stadium where we await the arrival of the Welsh and Australian teams. Wales will be hoping to end their horror run of defeats, while Australia, in turn, will be looking to give captain Nathan Sharpe the perfect send-off after an illustrious Wallaby career which has seen him claim 116 caps. The towering second row is the second most capped Wallaby of all time, with scrum half George Gregan (139) the only player ahead of him. He will be playing Wales for a record 14th time.
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