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As it happened: Australia 15-6 Wales

2015-10-10 17:20
Last Updated at 17:10
10 Oct 19:43
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10 Oct 19:42
Australia have played themselves into serious World Cup title contenders. Scotland surely won't stand much chance against them. 
10 Oct 19:41
Full time: Australia 15-6 Wales. So the Springboks will play Wales in the RWC quarter-finals at Twickenham next Saturday while the Wallabies take on Scotland.
10 Oct 19:40
80' They tap and go, but a knock-on follows. It's a big win for Australia. Down to 13 men conceding penalty after penalty on their own try line, but they didn't concede. 
10 Oct 19:38
79' Wales penalty deep in their own half.
10 Oct 19:37
78' Foley misses the penalty, but it won't matter.
10 Oct 19:36
77' Wales must make something happen right now if they are to turn this around. But it's not to be. Right wing Alex Cuthbert is sent to the bin for a deliberate knock-on and Australia are home and dry.
10 Oct 19:33
75' Australia have the penalty about 60m out. Every second that Wales don't have the ball is agony for them now. 
10 Oct 19:31
75' It looks like the Springboks will avoid the Wallabies in the quarter-finals, but Wales have shown once more tonight that they are a world class side. It hasn't been the most attractive game of RWC 2015, but it has been one of the fiercest. 
10 Oct 19:30
74' Wales desperate now but the Wallabies defence has been unreal tonight. 
10 Oct 19:28
72' Easy as you like from Foley. Aus 15-6 Wales. 
10 Oct 19:27
71' Substitute Kurtley Beale knocks on but the Wallabies have a penalty right in front. This could be the killer blow from Foley, who won't miss this.
10 Oct 19:26
70' Wallabies now have their tails up and are looking good moving forward! Folau makes the break! 
10 Oct 19:25
69' Penalty Australia! Adam Ashley Cooper makes the tackle and Wales penalised for holding on! How much pressure did the Wallabies soak up there? They clear their lines and take play up towards the half way line.
10 Oct 19:24
68' Another penalty for Wales! Aus have 14 men on the field as Nick Phipps comes on for Genia. Wales set up the lineout this time. 
10 Oct 19:21
67' Held up again! Wales will have yet another scrum 5m out. How much longer can this defence hold on for? 
10 Oct 19:20
66' Wales still 5m out! They have to score! 
10 Oct 19:18
64' Scrum reset twice now. This Wallaby defence has been immense.
10 Oct 19:16
62' Wow! Wales got knocked back about 30m there but kept the ball. They had numbers out wide and George North charged for the line. But he is held up! Scrum Wales 5m out.
10 Oct 19:14
61' Huge Welsh scrum but Giteau, now playing scrumhalf, makes a big tackle. 
10 Oct 19:13
60' Another penalty to Wales and Dean Mumm is sent to the bin for taking out a player without the ball. Australia down to 13 men! Wales go for the scrum 5m out.
10 Oct 19:12
59' NO TRY! Faletau is adjudged to have knocked it on! But Wales have another penalty 5m out for another offside. 
10 Oct 19:11
59' TRY Wales? It really looks like it is! But Craig Joubert has gone upstairs for concerns over a knock-on. It was Faletau in possession. 
10 Oct 19:10
58' Wales go for the rolling maul and Stephen Moore gives away another penalty! Wales go for another lineout.
10 Oct 19:10
58' Wales go for the rolling maul and Stephen Moore gives away another penalty! Wales go for another lineout.
10 Oct 19:10
58' Wales go for the rolling maul and Stephen Moore gives away another penalty! Wales go for another lineout.
10 Oct 19:09
57' Penalty Wales! They tap and go quickly but Australia are not 10m back! And it's a yellow card for Will Genia for making the tackle when he knew he wasn't 10m back! Big moment this! Wales set up the lineout!
10 Oct 19:07
57' Wales now have it 30m out.
10 Oct 19:06
55' Wales get into the Australian 22m area but again the Wallabies turn it over on the ground. This time it's Fardy. The Wallaby dominance at the breakdown really starting to emerge as a deciding factor in this match.
10 Oct 19:04
54' Aus can't win their own lineout, Wales look to bash it forward and then win the scrum about 30m out.
10 Oct 19:02
53' Wales win an aerial ball inside the Australian half and look to move it quickly. But again the execution in their line is poor.
10 Oct 19:00
51' Foley is accurate from right in front. Aus 12-6 Wales.
10 Oct 19:00
50' Wales keep hanging on and get another turnover! But Stuart Berry is having a word from the sideline and Wales No 8 Taulupe Faletau is penalised for a neck roll. easy three points on the way.
10 Oct 18:57
49' David Pocock has now made more turnovers than any other player at RWC 2015.
10 Oct 18:56
48' Australia win a scrum on the right touchline 22m out after Wales, who turned the ball over under serious pressure, lost it forward.
10 Oct 18:55
47' Foley bombs one miles into the sky but Israel Folau is penalised for contact off the ball.
10 Oct 18:53
46' They get up the 22m area but then Pocock is all over the ball at the breakdown and wins the penalty.
10 Oct 18:53
46' Wales looking to string some phases together just inside the Aussie half.
10 Oct 18:52
45' It's safe to say that the Springboks will have an extremely tough quarter-final whatever happens here.
10 Oct 18:51
44' Wales try and move it through the backline but they run out of space and also end up in touch. Aus take the lineout quickly, Foley kicks deep, and Wales then find the touch. 
10 Oct 18:50
43' The Welsh defence rushes the Aussie backline and the pressure sees the men in gold throw it into touch! 
10 Oct 18:49
42' But a loose pass from David Pocock gives wales the ball and they clear to the half way line.
10 Oct 18:48
42' Wales can't clear their lines after the kick-off and Australia are in possession 22m out.
10 Oct 18:48
41' Foley starts the second half ...
  • 80'

    Australia win the ball at the scrum and boot it out. That's it and top spot in the pool. Australia win this thanks to their defence. The Wallabies will play Scotland in the quarter-finals. Wales face South Africa. Thanks for joining us!

  • 80'


  • 78'

    Australia try to come through the backs but a good tackle from Roberts ends up forcing them back. Wales then win a penalty for holding on and try to run it. The Wallaby defence is well in place though and Wales knock it on. We'll have a final scrum but that will be it.

  • 77'

    A first miss of the evening from Foley, who pushes this to the right. Will that make a difference? Probably not.

  • 76'

    Huge scrum from Australia who get the ball and charge forward. Australia then go wide and it's a blatant intentional knock-on from Cuthbert. We're going to the TMO but he's in trouble.

  • 76'

    YELLOW CARD, WALES, CUTHBERT! No idea what Cuthbert was thinking there, he just batted the ball away and is sin-binned for his troubles. There's no penalty try but that's the end of Wales' hopes of a comeback surely.

  • 75'

    Poor mistake from Australia as Polota-Nau's throw isn't straight. Still, Australia will probably take the scrum here, it will waste some more time.

  • 74'

    Good scrum by Australia as Aaron Jarvis is penalised. Australia will kick for touch and have the ball in Welsh territory.

  • 73'

    Folau is really struggling but Australia have no replacements left so he'll soldier on for the last seven minutes.

  • 73'

    Meanwhile worrying news for Wales as Liam Williams limps off. James Hook replaces him but that looks serious for Williams. Let's hope that's not the tournament over for him.

  • 72'

    Wales need to chance their arm a bit. Ross Moriarty is on for them. Still they keep trying the high ball and despite his break earlier Folau doesn't look fit. However there's a knock-on so Australia will get it back.

  • 71'

    PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY! 15-6: It's now a two-score lead. Australia didn't concede a point while down to 13 and that might end up being the difference.

  • 69'

    It's Australia who have the ball and Folau breaks through. He slips but still they had a glorious chance. It eventually goes begging though when Simmons doesn't throw the ball wide with a huge overlap. They end up knocking on but we'll come back for a penalty. Australia back up to 15.

  • 68'

    Incredible defence from Australia and after the maul is stopped, Ashley-Cooper sprints up and nails North before earning the penalty after getting to his feet immediately.

  • 67'

    Wales get the penalty at the scrum so they'll kick to the corner. Nick Phipps is on as Genia's sin-bin runs out. Still one extra man for Wales.

  • 66'

    North is nearly in but stopped, and then Liam Williams is held up over the line. It will be another Welsh scrum.

  • 66'

    We've got a little delay as Giteau gets some treatment. This Australian defence is taking its toll. Australia ring the changes with Kurtley Beale, Matt Toomua and Tatafu Polota-Nau all on.

  • 65'

    Wales keep coming but Australia hold. Surely the try will come...

  • 64'

    The ball at least goes in this time but the scrum drops immediately so another reset. Craig Joubert has a word with Stephen Moore over the movement before the put-in.

  • 63'

    The scrum goes sideways so we'll have a reset. It could all be down to this with Wales looking to take advantage of their two extra men.

  • 62'

    What a chance! Wales work the overlap and North is away. He's brought down by last man Foley and then McCalman gets under North as he gets up and tries to place it.

  • 60'

    Wales get the nudge but Australia hold and then Davies is stopped when he has a dart. Still a huge chance for Wales. They go through the backs and Australia are up quickly. Folau is almost in for the interception but knocks on. Wales still have the ball but are now 30 metres out.

  • 59'

    YELLOW CARD, AUSTRALIA, MUMM! Australia down to 13 as Dean Mumm knocks the ball away from Alun Wyn Jones in the lineout but is penalised for playing the man in the air. Joubert decides that's a succession of infringements and it's a yellow card. Even bigger news as Pocock limps off to be replaced by Rob Simmons. Wales have taken the scrum.

  • 58'

    Good Australian defence but Wales are a metre out and Faletau looks to be over. We're going to the TMO to check if there was a knock-on just before.

  • 58'

    It was knocked on by Faletau but it was penalty advantage so Wales will kick to the corner once more.

  • 57'

    Wales go for the maul and Moore is penalised for swimming up the side. Wales kick to the corner again. This is going to be a key stretch in the game.

  • 56'

    YELLOW CARD, AUSTRALIA, GENIA! Huge danger as Foley is charged down and Kuridrani can't collect. Foley is back in time though and just about gets it away but when Wales come back Australia concede a penalty. Davies takes it quickly and is tackled by Genia who is sin-binned.

  • 55'

    Wales get it out and then go through Roberts trucking it up. Foley looks shaken up but Australia get it back in the ruck and earn a scrum when it doesn't come out.

  • 53'

    First change from Wales as Tomas Francis replaces Samson Lee. His first involvement will be at a Welsh scrum after the ball didn't emerge from the last ruck.

  • 52'

    Jamie Roberts has many talents, but that's a poor pass. He goes for the huge miss-pass and it's miles in front of Cuthbert who ends up in touch. Wales steal the lineout though and are back in possession just outside the 22.

  • 50'

    PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY! 12-6: Australia are struggling to find a way through but Foley is keeping the scoreboard ticking over. The biggest lead of the game so far.

  • 49'

    Warburton gets a great turnover and Wales have a chance to clear but Faletau is spotted with a neck roll in the ruck so Australia will have the easy shot at goal.

  • 47'

    A cruel bounce away from Cuthbert allows Folau to claim the ball in Welsh territory. The defence holds but Williams concedes a scrum with a knock-on while tackling Mitchell. Australia make a change with Ben McCalman on for Sean McMahon.

  • 46'

    Australia are fuming after Foley puts up a high ball and Roberts gives the chasing Folau a nudge in the back which sees him collide with Anscombe. The Australian is penalised but poetic justice sees Biggar miss touch.

  • 45'

    We get a first real sight of George North with ball in hand and he gets Wales on the front foot. They then look to be away as Faletau collects Anscombe's beautiful miss-pass. Pocock then gets in at a ruck to earn a penalty, he's so quick at the breakdown.

  • 43'

    Wales do the same as Australia under pressure as an attempted offload goes forward and ends up with Alex Cuthbert going into touch. Mitchell takes it quickly and Foley clears deep. Good recovery from Davies but Australia will get it back around halfway.

  • 42'

    Very quick linespeed from the Welsh with their wingers up quickly and Foley throws a poor pass with Giteau eventually throwing it into touch over Ashley-Cooper and it's a Welsh lineout in Australian territory.

  • 41'

    Bernard Foley gets us back underway. Will we get a try in the next 40 minutes?

  • 41'

    Wales are under pressure from the kick-off after a great chase from Mitchell. Biggar eventually clears but straight to Folau who ghosts past the first man. Australia in possession on the 22 but Warburton gets a key interception and Gareth Davies grubbers it into touch. Wallabies on top to start the half.

  • 40'

    Warburton doesn't retreat after a sliced kick from Anscombe so Australia will have a final chance of the half. Giteau is taking on the long-range penalty. Surely he doesn't have the distance? It's 55 metres out.

  • 40'

    That was too far for Giteau but Australia go in 9-6 ahead after a tight first half. No tries but it's been very physical. Wales started the better but Australia have come back into it.

  • 40'


  • 39'

    Wow! For the first time in the tournament, Biggar misses a shot at goal, and it wasn't a difficult one. He just pulled it to the left.

  • 38'

    Genia goes offside at a ruck and Wales earn a penalty which should see us level just before the break.

  • 36'

    PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY! 9-6: Australia go back in front as Foley adds three more from a similar position to his first kick.

  • 35'

    Stupid mistake from Taulupe Faletau who kicks the ball out of the hand of Genia. Unlike Tipuric, he's spotted by Craig Joubert, who warns Sam Warburton about the penalties in the Welsh half.

  • 33'

    PENALTY, WALES, BIGGAR! 6-6: The kick became even easier with those extra ten metres and Biggar slots it. Wales back on level terms.

  • 32'

    Anscombe gets under a high ball and Wales are definitely winning the aerial battle. Australia then infringe at the ruck and Stephen Moore concedes ten further metres as he stops the quick tap.

  • 30'

    PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY! 6-3: No mistake from Foley and Australia lead for the first time. Wales will be pleased to have held out though, even if they conceded three.

  • 29'

    Australia are stopped short of the line and then when Genia goes through the backs, the Welsh defence is in place. The chance is almost gone when Tipuric kicks the ball out of Genia's hands but Liam Williams goes off his feet and this time Australia will kick for goal.

  • 27'

    Australia get the maul going and while Charteris gets through the maul, he then pulls it down. Giteau kicks to the corner as Australia turn down the three points to go for the try.

  • 26'

    Poor mistake from Justin Tipuric who comes in from the side and scoops up the ball in a ruck and is penalised. Australia kick the penalty into the 22.

  • 25'

    Folau looks tentative once again under a high ball and catches Biggar as he goes for the ball. It's a fair contest according to Craig Joubert as Biggar appeals for the penalty.

  • 24'

    PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY! 3-3: Over it goes from the right and Australia are back on level terms. They've dominated the last ten minutes after a good Welsh start.

  • 22'

    A big scrum from Australia earns them a penalty after a big effort from both sides. Foley will have the chance to level the scores now.

  • 21'

    Mitchell shakes off a number of tackles and Australia are on the front foot. Giteau then sends out a wide pass and Folau finds himself surrounded by Welshmen who hold him up to earn the scrum. The full-back, who was a doubt for this game, looks a little off the pace early on.

  • 20'

    A first sign of danger as Australia try a little change of direction and Drew Mitchell is almost away. The Welsh defence covers well though and forces him into touch.

  • 18'

    First sign of the battle at the breakdown with Scott Fardy in perfectly to earn a penalty for holding on. Australia will kick to touch and Foley sends it into the 22.

  • 17'

    Wales are really testing Australia under the high ball and even though Biggar's kick is not great, Bernard Foley can't claim it and Wales will get a scrum.

  • 15'

    Poor first touch for Anscombe as Wales go through the backs and he then kicks it straight out as he tried to push it for North to chase.

  • 14'

    Great work from Luke Charteris to earn a turnover on the Australian maul. Craig Joubert decides he was coming through the middle so when it doesn't come out, it's a Welsh scrum. That's what Charteris was brought in for.

  • 13'

    A big scrum from Australia and they earn the penalty. Scott Sio got the nudge on Samson Lee there with Wales under pressure.

  • 12'

    A messy scrum ends with Davies under pressure. Australia get it back at the next ruck and Ashley-Cooper tries a clever through the legs pass but it goes forward as Tevita Kuridrani is almost away.

  • 11'

    The ball is trapped in the ruck so Wales will get the scrum five metres out. Alun Wyn Jones isn't happy but it's a great situation for the Welsh. Meanwhile Biggar is trying to shake off a huge tackle from McMahon who didn't buy his dummy and nailed him.

  • 10'

    Wales on the front foot as they charge through their forwards. Australia hold firm but Wales are just five metres out...

  • 8'

    Great defence from Wales rushing up quickly in defence and as a result they earn a turnover with a great counterruck. Biggar then puts up a high kick but there was an advantage for tackling Davies in the ruck and Wales kick up to the 22.

  • 6'

    Australia are penalised for pushing early but Wales then knock on from the free-kick. The Wallabies will get a scrum in good position as a result.

  • 5'

    Adam Ashley-Cooper makes ground after a clearance kick from Biggar but Will Genia is then put under pressure at the base of the ruck and swallowed up in a maul that gives Wales a scrum just inside their own half.

  • 4'

    PENALTY, WALES, BIGGAR! 0-3: An easy one to start for Dan Biggar and Wales are off the mark.

  • 3'

    Australia stray offside as Wales go off the back of the scrum and it will be an easy three points for the Welsh to get us started.

  • 1'

    Early jump from Wales in the lineout and they concede a scrum. This will be a huge battle today.

  • 1'

    After an age Wales get the ball against the head. Gareth Davies sprints away and is scragged just short. Wales then come the other way and George North is held up. There had been a knock-on in the build-up though so Wales will get it back.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Rugby World Cup showdown between Australia and Wales from Twickenham in London. This is a crucial clash as the winners will finish top of Pool A while the losers face South Africa in the quarter-finals. Don't go away! We'll be back soon with team news from both sides.

  • 0'

    Australia have made three changes to the team that beat England last time out. Sean McMahon gets the nod at openside in place of the suspended Michael Hooper. Drew Mitchell replaces Rob Horne, who is injured, while Dean Mumm is preferred to Rob Simmons.

  • 0'

    Warren Gatland has made six changes to his team with the most notable decisions seeing Justin Tipuric start as Dan Lydiate recovers from an eye injury. George North is shifted to the centres, with a new-look back three featuring Gareth Anscombe, Alex Cuthbert and Liam Williams. There are also starts for Luke Charteris and Paul James, the latter making his first start of the tournament.

  • 0'

    Here we go. Dan Biggar gets us underway!

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Australia Wales
  • 0 Tries 0
  • 0 Conversions 0
  • 5 Penalties 2
    • 24' Bernard Foley
    • 30' Bernard Foley
    • 36' Bernard Foley
    • 50' Bernard Foley
    • 72' Bernard Foley
    • 4' Dan Biggar
    • 33' Dan Biggar
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 2 Yellow Cards 1
    • 56' Will Genia
    • 59' Dean Mumm
    • 76' Alex Cuthbert
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Scott Sio
  • Stephen Moore
  • Sekope Kepu
  • Kane Douglas
  • Dean Mumm
  • Scott Fardy
  • Sean McMahon
  • David Pocock
  • Will Genia
  • Bernard Foley
  • Drew Mitchell
  • Matt Giteau
  • Tevita Kuridrani
  • Adam Ashley-Cooper
  • Israel Folau
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  • Paul James
  • Scott Baldwin
  • Samson Lee
  • Luke Charteris
  • Alun Wyn Jones
  • Sam Warburton
  • Justin Tipuric
  • Taulupe Faletau
  • Gareth Davies
  • Dan Biggar
  • Liam Williams
  • Jamie Roberts
  • George North
  • Alex Cuthbert
  • Gareth Anscombe
  • Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • James Slipper
  • Greg Holmes
  • Rob Simmons
  • Ben McCalman
  • Nick Phipps
  • Matt Toomua
  • Kurtley Beale
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  • Ken Owens
  • Aaron Jarvis
  • Tomas Francis
  • Jake Ball
  • Ross Moriarty
  • Lloyd Williams
  • Rhys Priestland
  • James Hook

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