Wales v Australia: Live blog brings you the latest news, views and nonsense from the Millennium Stadium. Get involved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet him @Timwellspent.
By Tim Hart
Published: 8am 6 November 2010
4.21pm: Wales need to build on from this and hopefully get a better result against South Africa next Saturday.
4.20pm: Should Wales be too downbeat? Losing by nine points against an Australian team who beat New Zealand last week and are second in the world is not that bad.
4.18pm: Man of the match has to be Australia’s Kurtley Beale. He’s been simply brilliant all day.
4.17pm: That’s it. Final score: Wales 16-25 Australia
4.15pm: Australia keep taking the simple tap from the penalties as they look to sign off in style.
4.14pm: Wales concede another stupid penalty for kicking the ball on the floor and within a matter of seconds yet another one. This time Mark Chisholm was offside.
4.13pm: Martyn Williams shows a little creativity to try and put Will Harries in the clear. But great defensive work by Drew Williams stops Wales in their tracks.
4.10pm: Australia are on the attack again and Ben Robinson breaks through the Welsh defence but it’s brought back for a scrum.
4.09pm: O’Connor ignores the boos to score the penalty to make it Wales 16-25 Australia
4.06pm: Shane Williams is on the break but what’s this? The referee has blown his whistle for offside against Dan Biggar. It’s the correct decision but the players keep playing until the Wales have been held up in Australia’s 22. The ball is brought all the way back to Wales’ 22 for a James O’Connor penalty.
4.04pm: The ball is converted by Dan Biggar: Wales 16-22 Australia
4.03pm: Australia hold firm this time but the ball falls to Richie Rees who runs over from 5 metres out to get Wales’ first try. Wales 14-22 Australia.
4.02pm: Wales opt for a second scrum and another penalty is awarded. And the referees told the players if there’s one more collapsing of the scrum it will be a penalty try.
4.01pm: It’s another scrum and once again Australia concede a penalty. They will have to sort their scrummaging out before next year’s World Cup.
3.59pm: It’s been referred to the TV referee. Replays suggest the ball is just short and that’s the decision given. Alun Wyn Jones doesn’t get his try.
3.58pm: Gatland’s changes make an instant impact. Williams turns the ball over and they take the ball to the Australia line. There’s about 20 players on the line, you can’t see anything but Wales think they have scored a try.
3.57pm: Wales have made three changes. Martyn Williams is on Sam Warburton, Dan Biggar on for Mike Phillips and Richie Rees for Stephen Jones.
3.56pm: O’Connor takes the penalty and it’s Wales 9-22 Australia
3.55pm: Cross-field kick from Cooper to O’Connor who cuts through the Wales defence. He’s stopped by Shanklin but he tackled the player before he collected and is rightly sin-binned by the referee. Penalty to Australia.
3.53pm: That was Alexander’s last contribution as he’s replaced by James Slipper.
3.53pm: O’Connor misses the conversion.
3.51pm: Try for Australia’s prop Ben Alexander. He can’t scrummage but he’s got his first try for the Wallabies. Wales 9-19 Australia.
3.48pm: Beautiful play by Kurtley Beale. He takes on the Welsh team single handedly but as he makes the line James Hook tackles him and Beale knocks it on. Wales scrum on their 5 metre line and what a surprise the referee gives a penalty to Wales. It’s dead props walking for Australia.
3.46pm: Good defence by Wales and there’s a turnover by Adam Jones. The ball is shipped out to the wing to Will Harries who goes on a run. However, he hits a brick wall and can only give the ball to Adam Ashley-Cooper.
3.43pm: Play has been stopped because of an injury to Faingaa. It’s a blood injury. The pause in play has been filled by a rendition of Bread of Heaven.
3.40pm: Despite the scoreline Wales are still dominating the scrums and they force another penalty. Can Jones get this one? Yes he can. Wales 9-14 Australia.
3.39pm: Wales somewhat fortunate that Quade Cooper conceded a forward pass otherwise another try was on the cards for Australia.
3.37pm: James O’Connor gets the conversion and it’s now Wales 6-14 Australia. Is there anyway back for Wales? It doesn’t look good.
3.35pm: David Pocock again gets a turnover and Australia are deadly on the counter-attack. James O’Connor sprints down the wing and lays it off to Kurtley Beale for his fifth TRY for Australia. Bradley Davies and Jonathan Thomas could just not keep pace with them.
3.34pm: Every time Shanklin gets the ball the crowd gets a little more vocal but the Australian defence is too strong.
3.33pm: Yes is the answer to that rhetorical question. As soon it was asked Matt Giteau made a handling error and Wales get the ball back.
3.32pm: Some resolute defending from Wales and Jonathan Thomas in particular but can they survive this Australia onslaught?
3.30pm: Great kick by James O’Connor. Jonathan Thomas can only watch it as it finds the corner. Nothing comes from the line-out.
3.29pm: We resume the game and no changes have been made.
3.26pm: Wales have to do more the same in the second half. Contain the Australians and attack in the right areas. It might be boring but how much would we love the win?
3.20pm: Our Swansea reporter Dean Thomas has this to say on Twitter: “Pack keeping us in this one – great effort. Now put Czekaj on at full back, Hook 13 with Bishop and let’s attack them.”
3.15pm: Half-time – Wales 6-7 Australia
3.15pm: Stephen Jones had the opportunity to put Wales back in the lead just before the break but he misses the penalty.
3.12pm: Shane Williams picks up the ball and tries to go through a wall of Australian players. And Williams forces a high tackle from Quade Cooper. Williams is a bit shaken but it means a penalty for Wales.
3.10pm: Australia are attacking in waves and they’re short by 5 metres. But thankfully Australia are penalised for double movement and Wales can clear with a penalty.
3.08pm: James O’Connor with the penalty from Wales’ 10m line but he spoons it to great cheers from the crowd.
3.07pm: Oooh. That’s a high tackle from Tom Shanklin. And there’s a second one from Matthew Rees! No surprises it’s a penalty to Australia.
3.06pm: Jones gets the penalty. It’s now Wales 6-7 Australia. Credit must go to Sam Warburton whose turnover led that penalty.
3.04pm: Shane Williams went on one of his runs but he’s stopped in his tracks. Wales’ line-out 10 metres from Australia line. Penalty to Wales. Stephen Jones will kick for goal.
3.02pm: The golden child of Australia James O’Connor kicks his ball straight out of play so it’s a Wales’ line-out on the halfway line.
2.58pm: After a couple of minutes of play in the middle of the pitch Wales force themselves into the Australia 22. But Pocock turns the ball over again.
2.54pm: Tom Shanklin looks like he is going to break through but Andrew Bishop is adjudged to have passed the ball forward to Shanklin so play is brought back for the scrum.
2.53pm: One man not making any errors, though, is Gethin Jenkins. He wins a turnover, Wales’ third of the match. Simply magnificent play.
2.52pm: Another stupid penalty conceded by Wales; this time for being offside. These errors could ultimately cost the men in red.
2.51pm: A rare Stephen Jones miss from the penalty means the score remains Wales 3-7 Australia.
2.50pm: Once again Wales destroy the Australian scrum. Gethin Jenkins forcing Australia to concede the penalty.
2.5opm: Great pressure by Wales there forcing an Australian error. Knock-on and Wales get the scrum.
2.47pm: Alas Sam Warburton has given away another penalty.
2.46pm: The noise levels are picking up as Wales keep forcing Australia back. Great pressure this, Wales are getting ever closer as they’re in the 14th phase.
2.44pm: Wales get the advantage in the scrum with Australia’s Ben Alexander giving away a penalty and it means a bit of relief for Wales.
2.42pm: Australia looking dangerous again but a forward pass by Will Genia means it’s a Wales scrum.
2.42pm: Now all of a sudden Wales are on the offensive. It’s end to end stuff this.
2.41pm: James O’Connor gets the simple conversion to make it 7-3 to Australia
2.40pm: Kurtley Beale was somehow denied from going over to score a try but within 20 seconds David Pocock, the man of the moment does get the five points. Australia 5-3 Wales
2.37pm: And as I say that Sam Warburton was offside. Australia have a penalty and within a minute they’re now five metres from the Welsh line.
2.36pm: Australia have made a nervy start. First a sloppy penalty and then a couple of poor passes. Wales on top in the early stage.
2.35pm: And there it is! Wales are 3-0 up. Australia will be disappointed with the soft penalty conceded there.
2.34pm: Early opportunity for Wales with a penalty about 30 metres out. Should be no problem for Stephen Jones.
2.29pm: The Australians are good in voice but wait for this…Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau!
2.27pm: And there are the flames, the drums, the dramatic music. Matthew Rees leads his men on to the hallowed turf. Here come the shivers again. I love this time of year!
2.25pm: They’re coming out on to the pitch. Parts of the stadium are still looking pretty empty; they must be getting in those last minute pints before kick-off
2.18pm: Why is it when Delilah is sung in this Stadium it always sends shivers down the spine? Why, Oh Why Deliliah!
2.17pm: There’s two Kiwi coaches today; Wales’ Warren Gatland and Australia’s Robbie Deans. No matter what anybody says New Zealand have the biggest influence on world rugby.
2.14pm: Tell you what the Movember movement is being well advocated in the Millennium Stadium today.
2.10pm: Robbie Deans, the so-called best coach in the world, looks remarkably confident and relaxed. Wait until he hears the roar of 75,000 fans!
2pm: Wales are ninth in the IRB World rankings whereas Australia are second. If that’s anything to go by this could be a one-sided match.
1.20pm: It seems that not everybody is so keen on the rugby. Our Political Commentator said this on Twitter: ‘Away from rugby hype for a walk on Pembrokeshire Coastal path.’
1pm: It’s an hour and a half until the big kick-off. Here’s a reminder of the teams:
15 James Hook, 14 Will Harries, 13 Tom Shanklin, 12 Andrew Bishop, 11 Shane Williams, 10 Stephen Jones, 9 Mike Phillips; 1 Gethin Jenkins, 2 Matthew Rees (captain), 3 Adam Rhys-Jones, 4 Bradley Davies, 5 Alun Wyn-Jones, 6 Dan Lydiate, 7 Sam Warburton, 8 Jonathan Thomas.
Replacements: 16 Huw Bennett, 17 Paul James, 18 Deiniol Jones, 19 Martyn Williams, 20 Richard Rees, 21 Dan Biggar, 22 Chris Czekaj.
15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O’Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia; 1 Benn Robinson, 2 Stephen Moore, 3 Ben Alexander, 4 Mark Chisholm, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 6 Rocky Elsom (captain), 7 David Pocock, 8 Ben McCalman.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 James Slipper, 18 Dean Mumm, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Luke Burgess, 21 Berrick Barnes, 22 Lachie Turner.
12.30pm: I’m making my way through the centre of Cardiff and there’s helicopters overhead and sirens aplenty. The city is absolutely packed! It can mean only one thing; it’s Wales v Australia.