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As it happened: Wallabies v All Blacks

Published: 10:25PM Saturday October 20, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

The Wallabies hosted the All Blacks in the third and final Bledisloe Cup Test from Brisbane.

FULLTIME Wallabies 18 All Blacks 18 - What drama! The Wallabies attempted to set-up for drop-goal but just when they looked like striking one from 15 metres out, they are penalised for diving over the ruck. The All Blacks then launched an attack that took them all way up to the 22 but Dan Carter's drop-goal just goes wide. So the winning streak is over for the All Blacks! Report to come.

74mins: Wallabies 18 All Blacks 18 - The Wallabies win another penalty after Owen Franks is pinged for not rolling away at the ruck. Mike Harris kicks the relatively easy shot and we are level again.

70mins: Wallabies 15 All Blacks 18 - The Wallabies are having a huge meltdown here! Adam Ashley-Cooper drops an easy bomb and Nick Phipps picks up the ball in an off-side position. Carter steps up and gives the All Blacks the lead for the first time since the 26th minute. Victor Vito meanwhile comes on to the field for Liam Messam..

68mins: Wallabies 15 All Blacks 15 - Luke Romano comes on to the field for Brodie Retallick. The official crowd is meanwhile just over 51,000.

67mins: Wallabies 15 All Blacks 15 - Australia fluff a defensive lineout and the All Blacks go oh so close to scoring the Test's first try. Eventually the Wallabies slip off-side and Carter makes it all square. Hooper has meanwhile re-entered the fray and he will play as a duel openside with Liam Gill.

63mins: Wallabies 15 All Blacks 12 - Some more changes for the All Blacks. Aaron Cruden comes on for Ma'a Nonu and that will push Carter out to second five-eighth while Piri Weepu is also on the field for Aaron Smith.

57mins: Wallabies 15 All Blacks 12 - Keven Melamu is pulled from the field and that is his 100th cap done and dusted. His good mate Andrew Hore is of course the replacement.

55mins: Wallabies 15 All Blacks 12 - Flanker Michael Hooper is sent to the bin after taking Aaron Smith out after he kicked the ball. It was cynical so you can't argue with that. Carter steps up and kicks the three points. The Australian lead is quickly eroding here!

53mins: Wallabies 15 All Blacks 6 - Dan Carter takes three points off the lead after the Wallabies infringe at the breakdown. A certain theme is developing here....

50mins: Wallabies 15 All Blacks 6 - Tony Woodcock renters the contest with Liam Messam who was forced off by the sinbinning. Charlie Faumuina is pulled from the field instead of the replacement Owen Franks while Conrad Smith is replaced too by Ben Smith.  On the field, Richie McCaw is pinged at the breakdown again and Kurtley Beale bangs over the penalty from 50 metres out.

41mins: Wallabies 12 All Blacks 6 - And Dan Carter kicks off for the All Blacks. Can the Wallabies make the world champions pay while they only have 14 men?

HALFTIME: Wallabies 12 All Blacks 6 - Joubert stands true to his word and sends Tony Woodcock to the bin on the stroke of halftime for infringing at the breakdown. Harris steps up and doubles the lead and the All Blacks will have to once again - after trailing South Africa in Johannesburg at halftime - come from behind to keep their winning streak intact.

33mins: Wallabies 9 All Blacks 6 - Now the Wallabies are penalised for infringing at the breakdown through former Harbour man Mike Harris. Carter unbelievably misses it though from a handy position.

31mins: Wallabies 9 All Blacks 6 - Richie McCaw is pinged at the breakdown again and that has prompted Joubert to give out a warning to the All Blacks. Next man is in the bin apparently. Harris bangs over the easy penalty to retake the lead for the home side.

27mins: Wallabies 6 All Blacks 6 - The Test reaches boiling point when Scott Higginbotham drops a knee on to Richie McCaw (who else?). They continue to wrestle on the ground and then both are given a stern warning by Craig Joubert. Australia win a penalty soon after and Harris nails it from 40 metres out.

11mins: Wallabies 3 All Blacks 6 - Aaron Smith very nearly opens the try scoring but he loses the ball as he attempts to burrow over. Australia was offside however and Carter adds the easy three.

8mins: Wallabies 3 All Blacks 3 - Kurtley Beale is cruelly penalised for not rolling away when he had no chance of getting out of the ruck and Dan Carter nails the three points from 49 metres out. Wow!

4mins: Wallabies 3 All Blacks 0 - Great start from the Wallabies! From the kick off Adam Ashley-Cooper charges down Aaron Smith's kick and the All Blacks are lucky to see the ball roll dead. But after Australia win the 22 restart through Scott Higginbotham, Keven Mealamu is pinged at the breakdown and Mike Harris nails the penalty from wide out.

1mins: Wallabies 0 All Blacks 0 - Keven Mealamu rightfully lead the All Blacks out to the field and the infamous AIG is conspicuous for all to see. It's a warm 20 degrees in Brisbane and that should suit running rugby. Piri Weepu led the Ka Pango haka much to the excitement of the 50,000 plus crowd before Kurtley Beale finally kicks off. Game on!

Pre-Match

Motivation is everywhere for the Wallabies and All Blacks in tonight's return to Suncorp Stadium, where Australia claimed a Tri Nations sealing win 14 months ago.

Australia are looking to regain trans-Tasman pride, end a long New Zealand unbeaten run and give skipper Nathan Sharpe a fitting farewell on home soil while the All Blacks will want to celebrate popular hooker Keven Mealamu's 100th Test in style.

New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup it's held since 2003 with 27-19 and 22-0 wins in August.

After the second Test loss at Eden Park Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said it was hard for any team to compete with an All Black side in that form.

Since then they have registered their 15th and 16th straight wins smashing Argentina 54-15 and South Africa 32-16 while on the road.

The Wallabies denied them a record-equalling 17th Test win in Hong Kong in 2010 and they won't want to suffer the same fate.

Fourteen All Blacks from the 25-20 Tri Nations deciding loss - their last defeat - remain in the highly-experienced New Zealand side.

In contrast, four of Australia's backline are starting their first trans-Tasman Test and only Sharpe has ever sipped from the Bledisloe Cup - way back in 2002.

Australia: 15-Mike Harris, 14-Nick Cummins, 13-Ben Tapuai, 12-Pat McCabe, 11-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10-Kurtley Beale, 9-Nick Phipps, 8-Wycliff Palu, 7-Michael Hooper, 6-Scott Higginbotham, 5-Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4-Sitaleki Timani, 3-James Slipper, 2-Tatafu Polota Nau, 1-Benn Robinson.

Reserves: 16-James Hanson, 17-Sekope Kepu, 18-Kane Douglas, 19-Dave Dennis, 20-Liam Gill, 21-Brett Sheehan, 22-Drew Mitchell.

New Zealand: 15-Israel Dagg, 14-Cory Jane, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Ma'a Nonu, 11-Hosea Gear, 10-Daniel Carter, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Kieran Read, 7-Richie McCaw (captain), 6-Liam Messam, 5-Sam Whitelock, 4-Brodie Retallick, 3-Charlie Faumuina, 2-Keven Mealamu, 1-Tony Woodcock.

Reserves: 16-Andrew Hore, 17-Owen Franks, 18-Luke Romano, 19-Victor Vito, 20-Piri Weepu, 21-Aaron Cruden, 22-Ben Smith

Referee: Craig Joubert

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