Summer Tests as they happened

England tackle South Africa in Durban after defeats for Wales - against Australia - and Ireland in New Zealand.

9 June 2012 Last updated at 19:03

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As it happened

  1. 1830: 

    It's been a great day of rugby, but for anyone keeping score, it ended 3-0 to the southern hemipshere. With two more Tests to come there's some hope for England and Wales at least, but if I was Ireland I'd be asking for a note from my mum excusing me from games for the next fortnight.

    That's me done, hope you enjoyed the day as much as I did, and come back next week when Mike Henson will be in the hot seat.

    I'm back in a fortnight - let's hope it's 1-1 across the board, it's always more fun when it's a decider.


    England boss Stuart Lancaster: "I take pride in the effort and endeavour from the first minute to the 80th. There was lots of good stuff in the first half, we were very positive and accurate in lots of areas.

    "In that third quarter they got on top of us a bit and they are very hard to stop when they have that momentum.

    "We're disappointed, it was one we could have won. I thought we were the better side in the first half - we played some good rugby but we weren't on top on the scoreboard.

    "We were a little bit short today but not by much."


    England captain Chris Robshaw: "We came out all guns blazing at the start of the second half, but unfortunately they got an early score and managed to build pressure on us. We always knew they were going to be very physical but we were never more than a score away from them.

    "The last 10 to 15 minutes showed we could put our game on the picth and move them around. But it is about doing that for the full 80 minutes, and not bits here and there."

  4. 1756: 

    So, where do England go from here? They looked more threatening when Toby Flood came on to attack the line at 10 - maybe he'll start at fly-half next weekend, with Owen Farrell shifting out to inside centre to form more of a ball-playing midfield? What is clear is that South Africa are likely to improve the longer the series goes on. They looked a little rusty in the first half but were much the better side after the break in Durban, and they'll be eyeing a 3-0 whitewash.

    FULL-TIME- South Africa 22-17 England

    The last word went to England as Ben Foden went over, but it was South Africa's power that was the decisive factor. They may not be the most aesthetically pleasing side in the world but rugby's not a beauty contest, and they'll be delighted to have started the Heynecke Meyer reign with a victory that was more emphatic than the scoreline suggests.

  6. 80 mins: 
    TRY (Foden)- South Africa 22-17 England

    Lovely break from Jonathan Joseph as England end on the attack. They sweep the ball back to the right and Ben Foden dives over for a fine try from Owen Farrell's floated pass.

  7. 79 mins: 
    South Africa 22-12 England

    On comes Jonathan Joseph for his England debut. Wonder what they said to him on the sidelines - go and win it for us Jonathan?

  8. 77 mins: 
    PENALTY (M Steyn)- South Africa 22-12 England

    Stick a fork in England, they're done.

  9. 76 mins: 
    South Africa 19-12 England

    England are stuck in their own 22. They need a converted try to draw and they have got 80m to go. The Boks promptly butcher the visitors at a scrum and leave them hanging on a hook in the freezer, ready for the braai - that was awesome power from the Bok eight.

  10. 73 mins: 
    South Africa 19-12 England

    Jean de Villiers is going to have a headache tomorrow morning as Manu Tuilagi bashes through him for a second time, but Frans Steyn scrags the England centre and he is penalised for not releasing. South Africa are back deep in England territory and surely they are dead and buried now.

  11. 68 mins: 
    PENALTY (M Steyn)- South Africa 19-12 England

    England's brief revival looks to have run out of steam as they fall offside trying to halt another surging Bok attack and Morne Styen lands the penalty.

  12. 65 mins: 
    PENALTY (Farrell)- South Africa 16-12 England

    Owen Farrell cuts the gap to four points. This one's going to the wire.

  13. 64 mins: 
    South Africa 16-9 England

    JP Pietersen runs a kick back but is penalised for holding on. Surely England can't come back from the battering they've been taking?

  14. 62 mins: 
    PENALTY (Farrell)- South Africa 16-9 England

    Ben Foden claims the kick-off and gets to within 10m of the South Africa line. The hosts infringe and England are back within a converted score.

  15. 60 mins: 
    TRY (De Villiers, missed con M Steyn)- South Africa 16-6 England

    It had to come. Bryan Habana embarks on another electric incision and when the Boks sweep the ball right, JP Pietersen sets up Jean de Villiers to batter through the exposed Mike Brown to score.

  16. 59 mins: 
    South Africa 11-6 England

    South Africa are crashing into England in wave after wave of attacks and it seems inevitable they will erode away the chalky white cliffs of the visitors sooner rather than later.

  17. 57 mins: 

    Big escape for England as JP Pietersen is bundled into touch five metres out. Owen Farrell and Jean de Villiers discuss matters in intemperate fashion but referee Steve Walsh is not overly concerned.

  18. 55 mins: 
    South Africa 11-6 England

    England bring on Toby Flood in place of Brad Barritt, sporting a shiner Biffer Bacon would have been proud of (kids, ask your dad). That weakens the midfield defence but ups the attacking weaponry. South Africa are penalised at a scrum but Owen Farrell's attempt to raise the siege falls short and the Boks are back on the attack. This is one way traffic at the moment and that was a bad mistake from Farrell.

  19. 50 mins: 
    South Africa 11-6 England

    The Boks are really turning on the power now and there's a huge let-off for England as the hosts turn down a simple kick at goal, only for Frans Steyn to be held up short. Massive escape for Stuart Lancaster's men that, they're still within one score.

  20. 47 mins: 
    TRY (M Steyn)- South Africa 11-6 England

    The hosts take the lead with a brilliant multi-phase try. Bryan Habana and Jean de Villiers combine to make good ground down the left, and when the Boks switch the move into midfield, prop Jannie du Plessis pops up to rumble through a huge hole. He is finally halted just short but South Africa recycle and Steyn is able to dummy his way over by the right touchline. He can't add the conversion but in a low-scoring game, that score could be crucial.

  21. 44 mins: 
    South Africa 6-6 England

    Ben Youngs makes a sharp break but the move breaks down as England knock on. The visitors come again and Manu Tuilagi smashes his way through Jean de Villiers, but the green line holds firm and the attack comes to an end as Chris Robshaw is tackled into touch.

  22. 41 mins: 
    South Africa 6-6 England

    Here we go then, England send the kick-off deep into South Africa territory and Pierre Spies takes it into contact before Morne Steyn runs from his own 22!! No, of course he doesn't, he bangs it deep.


    Tom Atherton via text: "England to win with an early try in the second half. Defensively they've been awesome!"


    It's nip and tuck in Durban. England are playing more of the rugby, but South Africa have come closest to crossing the whitewash. Defences are on top though and so far there's only been two penalties apiece. Where's your money people?

  25. 39 mins: 

    Well there's a collectors item, as Morne Styen pushes his kick wide. England were penalised for Tom Johnson handling the ball in a retreating scrum.

  26. 38 mins: 
    South Africa 6-6 England

    The Boks establish themselves in England's half and try to crank into gear, but Chris Robshaw rips the ball clear in a ruck and England counter through Ben Youngs, Brad Barritt and Chris Ashton, but the cover gets across and Ashton has to kick ahead.

  27. 36 mins: 
    South Africa 6-6 England

    England have been enjoying the better of territory and possession for the past 15 minutes, but South Africa are defending with typical ferocity. When they do get the ball Morne Styen is shelling the England rearguard with a series of booming kicks, but full-back Mike Brown is solid under the high ball.

  28. 33 mins: 
    South Africa 6-6 England

    Oh, big chance for England goes begging. Ben Youngs fires a sweeping pass into midfield and frees Chris Ashton, coming off his wing and popping up in centre field. The Saracens-bound flyer steps past Zane Kirchner but when he is caught by the flying Francois Hougaard, Ashton spills the ball and the Boks escape. Good stuff from the visitors though, they're showing real skill and ambition.

  29. 29 mins: 
    PENALTY (M Steyn)- South Africa 6-6 England

    England fall offside and the ever reliable Morne Steyn levels things up.


    @bertiehill on Twitter: Ben Youngs too slow to the breakdown at the moment, England should have had a lot more quick ball. Is he really our best 9? #bbcrugbyunion

  31. 26 mins: 
    PENALTY (Farrell)- South Africa 3-6 England

    Ben Morgan barrels his way through the home defence, South Africans hanging off him. It's like a pack of lions trying to bring down a rhino, and when they eventually get him to ground they are penalised and Owen Farrell puts England back in front.

  32. 24 mins: 
    South Africa 3-3 England

    England are given a stern lecture for engaging early at the scrum. Referee Steve Walsh blames Ben Morgan for early triggering, the number eight looks suitably chastised. Brad Barritt wins a penalty at the breakdown, the visitors relieve the pressure.

  33. 20 mins: 
    South Africa 3-3 England

    Owen Farrell tries to throw a wide pass but the ball slides off his fingers and crash lands like a drunken mallard. At the resulting scrum South Africa win a free-kick and launch a thunderous attack deep inside England territory. Francois Hougaard snipes through the first line of defence and finds Pierre Spies on his shoulder but Manu Tuilagi hammers him in the tackle. England eventually turn it over and clear their lines - frenetic stuff in Durban.

  34. 17 mins: 
    South Africa 3-3 England

    England are keeping ball in hand and giving it a right lash, but they are struggling to control the pill and every time they turn it over the Boks bang it deep. The visitors' cause is not helped by Ben Youngs kicking the ball too far from the base of the ruck at the moment - too much adrenaline flowing through his veins in the early stages.

  35. 14: 
    PENALTY (M Steyn)- South Africa 3-3 England

    The prolific Morne Steyn can't miss from right in front.

  36. 12 mins: 
    South Africa 0-3 England

    It's like taking candy from a baby for Willem Alberts as picks the ball out of the exposed Ben Youngs' hands. England fall offside in midfield and the Boks are awarded a kickable penalty.

  37. 10 mins: 
    South Africa 0-3 England

    Chris Robshaw rips the ball off Zane Kirchner to give England possession, but Owen Farrell kicks too far and the Boks clear their lines. England enjoying the better of territory at the moment, but there are turnovers galore.

  38. 6 mins: 
    PENALTY (Farrell)- South Africa 0-3 England

    Owen Farrell drills a fairly tricky kick between the sticks - solid start from England. Soon after the restart South Africa test Mike Brown but he claims a solid mark and then booms a 50m clearance kick into touch from a narrow angle.

  39. 5 mins: 
    South Africa 0-0 England

    The heavy rain has eased off but handling is still tricky by the looks of things. Manu Tuilagi gets his first rumble before Dan Cole batters into the Bok defence and 20-year-old second row Eben Etzebeth is penalised for not releasing.

  40. 3 mins:: 
    South Africa 0-0 England

    Ben Youngs box kicks deep but Bryan Habana runs back with intent, beating five men and sparking a counter-attack which ends with JP Pietersen being tackled into touch. England go quickly but Youngs is scragged and South Africa win the put-in at a scrum.

  41. 1 min: 
    South Africa 0-0 England

    We're off! Morne Steyn hangs the ball high and the Bok forwards stampede across the turf and hammer into England. Chris Ashton is unable to claim and South Africa will have a throw-in on the visitors' 22.

  42. 1558: 

    England boss Stuart Lancaster has picked two new caps - young Quins prop Joe Marler, for surely the first of many caps, and Exeter blind-side flanker Tom Johnson.

    Chris Robshaw captains the side from the open-side while Northampton full-back Ben Foden moves from the 15 shirt to the wing, with Mike Brown coming into the side at the back. Ben Youngs is back at scrum-half.

  43. 1556: 

    South Africa coach Heykene Meyer, who had a spell in charge of Leicester, is without a host of retired and exiled stars, including Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha and Fourie Du Preez, the latter both playing abroad.

    There are three new caps - giant young lock Eben Etzebeth, who looks set for a long international career, second row partner Juandre Kruger, formerly of Northampton, and open-side flanker Marcel Coetzee, wearing six in the Springbok fashion.

    Bismarck du Plessis finally has a free run at the hooker's shirt now John Smit has retired, while veteran centre Jean de Villiers captains from the unaccustomed position of outside centre, with Frans Steyn filling the 12 shirt.

  44. 1547: 

    Those teams for you:

    South Africa: Kirchner; Pietersen, F Steyn, de Villiers, Habana; M Steyn, Hougaard, Mtawarira, B du Plessis, J du Plessis, Etzebeth, J Kruger, Alberts, Coetzee, Spies.

    Replacements: Strauss, Oosthuizen, F van der Merwe, Daniel, Pienaar, Lambie, Olivier.

    England: Brown; Ashton, Tuilagi, Barritt, Foden; Farrell, B Youngs; Marler, Hartley, Cole, Parling, Botha, Johnson, Robshaw, Morgan.

    Replacements: Mears, Doran-Jones, Palmer, Dowson, Dickson, Flood, Joseph.

    Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)

  45. 1546: 

    England's approach won't be too different from that of the Boks, although they are likely to keep the ball in hand a little more and try to use big ball carriers such as Ben Morgan, Joe Marler and Manu Tuilagi to make dents in the home defence. With a non-kicking 12 a lot of pressure will fall on fly-half Owen Farrell's kicking game, although don't be surprised to see recalled full-back Mike Brown's booming left foot called into action.

  46. 1543: 

    If New Zealand are the Jeremy Paxman of world rugby - cool, incisive, always asking searching questions - South Africa are the Jeremy Clarkson, obsessed by POWER!!! They have a new coach in Heyneke Meyer, but don't expect a change in gamplan. They'll try to use their big forwards to gain the edge up front and the huge boots of the Steyn boys, Frans and Morne (they're not related) to pin England back. Once they're in the danger zone they'll aim to get the likes of Bryan Habana involved, but don't expect anything took pretty.

  47. 1539: 

    Overall the stats favour South Africa, but it's not too one-sided in their favour. England have won 12 to the Boks' 19 victories, with one draw. After a run of seven consecutve wins under Sir Clive Woodward, England have now lost the last seven matches between the two.

  48. 1536: 

    If the first two Tests on Saturday were both pedigree encounters, then South Africa v England threatens to be the sort of ugly cur you find chained to a stake around the back of a barn. Conditions are wet and both sides favour a big pack and making sure they're in the right area of the park - this is a euphemism for kicking - before taking any risks.

  49. 1530: 

    We're back. Enjoy your lunch? Fully fuelled for what promises to be brutal encounter at a sodden Shark Tank? Then I shall begin.

  50. 1307: 

    Two down, one to go then. After defeats for Wales and Ireland, can England win one for the boys from the frozen north when they take on South Africa? That one kicks off at 16:00, I'll be back at 15:30 for the build-up. Enjoy your lunch and make sure you eat plenty of greens, because it's going to be a meaty encounter in Durban.

  51. 1259: 

    Injured Wales centre Jamie Roberts: "It is a huge missed opportunity. The boys will be massively frustrated. It was a masterclass from Will Genia. It was the best scrum-half performance on the international stage I have seen for a long time."

  52. 1258: 

    Andrew Clare from Burnley via text: "There will be heartache in the valleys tonight."

  53. 1255: 

    Wales captain Sam Warburton: "The game was played at a great pace and to be brutally honest, we struggled to keep up with that in the first half. The second half was better, but there are no excuses, it wasn't good enough in the first half. It is the first time for a lot of us in Australia and we have a lot of work to do before next week. We need to play a bit more territory, have better numbers at the breakdown and deal better with their 'jackal' threat. Credit to Australia, the best team won today."

  54. 1252: 

    Australia captain David Pocock: "I thought Will Genia and Berrick Barnes controlled play for long periods, which was great for us. We had to put the Scotland loss behind us pretty quickly. Credit to the boys, we did that and bounced back well."

  55. 1248: 

    That Will Genia's good isn't he? The Wallaby scrum-half went off the boil for a while but he looks back to his best. Add in flanker David Pocock - does he wear a cloak of invisibility at the breakdown I wonder - and they were the difference for me. First blood Australia, there's two more Tests to come, but was that Wales' best chance of victory?

    FULL-TIME- Australia 27-19 Wales

    A final Wales attack comes to an end and that, ladies and gentleman, is that. Massively disappointing for the Welsh, but they had their chances. Out-played for the first 40 minutes, they were so much better after the break, but a lack of precision cost them dear.

  57. 79 mins: 
    Australia 27-19 Wales

    Wales launch a dazzling attack from their own line. Australia infringe but when the visitors move the ball wide a front rower drops it and Australia clear. That was Wales' last chance, they've lost this one for certain.

  58. 75 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Barnes)- Australia 27-19 Wales

    That would have killed things off, but Berrick Barnes hits the woodwork from close range. Wales still alive - just - but they need two scores.

  59. 73 mins: 
    Australia 27-19 Wales

    Desperate times for Wales, and another chance goes begging. James Hook reclaims his high kick after Will Genia spills it but Alex Cutherbert is hauled down by Scott Higginbotham as he sets sail for the corner.

  60. 68 mins: 
    TRY (McCabe, con Barnes)- Australia 27-19 Wales

    Oh, commentators' curse! Australia establish a beachhead near the Wales line and when Will Genia tracks across the field, Pat McCabe cuts a line so sharp it's probably ripped the very fabric of time and space. The centre crosses untouched, Berrick Barnes adds the extras and Wales are once again more than a converted try behind with the clock against them.


    @Davidcampese11 on Twitter: "Great try Wales keeping the ball alive. And great vision and easy finish. Here we go!!!"

  62. 63 mins: 
    PENALTY (Halfpenny)- Australia 20-19 Wales

    Penalty for Leigh Halfpenny, but it could have been even better for the visitors. Alex Cuthbert hacked ahead and reclaimed the ball, but when Wales swept it wide, Rhys Priestland spilled a high pass with men spare outside him. Bittersweet moment for Wales but they're only a point down now and the momentum is definitely theirs.

  63. 58 mins: 
    TRY (Cuthbert, con Halfpenny)- Australia 20-16 Wales

    Hello, here come Wales. Ashley Beck comes on for his first ever cap and makes an immediate impact, stepping off his left foot and off-loading to Alex Cuthbert. The 6ft 6in winger rampages onto the ball like a rabid giraffe and out-paces the cover to score. Leigh Halfpenny converts; this one's going to the wire.

  64. 56 mins: 
    PENALTY (Halfpenny)- Australia 20-9 Wales

    Leigh Halfpenny strokes over a penalty as Australia fall offside - maybe, just maybe...

  65. 55 mins: 

    Tatafu Polota Nau puts in a big hit on Scott Williams, their heads colliding in sickening fashion. Williams is led away with blood pouring from his face, while Wallaby hooker Polota Nau also receives prolonged treatment but is fit to continue.

  66. 54 mins: 
    Australia 20-6 Wales

    Wales need more punch up front, and they bring on Alun Wyn Jones, Ryan Jones and Matthew Rees in an attempt to liven things up.

  67. 51 mins: 
    DROP-GOAL (Barnes)- Australia 20-6 Wales

    Will Genia's zipping around like an angry wasp, and Berrick Barnes profits from the resulting confusion to pop over a drop-goal.

  68. 49 mins: 
    Australia 17-6 Wales

    Alex Cuthbert makes 40m but is hauled down and Wales infringe at the ruck. Berrick Barnes belts the penalty downfield and the flying Cooper Vuna hunts down Leigh Halfpenny and bundles him into touch.

  69. 44 mins: 
    PENALTY (Halfpenny)- Australia 17-6 Wales

    Leigh Halfpenny strokes over a penalty, still a long way to go for the Six Nations champions though.

  70. 42 mins: 
    TRY (Genia, con Barnes)- Australia 17-3 Wales

    Brilliant from Genia. The scrum-half picks up at the base of a ruck, races between Ken Owens and Adam Jones and finds himself one on one with replacement full-back James Hook. It's no contest, Genia steps off his left foot and speeds over under the posts for a superb individual score. Berrick Barnes converts, and suddenly Wales have a mountain to climb.

  71. 41 mins: 
    Australia 10-3 Wales

    We're back in Brisbane. Wales below their best so far, where's the magic going to come from? The answer - Will Genia, sadly, if you're Welsh.

    HALF-TIME- Australia 10-3 Wales

    Australia's half but Wales are still far from out of this. The Wallabies end the half on the attack but time and again human missile Dan Lydiate chops their big ball carriers down.

  73. 38 mins: 

    Wales attack through their back row around the fringes before seeking more open pastures out wide. Alex Cuthbert makes a half break and off-loads but a couple of phases later the ball spills out of a ruck and Sekope Kepu turns over possession.

  74. 36 mins: 
    Australia 10-3 Wales

    Great scrum from Wales, Wallabies collapse and Rhys Priestland kicks the penalty to touch. Wales would love a score before the break, can they create something from a throw on halfway?

  75. 33 mins: 

    Berrick Barnes hits the post with a penalty. Australia regain possession but Tatafu Polota-Nau knocks on to relieve the pressure.

  76. 31 mins: 
    Australia 10-3 Wales

    Big blow for the visitors as winger George North goes off injured. There's a lot of ice on his right knee as he sits on the bench. James Hook comes on at full-back, with Halfpenny moving to the wing.

  77. 28 mins: 
    Australia 10-3 Wales

    Will Genia cuts a sublime angle onto Adam Ashley-Cooper's pass and scythes through the Welsh defence. He chips ahead but Alex Cuthbert wins the race to touch down and the referee awards a 22 drop-out, although it looked as though the Wales wing may have carried the ball back over his own line. Very marginal call though, can't blame the official for going for the drop-out.

  78. 22 mins: 
    PENALTY (Halfpenny)- Australia 10-3 Wales

    Relief for Wales. Australia infringe, Leigh Halfpenny steps up and the visitors have a toe-hold in this game.

  79. 19 mins: 
    Australia 10-0 Wales

    Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau escapes down the blind-side. The bearded bruiser rumbles 40m before throwing a sublime no-look pass to supporting scrum-half Will Genia, but his chip ahead rolls into touch and Wales escape. The visitors are struggling to secure possession and establish themselves in the game.

  80. 16 mins: 
    TRY (Higginbotham, con Barnes)- Australia 10-0 Wales

    It's only a temporary reprieve for Wales though. Australia shrug off Rob Horne's wasetful play and launch a series of attacks into the heart of the Welsh defence. They generate quick ball from the base and Scott Higginbotham drives over from close range. Berrick Barnes converts.

  81. 14 mins: 
    Australia 3-0 Wales

    Rhys Priestland juggles a Berrick Barnes bomb and David Pocock snaffles possession five metres from the line. When Australia move it out the Wallabies, normally so slick in possesison, labour right initially before finally spotting the overlap on the left. It looks a walk-in but Rob Horne, with Adam Ashley-Cooper outside him, hangs on to the ball and 6ft 6in winger Alex Cuthbert cuts him down to save a certain try.

  82. 10 mins: 
    Australia 3-0 Wales

    Wales on the attack. Rhys Priestland puts Leigh Halfpenny through a gap in midfield, takes the return pass and feeds Scott Williams. Australia haul the centre down and Priestland knocks on at the base of the ruck, but good signs for the visitors.

  83. 7 mins: 
    PENALTY (Barnes)- Australia 3-0 Wales

    Berrick Barnes may be the Wallabies' fifth-choice fly-half but he is an accurate kicker and makes no mistake to put the hosts in front.

  84. 6 mins: 
    Australia 0-0 Wales

    Will Genia snipes up the blind-side and eludes prop Gethin Jenkins to get the hosts on the attack. Wales infringe and from the resulting line-out the Wallabies launch a wave of attacks, earning a penalty to the left of the sticks.

  85. 3 mins: 
    Australia 0-0 Wales

    George North pops up in midfield for the first time but Wallaby captain David Pocock gets over the ball like a hyena on a carcass and wins the penalty. Wales counterpart Sam Warburton soon repays the favour though - this will be some battle between the two open-sides.

  86. 1 min: 
    Australia 0-0 Wales

    We're off. Nathan Sharpe claims the ball for Australia and Berrick Barnes clears but only as far as Leigh Halfpenny who counters. Australia turn the ball over and this time Barnes booms a kick out to halfway.

  87. 1101: 

    Tri-Nations winners Australia go into the game showing nine changes from the side beaten 9-6 by Six Nations Wooden Spooners Scotland, and hand a debut to winger Cooper Vuna. The Aussies are without the likes of Quade Cooper, Kurtley Beale and James O'Connor - that's a lot of creativity to lose.

    Wales welcome back captain Sam Warburton after an 11-week injury lay-off. Scott Williams is in for injured centre Jamie Roberts, while hooker Ken Owens replaces Scarlets team-mate Matthew Rees, and Bradley Davies and Luke Charteris return at lock.

  88. 1056: 

    Right then, Grand Slammers Wales v the wobbling Wallabies. Here are your teams:

    Australia: Ashley-Cooper; Vuna, Horne, McCabe, Ioane; Barnes, Genia; Robinson, Polota-Nau, Kepu, Simmons, Sharpe, Higginbotham, Pocock, Palu.

    Replacements: Moore, Alexander, Dennis, Hooper, White, A. Faingaa, Harris.

    Wales: Halfpenny; Cuthbert, J Davies, S Williams, North; Priestland, Phillips; Jenkins, Owens, A. Jones, B. Davies, Charteris, Lydiate, Warburton, Faletau.

    Replacements: Rees, James, A. Jones, R. Jones, L. Williams, Hook, Beck.

    Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)


    Eiddon Paul on Twitter: "C'mon on Wales! Gotta keep the intensity up from the 6 Nations,really get into the Aussie faces.Could be a famous win!"

  90. 1032: 

    Well that wasn't bad for starters was it? Next up, Six Nations champions Wales take on Australia, second in the world rankings.

    The overall record favours the Wallabies, who have won 21 of the 32 meetings, with 10 defeats and one draw, and they have won seven of the past eight encounters.

    My money's on the Welsh, but what do you think? Why not text on 81111, putting rugbyunion in the subject line, or tweet using #bbcrugbyunion. I'll be back after a short break - someone put the kettle on, I'm parched.

  91. Full-time: 
    FULL-TIME- New Zealand 42-10 Ireland

    Majestic from the All Blacks - they're not world champions for nothing. Ireland have little to be ashamed about, they had their moments and never folded, but they were out-gunned all round the park. New Zealand have class from one to 15 and in hat-trick scoring debutant Julian Savea, they look to have unearthed yet another gem on the wing.

  92. 77 mins: 
    TRY (Smith, con Carter)- New Zealand 42-10 Ireland

    The party tricks are coming out now. Dan Carter produces a cheeky pass behind his back before the long-striding Israel Dagg glides through the heart of the Irish defence and makes 50 metres. When they recycle, Aaron Cruden has time to pick his pass and send Conrad Smith over, with Carter converting.

  93. 75 mins: 
    New Zealand 35-10 Ireland

    It's been a fantastic game but it's gone off the boil a bit now. Ireland are pushing for their second try but New Zealand are holding out in some comfort. When Aaron Cruden sparks another All Black attack, Darren Cave is penalised for blatantly pulling back Conrad Smith.

  94. 71 mins: 
    New Zealand 35-10 Ireland

    Ireland win a penalty at a scrum and clear their lines. They're enjoying a spell of possession but have yet to make it out of their own half. Loose-head prop Cian Healey looks to have injured his shoulder and is helped off the field.

  95. 67 mins: 
    New Zealand 35-10 Ireland

    Ireland make a mess of the attacking New Zealand scrum. It is slow ball and when the All Blacks move it wide they knock on. Some of the accuracy has gone out of the hosts' game, but they immediately butcher the Irish scrum and win a penalty.

  96. 65 mins: 
    New Zealand 35-10 Ireland

    New Zealand bring on Aaron Cruden at 10, Dan Carter goes to 12 and Sonny Bill Williams moves to the wing. When the All Blacks attack Fergus McFadden intercepts but he is off-side and New Zealand go for the scrum in front of the sticks. Ominous.

  97. 61 mins: 
    New Zealand 35-10 Ireland

    Both sides are clearing their benches. New Zealand win a scrum against the head, Donncha Ryan concedes a penalty and Dan Carter kicks to the corner.

  98. 59 mins: 
    New Zealand 35-10 Ireland

    Piri Weepu is on for the hosts, Ronan O'Gara for the visitors. Ireland hammer away at the New Zealand line but they are playing right on the limit - it is their only option if they are going to score - and when Keith Earls loses control, Richie McCaw pounces.

  99. 54 mins: 
    TRY (Thomson)- New Zealand 35-10 Ireland

    Well that didn't take long. Kieran Read picks up from the base of a five metre scrum and feeds replacement flanker Adam Thomson to score. Dan Carter misses the conversion, will wonders never cease.

  100. 50 mins: 
    NO TRY- New Zealand 30-10 Ireland

    New Zealand nearly score straight from the kick-off. Kieran Read claims Dan Carter's restart and races to within inches of the line, but Keith Earls hauls him down and Conor Murray and Brian O'Driscoll complete the job. Close shave for the visitors.

  101. 48 mins: 
    TRY (McFadden, con Sexton)- New Zealand 30-10 Ireland

    Not every seal pup ends up in a shark's jaws though. Dan Carter's kick is charged down by Rory Best, Rob Kearney kicks ahead and Fergus McFadden out-paces Richie McCaw to touch down.

  102. 46 mins: 
    New Zealand 30-3 Ireland

    The All Blacks are the great white sharks of international rugby. Ice cold, they cruise around until they scent blood and then strike, surging up from the depths to engulf their prey. There's blood in the water and Ireland are a long way from shore.

  103. 43 mins: 
    TRY (Savea, con Carter)- New Zealand 30-3 Ireland

    Hat-trick Savea! Easy game this international rugby. Another lovely flowing attack from the hosts, Dan Carter frees Israel Dagg and the full-back sets up the debutant winger to cruise over out wide. Carter converts, that's six from six on his comeback.

  104. 41 mins: 
    New Zealand 23-3 Ireland

    Jonathan Sexton restarts the game for the shell-shocked Irish. They win a scrum and Rob Kearney cuts back on the drift. Ireland go through the phases but Sean O'Brien knocks on and New Zealand are awarded the put-in at a scrum and clear their lines.

  105. Half-time: 
    New Zealand 23-3 Ireland

    Ireland could be even further behind but Israel Dagg mis-times his pass to Zac Guildford and Simon Zebo drives him into touch. Just in case anyone has been struggling to understand why the All Blacks are world champions, they're putting on a rugby masterclass in Auckland.

  106. 37 mins: 
    CONVERTED TRY (Savea, con Carter)- New Zealand 23-3 Ireland

    But you can't keep the world champions quiet for long. A beautiful pass from Israel Dagg gives Julian Savea space and he blasts through Rob Kearney to score. Dan Carter converts from the touchline. How well are the hosts playing? Ireland are playing some good stuff and yet trail by 20 points. 'Nuff said.

  107. 36 mins: 

    Sam Whitelock tries to power over for the hosts, but Cian Healey and Conor Murray push him into touch just before he crosses the line. Ireland win the line-out and Jonathan Sexton clears their lines. Gutsy.

  108. 34 mins: 
    New Zealand 16-3 Ireland

    Ireland win their throw five metres from the New Zealand line but the All Blacks hammer them back, turn over and counter. Israel Dagg kicks ahead and Simon Zebo is forced to carry the ball into touch a couple of metres from the Ireland line. Sickener for the visitors.

  109. 32 mins:: 
    New Zealand 16-3 Ireland

    Ireland look to hit back and Simon Zebo almost cuts through. Ireland recycle and Sean O'Brien carries hard into the guts, legs pumping. Kieran Read infringes and Jonathan Sexton kicks to the corner. Attacking line-out.

  110. 25 mins: 
    CONVERTED TRY (Savea, con Carter)- New Zealand 16-3 Ireland

    Dazzling from the All Blacks. Conor Murray clears for Ireland and although Zac Guildford initially fumbles, when he regathers the hosts cut loose. Israel Dagg moves the ball wide and Conrad Smith scissors with Sonny Bill Williams. The former rugby league star takes out two men with a one-handed off-load to Dan Carter and the 10 puts Julian Savea over for a try on debut. Pace, power, precision.

  111. 22 mins: 
    New Zealand 9-3 Ireland

    New Zealand launch a multi-phase attack to within five metres of the Irish line and look as though they must score, but the visitors refuse to yield. Awesome defence from the men in green and when the ABs are fractionally late, flanker Sean O'Brien snaffles the ball and Ireland clear.

  112. 17 mins: 
    PENALTY (Carter)- New Zealand 9-3 Ireland

    Ireland are penalised at the ruck and Dan Carter again hits the target from long range. The fly-half's groin injury looks fully fixed given the length of the kicks he's landing.

  113. 16 mins: 
    New Zealand 6-3 Ireland

    All Black winger Julian Savea makes his first real impact on international rugby with a pulverising hit on Rob Kearney. The crowd enjoyed that one. Kearney less so.

  114. 14 mins: 
    PENALTY (Carter)- New Zealand 6-3 Ireland

    Sonny Bill Williams carries hard into midfield after quick ball off the top of a line-out and makes yards into the heart of the Irish defence. Sean O'Brien is then penalised - harshly perhaps - and Dan Carter drills over the long-range kick.

  115. 11 mins: 
    New Zealand 3-3 Ireland

    Ireland put together a couple of surging attacks, the latter coming after Sonny Bill Williams loses possession. Brian O'Driscoll puts Keith Earls though a gap but Simon Zebo is tackled into touch five metres out. Great stuff from the Irishmen, New Zealand know they're in a game here.

  116. 7 mins: 
    PENALTY (Sexton)- New Zealand 3-3 Ireland

    Ireland hit back immediately. Israel Dagg and Sonny Bill Williams combine sweetly but debutant Irish prop Declan Fitzpatrick chops the latter down, Sean O'Brien is first on the scene and Ireland win a penalty. Jonathan Sexton makes no mistake.

  117. 5 mins: 
    PENALTY (Carter)- New Zealand 3-0 Ireland

    Normal service is resumed. Fit-again fly-half Dan Carter, who missed the World Cup final with injury, slides the ball between the sticks.

  118. 3 mins: 
    New Zealand 0-0 Ireland

    Brian O'Driscoll kicks the ball straight down the throat of All Black full-back Israel Dagg, but the hosts cough up the pill. At the resulting scrum Ireland are penalised and, after a Kieran Read surge, the visitors concede a kickable penalty.

  119. 1 min: 
    New Zealand 0-0 Ireland

    The anthems are sung, the haka is over, and Dan Carter hangs the ball high into the Auckland sky. Jamie Heaslip claims it and, after a scrap for possession, the Irish sweep the ball wide before kicking down field.

  120. 0835: 

    Injury means the men from the Emerald Isle have been stripped of several their most precious jewels, including mighty Munsterman Paul O'Connell, powerful winger Tommy Bowe and injury-prone Ulster wrecking ball Stephen Ferris.

    New Zealand are, if anything, even stronger than they were during their World Cup final win over France.

    There are three new caps in scrum-half Aaron Smith, lock Brodie Retallick and winger Julian Savea, but star fly-half Dan Carter is back from injury, fit-again captain Richie McCaw is no longer playing on one leg and although the out of form Ma'a Nonu is missing at inside centre, the multi-talented Sonny Bill Williams has been handed the 12 shirt. Gulp.

    Ireland, who hand debuts to wing Simon Zebo and prop Declan Fitzpatrick, have plenty of class of their own, not least in the shape of iconic centre Brian O'Driscoll, but he is rapidly approaching veteran status and will have to be at his best to shut down SBW in defence.

    Leinster were comfortably the best team in European club rugby this season and the likes of fly-half Jonny Sexton, and back rowers Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip, are undoubtedly talented.

    But in recent times the Ireland national team have rarely played with the sort of skill and precision shown by Leinster, and it looks odds-on that New Zealand will mark their first Test since that nerve-wracking win over France with yet another victory over Ireland.

  121. 0832: 

    Here the teams:

    New Zealand: Dagg, Guildford, C. Smith, S. Williams, Savea, Carter, A. Smith, Woodcock, Hore, O. Franks, Retallick, S. Whitelock, Vito, McCaw, Read.

    Replacements: Elliot, B. Franks, A. Williams, Thomson, Weepu, Cruden, B. Smith.

    Ireland: Kearney, McFadden, O'Driscoll, Earls, Zebo, Sexton, Murray, Healy, Best, Fitzpatrick, Tuohy, Ryan, O'Mahony, O'Brien, Heaslip.

    Replacements: Cronin, Loughney, O'Callaghan, McLaughlin, Reddan, O'Gara, Cave.

    Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

  122. 0827: 

    But first up its Ireland against world champions New Zealand on the same turf where the All Blacks won the World Cup last October.

    Greece has more chance of staying in the Euro than Ireland have of winning at Eden Park - their record against the ABs is pitiful, 23 defeats in 24 games with one draw, 10-10 at Lansdowne Road in 1973.

    And despite Irish rugby's undoubted improvement in recent years things have been getting worse against New Zealand - in their last 13 games, only once have they kept their losing margin to single figures.

  123. 0822: 

    Since the advent of pro rugby the summer Tests have been somewhat downgraded, and invariably pretty one-sided as well, bar the Woodward/Johnson/Wilkinson-era England of the early millennium.

    But things have changed, at least in the importance of the matches, if not necessarily the results.

    Firstly, proper three-Test series are back on the agenda, but more importantly, ranking points are at stake and with the 2015 World Cup draw taking place in early December the battle for a top four place - thus avoiding one of the other big guns in the pool stages - is well and truly joined.

    England are clinging on to fourth at the moment, three-tenths of a point ahead of fifth-placed Wales. Ireland are eighth and Scotland 12th - although that's before the Scots' grinding win over second-ranked Australia is taken into account.

  124. 0819: 

    If, like me, you still consider mobile phones a miracle of modern technology you can text on 81111, putting rugbyunion in the subject line.

    For those of you fully cognisant with modern ways can also tweet as well, #bbcrugbyunion should do the job social media users (social medians? What is the correct term?).

  125. 08:15: 

    Day after day of strong winds and driving rain battering the British Isles, don't you just love the rugby season? Wait, it's the summer you say? Oh.

    As conditions for Scotland's win over Australia on Tuesday showed, wet weather is not restricted just to the British summer, and for fans of running rugby let's hope things are drier for Saturday's three matches down south.

    We'll be kicking off with New Zealand v Ireland in Auckland at 08:35 BST, then popping over the Ditch to Brisbane for Australia v Wales at 11:00, and finishing off an ocean away in the Shark Tank in Durban for South Africa against England at 16:00.

    Ready for a rugby marathon? Me too. Hold on tight now...

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