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England 14 Australia 20: Barnes and Beale fire Wallabies as Red Rose rue missed chances

England 14 Australia 20: Barnes and Beale fire Wallabies as Red Rose rue missed chances

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UPDATED:

16:51 GMT, 17 November 2012

England crashed to a defeat to Australia they may still be regretting in three years' time.

The Wallabies bounced back from a 33-6 thumping in France last week to dominate England, whose chances of being a top seed at their home Rugby World Cup in 2015 now look remote.

England have worn purple shirts twice – against Argentina and Australia – and both times they have lost.

Unbridled glee: Australia celebrate their third win in four Cook cup matches

Unbridled glee: Australia celebrate their third win in four Cook cup matches

England clawed a half-time lead with a
contentious try from Manu Tuilagi after Nick Cummins had scored his
first international try for the Wallabies.

But Australia turned the screw after
the interval with Berrick Barnes kicking a total of 15 points and it was
not until England emptied their bench that they posed any consistent
threat.

England will rue their bold decisions
to kick second-half penalties to touch instead of taking points because
the Wallabies defence held firm.

And the more panicky England became, the more mistakes they made and Australia saw out the victory to reclaim the Cook Cup.

Going over: Manu Tuilagi scores England's first try to give the home side a 14-11 half-time lead

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England's kit was officially described as 'regal purple', in order to reflect their place among the 'rugby royalty'.

But with South Africa and New Zealand
due at Twickenham over the next fortnight, England face an uphill
battle to join the elite in the top band of World Cup seeds when the
draw is made on December 4.

That would leave England with the prospect of facing one of the southern hemisphere giants in the pool stages.

Toby Flood kicked England into an
early lead but they spent most of the first half battling to stay in the
game, in the face of an Australia side who were more direct and more
threatening.

Initially, England defended
ferociously, hitting the Wallaby ball-carriers hard on the gainline,
holding them up and driving them backwards.

No mistake: Nick Cummins evades the attentions of Toby Flood to score Australia's opening try

No mistake: Nick Cummins evades the attentions of Toby Flood to score Australia's opening try

No mistake: Nick Cummins evades the attentions of Toby Flood to score Australia's opening try

But as the first half wore on,
England began to slip off key first-up tackles and that allowed the
Wallabies to build the pressure.

Danny Care did well to halt Tatafu
Polota-Nau in the corner after Australia had attempted a crafty short
lineout but they were soon on the back foot again.

Michael Hooper, the Australian
openside with an English father, slipped through Tom Youngs' tackle and
offloaded to Cummins, forcing England to scramble again.

Wycliff Palu, Cummins and Alexander
were all halted in their tracks before Barnes slotted the drop goal to
bring the Wallabies level.

England built the phases for the
first time but without any real menace, unlike the Wallabies who won a
scrum against the head and then released Cummins on the outside again.

Tuilagi and then Flood made
half-breaks for England before Thomas Waldrom took a quick tap penalty
and flicked the ball inside to Chris Robshaw.

Brace yourself: Chris Robshaw prepares to be hit by Wycliff Palu and Nicholas Phipps

Brace yourself: Chris Robshaw prepares to be hit by Wycliff Palu and Nicholas Phipps

Hooper was forced to slow things down
illegally and Flood's second penalty crept over the bar to restore
England's lead but it was brief respite.

Hooper ran onto a long lineout and
the Wallabies hammered away at the England line before Ben Alexander,
with Benn Robinson on his shoulder, drove low from the ruck.

The television pictures were not
conclusive enough for the try to be awarded but Joe Marler was penalised
at the subsequent scrum, allowing the Wallabies to leave with some
points.

Flood responded with a third penalty
but Care, who had been very effective in defence, was punished for a
loose kick with Nick Phipps launching the counter-attack.

Phipps beat one defender and then
released Cummins with a questionably forward pass but the Wallaby wing
streaked down the right and dived over in the corner for his maiden Test
try.

Care made amends immediately, turning
down a kickable penalty to take the quick tap. Tom Johnson and Brad
Barritt shipped the ball wide for Tuilagi, who had Sharples on his
outside but decided to go himself.

Quick ball: Nick Phipps releases early for Australia

Quick ball: Nick Phipps releases early for Australia

Tuilagi powered through Beale and
Phipps and stretched for the line with the the TMO finally confirming he
had got the ball down on the whitewash.

Australia were back in the groove
immediately after the interval, with Barnes and Beale pulling the
strings and the Wallaby pack edging the set-piece battle.

Barnes slotted three penalties in
quick succession. England's response was to send on replacements and two
of them in particular made an immediate impact.

Joe Launchbury took a towering high
ball before Mako Vunipola burst though the line and Ashton arrowed
towards the corner before being tackled into touch just short of the
line.

Reliable: The right boot of Toby Flood accounted for nine points

Reliable: The right boot of Toby Flood accounted for nine points

England piled on the pressure, twice
rejecting penalty shots at goal in the hope of driving the Wallabies
back from the lineout and it almost worked but Waldrom lost control as
he grounded the ball.

This time the television official's decision went against England.

Barnes' long-range penalty attempt
fell short and Vunipola continued to cause damage to the Wallabies,
destroying one scrum and then carrying powerfully into the Australian
22.

England went for another quick tap
penalty and Waldrom came steaming onto the ball but he was chopped down
short of the line and again the gamble failed to pay off.

LIVE: England v Australia rugby

LIVE: England v Australia: All the action from Twickenham as it happens

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UPDATED:

15:49 GMT, 17 November 2012

The second leg of England's QBE autumn international series sees Australia come to Twickenham. Stuart Lancaster's side will be looking to build on last week's win over Fiji. Sportsmail brings you the action.

England 14 Australia 20

ENGLAND: Goode; Ashton, Tuilagi, Barritt, Sharples; Flood, Care; Marler, T Youngs, Cole; Palmer, Parling; Johnson, Waldrom, Robshaw (captain).

Replacements: Paice, Wilson, Vunipola, Launchbury, Wood, Youngs, Farrell, Brown.

AUSTRALIA: Barnes; Ioane, Ashley-Cooper, Tapuai, Cummins; Beale, Phipps; Robinson, Polota-Nau, Alexander; Timani, Sharpe (captain); Dennis, Palu, Hooper.

Replacements: Moore, Slipper, Kepu, Samo, Gill; Sheehan, Harris, Mitchell.

53min: PENALTY! England 14 AUSTRALIA 20

I told you! It's not looking great for England as they go six points down.

51min: Australia are looking pretty rampant. They are pressing England all the time and they've won another penalty. Barnes is odds on to put this one over too…

50min: PENALTY! England 14 AUSTRALIA 17

Another penalty, another three points for Berrick Barnes.

Meanwhile, Marler and Johnson are off for Vunipola and Wood.

49min: Cummins is an exciting player to watch! He's such an outlet for the Australians and it takes a couple of England defenders to stop him scoring his second try.

It's all Australia in the second half. Whatever Lancaster said at half-time, his players don't appear to have listened.

47min: Australia have battled well since the re-start and have kept the ball well. England are struggling to get any possession whatsoever and Marler gives away a silly penalty well into the Aussie half.

44min: PENALTY! England 14 AUSTRALIA 14

Berrick Barnes has another easy penalty, and makes no mistake to knock it between the sticks.

40min: Polota-Nau has been taken off for Moore. He took a nasty-looking hit in the first half, but I'm told it's a tactical change by Robbie Deans.

KICK-OFF: AUSTRALIA RE-START THE MATCH

15.33: The second half is moments away folks. This one is by no means in the bag for England. Plenty of work to be done! The players are making their way back out.

15.27: England started this Test match painfully slowly, and they are pretty fortunate to go in with their noses in front.

Tuilagi's try was the only chance they had to score in the first half.

It's frustrating because the few times England have made their way forward, Australia have look there for the taking.

15.19: HALF-TIME! What a way to end the half!

Australia have probably had the better of the first half, and they'll be devastated that Tuilagi's try was given. It was the correct decision though.

He was in play and the ball just scraped that line before the Australians scrambled it away.

39min: TRY! ENGLAND 14 Australia 11

Just about given! Manu Tuilagi is so strong. He's like a battering ram and smashes his way towards the try-line.

Wallop: Manu Tuilagi smashed his way through to score a try

Wallop: Manu Tuilagi smashed his way through to score a try

He slides to get the ball down on the left and JUST gets it down before Phipps slaps the ball away.

In keeping with Barnes and Flood going blow for blow, it's the Englishman's turn to miss a conversion. It remains 14-11

36min: TRY! England 9 AUSTRALIA 11

Cummins bursts down that right again after a dreadful kick by England offers Australia an opportunity. The crowd want it chalked off for a suspect pass that appeared to go forward.

No luck though. Barnes misses the conversion from miles out on the right.

34min: PENALTY! ENGLAND 9 Australia 6

It's Flood's easiest one of the day. With a nice, smooth action, he converts.

33min: The ball changes hands three times in a matter of seconds! Australia win it near their try line but England snatch it back. Eventually they give away another penalty for Flood after being forced offside.

31min: PENALTY! England 6 AUSTRALIA 6

Barnes makes no mistake. It was right under the posts and he was never going to miss that one.

30min: NO TRY! It was worth a look – albeit an agonisingly long one – but Australia have to settle for a scrum. They've won a penalty as a consolation!

29min: Australia could have the ball over the line here. We're waiting for the video decision, but there's so many bodies in the way…

27min: Danny Care snuffs out some trouble brilliantly.

He reads Berrick Barnes' kick beautifully and snatches the ball away from Beale.

24min: PENALTY! ENGLAND 6 Australia 3

Great play as Thomas Waldrom forces Australia to give away a silly penalty.

It's just about in Flood's range and he belts his kick which skims the top of the bar as it sneaks over.

20min: This game is finally getting going. Toby Flood spots a gap and bursts through it. He looks bound to run the final 30 yards and score a try, but Hooper somehow manages to drag him to the turf.

18min: Barnes finds Cummins who looks to smash his way past the England defence on the right.

He stumbles before being stopped and England break. Unfortunately Ashton can't keep the ball in play. If he had, he would have enjoyed attacking the open space on the right.

16min: That kick seems to have woken England up. They've got the ball – finally – and look to batter their way through the Aussie defence.

Manu Tuilagi shows his power on the right, but Australia diffuse the threat in the end as Care gives away a penalty.

13min: DROP-GOAL! England 3 AUSTRALIA 3

Berrick Barnes makes the pressure pay as he kicks for three. They've deserved this. Australia have attacked with ambition and flair and deprived England of any significant possession.

12min: Australia continue on the front foot as Michael Hooper bursts down the right. He finds Cummins who is brought down.

11min: England haven't built on that strong start, but they are getting away with it so far.

Gotcha: Toby Flood of England tackles Adam Ashley-Coope

Gotcha: Toby Flood of England tackles Adam Ashley-Coope

The Australians are tricky customers, but they are seriously lacking in power in the pack. They've held their own in the first 10 minutes, but England are so strong.

8min: England fighting to prevent a try now. Australia have done well to keep the ball, but they can't get past.

They're forced infield after some good defending. Ultimately, England hold out, but we've got a scrum just under the posts…

England come away with the ball. They weathered that barrage well.

6min: A nice sequence of play from the Aussies. They've got some real flair in this team with the likes of Beale trying to make their way through a resolute England defence.

5min: We've been deprived by our first battle in the scrum! The England pack push too early and Australia are given a penalty before play resumes.

3min: PENALTY! ENGLAND 3 Australia 0

Danny Care kicks a wonderful ball up field. Charlie Sharples battles well to win the penalty and Flood converts from way, way out left.

Excellent start!

1min: England are playing in their new kit too. A strange sight to see them at Twickenham dressed not in white, but in Burgundy!

14.31: KICK-OFF! ENGLAND GET THE GAME UNDER WAY

14.29: The players are on the pitch and it's time for the anthems. With Australia's done, the whole ground seem to belt out God Saved The Queen before referee Romain Poite prepares to get the game under way.

14.25: The only change from last week's team is the returning Chris Ashton.

It'll be a boost to have him back on the wing. The 25-year-old's a class act and has scored 15 tries in his 26 Tests for England.

Returning from a one-match ban, he wants to take out some frustration on the Aussies.

He told the BBC: 'There's a lot of frustration, but there is nothing I can do. I'm playing exactly the same way as I always have. Every game is tough.

'I'm always disappointed if I haven't scored two or three a game, but it's not going to happen. I will take one.'

14.18: The atmosphere in Twickenham is sure to be fantastic. The beers are flowing and the stands are filling up as we're just over ten minutes until the ball is kicked.

As expected, it's a sellout again. Mind you, it always is when these two teams go head to head.

14.15: I'm also keeping an eye on the Australian beast Sitaleki Timani. He's 6ft 8in and weighs a mere 19stone at lock.

He'll be nice and easy to deal with then.

14.10: I'm particularly excited to see how Australia's wrecking ball Digby Ioane fares against England.

He was quoted last week saying he was looking forward to facing England's 'pretty' wingers. I'm not sure how that's relevant to this match, but I'm sure the likes of Chris Ashton will want to prove to him he's more than just a pretty face.

14.06: Australia were dominated in the pack when they were thumped in Paris, and England will hope to continue that trend at Twickenham today.

Chris Robshaw is expecting a backlash though.

Plotting: Stuart Lancaster is hoping to build on the victory over Fiji last week

Plotting: Stuart Lancaster is hoping to build on the victory over Fiji last week

He said: 'I'm sure they would have had a bit of a backlash in training after their defeat last week and they'll be wanting to come here and put in a big 20 minutes to start off.

'They can play from anywhere, so we have to be expect the unexpected.'

14.03: This truly is one of the game's great rivalries, and there's been a rich history of cracking matches.

Not that too much should be read into it, but England beat the Aussies 35-18 when the teams last faced in 2010.

14.00: Good afternoon ladies and gents. We've got an exciting Test to talk you through today as Australia hope to topple England on their own turf.

Stuart Lancaster's side should face a tougher test here at Twickenham today.

While England will be hoping to build on their crushing victory over Fiji, Australia are hoping to bounce back after being hammered 33-6 by France.

Back in action: Ashton returns from suspension for England

Back in action: Ashton returns from suspension for England

Australia 26 South Africa 19: Wallabies earn maiden Rugby Championship win

Australia 26 South Africa 19: Comeback earns Wallabies maiden Championship win

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UPDATED:

13:53 GMT, 8 September 2012

Job done: Wallabies captain Will Genia lifts the Mandela Challenge Plate

Job done: Wallabies captain Will Genia lifts the Mandela Challenge Plate

Australia's Ben Alexander and Scott Higginbotham scored second-half tries as the Wallabies beat South Africa 26-19 on Saturday for their first win in the four-nation Rugby Championship.

Trailing 13-6 at half-time, Alexander made the big second-half play with 11 minutes left and the scores level at 19-19. He made a 15-metre charge down the blindside and Berrick Barnes converted from the sideline to give Australia their fifth straight win over South Africa.

Bryan Habana scored South Africa's only try.

The result left New Zealand, who beat Argentina 21-5 earlier on Saturday, in first place in the Rugby Championship with 12 points, five ahead of South Africa. Australia have four points and Argentina two.

The Springboks opened the scoring in the fourth minute with a penalty by fly-half Morne Steyn after the Wallabies were penalised for not releasing the ball. Australia leveled 14 minutes later with a Berrick Barnes penalty.

First blood: South Africa were leading at half-time

First blood: South Africa were leading at half-time

Six minutes later, the Springboks scored the only try of the first half following a number of quick-phase passes which saw wing Habana cross just to the left of the posts, with Steyn converting.

South Africa went further ahead when Australia were penalised for entering the ruck from the side and Steyn's kick from almost 50 metres out on a slight angle gave the visitors a 13-3 lead.

Australia closed the gap to the half-time deficit of 13-6 in the 29th minute with Barnes' penalty after the South Africans collapsed the preceding scrum.

Lifeline: Wallabies coach Robbie Deans was under pressure heading into the match

Lifeline: Wallabies coach Robbie Deans was under pressure heading into the match

Lifeline: Wallabies coach Robbie Deans was under pressure heading into the match

After back-to-back Bledisloe Cup losses to New Zealand, Australia coach Robbie Deans' future had looked precarious before the match. However, replacement Higginbotham finally broke a 178-minute Australian try-scoring drought when he burst through just two minutes after coming onto the field for No 8 Radike Samo.

Though Australia had failed to score a point in four consecutive halves of football, Higginbotham's effort in the 56th minute put the Wallabies in front 16-13 – their first lead of the match.

Next Saturday, the Springboks travel to Dunedin, New Zealand to play the All Blacks while Australia host Argentina on the Gold Coast in Queensland state.

Australia 20 Wales 19: Another narrow defeat sees Dragons whitewashed

Australia 20 Wales 19: Another narrow defeat sees Dragons whitewashed

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07:44 GMT, 23 June 2012

A team so tired of the tag of courageous losers will have to endure the title for a while yet as Wales lost the third and final Test of this series against Australia by a single point in Sydney.

A brutal and occasionally bad-tempered match went down to the wire, but ultimately the defeat leaves the tourists without that elusive victory over the Wallabies on foreign soil. That tally runs to 44 years and counting.

Whitewash: Wales leave Australia without a win to show for their efforts

Whitewash: Wales leave Australia without a win to show for their efforts

A first half of penalties saw the Wallabies enter the break with a 12-9 lead, but Wales fought back with a second-half try from stand-in skipper Ryan Jones that put the visitors on the brink of history. Jones wrestled over from point-blank range but Wallaby centre Rob Horne answered immediately with a try of his own.

He fumbled over the line but television replays showed he just recovered control of the ball before hitting the deck. Sadly for Wales it was not to be.

Key moment: Rob Horne spills the ball under pressure from Jonathan Davies, but manages to cling on to touch down the winning score

Key moment: Rob Horne spills the ball under pressure from Jonathan Davies…

... but manages to cling on to touch down the winning score

… but manages to cling on to touch down the winning score

Key moment: Rob Horne spills the ball under pressure from Jonathan Davies, but manages to cling on to touch down the winning score

The toll of a long, hard 12-month season was paid with the loss of successive captains, first Sam Warburton to severe concussion, and then Ryan Jones to the blood bin, who wobbled off for a few stitches.

Head coach Robbie Deans had promised the 'shackles would be off' in this match but in the opening spell Australia looked to play conservative rugby and get points on the board.

Much to the misery of the crowd, the Wallabies showed their intent in securing a 3-0 series whitewash in only the second minute when Berrick Barnes opted for a drop goal. He pulled his attempt wide but took a penalty immediately after to give the home side the early lead.

Australia looked a threatening force with the return of firecracker full back Kurtley Beale, whose first touch was a well-timed miss-pass that nearly set Adam Ashley-Cooper free. Wales contained the threat and bit back almost immediately, Leigh Halfpenny picking himself up from a late hit from Sitaleki Timani to kick his first penalty of the day – and 11th successive kick of the tour.

Putting the boot in: Leigh Halfpenny continued his fine tour

Putting the boot in: Leigh Halfpenny continued his fine tour

The Australian scrum was under pressure but indiscipline from Wales saw Barnes and Halfpenny exchange further penalties.

As the game settled down, Wales put together an extended period of pressure, but the Australian defence held out and David Pocock was once again an unbearable nuisance at the breakdown, winning two crucial turnovers when his side were stretched.

Both sides did their best to play some rugby but South African referee Craig Joubert – the villain of the first Test – seemed determined to blow his whistle at any opportunity, awarding 10 penalties in the opening quarter alone.

Sea of gold: Fans enjoy the winter sunshine in Sydney

Sea of gold: Fans enjoy the winter sunshine in Sydney

Sea of gold: Fans enjoy the winter sunshine in Sydney

Late in the first half, captain Sam Warburton badly hurt his shoulder. He soldiered on for as long as he could, even putting in a couple of big hits with one working arm and a bad case of concussion, but he was replaced by Justin Tipuric in the 28th minute. More Wallaby pressure told and it was 12-9 at the half-time break after a forgettable drop-goal attempt from Rhys Priestland sunk wide.

The Wallabies started the second half with real purpose, spreading the ball wide with a determination to run the ball out of their half.

Wales had a lineout on Australia's 5m line but the driving maul was impressively stalled by the Wallaby pack as both teams pushed for an opening score.

Job done: The Wallabies celebrate their dramatic win

Job done: The Wallabies celebrate their dramatic win as Wales sink their heads

Job done: The Wallabies celebrate their dramatic win as Wales sink their heads

Paul James made a big difference to the Welsh scrum after the break and gave Halfpenny the opportunity to kick his side level, but his long-range effort bounced off the left post.

Wales so nearly scored the try of the series when George North countered out of his own 22, offloaded to Alex Cuthbert out of the tackle and Rhys Priestland kicked to an open up-field. Digby Iaone won the foot race to cover against Tipuric.

But Jones wrestled over soon after from point-blank range after a period of extended pressure. His first try since leading Wales to the 2005 Grand Slam.

Horne replied with a fumbling effort of his own, then the kickers again exchanged points as Joubert dominated the game with pedantic, disruptive refereeing.

Australia 27 Wales 19: Wallabies bounce back from Scotland defeat as Dragons" wait goes on

Australia 27 Wales 19: Wallabies bounce back from Scotland defeat as Dragons' wait goes on

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12:26 GMT, 9 June 2012

Wales lost their first Test against Australia, despite a spirited second-half fight-back in Brisbane.

Alex Cuthbert crossed for a try and Leigh Halfpenny kicked 14 points as the Six Nations champions threatened to pull off an historic win.

But it was not enough to recover from early scores by Rob Higginbotham and Will Genia before Pat McCabe crossed to snuff out the Welsh recovery.

Clincher: Pat McCabe's try put Australia out of reach

Clincher: Pat McCabe's try put Australia out of reach

MATCH FACTS

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.

Tries: Higginbotham, Genia, McCabe
Conversions: Barnes (3)
Penalty: Barnes
Drop goal: Barnes

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.

Tries: Cuthbert
Conversions: Halfpenny
Penalties: Halfpenny (4)

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa).

Tri Nations holders Australia
recovered from the defeat to Scotland to end Wales' run of six wins in a
row and leave caretaker coach Rob Howley facing an uphill task for the
rest of the three-Test series.

Australia took an early grip on the
game when Berrick Barnes opened the scoring in the ninth minute after
Wales prop Adam Jones was penalised for not rolling away at the tackle
and the Wallaby fly-half kicked the resulting penalty.

Halfpenny and Scott Williams showed
glimpses in midfield, but Australia dominated the first half with David
Pocock edging the contest at the breakdown.

The Wallaby skipper stole possession
close to the Welsh line after Rhys Priestland fumbled a high kick by
Barnes under pressure from Digby Ioane.

Australia looked to have created a
certain try when Rob Horne darted to the left, but Cuthbert prevented
the scoring pass with a crucial tackle.

However, just moments later the
Wallabies crossed following a series of drives from their forwards that
ended with Higginbotham crashing over for his first Test try.

Barnes converted and Australia led 10-0 after 16 minutes.

Stunning effort: Will Genia goes over the lone after a magnificent solo effort, sparking vibrant celebrations from the hosts (below)

Stunning effort: Will Genia goes over the lone after a magnificent solo effort, sparking vibrant celebrations from the hosts (below)

Celebration: Will Genia

Halfpenny finally got Wales off the
mark on 23 minutes, but the Six Nations champions were struggling to
find any momentum against an Australia team playing with their tails up.

Scrum-half Genia pulled the strings for Australia and went close to extending their lead but Cuthbert again saved a score.

Wales suffered a blow on 29 minutes
when George North was forced off with a leg injury, forcing a re-shuffle
with Halfpenny switched to the left wing and James Hook introduced at
full-back.

Barnes had the chance to extend Australia's 10-3 lead before half-time, but hit the post with his effort.

Opening score: Scott Higginbotham goes over

Opening score: Scott Higginbotham goes over

However, Genia needed less than a minute of the second half to grab the Wallabies' second try.

Australia burst forward from the
kick-off and the Queensland scrum-half darted between two Welsh
front-rows and past Hook to touch down under the posts and hand Barnes a
simple conversion.

Wales attempted to shake-off the early blow with a second penalty for Halfpenny.

Barnes responded with a 50th-minute
drop goal, but Halfpenny again nudged Wales closer with a third penalty
after a heavy head-to-head collision with Wallaby hooker Tatafu Polota
Nau that saw both players leave the field.

Offload: Halfpenny gets a pass away as Berrick Barnes awaits

Offload: Halfpenny gets a pass away as Berrick Barnes awaits

Ashley Beck replaced Williams for his first cap and was immediately involved in creating Wales' first try.

Hook and Priestland shipped the ball
to Beck who flicked possession to Cuthbert and the wing finished in
style for his fourth Test try.

Halfpenny converted and added an excellent penalty from out wide to cut the deficit to 20-19 on 63 minutes.

Fast hands: Genia gets quick ball away from an Australian scrum

Fast hands: Genia gets quick ball away from an Australian scrum

Wales were eying a remarkable
turnaround, but Australia showed their clinical edge when they needed it
most. Genia was again the creator, picking his pass to McCabe who
crashed over on 67 minutes.

Barnes converted and Australia were once again eight points ahead.

Twice Cuthbert threatened to break
clear for a second try that Wales desperately needed, but was denied as
Australia recovered to hold out for victory.