Wallabies vs Wales: Test Rugby live score updates, blog
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Australia Vs. Wales
2012 Australia v Wales, 23 June, 2012
|Allianz Stadium, Moore Park, Sydney, NSW|
|Australia 20 defeated Wales 19|
|Referee: C Joubert|
|Touch judges: J Peyper & J White|
Australia host Wales in the final tour Test between the two sides in Sydney this afternoon. Join us for live scores and blog from 3pm as the Wallabies take on the Welsh at Allianz Stadium (SFS).
The two Tests between the sides have been won by Australia, but each game brings Wales closer.
The first Test saw a strong performance from the Wallabies, overpowering a resilient Wales side, half-back Will Genia dominating the contest.
The second Test was a far closer affair, with numerous lead changes as the game swung back and forth. The match was finally settled by with a match-winning sideline kick from Mike Harris at the death giving the Wallabies the edge in the final moments.
Berrick Barnes put in a man of the match performance after the birth of his first child, back to his best after an indifferent season so far with the NSW Waratahs.
In this afternoon’s third Test, Wales will be desperate to win a game on the road in this tough tour of Australia.
It’s not the way it was meant to be for the Six Nations champions who are at full strength and taking on a Wallabies backline missing Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor and Quade Cooper.
Yet the Wallabies have stood tall and shown character after their shock defeat to Scotland in the first Test of the season.
Beale is back at fullback after recovering from injury which brings some additional quality and x-factor to the side.
Coach Robbie Deans has made more changes, with the match-winner Mike Harris, and winger Cooper Vuna dropping out of the squad completely.
Sitaleki Timani comes from outside the squad to take Rob Simmons‘s loosehead lock spot, getting an opportunity to show his size and strength.
Wales are unchanged. They’ve been close but not quite good enough and they seem to have few impact players who could come into the squad and make a difference. With clarification of the ruck, over the last two games, their pack should be able to exert more pressure and slow down the quick Wallabies ball.
Coach Warren Gatland will be urging his chargers on in Sydney’s sunshine and it promises to be an exciting encounter.
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