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  Saturday, 1 September, 2001, 08:56 GMT 09:56 UK
Clockwatch: Australia v N Zealand
George Smith leads the Australians into the Kiwi centres
George Smith leads the Australians into the Kiwi centres
Australia 29-26 New Zealand

All the action, as it happened, from the Olympic Stadium where Australia beat New Zealand to wins this year's Tri-Nations tournament.


1154: The game is over. Australia win and John Eales could have asked for no better send off. The Kiwis, meanwhile, are heartbroken.

1152: A penalty kick will not be enough for Eales' Australia as they push on for a try. Totai Kefu surges forward and puts the ball over the line by a finger-tip. Simply an incredible climax to the Tri-Nations as the hooter blows. There will be one more possession.

1150: Heroics from New Zealand as Australia come within half-a-metre of a game-winning try. Exhaustion is now evident on both sides.

1147: Australia are camped on the Kiwi line as the clock ticks into the final five minutes. This is dogged defending from the All Blacks.

1142: Australia make changes as Cockbain and Flatley come on for Giffin and Grey. The Wallabies make a tremendous assault on the Kiwi line, but the visitors hold firm.

1140: Australia gain good territory and attack through Walker. He kicks a penalty to close the gap. Walker is having an immediate impact with his tackling, kicking and running.

1136: The inspirational Kelleher comes off for New Zealand and is replaced by Justin Marshall. Burke makes way for Andrew Walker for the Wallabies - to him will fall the task of marking Lomu.

1133: Play tightens up as the game enters its crucial final quarter. Mehrtens is handed the chance to kick New Zealand further into the lead. He scores from 44 metres out.

1129: Flavell is hustling Gregan and Australia are finding quality ball hard to come by. At least the home side have its full compliment of players again.

1126: Crowd noise builds as the home supporters try to lift their side. Joe Roff knocks on when favourite to score for Australia.

1123: Driven by pride, the Australians push back. On the fifth phase of possession, Burke almost scores, but Kelleher is on hand to tidy up for New Zealand.

1121: Phil Waugh replaces England's tormentor George Smith as the Wallabies try to redress the balance of a match that is slipping away.

1117: Lomu does a demolition job down the left flank and Alatini benefits to score the try that gives his side their first lead of the match. Mehrtens twists the knife with another conversion.

1116: Australia lose Rod Moore to the sin bin, after the forward throws a punch. The Wallabies are rocking in the face of sustained and inspired Kiwi pressure.

1113: Burke misfires on a penalty attempt. The momentum is with the Kiwis. They break again and earn another penalty attempt for Mehrtens. His kick is true and the All Blacks are suddenly back in touch.

1110: A dream start for the Kiwis. Doug Howlett is sent through by Alatini to score in the corner. Mehrtens converts.

1108: The All Blacks have it all to do as the game restarts. Eales will be very happy with his team's defence in his farewell international.

Half-time

1055: New Zealand fail to release on the ground and give Australia a golden kicking chance on the stroke of half-time. Burke notches his fifth kick in as many attempts to stretch the lead to 13.

1052: The South African referee is stopping the flow of the game by blowing the whistle for some marginal decisions. As half-time looms Burke and Nathan Grey take hard hits on the head.

1050: Another Australian penalty gives New Zealand and Mehrtens another opportunity. This one is spurned. Perhaps the time has come to give the big wingers more ball.

1045: New Zealand are dominating possession but Australia's defence is typically gritty. George Gregan concedes a disputed penalty to give Mehrtens a shot at redemption. The Kiwi makes this kick count.

1042: Mehrtens clips the post when he would have been expected to score.

1040: Kelleher is New Zealand's brightest spark and is tackled close to the Australian line by Michael Foley. A kickable penalty soon follows.

1037: Offsides for New Zealand present Burke with another kick for goal, which he coverts. The All Blacks lack intensity and discipline.

1034: Lomu breaks one tackle but finds plenty more defiant Australians in front of him.

1032: Much better play from the Kiwis as they attempt to get back into the game. Byron Kelleher leads by example and almost touches down in the corner.

1028: Wallaby gold ticker-tape flutters around the pitch, distracting players on both sides.

1026: Burke converts from the touch-line. He has his kicking boots on and New Zealand trail by 10. Australia are making the extra man tell.

1025: Australia get the better of a midfield exchange and work second-phase from the 15-metre line. Larkham hoists a high kick and Latham shrugs off Lomu to pull it down and score the game's first try.

1021: New Zealand string some passes together for the first time but the Australian defence, marshalled by Eales, holds firm to force the knock-on.

1018: Burke makes no mistake from the penalty kick to restore Australia's lead.

1016: Andrew Mehrtens levels immediately for New Zealand. His 35-metre kick drops over after hitting the post. Tempers fray after the restart and Norm Maxwell is sent to the sin bin, leaving the Kiwis a man short for 10 minutes.

1012: Australia have started the brighter, helped by two stolen line-out ball. Matthew Burke has the first penalty chance and converts from 45 metres.

1008: The game gets underway and Australia apply immediate pressure. Chris Latham starts in place of Andrew Walker.

1005: John Eales' farewell international is greeted by New Zealand's traditional Haka.


Australia: Burke; Latham, Herbert, Grey, Roff; Larkham, Gregan; Kefu, Smith, Finegan, Eales (captain), Giffin, Moore, Foley, Stiles.
Reserves: Cannon, Darwin, Cockbain, Waugh, Whitaker, Flatley, Walker.

New Zealand: MacDonald, Wilson, Umaga, Lomu, Alatini, Mehrtens, Kelleher, Cribb, Randell, Jack, Maxwell, Flavell, Somerville, Oliver (captain), Hoeft.
Reserves: Hammett, Hayman, Cooksley, Holah, Marshall, Brown, Cullen.


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