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Autumn internationals as they happened


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By Rob Hodgetts

1924: Wales fly-half Stephen Jones: "We are frustrated. We had some opportunities, particularly at the end, but to be fair to New Zealand they are clinical, they recycle the ball very well and that put us under a lot of pressure. We made a few errors and that allowed them to get on the front foot. We're going in the right direction, but we need to keep raising the bar."
Wales captain Ryan Jones: "It was pretty tough. It was an arm-wrestle for 80 minutes but that period in the third quarter - a few errors and we paid the price for it. We certainly didn't help ourselves - we were the makers of our own misfortune today. I'm very proud of the guys. They kept going for 80 minutes and on another day it could have gone our way."

1918: New Zealand assistant coach Wayne Smith: "We had them under the pump a wee bit in that second-half and we missed a couple of try-scoring opportunities. I'm happy with the character of them so all in all it was a good day."

1915: Wales coach Warren Gatland: "The boys kept playing right to the 80th minute which was very pleasing. The frustrating thing from our point of view was getting some 50-50 calls against us. You just want to feel you're getting the bounce of the ball and things go your way. Referees don't want to ref an upset."

1911: New Zealand captain Richie McCaw: "Hearts in the mouth there for a couple of seconds. The way we played we were put under a bit of pressure but second half we took the points when they were on offer so it was nice to come away with the win. At the end of the day we did enough to get home."

1905: All Blacks fly-half and man-of-the-match Dan Carter: "I was pretty nervous [at the end] and absolutely shattered but to hold on was a credit to our guys. Credit to the Welsh guys, too, but we're very thankful of coming away with the win. It's been a very challenging year for us, a couple of losses, but we want to put our name back on the world stage so to have a big win tonight is very satisfying."
BBC rugby expert Jonathan Davies: "First half, Wales played well but there was a lack of creativity. They competed in every facet but they have to work on their offensive approach because teams have worked them out. There's no spark when they go the other way. There's a lack of creativity in midfield because the three players are very similar."

Full-time: The clock defeats Wales, not to mention a high-class New Zealand side who were too good for large parts of the match.

78 mins: Wales fans see a possible fabulous, historic victory - or at least a draw - flash before their eyes when Alun-Wyn Jones intercepts Jimmy Cowan's pass and races into an empty field. But the lock hasn't go the legs of a speedster and inside the Kiwi half has to look around for a team-mate. The move breaks down but Wales keep up the pressure and force a line-out on the All Blacks line. But New Zealand grab the ball and the dream dies for Wales.

74 mins: PENALTY Wales 12-19 New Zealand After a period of New Zealand possession, Wales turn the ball over and Shane Williams find himself with space to run. The little wizard feigns to the outside and then jinks inside to hare through the gap. He gets deep into the 22 but New Zealand scurry back to shackle him. Wales come again and eventually win a penalty on the right. Stephen Jones takes his chance well and Wales sense the faintest of chances.

66 mins: PENALTY Wales 9-19 New Zealand Wales give themselves a glimmer of hope with a Stephen Jones penalty at the other end.

65 mins: PENALTY Wales 6-19 New Zealand The All Blacks battering continues but Wales do well to prevent Ma'a Nonu getting over. Conrad Smith has another crack but to Wales' credit, the line is still unbroken. But Wales are penalised for hands on the floor and Dan Carter trousers the three points.

62 mins: From the resultant five-metre scrum number eight Kieran Read surges for the line, but it's again held up and they get another scrum five.

59 mins: Wales change prop Paul James for Duncan Jones and Huw Bennett comes in at hooker for Matthew Rees. Straight after, New Zealand centre Conrad Smith roles over the line under a pile of bodies but the video referee rules he has not got it down.

55 mins: TRY Wales 6-16 New Zealand In a flash, New Zealand punish Wales. From quick ruck ball in midfield they spin the ball quickly out to the left and work hooker Andrew Hore over in the corner. Clincial stuff. Dan Carter converts.

54 mins: Another chance for the home side as Wales go left and Jamie Roberts straightens the line to create the half-gap. But he can't get the inside ball away to Tom Shanklin and the move breaks down. Gareth Cooper goes off for Martin Roberts.

53 mins: Cheers ring out as Alun-Wyn Jones turns over the ball from Dan Carter. Wales pump the ball downfield and build a temporary platform in the All Blacks half. But before they can get a toehold, New Zealand clear.

48 mins: Gaps beginning to appear as the game enters a more fluid stage. Shane Williams senses an opening but is tagged by Brad Thorn, and Zac Guildford has a good little run for the Kiwis on the left. The lung-bursting passage continues with a kicking exchange and James Hook's touch kick eventually brings an end to it.

41 mins: PENALTY Wales 6-9 New Zealand The second half gets under way and Wales quickly find themselves staring at the boot of Dan Carter after Martyn Williams's deliberate knock-on. By the way, refresh and you'll see the real identity of the BBC Sport rugby expert called Jonathan! (see below)

"It's a strange match. Wales have dominated territory and possession but haven't created anything. But when New Zealand break they look dangerous," says BBC rugby expert Jonathan Davies.

Half-time: All to play for in Cardiff as the sides go in for a rest at 6-6. "The All Blacks very much want to take the fire out of what the Welsh have to offer and that's why they have been playing tactically," says former All Blacks scrum-half Justin Marshall.

39 mins: The half is ending with a bit of aerial ping-pong, slightly unbefitting these two great attacking sides.

36 mins: New Zealand are penalised for dropping their binding in the scrum - Wyatt Crockett is to blame - and Stephen Jones pumps the ball deep into the corner.

33 mins: PENALTY Wales 6-6 New Zealand Wales threaten on the right flank through James Hook and Leigh Halfpenny and they win a penalty which Stephen Jones strokes over.

30 mins: Luke Charteris lies inert at the floor of a ruck but play moves on as Wales pour forward. New Zealand attempt to run out of their own 22 and eventually kick to James Hook but nothing comes of Wales' attack and Dan Carter manufactures an enormous clearance. Charteris slowly gets up.

28 mins: The All Blacks press again but fortunately for Wales, Cory Jane knocks-on on the wing. As play breaks down, Wales win a penalty and Stephen Jones clears.

23 mins: Wales lift the crowd with a series of probes and charge-downs. First, Jamie Roberts breaks the line, then after much harrying, Andy Powell charges down Mils Muliaina clearance. The All Blacks, though, steal Wales' line-out and snuff out the immediate danger.

20 mins: PENALTY Wales 3-6 New Zealand More danger from Wales as the All Blacks hoist a crossfield kick to test Leigh Halfpenny against Conrad Smith. The Welshman does well to deflect it away from the marauding attackers and concedes just a line-out. From the throw, Leigh Halfpenny again attempts to clear up but he is engulfed and has to release the ball. It looks as though Brendon Leonard knocks-on as he goes for the line but Halfpenny is adjudged to have held onto the ball and Dan Carter slots three points.

16 mins: PENALTY Wales 3-3 New Zealand Wales plugging away at the Black line in midfield but it is not yielding and New Zealand turn it over. Dan Carter tries to break out but as Richie McCaw attempts to secure the loose ball he infringes and Stephen Jones adds the three-point equaliser. By the way, just in case you haven't refreshed since it went up, try doing it now and you'll get the live TV Feed.

11 mins: PENALTY Wales 0-3 New Zealand Leigh Halfpenny is tap-tackled after retrieving an All Blacks kick in midfield and gives away a penalty as he seeks to make the ball safe. Up steps Dan Carter to open the scoring.

10 mins: Danger signs for Wales as winger Cory Jane threatens wide on the right. But flying Welsh prop Gethin Jenkins scampers over to make the tackle and snuff out the danger.

8 mins: Wales scrum-half Gareth Cooper is making a lively start with some sharp sniping around the fringes. The Welsh loose-forwards are getting through plenty of ball-carrying early on but the Kiwis soak up the flurry of attacks.

6 mins: Stephen Jones finds some space and conjures a nice inside ball to Leigh Halfpenny. Lock Alun-Wyn Jones is part of a flowing backs move as Wales mix it up early and have a run at the Kiwis. Promising signs for the home side.

3 mins: Wales pour forward and force Dan Carter into a couple of defensive kicks. There's more aerial bombardment for wing Zac Guildford and a pattern already seems to be emerging.

1717: Dan Carter kicks-off for New Zealand. Ryan Jones make the first tackle for Wales, to rapturous applause. And Wales launch the first attack upfield through Tom Shanklin.

1715: Here comes the Haka. Wales line up to accept the challenge. The crowd roars out to drown the Kiwis and when it ends the Welsh break up quickly to avoid the tantalising stand-off of last year.

1700: So Wales have not beaten the All Blacks since 1953, that's 56 long years. Ominously, the All Blacks' talismanic fly-half Dan Carter has been ruled fit after a calf injury. Wales coach Warren Gatland, himself a Kiwi, thinks the New Zealanders may have lost their aura. But he admits on BBC Two that his job is to inspire confidence in his side. A jam-packed Millennium Stadium welcomes the two teams as they walk out side by side. There's the Last Post followed by a minute's silence for Remembrance Day, followed by some rousing anthems.

1650: Ok, team. That's England v Australia wrapped up. Don't forget, highlights tonight on BBC Three at 1915 GMT and on Sunday on BBC Two at 1400 GMT. Now let's turn our attention to Wales V New Zealand.

1642: England manager Martin Johnson: "Overall they deserved to win the match but there were some chances out there for us. The second half, they dominated territory to such an extent that they were going to score points. We kicked away too much ball. There were times when we needed to be a bit slicker and that comes from having a long time in camp together, they've come straight out of the Tri-Nations. We'll be better for it going into next week."

1635: England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson: "They've played a lot of Test matches and they've been through a lot together. This is our first one - we needed a marker to find out where we need to go next. We're disappointed about some things but some things went well."

1630:Australia scrum-half Will Genia: "We spoke beforehand about what it would be like and it's amazing to win here. We knew we had to work right through the game and we knew we would have them at the end if we did that."

1628: Some feisty stuff from the gang on 606. From Second Row Bomber: "Oh Dear, anyone wanna buy an England Jersey off me? I can't wear it anymore. This is like the 1980s all over again." FromVinotackler: "We have got to start grasping basic ideas of the modern game, quick ball and dynamic running with and without ball - England stuck in the past still - if MJ doesn't bring in some coaches who can do the job the he should go also." From Intl Wookie Hunter: "1. Johnson has a handful of his first choice team. 2. England are playing against one of the top 3 sides in the world. 3. Stop whinging and try getting behind the team."

1615: That's now five wins, seven defeats for Martin Johnson's side. Jonny Wilkinson is in the middle of a group England huddle, talking passionately to his team-mates. Inspiring stuff, no doubt, from the old-stager. Or is he just asking which pub they are all off too?

Australia fly-half Matt Giteau: "We've been close in every game in the Tri-Nations bar one and we threw them away. Our big emphasis was on the second half. We kicked a lot better and our line-out functioned a lot better. It didn't feel comfortable at any stage. They were threatening us the whole game. It was a different England side. They looked to attack us and open us up. But we blew a few tries."

80 mins: England still probing but time is against them and the whistle goes to signal the end of an absorbing encounter. England impressive enough in the first half, Australia totally dominant in the second. Jonny Wilkinson is England's best player by far, but my own personal man of the match is Wallaby scrum-half Will Genia. The 21-year-old looks a class act.

78 mins: Last-gasp attack for England as they earn a penalty and Wilkinson bangs it into the corner. Australia don't bother to compete at the line-out and drive England back. England earn another penalty but again the ball is slow coming back, as the clock ticks on.

75 mins: England have not given up despite the ominous scoreline and a series of surges in midfield set up a promising last 10. But Australia's line just calmly absorbs the attacks and shows no real sign of allowing a breach.

71 mins: TRY England 9-18 Will Genia is the catalyst and he feeds Matt Giteau as Australia pour forward in England's 22. The ball finds Adam Ashley-Cooper wide on the left and he brushes off Ugo Monye and Mark Cueto to dive over in the corner. Giteau converts.

69 mins: Will Genia's corner kick - after a loose ball from a thumping Rocky Elsom tackle on Matt Banahan - pins England back deep in their own 22 and only the covering Jonny Wilkinson can stop a score.

67 mins: Ayoola Erinle comes on for centre Dan Hipkiss for England. A captivating minute or so's play from England as they move the ball quickly one way and then the other, though ironically it falters when Erinle has a go. Hooker Dylan Hartley makes an impact off the bench, though. Courtney Lawes then comes on for Louis Deacon.

65 mins: Superb barnstorming run up the middle from England replacement James Haskell. The ball is recycled to Jonny Wilkinson who chips ahead and gathers and in one movement passes inside to Shane Geraghty. The move breaks down at Monye and Wilkinson tries a speculative drop-goal but this time misses.

63 mins: England hearts surge as Ugo Monye is put into space but as he looks to jink and hit the afterburners he slips to widespread groans. Paul Hodgson on for Danny Care at scrum-half for England.

59 mins: PENALTY England 9-11 Australia No sooner does he come on than Duncan Bell is penalised for collapsing the scrum, though he appears to just have slipped. Matt Giteau kicks Australia into the lead and England need to regroup.

56 mins: Beautiful short pass from Will Genia feeds the rampaging Digby Ioane but somehow he can't quite get over the line. Ugo Monye, Danny Care and Lewis Moody all got a bit of him but that's a massive let-off for England. Giant prop Duncan Bell on for David Wilson at tight-head for England.

54 mins: A poor kick from Shane Geraghty gives the Aussies a sniff and Drew Mitchell lofts one over the top for Adam Ashley-Cooper to chase. But the Wallaby full-back can't reach it and England survive. For now.

52 mins: England captain Steve Borthwick will have to earn his beer tokens as his side are being forced to tackle for their lives. But they break free and Shane Geraghty and Jonny Wilkinson spark a surge to the outskirts of the Australia 22, ended when Wilkinson's pass out of the back of the hand flies into touch. James Haskell on for Jordan Crane, by the way.
49 mins: England under the cosh a bit here, but Lewis Moody pulls off a valuable turnover and England breath again.

45 mins: PENALTY England 9-8 Australia Australia string together a passage of flowing passing moves from one side to the other. Their short offloading is sharp and they get to within yards of England's line. Rocky Elsom has Peter Hynes crying out for a scoring pass outside him, but goes himself and Matt Banahan wraps him up. The ball finds Matt Giteau, who is felled again by Wilkinson, and the loose ball hacked away, but the referee penalises England for offside and Giteau slots three points.

41 mins: The second half kicks off with the game up for grabs at Twickenham. England begin the period with a series of probes from the likes of Shane Geraghty and Jonny Wilkinson but it's all in their own half until Geraghty lofts a huge Garryowen.

From Trebell on 606: "Awesome Wilko.. that's going to dent their confidence as much as the try boosted it. I think England look a side that could be very good after a few games out together. Well played boys."

From Roomurrhamil on 606: "Well, it's not too bad but it lacks creativity. Wilko has been very good but some players are not good enough - the locks, Hipkiss and I don't think Monye has what it takes to play for England."

Half-time: Martin Johnson trots down the stairs to conduct his half-time chat over a cup of tea and a slice of orange. England's set pieces have looked good, particularly the line-out, and Wilkinson has inspired. Australia, though, while still struggling to establish their shape, have looked very dangerous in open play, with the likes of Genia, Giteau and Ashley-Cooper handfuls whenever they get the ball.

38 mins: Australia rumble into England's 22 through Benn Robinson and the home side are stretched but Wilkinson comes up with one of his trademark, circa 2003 piledriver tackles on Mark Chisholm to stop the advance. Australia come again, but again they are stopped completely in their tracks when Wilkinson thumps Matt Giteau to the floor and earns a penalty for his troubles.

Tom Fordyce at Twickenham on Twitter: "Genia running like a dream at scrum-half for the Aussies, but his side are dishing out penalties like England a year ago. Quelle domage."

32 mins: Promising Australia attack snaffled out by an England turnover. Inexplicably number eight Jordan Crane tries a little grubber, thinking he's Dan Carter or someone, but England make amends and Dan Hipkiss and Tim Payne carry impressively, though the counter eventually fizzles out.

29 mins: Almost half an hour gone and no England penalties yet. That will come as a welcome relief to Martin Johnson after the indiscipline of last year. But clearly, as soon as I write that, Matt Banahan gives one away when he is too slow retreating from a kick and finds himself offside.

25 mins: PENALTY England 9-5 Australia. Slow England ball from a ruck on Australia's 22. They re-set and Wilkinson tries one of his high, hanging kicks for the lofty Matt Banahan into the left corner. England recycle and come right and Shane Geraghty feeds powerful prop David Wilson, who rumbles forward. From another ruck, Danny Care tries another high cross-kick to the right. Lewis Moody can't make the touchdown but the referee brings them back for a penalty under the posts and Wilkinson takes the three points.

21 mins: TRY England 6-5 Australia Australia are gradually getting into the game and edging into the England 22. Quick hands and powerful surges take them to within yards of the line, and scrum-half Will Genia dummies prop Tim Payne at the side of a ruck and nips over the line. Matt Giteau drags his conversion right.

16 mins: England scrum-half Danny Care knocks-on at a scrum and the feed is given to Australia. Their number nine Will Genia snipes and Adam Ashley-Cooper tries to stick a little kick over the head of Matt Banahan. The move is still on and Matt Giteau changes the point of attack, but Australia's first real attack ends in a penalty to England and Wilkinson clears his lines.

11 mins: Australia are struggling to get a foothold at the moment and England win another penalty when the defensive line chases a clearance kick and forces the opposition into not releasing. Jonny Wilkinson steps up with the ball virtually on the centre spot but it hits the right post and bounces away.

7 mins: PENALTY England 6-0 Australia England earn a penalty in midfield and Wilkinson bangs it deep into the Aussie 22. England move the ball smartly to the left and they earn another penalty when Ugo Monye is upended dangerously by Peter Hynes, who then grabs him without getting up. Jonny Wilkinson slots a smart penalty with his trusty left foot.

4 mins: Poor kicking from Australian Adam Ashley-Cooper gives Jordan Crane another chance to run at the opposition. From a scrum, a wayward Wilkinson pass gives Dan Hipkiss a bit of a hospital scenario but England have begun fairly brightly.

3 mins: DROP-GOAL England 3-0 Australia It's a case of 'as you were'...with two minutes 44 secs gone, Jonny Wilkinson gets the ball standing deep and slots a drop-goal.

1 min: Early England line-out on the right. The ball moves left but it's very slow coming from the ruck as England try to set up a platform. Eventually they probe the blind side and get another throw.

1430: Land of Hope and Glory belts out as they ready for the off. Jonny Wilkinson kicks off, sporting England's new kit with a fancy half collar thing.

1428: England are greeted to a massive ovation as they bound onto the Twickenham turf. The teams line up on a giant red cross laid out on the pitch for the anthems, but first there is a minute's silence for Remembrance Sunday.

1425: Johnno's record as England boss reads won five, lost six. He's been massively hampered in his selection, of course, with a host of regulars out injured. Only four England players remain in the starting XV from last year's clash between the two, with eight Aussies. But Johnson's got JW back, along with World Cup veteran Steve Thompson and the rampaging Lewis Moody. And he's got some promising young guns in Courtney Lawes, Matt Banahan and Shane Geraghty. Australia have lost six out of the last seven Tests, but those were all against either New Zealand or South Africa. With all the injuries can we read much into the eventual result, in terms of northern/southern hemisphere? Who knows. First things first, get the win.
1420: Martin Johnson's last thoughts from Twickers: "Australia are in an interesting place. They've got a very young team. It should make for a cracking Test match. We'll need to play well, with a lot of intensity, a lot of speed and a lot of passion."

1410: Here's a reminder of the teams.
England: Ugo Monye; Mark Cueto, Dan Hipkiss, Shane Geraghty, Matt Banahan; Jonny Wilkinson, Danny Care; Jordan Crane, Lewis Moody, Tom Croft; Steve Borthwick (capt), Louis Deacon; David Wilson, Steve Thompson, Tim Payne. Replacements: Dylan Hartley, Duncan Bell, Courtney Lawes, James Haskell, Paul Hodgson, Andy Goode, Ayoola Erinle.
Australia: Adam Ashley-Cooper; Peter Hynes, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Drew Mitchell; Matt Giteau, Will Genia; Wycliff Palu, George Smith, Rocky Elsom (capt); Mark Chisholm, James Horwill; Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Tatafu Polota Nau, Matt Dunning, Dean Mumm, David Pocock, Luke Burgess, Ryan Cross, James O'Connor.
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (NZL).

1405: Let's focus on England v Australia then. Fortress Twickenham is long gone and the Aussies won 28-14 here last year and triumphed in four of their last six meetings. England's last win, of course, was the 12-10 victory in Marseille in the 2007 World Cup. But here's a little stat for you - Jonny Wilkinson has played against Australia eight times, but he has been on the winning side in his last six meetings with the old foe. And another thing, England's win percentage when Wilko is in the side is 78% and 47% when he's not. Australia stand-off Matt Giteau is 63% and 80%.

1400: Our man Tom Fordyce is down at Twickenham for us today. Here's what he's Twittering on about: "England and Aussie players warming up on Twickenham pitch. Stands around them empty, bars behind rammed like they're handing out free money."

1355: I've nailed my colours to the mast (silly saying, that) on 606 and plumped for a narrow England defeat and a bigger Welsh one. Here's what OldGumby had to say: "The Wallabies and All Blacks have lost status in the South so will have the hunger to make amends. Can't see Wales winning but England do have a chance. I like the look of this Wallaby backline though and if the pack rediscovers its mojo then England could be in for a torrid time."

1350: Now then, let me make you aware of the highlights of England's glorious victor…sorry, England v Australia, on BBC Three at 1915 GMT tonight (Saturday), followed again at 1400 GMT on Sunday. Wales v New Zealand is live on BBC Two at 1715 GMT, with highlights on the website on Sunday. I'll remind you again later in case the excitement has got too much. Remember, you can get in touch and add to the colour on 606 or text on 8111.

1345: An enormous afternoon all to all you rugby union fans out there. What a day we've got in store - England v Australia followed by Wales v New Zealand. Life doesn't get much better than rugby terms anyway, other than a couple of favourable results, of course. On a clear, crisp autumnal day, this little cocktail of rugby-based excitement is rocking my oval-ball world. Anyone else? Smashing. (I think we should all resurrect that word). Let's rock.

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see also
England 9-18 Australia
07 Nov 09 |  Rugby Union
Wales 12-19 New Zealand
07 Nov 09 |  Welsh

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