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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 November, 2003, 11:01 GMT
Clockwatch: Australia 22-10 New Zealand

All the action from the first semi-final in Sydney.


80 mins: New Zealand try to reduce the points difference all the way to the final whistle but still Australia stand firm to book their place in the World Cup final.

78 mins: McCaw tries his hand at kicking and wins his side a line-out on the New Zealand 22. But Australia rapidly clear it.

76 mins: Rogers chips and chases for a final moment of glory. But Howlett dives bravely on the ball and stops New Zealand's current predicament from getting any worse.

74 mins: A lack of discipline lets down New Zealand once again but Flatley misses his first penalty of the night.

72 mins: Looks of despondency are etched all over the All Blacks' faces as they see their World Cup ambitions steadily ebb away. Matt Cockbain replaces Smith, while Joe Roff comes on for Mortlock. Marty Holah takes Collins' spot in the New Zealand back row.

70 mins: Howlett chips and chases down the touch line. Rogers, though, gathers, slips out of the tackle and charges upfield. He is felled by a late tackle by Reuben Thorne and kicks his own penalty into touch.

68 mins: As the clock ticks on, New Zealand are rapidly running out of opportunities as Australia clear to the half-way line.

66 mins: After 10 phases of attacking play by the All Blacks, it all goes wrong. Spencer fluffs a crucial pass to Mauger and can do nothing as it trickles into touch.

64 mins: Howlett attempts to dart through, but a Sailor-Flatley combo have other ideas and into touch he goes.

62 mins: Spencer re-starts the game. How New Zealand need a touch of his magic now.

61 mins: Gregan goes for a drop goal. It fails but it doesn't matter as there's a penalty already in the bag from an earlier Brad Thorn offside. Flatley adds another three points to maintain his 100% record with the boot.
Australia 22-10 New Zealand

58 mins: Brad Thorn replaces Ali Williams.

57 mins: Howlett and Rokocoko link up on the wing. Rokocoko looks like a tightrope walker moving at pace as he tries to avoid ducking into touch. The speed of the move leaves Australia reeling and they give away a penalty. This time MacDonald makes no mistake.
Australia 19-10 New Zealand.

54 mins: Larkham finds himself in absolutely acres of space as he dances past Spencer and Thorne. But as it spreads wide, Aaron Mauger is penalised for offside. It sails over off Flatley's boot.
Australia 19-7 New Zealand

52 mins: Larkham tries to chip ahead to unleash Tuqiri and Sailor but his kick goes straight out and, with it, the sting of Australia's move.

51 mins: After 10 minutes of medical treatment, Darwin is stretchered off the field and play resumes.

50 mins: Collins steals the ball at the base of an Australian scrum. From that, his forwards drive on but give away a scrum. Darwin, meanwhile, is receiving treatment and looks to be unconscious.

49 mins: Kees Meeuws comes on for Dave Hewett, while Byron Kelleher takes over at scrum-half from Marshall.

47 mins: The All Blacks go back to basics, steadily recycling the ball through their forwards as they seem to be having little joy from their electric back three.

44 mins: New Zealand enjoy a rare moment of prolonged possession. But as they try and release their runners they are simply pegged back by some stout Australian defence. It eventually paves the way for stolen ball.

42 mins: Jerry Collins is penalised for failing to let David Giffin release the ball. It's an easy three-pointer for Flatley.
Australia 16-7 New Zealand

41 mins: Flatley gets the game re-started and his team-mates launch attack number one after gathering smartly.


40 mins: David Giffin replaces Sharpe, who's been looking a tad war-torn from previous incidents. It happens just moments before the half-time whistle.

38 mins: Eddie Jones' ploy of relying on former league stars looks to be working. Rogers and Sailor are nicely in tune for Australia's latest gem of an attack.

35 mins: Finally New Zealand come to life, thanks to Spencer. He cuts inside Phil Waugh and Mortlock before sending captain Reuben Thorne on his way. Tacklers David Lyons and Brendan Cannon can do nothing about it. MacDonald converts.
Australia 13-7 New Zealand

33 mins: Australia really should have scored then but George Gregan's pass misses his man. They win a penalty anyway - for offside by the All Blacks - and Flatley seals it.
Australia 13-0 New Zealand

31 mins: Spencer unleashes an excellent up-and-under which Tuqiri takes supremely. The whole passage of play is ruined by a quick succession of Antipodean errors by both sides.

30 mins: Marshall goes for one of the most laughable drop-goal attempts of the tournament. It barely spends a second in the air. The referee already has his hand up for a penalty, which MacDonald fails to convert.

29 mins: George Smith is given a dressing down for a high tackle on Marshall.

28 mins: Australia send runner after runner at the All Blacks defence but it goes awry when Justin Marshall steals the ball off Ben Darwin.

27 mins: The All Blacks desperately need to get their hands on the ball for a prolonged period of time. But for now it's the Wallabies who dominate possession. Larkham is the danger man on this occasion.

25 mins: New Zealand go for territory as Muliaina hoofs the ball from his 22 to Australia's.

24 mins: The referee gives Australia a kickable penalty after a nasty, high tackle by Jerry Collins on Nathan Sharpe. Luckily for Collins, Chris White decides not to sin-bin him. Flatley kicks the penalty, while Sharpe receives medical treatment.
Australia 10-0 New Zealand

23 mins: A stunning passage of play from the Wallabies. All three of their former league stars make ground, Mat Rogers launching proceedings and Lote Tuqiri and Sailor having a pop too.

21 mins: Australia endeavour to launch attack after attack. For all their initial promise, they fail to quite have that extra bite to force a way through.

19 mins: The referee takes a minute to have a word with the two front-rows after some niggly exchanges in a trio of failed scrums.

16 mins: The All Blacks try to regroup, Spencer battling to make amends for his earlier mistake. But he knocks it on instead and the chance goes begging.

13 mins: New Zealand get their chance to cut down the deficit with a penalty after David Lyons is penalised for using his hands in a ruck. MacDonald fails to get the three points.

10 mins: Mortlock scores an enthralling breakaway try. Spencer tries to open up a fresh attack but his mis-pass to Leon MacDonald goes disastrously wrong, Mortlock takes it and sprints unopposed for 75 metres before stylishly sliding in.
Australia 7-0 New Zealand

8 mins: Mils Muliaina touches the ball down in the far-right corner but, after consulting with the fourth official, the referee decides Muliaina has knocked it forward in the tackle from Lote Tuqiri.

7 mins: Wendell Sailor wins round one of the wing battle as he smacks the incoming Joe Rokocoko into touch. The first All Black danger is temporarily cleared.

6 mins: Stirling Mortlock breaks clear but referee Chris White calls him back for illegal crossing by Cannon.

4 mins: New Zealand finally gain possession for the first time of the night. Their grip on it doesn't last long though.

3 mins: Elton Flatley, Stephen Larkham and Brendan Cannon all have a go at piercing the New Zealand defence. They fail to find a way through so Larkham goes for a drop goal. It goes hideously wrong and is nowhere near its planned target.

1 min: Australia are winging the ball all over the park in an attacking start to the game. A bright beginning from the Aussies.

0907 GMT: The opening semi-final of the 2003 World Cup gets under way as Spencer sends the ball to the Australia forwards.

0906 GMT: The All Blacks unleash the haka, led by fly-half Carlos Spencer.

0900 GMT: The two teams come out at the Telstra Stadium for the national anthems amid a wave of cheers from the 80,000-strong crowd.


Australia: M Rogers; W Sailor, S Mortlock, E Flatley, L Tuqiri; S Larkham, G Gregan (capt); B Young, B Cannon, B Darwin; J Harrison, N Sharpe, G Smith, P Waugh, D Lyons.
Replacements: J Paul, A Baxter, D Giffin, M Cockbain, C Whitaker, N Grey, J Roff.

New Zealand: M Muliaina; D Howlett, L MacDonald, A Mauger, J Rokocoko; C Spencer, J Marshall; D Hewett, K Mealamu, G Somerville; C Jack, A Williams; R Thorne (capt), R McCaw, J Collins.
Replacements: M Hammett, K Meeuws, B Thorn, M Holah, B Kelleher, D Carter, C Ralph.





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