Live Commentary: Rugby World Cup - Australia vs. New Zealand

Live Commentary: Australia vs. New Zealand
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Live coverage of the Rugby World Cup semi-final between Australia and New Zealand.

Good morning and welcome to Sports Mole's live coverage of the second semi-final of the weekend. Australia take on New Zealand in what should be a thrilling battle between two of the best teams in the world. The All Blacks go into the match as favourites, and Australia are haunted by the fact thay haven't won at Eden Park in 25 years. As we saw yesterday, however, anything can happen in world rugby.

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01min: The All Blacks delivered a mighty Haka and the atmosphere at Eden Park is electric. Quade Cooper fluffs his kick-off to force a scrum.

02min: All the early pressure coming from New Zealand. They spread out wide going into the Australian 22 but a pass is thrown straight into touch.

04min: James O'Connor takes the ball back over the tryline and three All Blacks swarm. Five metre scrum to New Zealand.

06min: TRY! New Zealand explode from the scrum but Cooper clears. New Zealand on the pick-and-drive outside the Australia 22 then Israel Dagg breaks. The offload goes to Ma'a Nonu who dives over the line. Piri Weepu can't convert. Australia 0-5 New Zealand.

10min: Penalty to the All Blacks just inside the Wallabies 22. Weepu's kick bounces off the post.

12min: New boy Aaron Cruden breaks and nearly gets to the try-line. He is tackled but Pocock is penalised at the breakdown. Weepu makes his fist successful kick. Australia 0-8 New Zealand.

15min: A Weepu clearance doesn't find touch and Australia are suddenly on the attack. Digby Ioane gets inches from the try-line and it takes about four All Blacks to stop him. New Zealand are penalised at the breakdown. James O'Connor makes the kick. Australia 3-8 New Zealand.

16min: Another mistake from Quade Cooper. He can't take a high ball and knocks on to hand the All Blacks a scrum in the Australia half.

19min: The Wallabies are penalised for collapsing the scrum. Weepu edges the kick just wide.

20min: O'Connor takes a clearance into touch to give the All Blacks a line-out five metres from the tryline.

22min: Drop Goal! New Zealand spread out and the ball goes back to Cruden. He slots it through calmly. Australia 3-11 New Zealand.

26min: Australia on the attack now. Cooper tries a chip but it goes straight into an All Black's hands. He gets it back and slices the ball straight into touch. The New Zealand fans are relishing this.

27min: New Zealand mount another impressive attacking display but Woodcock knocks on.

29min: The Wallabies are handed a line-out in a dangerous position thanks to a mistake from Richard Kahui.

32min: DROP GOAL! Pick-and-drive from Australia. They advance slowly before giving it back to Cooper who slots the goal over. Australia 6-11 New Zealand.

34min: The Wallabies are looking energised now. They attack with quick ball before handing the All Blacks a penalty.

36min: Australia penalised for offside following confusion from a high ball. Weepu makes the kick. Australia 6-14 New Zealand.

39min: Australia get the chance to show off their mighty defence as the All Blacks advance. They clear and force two knock-ons just inside the New Zealand 22. Scrum down.

40min: HALF-TIME. The half ends with a scuffle on the floor. New Zealand are dominating possession and look to be the more dangerous team on the attack. Australia have shown brief flashes of excellence but they will have to step up their game in the second half to really challenge the All Blacks.

41min: SECOND HALF UNDERWAY. Penalty to New Zealand into the Australian half.

42min: Weepu adds another three points. Australia 6-17 New Zealand.

44min: Australia on the attack now but they are met wiith a wall of black shirts on the New Zealand 22.

46min: Adam Ashley Cooper advances but spills the ball. New Zealand gather and clear.

47min: More pressure from the Wallabies but New Zealand force a penalty at the breakdown.

49min: Real hunger from the Wallabies now but they are making too many errors. Scrum to the All Blacks after an Australian attacker runs into his own player.

51min: New Zealand counter with some lovely pick-and-drive play. They spread the ball out but Israel Dagg throws a sloppy pass into touch.

54min: Australia on a frenzied attack now. The breakdown belongs to New Zealand though, with Richie McCaw pouncing on a loose ball to force a turnover.

55min: Penalty to the All Blacks just inside the Australian half. It's long range, but Weepu will go for the posts. He drifts it wide.

57min: Andy Ellis on for Weepu, Ali Williams on for Sam Whitelock.

59min: New Zealand camped in the Australia 22 now. Attempted drop goal from Israel Dagg, but he slices it wide and short.

60min: Pocock turns over but McCaw flies in out of nowhere to reverse.

62min: New Zealand forwards now driving towards the Wallabies tryline, but concede a penalty at the breakdown.

64min: Dagg is having an amazing game. Brilliant kicks, lovely runs and impressive takes in the air.

67min: Penalty to New Zealand on the half-way line. Some handbags from both teams after the decision and ref Craig Joubert urges everyone to keep their heads. Cruden attempts the long range kick but it drifts wide.

68min: Weepu is back on while Ellis sorts out a gushing blood injury to his nose.

70min: The New Zealand scrum is absolutely devastating. They force a penalty off an Australian put-in.

72min: Weepu slots over. Australia now need two converted tries to draw. Australia 6-20 New Zealand.

73min: Sonny Bill Williams comes on for Ma'a Nonu. Ellis has sorted out his nose bleed and comes back on for Weepu.

76min: The Wallabies win a penalty. Sonny Bill Williams is yellow-carded for shoulder-checking Quade Cooper. They kick for touch in the All Blacks' 22.

77min: Australia are camped on the five metre line.

78min: Another penalty to Australia. The ball spreads out and Ashley-Cooper slips as he attacks. The All Blacks turn over and force a penalty. The ball is kicked for touch.

79min: New Zealand willing to go through the phases for the last 30 seconds. Australia win a scrum but the Eden Park crowd is already celebrating.

80min: FULL TIME. The ball is bundled into touch and New Zealand are into the World Cup final. Australia couldn't get their game going at all, but this All Blacks side were ferocious. So it's an All Blacks vs. France final at Eden Park and the whole of New Zealand will surely be feeling that the Webb Ellis cup is theirs. Join us next Sunday to find out. Australia 6-20 New Zealand.

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