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  1. Wallabies return to winning ways

    Wallabies return to winning ways

    Adam Ashley-Cooper scored the fastest hat-trick in Rugby World Cup history as Australia recorded an emphatic 67-5 victory over the USA. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:80'
    • Australia
    • United States
    • 80+1' Adam Ashley-Cooper scores the fastest hat-trick in Rugby World Cup history as Australia return to winning ways with an emphatic 67-5 victory over the United States in their Pool C clash at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
    • 80+1' This is a sour note to finish the game with the medical staff taking some time with Faingaa who leaves on a stretcher with his neck in a brace.
    • 80+1' Nasty collision between Wyles and Faingaa - the Australian looks to be out cold.
    • 80' AUS 67-5 USA - Barnes adds the extras.
    • 79' AUS 65-5 USA – Long pass from Cooper to the right and in turn the ball is released to Sekope Kepu to cross in the corner, the US simply have no answer with 14 men.
    • 78' Grubber kick from Barnes but Petri gets across as the sweeper behind his own line to prevent an 11th try.
    • 77' Chris Wyles on for Tai Enosa.
    • 76' Nic Johnson on for Pat Danahy.
    • 75' Beautiful offload from Barnes to Mitchell and the US are caught offside.
    • 74' Ashley-Cooper tries to release Barnes on the inside and a deliberate bat forward by Blaine Scully prevents the try but sees him shown the yellow card, no attempt to play the ball.
    • 73' Adam Ashley-Cooper needed seven minutes to score three tries, the fastest hat-trick in Rugby World Cup history.
    • 72' Mike Petri on for Tim Usasz.
    • 71' Barnes hooks the conversion atttempt.
    • 70' AUS 60-5 USA - The try is given, a brace for Faingaa.
    • 69' The Wallabies looking to play rugby from anywhere on the field and Faingaa goes over in the left corner but we need a television review.
    • 68' This would be a record World Cup defeat for the Eagles with the 50 point margin.
    • 67' Stephen Moore on for Tatafu Polota-Nau.
    • 66' AUS 55-5 USA - Barnes seems to have solved the kicking problem as he adds the extras.
    • 65' AUS 53-5 USA – The floodgates are open and a hat-trick for Ashley-Cooper as Barnes picks the space on the right and then it’s pure weight of yellow jerseys that keep the move going before the wing is released for the score.
    • 64' AUS 48-5 USA - Barnes adds the extras.
    • 63' AUS 46-5 USA – But another breakaway try as Shawn Pittman puts the ball back which is disturbed by Tai Enosa’s boot and Ashley-Cooper has the simple task of picking up the ball and racing 50m before the swallow dive for his second try of the night.
    • 62' The US with a healthy spell of possession and Malifa makes a break towards the Australia 22.
    • 61' Louis Stanfill on for Hayden Smith.
    • 60' A 10th unforced error from Australia, still work for Robbie Deans to do.
    • 59' AUS 41-5 USA - Barnes is Australia’s third kicker and adds the conversion from the right touchline.
    • 58' AUS 39-5 USA – An almost nonchalant seventh try as Australia pull the US out of their defensive line again. The ball is spread wide, Cooper joins in and finds Ashley-Cooper who dives over in the right corner.
    • 57' US are penalised and Australia gets the put-in.
    • 56' But the States turn the ball over and they have the scrum, a 10th turnover from the Eagles today.
    • 55' Penalty to the Wallabies and Cooper finds touch with some panache.
    • 54' Australia steal the lineout inside their own 22 and Barnes clears.
    • 53' Palu forced off with an injury and Dan Vickerman comes on.
    • 52' Luke Burgess on for Genia and Sekope Kepu for Alexander.
    • 51' USA have a big overlap but they knock the ball on, a wasted chance.
    • 50' Another Cooper miss, kicking is a concern for Australia.
    • 49' AUS 34-5 USA – Simple give and go rugby and a sixth try for Australia with Cooper to Mitchell to McCabe who scores in the right corner, just moments after walking on the pitch.
    • 48' Pat McCabe on for Horne.
    • 47' Elsom replaced by Radike Samo.
    • 46' Beautifully weighted kick from Genia forces a panicky clearance kick from Scully who is now wearing 23.
    • 45' AUS 29-5 USA – Cooper adds his second conversion.
    • 44' AUS 27-5 USA – Simply executed try from Australia, Genia has a wealth of options and chooses Mitchell who picks his line and barrages his way over.
    • 43' US concede a penalty and the Wallabies opt for another scrum, 5m from the line.
    • 42' US under pressure from the start as Scully eschews a chance to kick clear. A dazzling break from Barnes and Aussie put in at the scrum inside the Eagles 22.
    • 41' Here we go for the second period.
    • 40' There is the half-time whistle.
    • 39' Another handling mistake from Cooper, his third. 12 passes, 24 running meters, 287 kicking metres for Quade who now switches to full-back with Barnes at fly-half.
    • 38' Australian-born Usasz clears his lines as Beale jogs off to be replaced by Berrick Barnes.
    • 37' Cooper clears his lines and Australia are deep in the Eagles 22 once more.
    • 36' The USA’s record defeat in a World Cup match came at the hands of South Africa in 2007; they lost 64-15 in the pool stages of that tournament.
    • 35' Cooper misses the conversion and the Aussies are just 1 from 4 with the boot.
    • 34' AUS 22-5 USA – Great break from Horne and Anthony Faingaa collects his first try for the Green and Golds and the bonus point is secured as he wriggles inside the tackle of Hawley near the try line before touching down.
    • 33' That defeat also marked the first time they had failed to score a try in any Test match since September 2009, a run of 26 games.
    • 32' Australia’s 15-6 defeat to Ireland marked the lowest points total accrued by the Wallabies in a World Cup match, they’ve almost trebled that total today.
    • 31' AUS 17-5 USA – Cooper adds the extras.
    • 30' AUS 15-5 USA – Counter-attack try from Australia! Elsom starts the break and then finds Adam Ashley-Cooper who simply bounces off a weak tackle from Malifa and Beale is there in support to cross under the posts.
    • 29' Mitchell penalised for going in at the wrong side of the scrum. USA kick to touch and apply more pressure but Kevin Swiryn loses the ball in contact.
    • 28' IRB ranking: Australia 3, US 17 Not on this evidence!
    • 27' The US pack retreating again but a pick and drive from Gagiano and Malifa clears his lines.
    • 26' Beale makes a break but Anthony Faingaa loses the ball in contact inside the US 22.
    • 25' The omission of captain James Horwill means scrum-half Genia is to lead the side for the first time, becoming the 78th Wallabies skipper. He makes a darting break.
    • 24' The USA have won just two of their seven matches in 2011, both against Russia, but are putting on a fine show so far.
    • 23' Nese Malifa is unable to add the extras from out on the right touchline.
    • 22' AUS 10-5 USA – TRY USA! Number eight JJ Gagiano peels off the back of the scrum, escapes the clutches of Elsom and becomes the first man to breach the Australian defence in this tournament.
    • 21' Cooper is tackled behind the line and the USA have a 5 metre scrum.
    • 20' The US can’t get past the gain line, slow ball and after 19 phases, the grubber kick is collected by Will Genia behind the line.
    • 19' The Eagles through 12 phases but still 5m out.
    • 18' A great crossfield kick is collected by Colin Hawley on the right wing and the US are up to the 5m line.
    • 17' Great break from Tim Usasz and the Eagles are up to the Wallabies' 22.
    • 16' Ben Alexander is penalised for collapsing the scrum and the US gain some territory.
    • 15' Australia miss out as Nathan Sharpe knocks on, US put in at the 5m scrum.
    • 14' US penalised for withdrawing a man early from the line-out and Cooper kicks into touch, giving the Wallabies line-out ball 5m from the line.
    • 13' Having first met in 1912, these two teams have encountered each other a total of six times. Australia have won each of these six matches, averaging 42.3 points per game whilst conceding just 10.5.
    • 12' Change of kicker but Cooper pushes his effort wide of the right upright.
    • 11' AUS 10-0 USA – Australia finding their rhythm now and they have an overlap on the left, Rocky Elsom sells the dummy and cuts inside to score his team’s second try.
    • 10' The average age of the side that started against the United States at the 1987 tournament was 25 years and 23 days.
    • 9' This is Australia's second youngest World Cup starting line-up, with an average age of 25 years and 136 days.
    • 8' Beale has kicking duties ahead of Cooper but drags his first effort wide of the left post.
    • 7' AUS 5-0 USA – Some magic from Cooper sets up the opening try of the match. The New Zealand born fly-half slips through a gap between two defenders and then the offload to Kurtley Beale who finds Robert Horne to score in the left corner for a debut try.
    • 6' In other changes to the Aussie line-up, Drew Mitchell replaces James O'Connor on the wing with Rob Horne in for Pat McCabe at inside centre.
    • 5' Another mistake from Cooper as his pass is way behind his left winger and goes into touch.
    • 4' Australia have made seven changes to the team that lost to Ireland. Five changes come in the pack, with James Slipper called up to start at loosehead prop, Rob Simmons and Nathan Sharpe at second row, Ben McCalman at flanker and Wycliff Palu at number eight.
    • 3' Now the handling error from Quade Cooper, scrappy start from the Wallabies.
    • 2' Lots of noise in the stadium and plenty of support for the USA. Early knock-on in midfield by Wycliff Palu.
    • 1' And we are off!
    • 9:27 Time for the anthems.
    • 9:25 USA: 15-Blaine Scully, 14-Colin Hawley, 13-Tai Enosa, 12-Junior Sifa, 11-Kevin Swiryn, 10-Nese Malifa, 9-Tim Usasz (captain), 8-JJ Gagiano, 7-Pat Danahy, 6-Inaki Basauri, 5-Hayden Smith, 4-Scott LaValla, 3-Eric Fry, 2-Phil Thiel, 1-Shawn Pittman. /// Replacements: 16-Brian McClenahan, 17-Matekitonga Moeakiola, 18-Louis Stanfill, 19-Nic Johnson, 20-Mike Petri, 21-Roland Suniula, 22-Chris Wyles
    • 9:25 Australia: 15-Kurtley Beale, 14-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13-Anthony Faingaa, 12-Robert Horne, 11-Drew Mitchell, 10-Quade Cooper, 9-Will Genia (captain), 8-Wycliff Palu, 7-Ben McCalman 6-Rocky Elsom, 5-Nathan Sharpe, 4-Rob Simmons, 3-Ben Alexander, 2-Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1-James Slipper /// Replacements: 16-Stephen Moore, 17-Sekope Kepu, 18-Dan Vickerman, 19-Radike Samo, 20-Luke Burgess, 21-Berrick Barnes, 22-Pat McCabe
    • 9:20 Today's referee is Nigel Owens from Wales. More on Nigel Owens.
    • 9:15 We are the Regional Stadium today, also known as the Westpac Stadium and nicknamed ‘The Cake Tin’ (because of its circular shape and silver colour), this arena was opened in 2000. Venue Guide
    • 9:10 "Obviously coming off the back of a loss we needed to get that energy back in the team," Wallabies centre Anthony Fainga'a said. "That's something we want to bring tomorrow night (Friday) and moving forward." Team Guide: USA
    • 9:05 Still smarting from their upset defeat by Ireland, Australia will be looking to run in a feast of tries against the United States io boost their battered confidence. The Wallabies looked stunned after their surprise 15-6 Pool C defeat by Ireland at Eden Park on Saturday and the US are expected to provide little resistance in Wellington for the Tri-Nations champions, who face a difficult path to the final after the loss. Team Guide: Australia
    • 9:00 Good morning, and welcome to our live coverage of Australia v USA from Wellington.
  • Summary

    Australia versus United States
    Horne 8’, Elsom 11’, Beale 31’, Fainga'a 35’, 71’, Mitchell 46’, McCabe 48’, Ashley-Cooper 59’, 64’, 66’, Samo 78’ Tries Gagiano 24’
    Cooper 31’, 46’, Barnes 61’, 64’, 67’, 78’ Conversions  
      Penalties  
      Drops  

Live Team Line-Up

  • Australia

    Manager: Robbie Deans

    On the Field

    • Slipper
    • Polota-Nau Substitution Out (66′)
    • Alexander Substitution Out (51′)
    • Simmons
    • Sharpe
    • Elsom Try Substitution Out (47′)
    • McCalman
    • Palu Substitution Out (54′)
    • Genia Substitution Out (50′)
    • Cooper
    • Mitchell Try
    • Horne Try Substitution Out (50′)
    • Fainga'a Tries×2
    • Ashley-Cooper Tries×3
    • Beale Try Substitution Out (40′)

    Subs

    • Moore Substitution In (66′)
    • Vickerman Substitution In (54′)
    • Barnes Substitution In (40′)
    • Burgess Substitution In (50′)
    • McCabe Substitution In (50′) Try
    • Samo Substitution In (47′) Try
    • Kepu Substitution In (51′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

  • United States

    Manager: Eddie O'Sullivan

    On the Field

    • Pittman
    • Thiel Substitution Out (71′)
    • Fry
    • LaValla
    • Smith Substitution Out (61′)
    • Basauri
    • Danahy Substitution Out (76′)
    • Gagiano Try
    • Usasz Substitution Out (69′)
    • Malifa
    • Swiryn
    • Sifa
    • Enosa Substitution Out (73′)
    • Hawley
    • Scully Yellow Card

    Subs

    • Petri Substitution In (69′)
    • Moeakiola
    • Stanfill Substitution In (61′)
    • Wyles Substitution In (73′)
    • Johnson Substitution In (76′)
    • Suniula
    • McClenahan Substitution In (71′)

    Injured

    None

    Suspended

    None

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