Anyway … thanks for joining me for all the excitement in Cardiff today. What a tense game! It tired me out just watching (and relentlessly typing). Until we meet again.
Here is Michael Aylwin’s report:
Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones saluted his players for ending the losing run against Australia.
“It’s been a long time,” he said on BBC Two. “I think somebody reminded me I was the sole survivor from 2008. We’ve lost by many a fine margin and today, I’ll be honest, we won by a fine margin. I’m proud of the boys.”
Wales will meet Australia again in the pool stages of next year’s World Cup, but the skipper insisted this win would have little impact on that match.
“It’s a long time away the World Cup and there’s a lot of games to go,” he added.
Gatland on Halfpenny being taken out by Kerevi: “I think it warranted a penalty or yellow card.”
Fair to say, that was pretty engrossing. It showed the small margins which make a difference at international level. No one even got close to scoring a try in Cardiff this evening.
The kicking could have been better from Halfpenny but he did just enough. Whereas, Australia passed up the chance to make a couple kicks for goal from penalties, which they must feel is pretty idiotic now, especially as their lineouts were pathetic throughout. Strange thinking from them.
Linda has been back in touch: “Its going to be a BIG night for the VALLEY GIRLS!!!!”
Cans of Brains for all!
The reporter gets Michael Hooper’s name wrong, believing he is David Pocock.
Hooper points out her mistake, then says: “Obviously that hurts. Our defence was immense tonight, it repelled a lot of what they threw at us.”
Justin Tipuric tells BBC: “It’s a big result for us, we’ve wanted it for a while.
“Two great defences out there, we pride ourselves on defence and that has won us the game.”
Ooooof! That was tense. There wasn’t a massive amount of quality throughout but the win will be huge for Wales. It is their first in 14 attempts against the Wallabies.
The fact it was so gritty and they held on will mean the world for Wales. Those in red and yellow gave it their all today but Wales take the win by the finest of margins.
Full-time! Wales 9-6 Australia
What a win! What a battle!
80+1 min: Australia move the ball quickly after getting it out of the scrum, but Wales were equal in the tackle. Australia were looking for the penalty through that phase of play but in the end the referee awards one to Wales!
80 min: A knock-on gives Australia a scrum just inside their own half. A big few seconds here …
79 min: Wales are rightly slowing down play as much as possible. Australia had a lineout but sent it too long, again! They have been useless in lineouts today. Wales are putting in some big tackles to ensure Australia don’t get out of their half.
PENALTY! Wales 9-6 Australia (Biggar)
77 min: No mistake from Biggar: the calmest man in Cardiff thwacks it over the posts to give Wales the lead.
76 min: Penalty to Wales! They were given the advantage but the referee brings it back for Hanigan not rolling away. A silly penalty to give away. He made no effort to move.
PENALTY! Wales 6-6 Australia (To’omua)
75 min: From a very tough angle on the right wing, To’omua steps up and calmly laces the ball through the sticks from the touchline.
74 min: Halfpenny cleared the ball down the pitch with a big boot but he was utterly cleaned out by Kerevi but it wasn’t malicious, just a little bit incompetent at this level. Alun Wyn Jones argues the toss with the referee but all seems to have calmed down. No action taken. Anscombe is also down injured after Pocock gave him a knee to the head. Halfpenny is heading off, though.
72 min: Halfpenny runs back a long kick and made quite a few yards before being taken down. Anscombe then sends a big kick for Liam Williams to chase and he gets hold of it after some bungling from on the wing as two Australians collide. Sadly for Wales, they could not make the most of being in the 22 and Australia turn it over.
70 min: Jonathan Davies tried to send a ball out to the right but Folau was there to intercept. Then To’omua smashed the ball down the pitch and it went straight out of play beyond the in-goal area, so we’ve come back for a scrum a long way back.
PENALTY! Wales 6-3 Australia (Halfpenny)
68 min: From a very central position, Halfpenny shows he has recovered from a miserable first-half of kicking to send the ball through the posts to give Wales the lead!
66 min: Foley is off for Australia, with To’omua replacing him.
Wales have a lineout in a dangerous position and they manage to work it out from the left to the right, eventually winning a penalty for offside.
64 min: Owens steers the ruck towards the line, along with a number of colleagues but in the end it collapses and Australia get the put-in at a scrum following good work from Hooper.
Since the changes the scrum dynamic has changed a bit with Australia looking the stronger in there. The front rows fail to engage and they get a talking to from the ref as they try to work out to scrum. In the end Australia make it all work and clear the ball down the pitch.
62 min: Beale has just pointlessly sent two kicks straight down the middle of the pitch to the Wales backs. And then Wales sent it back twice. In the end Wales try to slip through a grubber to chase but Genia read it well and removed any immediate danger.
60 min: So many mistakes! Wales broke through the ranks, with Adams being taken down but Tomos Williams was straight in to reclaim it but only succeeded in knocking on. Oh well …
Kepu and Simmon are also on for Australia, as Jenkins enters the fray for Wales.
58 min: The changes for Australia have made a instant impact in winning a scrum. That could be a gamechanger. The replacements have reinvigorated the Wallabies who looked dangerous until Hooper forgot to catch the ball and succumbed to a knock-on.
Tomos Williams is on at scrum-half for Wales, too.
56 min: Another failed lineout from Australia results in Wales clearing the ball long down the pitch, followed by a stunning chase.
In the end, the pressure on Australia shows as Wales gain a turnover.
Wales bring on Rob Evans, as Taniela Tupou and Tatafu-Polota-Nau come into the front row for Australia.
54 min: Haylett-Petty goes on his first run of the game, dodging a couple of tackles before being taken down 40-odd metres from the line. It was a sign of how dangerous the Australian counter can be in full flow.
Hooper is in the ear of the referee, claiming there has been a number of infringements in the 22. Will the official listen to him?
52 min: Some great teamwork from the Welsh forwards forces the Australians into a mistake, as Latu drops the ball to give away a knock-on. This is pretty lively.
50 min: Wales gave a penalty away through an offside near the halfway line, which Foley kicks for touch rather than goal. Just a little too far from him to potentially turn the chance into points.
A collapsed maul results in another penalty, this time in a far better kicking position. Foley, though, goes for the corner. Hmmm …
48 min: More stunning work from Halfpenny as he sends a great kick down the pitch to relieve the danger. He got that spot on.
First changes for Wales as Tom Francis and George North are replaced by Dillon Lewis and Liam Williams. North looked like he had a problem with his thigh or thereabouts.
46 min: Halfpenny has started this half like a man possessed, he really wants to make amends for his errors before the interval. He could be the man to inspire Wales here.
44 min: Pocock with more great defensive work to put an end to a Halfpenny run and then ensuring the full-back could not release, forcing him to give a penalty away. It could have been a very dangerous situation if it wasn’t for the No.8.
42 min: Great stuff from Halfpenny who chased an up and under, claiming it ahead of the Australians. That will give him a boost after a troubled first-half.
Adams absolutely smashed through a tackle of the left wing as Wales look to batter their way towards the try-line.
Geraint Thomas has been given a signed Wales shirt during the break. Let’s hope no one steals it.
Just a lot of mistakes at set-pieces in the first-half as penalties were missed, scrums collapsed and lineouts went awry. Less of that, please.
More from out target audience …
I generally resent getting up at 4am.
Use the break to read about the clash at Twickenham earlier …
Half-time: Wales 3-3 Australia
All very even but Wales really should be ahead but Halfpenny has hit two awful penalties. Some aggressive play but not a huge amount of quality in the game but it is pretty engrossing to watch.
40 min: Silly from Latu to give away a penalty in a simple position for a kick, as he needlessly came in from the side after being warned.
Halfpenny had a simple 32m kick from relatively central but he sliced it wide. Pretty atrocious from the full back, really.
38 min: Anscombe is looking in great nick with his boot, his latest kick floats a long way down the pitch to go out for a lineout in a dangerous position.
36 min: Naivalu came in off his wing to make the most of some fine work from his teammates, he looked like he might have broken the line but it was just caught.
Australia go again and take it up to the 10 metre line but a penalty is awarded when the Wallabies fail to release the ball.
PENALTY! Wales 3-3 Australia (Foley)
34 min: Foley hits the penalty from a central position between the sticks to a few cheers from the Aussies inside the Principality as the scores are levelled.