Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. October 21st, 2011.
Australia (green-and-gold shirts) versus Wales (red shirts):
1. 00:00 Establishers - wide of Eden Park as the teams line-up before the RWC bronze medal final.
2. 00:04 Cutaway - mid shot of fans cheering.
3. 00:09 Australia TRY - fly-half Quade Cooper puts inside-centre Berrick Barnes through the gap past opposite number Jamie Roberts and under the posts unopposed for the try. 5-0 to Australia after 12 minutes.
4. 00:36 Wales PENALTY - fly-half James Hook converts the penalty to make the scoreline 7-3 after 19 minutes and at the interval.
5. 00:39 Wales TRY - scrum-half Mike Phillips disguises a grubber-kick through and Hook picks the ball up before passing for flying wing Shane Williams who kicks the ball on, collects and scores his 57th try for Wales. 8-7 to Wales after 49 minutes.
6. 01:02 Aerial slow-motion replay proves that Hook's pass is forward - but the try is awarded.
7. 01:13 Australia DROP-GOAL - Scrum-half Will Genia feeds Berrick Barnes and his drop-goal gives Australia a clear lead. 16-8 to Australia after 68 minutes.
8. 01:29 Australia TRY - replacement Saia Faingaa is tackled but offloads to number eight Ben McCalman who touches down for the try. 21-11 to Australia after 76 minutes.
9. 01:45 Wales TRY - quick hands Roberts and Shane Williams create the overlap for lock Bradley Davies and he draws the defence before releasing full-back Leigh Halfpenny who cruises over for the try. 21-16 after 83 minutes. Stephen Jones adds the conversion to make the final score 21-18 to Australia.
10. 02:08 Wide and close-up of Australia squad with their 2011 RWC bronze medals.
Australia took the honours in the 2011 Rugby World Cup bronze medal final on Friday (October 21st), after a hard-fought 21-18 win over Wales in the third-place play-off at Eden Park in Auckland.
A week after losing a RWC semi-final to New Zealand for the first time, the Wallabies finally ended the losing streak at the famous Kiwi venue that dated
back to 1986 - but Wales once again finished strongly, with Welsh wing Shane Williams scoring his 57th try for his country in the second half to take his overall tally to 10 in 11 World Cup appearances.
A late Leigh Halfpenny try brought Wales back to within three points of the Wallabies - but tries in each half by Berrick Barnes and Ben McCalman, in addition to James O'Connor's conversion, two penalties and a Barnes drop-goal, saw the Wallabies claim the RWC bronze medals, and avenge a 22-21 third-place play-off defeat by Wales in the inaugural tournament in 1987 at the same stadium.
The famous Eden Park in Auckland was the venue for the 2011 Rugby World Cup bronze medal final on Friday (October 21st), as Wales and Australia lined up for a repeat of the third-fourth play-off at the inaugural RWC in 1987 at the same venue.
The Welsh edged that one 22-21 - and that third place was their best-ever performance on rugby's greatest stage.
The Wallabies and the Welsh wanted to shake off the cobwebs following painful semi-final defeats last week by New Zealand and France respectively, and it was the Aussies who were quickest out of the blocks.
Fly-half Quade Cooper putting inside-centre Berrick Barnes through the gap past opposite number Jamie Roberts, and under the posts unopposed for the try.
5-0 to Australia after 12 minutes became 7-0 after James O'Connor kicked the conversion.
However, the Welsh defence improved and they got points on the board through a penalty from fly-half James Hook after 19 minutes.
It remained 7-3 until the interval - with the luckless Cooper leaving the field with ruptured knee ligaments - but the second half was much more entertaining.
Wales took the initiative and the lead four minutes after the break as scrum-half Mike Phillips disguised a grubber-kick through, and Hook picked the ball up before passing for mercurial wing Shane Williams who kicked the ball on, collected and scored his 57th try for Wales.
It took his overall tally to 10 in 11 World Cup games - on his final RWC appearance at the age of 34 - and luck was certainly on his side here as the pass from Hook was miles forward.
However, another O'Connor penalty and this drop-goal from Barnes gave Australia a clear lead.
16-8 to Australia after 68 minutes.
Replacement number 10 Stephen Jones - another in a red jersey bowing out on the World Cup stage after an illustrious career and a record 104 caps - then reduced arrears with a penalty before number eight Ben McCalman made the game safe for the Wallabies.
Replacement Saia Faingaa was tackled but offloaded to McCalman who touches down for the try.
21-11 to Australia after 76 minutes - but the gallant Welsh were not finished.
Quick hands from Roberts and Shane Williams created the overlap for lock Bradley Davies, and he drew the defence before releasing full-back Leigh Halfpenny who cruised over for the try.
Too little too late, as Jones added the conversion to make the final score 21-18 to Australia.
The 2011 RWC bronze medals went to the Wallabies - but the future looks bright for both Australia and Wales and their young squads.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) - Australia beat Wales 21-18 Friday to clinch third place at the Rugby World Cup:
Australia 21 (Berrick Barnes, Ben McCalman tries; James O'Connor conversion, 2 penalties, Barnes dropped goal), Wales 18 (Shane Williams,
Leigh Halfpenny tries; James Hook penalty, Stephen Jones penalty, conversion). HT: 7-3.
The All Blacks, who have a long unbeaten record at their Auckland fortress, will take an unchanged team into Sunday's final against France - a
replay of the 1987 World Cup decider at the same venue.
New Zealand beat France 29-9 to claim the first title 24 years ago, and haven't added another since.