History and form on Australia's side
June 12, 2012
Will Genia starred for the Wallabies last weekend but can Wales stop him come Saturday? © Getty Images
Wales travel to Melbourne for the second time looking to halt their recent run of losses against Australia.
Wales have never played the Wallabies in Melbourne but faced Canada in the pool stages of the 2003 World Cup at the Docklands Stadium. Wales ran out 41-10 victors that day despite picking up two sin-binnings.
But come Saturday, Wales will be hoping for a similar outcome. History is firmly stacked against them with Australia winning nine of the 10 matches played between the two countries on home soil and they have also taken the last five meetings between the two sides.
Following their win during the 2011 World Cup and their victory in the Millennium Stadium back in December, they added the Grand Slam-winners scalp last Saturday when they powered past Rob Howley's side with a 27-19 win.
Saturday's clash will be the eleventh time the Wallabies have played at Melbourne's Docklands Stadium with their last game in Victoria seeing them lose 49-28 to the All Blacks. The British & Irish Lions played at the ground back in 2001 when they lost the second Test of the series to the Wallabies 35-14.
Australia v Wales
All-time record: Played 33: Australia won 22, Wales won 10, drawn 1
Biggest winning margins: Aus: 57 (63-6 at Brisbane, 1991); Wal: 25 (28-3 at Cardiff, 1975)
Highest score: Aus: 63 (63-6 at Brisbane, 1991); Wal: 29 (29-29 at Cardiff, 2006)
Most tries: Aus: 12 (63-6 at Brisbane, 1991); Wal: 4 (29-45 at Cardiff, 1975)
Most points (individual): Aus: Matt Burke 84; Wal: Stephen Jones 54
Most tries (individual): Aus: 5 Chris Latham; Wal: 6 Shane Williams
Most points in a Test: Aus: 23 Michael Lynagh, Brisbane, 1991; Wal: 14 Jonathan Davies (1996), Stephen Jones (2005) and Leigh Halfpenny (2012)
Most tries in a Test: Aus: 2 Nine players; Wal: 3 JJ Williams, Cardiff, 1975
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Martin Gillingham looks ahead to what he believes is the most remarkable ever climax to the league phase of the Top 14
With just two rounds left in the regular season, we look at the prospects of the teams taking part in the Championship play-offs
Joe Simpson talks to Charlie Morgan about loss, Wasps and being England's game-breaker
It is 100 years this week since the last international match played in Europe before the outbreak of World War One. Rewind remembers the fixture's longest-living survivor