Scotland upset Wallabies in cliff-hanger Test


With Scotland ten points clear and half time fast approaching, full-back Israel Folau rose majestically to catch a cross-field kick from Bernard Foley before downing the try and eating into the Scots' lead. Everyone always talks about the Scots being fearless, but I don't think we speak enough about the skills of the guys have.

But an outstanding try by flanker Hamish Watson had Scotland back in the lead just four minutes later.

Scotland led for much of the match, enjoying a five-point lead at half-time.

An Australian medic evades the play as Finn Russell of Scotland is tackled by Karmichael Hunt of the Wallabies during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Scotland at Allianz Stadium on June 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. It looked like Australia would again win a close encounter, especially when a Genia try saw Australia level after sustained Wallaby procession.

He couldn't though put his finger on why the Wallabies lacked "urgency" when Scotland had it in spades, showing an intent that Genia admitted should be automatic of any Test player. The Wallabies maul looked to be going nowhere but Will Genia spotted a gap and found Foley who passed to Folau in acres of space for a relatively easy run to the line. "In hindsight, it would have been nice to be able to buy some time for the other guys to get there".

Taylor's try came off an intercept of Tatafu Polota-Nau's pass under pressure from a rushing defence in the 16th minute. Foley missed the kick, however and the gap was still five at the interval.

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There was a moment of history when Ford came off the bench for his 109th cap - equalling the Scotland appearance record held by Paterson - though he could do nothing to stem the string of penalties going against his side that were giving Australia a powerful foothold in the game.

Scotland quickly hit back though as they forced their way into the home 22 where Lee Jones bounced over the defence to find Taylor on a support line and put Watson in for the score before Russell converted.

Wave after wave of attack came their way until eventually a ruck right on the Scots line gave Genia the chance to reach out and just ground the ball on the line.

Australia did their best to claw it back with Folau, Hunt and Tevita Kiridrani all within inches of scoring but somehow the fearless Scots managed to find ways to stop them every time and they held on for the final whistle.

Barclay, the 62-capped blindside flanker from Llanelli's Scarlets, said Scotland's skills have been under-played and they were making their presence felt in worldwide rugby.

"The last 15 minutes are fresh in the mind and they required huge effort because the Wallabies had a lot of possession".

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It seemed the only way the Wallabies could get into the Scottish 22 was on the back off penalties and just before the half time break the Scots went down to 14 men after winger Ryan Wilson slowed the ball down with the Wallabies on attack.

Fly-half Finn Russell's conversion gave the Scots a surprise 10-0 lead after 15 minutes.

"A lot is about what happens when you have not got the ball", he added.

"It was a bit tense at the end but the work that had gone in prior to that is what won the game", he said.

"That's something that we've got to get sorted out because otherwise we'll always be in these battles when we maybe shouldn't be".

"But in this year's Six Nations we closed out a couple of really important games, tight games against Ireland and Wales, so I think we are getting better at closing out games".

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