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Australia Vs. Scotland
2015 Rugby World Cup, 19 October, 2015
|Australia 35 defeated Scotland 34|
|Referee: C Joubert|
|Touch judges: G Jackson & P Gauzere|
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The Wallabies will play Argentina in the semi-finals after edging a brave Scotland. Bernard Foley gave Australia a one-point lead with a penalty kick with one-minute left.
Scotland scored a try from an intercept to take the lead, and from a charge down in the second half to get back in it.
They just wouldn’t lie down.
Australia perhaps took the Scots a little lightly as they were not at their best, as they were against England. But by the skin of their teeth they are still alive!
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The two countries tangle in a replay of the 2003 World Cup quarter-final. On that day 12 years ago the Wallabies emerged victorious 33-16 in Brisbane. Michael Cheika will be hoping for a repeat.
Australia topped Pool A after wins over Fiji, Uruguya, England and Wales. They thrashed the Poms, grinded out a close victory over the Welsh, and go into the knockout stage full of confidence after four wins on the trot.
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Scotland reached the quarters after finishing second in their pool, behind South Africa. They were brave but beaten by the Boks, and did enough to get past an improving Japan and a physical Samoa.
Forward Ross Ford and Jonny Gray are both playing after their suspensions were overturned. Along with them Scotland possess several match-winners in the form of scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw, fullback Stuart Hogg and former Crusaders winger Sean Maitland.
The Wallabies are missing injured duo David Pocock and Israel Folau, with Ben McCalman and Kurtley Beale to replace them. Dean Mumm has moved onto the bench, with Rob Simmons starting, while Quade Cooper joins the substitutes.
Australia are deserved favourites, as they are one of the form teams at this tournament and won the Rugby Championship this year. Scotland were poor in this year’s Six Nations but have showed some steel in the World Cup.
Vern Cotter’s team will be out to upset the Wallabies, like they did in 2012 and 2009. They will set out to frustrate Cheika’s men – slow the play down, force them back with kicks, clog the breakdown, use choke tackles, and make the match a grinding contest.
If they can limit Australia’s space in the backline, they are a chance of meeting the winner of Argentina or Ireland in the semi-finals next weekend.
Australia by 12 points.
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