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    Australia vs Scotland

    International, 17 June, 2017

    Allianz Stadium
    Fulltime - Australia 19, Scotland 24
    Australia   Scotland
    19 FINAL SCORE 24
    3 TRIES 3
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Wayne Barnes
    Touch judges: Matthew Carley & Brendon Pickerill

    Match Result

    Scotland has held on against the Wallabies in a thriller in Sydney, keeping the Australians out in the dying minutes to hold onto a historic 24-19 win.

    Three tries each was only separated by the kicking boot of Finn Russell who sunk four goals to Foleys two as the Scots tasted their first ever win in Sydney.

    Scotland took the advantage in the opening half thanks to a pair of gift-wrapped tries from the Wallabies, but the home side refused to die as Israel Folau scored his second of the afternoon right on the halftime siren.

    Australia briefly took the lead in the second half thanks to Will Genia crossing the paint, but it was short-lived as Scotland crossed five minutes later to take a 24-19 lead, a scoreline they would carry to the final whistle.

    Final Score
    Australia – 19
    Scotland – 24

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    Match Preview

    The Wallabies will be looking to build on their winning start to the June international window when they come up against a Scotland side fresh off a victory of their own. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 3pm (AEST).

    Australia kicked off their Test season with a fairly confident win over Fiji, putting in a performance that saw them bag five tries to two to take a 37-14 win in Melbourne.

    While certainly a strong performance and a fast start, the performance left a little to be desired as coach Michael Cheika looks to iron out the kinks leading into the Rugby Championship.

    For Scotland, they galloped past Italy last week in Singapore thanks mainly to a blitz on either side of halftime that saw them score four tries in a 10-minute period.

    The 34-13 win is a perfect start for new coach Gregor Townsend who took over the reigns of the national side just last month having played over 80 games for the Scots.

    These two sides have some very interesting recent history.

    The last two games ended in thrilling, and slightly controversial, one-point win for Australia, continuing a run that has seen the last five games against each other end with a margin of six points or less.

    A Tevita Kuridrani five-pointer in the dying minutes got the Wallabies home 23-22 in Edinburgh last year, but it will be the quarter-final loss to Australia in the 2015 World Cup that will be motivating the Scots today.

    With a two-point lead in the dying seconds, referee Craig Joubert gave the Wallabies a penalty in the 80th minute that should never have been and Bernard Foley slotted it to win by a single point.

    This will be the first time these two have played in Sydney in 13 years, dating back to 2004 when the Wallabies, led by George Gregan, beat the Scots four times in one year.

    Cheika has made just the one alteration to his starting side that beat Fiji last week and it’s a forced change.

    Brumbies winger Henry Speight has been ruled out with a hamstring strain, opening the door for Reds flier Eto Nabuli to make his international debut.

    Cheika has also made one change to his bench with Scott Sio returning to the squad from a knee injury, shifting Toby Smith out of the side.

    For Scotland, Townsend has made bulk changes after the Italy win, naming eight alterations.

    Johnny Gray has been named to make his way back in the side, fresh off the disappointment of being snubbed by the Lions tour and rested for the Italy game.

    Gray is one of five changes to the scrum, with an entirely new front row of Gordon Reid, Fraser Brown and Zander Fagerson taking jumpers one to three respectively.

    Ryan Wilson has taken the no.8 spot as well.

    In the backline, Greig Tonks has replaced Duncan Taylor at fullback, with the later being shifted across to the left wing.

    It’s been fireworks when these two sides have clashed over the last few years.

    Scotland will be hurting without their key players Tommy Seymour and star fullback Stuart Hogg who are both on Lions duty in New Zealand.

    The Wallabies played well and clicked for the most part as a unit despite a few positional changes and new faces in the line-up, and they should only get stronger the more they play together.

    With all but the same team, the home ground advantage and a slightly depleted Scottish lineup, the Wallabies should be able win.

    Australia to win by 13.

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    • 8:54am
      30mm tags said | 8:54am | ! Report

      Foley insanely crosskicked for the try to Folau when Haylett-Petty was in an amazingly unmarked channel and in with a 99% chance of scoring beside the posts. All the athleticism of Folau is great but a dead set try was ignored for a greater risk. The judgement by Foley was insane.

    • Roar Guru

      Cadfael said | 6:50pm | ! Report

      I think the Wallabies just changed jumpers here.

    • 5:50pm
      Charlie Turner said | 5:50pm | ! Report

      Well done Scotland, especially Matt Taylor!

    • 5:45pm
      Keith from WA said | 5:45pm | ! Report

      Can’t get quick ball when on both opposition and our own possession our number 7 is out in the backs….

      Watched time and again he moved away from the ruck, even if he was the tackler….

      Easy to beat Aus, just disrupt the breakdown…

    • 5:42pm
      Noodles said | 5:42pm | ! Report

      Loose. Loose. Loose. Error upon error. Mostly an absence of ball security and plain go forward.

    • 5:40pm
      Scott said | 5:40pm | ! Report

      I suppose if we happen to beat Italy next week we will all say how well the walabies played. But it seems as soon as they are up against a side with any half decent defence they just can’t handle it.

    • Roar Guru

      taylorman said | 5:21pm | ! Report

      Amazed at how little credit Foley gets.

      He puts a superb long pass into a huge gap for Folau to practically fall on to score, then keeps them in the game with a pinpoint cross kick for Folau to get up and take a great catch and fall on it again.

      And straight away after a missed kick people are saying get him off.

      Yet Genia fills the Scots coffers with about 15 points and…nothing…and looking at the last fifty or so post match comments, not a word against Genia, yet he single handedly game them the match with that start.

      • 5:27pm
        Rhys Bosley said | 5:27pm | ! Report

        That is became Genia was uncharactersticly poor while Foley makes silly mistakes on a fairly regular basis.

        • 5:33pm
          Clifto said | 5:33pm | ! Report

          Can’t agree with that and I don’t think the stats would back you up either on Foley.

          • 5:42pm
            Rhys Bosley said | 5:42pm | ! Report

            Last week Foley kicked out a penalty on the full, which he often does. This week he was worse, gave up a yellow card, couldn’t goal kick, exit kicks straight to the opponents outside backs. Apart from the yellow these are all common faults with him.

            • Roar Guru

              taylorman said | 6:04pm | ! Report

              Last week is irrelevant, it’s no point basing your analysis of this game on prior bias.

              Because you miss what’s right in front of you. Genia should have been pulled after thirty.

              You pull Foley cos he does a minor thing wrong after doing a lot right, leave a totally inept player in Genia on because it’s an off day?

              No wonder you’re not able to assess oz rugby properly. Too much long built up bias and therefore lack of objectivity going on.

              • 6:07pm
                Fionn said | 6:07pm | ! Report

                Genia was okay after the 30 minutes. If last week is irrelevant then the first 30 is irrelevant as he was good from that point on.

                Foley oscillated between poor and extremely poor; Genia went from extremely poor to okay.

              • 9:48pm
                Daveski said | 9:48pm | ! Report

                Haha Fionn that is atrocious analysis. So a bloke is terrible for 40% of the match but Ok for the remainder and thus he gets a pass mark ?

              • 6:37pm
                Rhys Bosley said | 6:37pm | ! Report

                Foley got carded, that was as big a contribution to the loss as Genia made, even before his other mistakes.

                Neither of them played well today but Genia is still the best halfback we have by far. Their is no question of him being replaced either today or any time soon, and I would place money on him picking up his act after this performance. Foley on the other hand has hot competition from Cooper and has to stop making the same mistakes to justify continuing to start.

              • Roar Guru

                taylorman said | 7:40pm | ! Report

                How can Foley go from poor to really poor as a range when at at least two points in the match he created two tries. That’s just silly, bia!sed analysis.

                You forgive Genias first half completely and completely ignore Foleys two try combination.

                Sorry, but it Doesn’t get much more one eye!d than that…as a neutral observer of course.

          • 5:44pm
            Rhys Bosley said | 5:44pm | ! Report

            Last week Foley kicked out a penalty on the full, which he often does and missed s tackle leading to a try.

            This week he was worse, gave up a yellow card, couldn’t goal kick, exit kicked straight to the opponents outside backs and dropped a high ball. Apart from the yellow these are all common faults with him.

            • 5:49pm
              Fionn said | 5:49pm | ! Report

              Rhys, you can say this with a bit more credibility than me (as I have been calling for his head for years) given you have said Foley should be 10 over the last few months – been converted to the Quade brigade yet?

              • 6:24pm
                Rhys Bosley said | 6:24pm | ! Report

                I am a huge Quade fan Fionn but we can only go on current form and Quade hasn’t had the Super season to justify the start over Foley. I don’t know that he would have gotten us a different result today, but I hope he gets a start against Italy.

              • 6:29pm
                Fionn said | 6:29pm | ! Report

                See, agree to disagree.

                Foley was injured at first, then was great, then was poor when it counted in the last two rounds vs New Zealand SR sides. Quade war average at the start and then pretty good.

                Foley just can’t play against rush defences, that’s the issue.

              • Roar Guru

                taylorman said | 4:34am | ! Report

                Yet he found a way to set up to ridiculously easy tries?

      • 5:29pm
        Xiedazhou said | 5:29pm | ! Report

        Yes lets give Foley credit for the knock-ons, the sin-binning, the lack of direction of the back-line, the ineffective touch-finders, the conversions missed from in front, the poor defence, the selfish running and ignoring players outside/inside, the poor cross-field kicks. He’s obviously the man.

      • 5:30pm
        mitch said | 5:30pm | ! Report

        yeah the foley hate is ludicrous. qld cooper fanboys and morons who just like to whine due to a misunderstanding of the game.

        • 8:25pm
          Ken Catchpole's Other Leg said | 8:25pm | ! Report

          Michael ch I dont hate Foley. I am a big fan of him. But he is not the best 10 in the country. We have had a better one for 6 years.
          Extreme comparisones and Personal attacks on those that disagree with you looks a bit immature and unnecessary

      • 5:32pm
        Clifto said | 5:32pm | ! Report

        Totally totally totally agree. Genia for mine was OK at best last week, I felt he was a bit slow and almost lazy at times – I was very surprised he was named MOM.

        Foley does have some limitations (mostly kicks-in play) but I think he is consistently good with moments of brilliance.

        I shudder to think where Aussie rugby would be right now if we weren’t able to rely on Foley at 10

        • 5:36pm
          Xiedazhou said | 5:36pm | ! Report

          Ahahahaha. Rely on Foley at 10? Shudder to think where we’d be without him? Look where we are with him! And look at Cooper’s record as a starter compared to Foley’s. My goodness how can some people not see what is in front of them? About half of Foley’s Tests would be worse than Cooper’s worst ever.

      • 5:35pm
        soapit said | 5:35pm | ! Report

        tman foley did ok/pretty good as he always does, probably a little better than always. i do personally tend to judge 10’s a little on how the players around them go to an extent and by that measure he wasnt so good.

        not our biggest problem. genia was ordinary, amazed to hear they gave him motm last week as i didnt think he was anythng special then either. been living off past deeds and the fact we dont have any one better coming through for a while.

        really for where oz is at tho we played about par with the exception of the lineout. throw in genias chargedown try and one other bonus from the loose pass intercept and thats where the pre game score prediction went amiss.

        • 6:01pm
          Fionn said | 6:01pm | ! Report

          I can’t believe what I’m reading. Is Foley some sacred cow? Genia was shocking but Foley was poor.

          • 9:59pm
            Daveski said | 9:59pm | ! Report

            You want to talk sacred cows?

            How abysmal was our lineout? Coleman around the ground was far from great. Arnold dropped a throw cold when we had the best chance to win the game. Not a word on here about it.

            Kuridrani threw the most horrible, skilfully inept pass to Hodge and was constantly exposed as lacking in pace all game. Not a word.

            Karmichael Hunt. I love him. I loved the effort to make a tackle out of the trainers arms. But he missed a couple today.

            Higginbotham – what was that basketball pass he threw into a Scots hands when we were red hot on attack.

            Yeah Foleys YC was dumb but who were the forwards standing around allowing Russell time and space to take the quick drop out to himself?

            I’m happy to accept Foley was good and bad, Hanigan needed to do more with his runs, Robertson was outshone clearly by Alaalatoa and the Scottish and that Folau for his wonderful try and safe taking of high ballad really can’t pass.

            But let’s be objective with our critiques a little huh ?

          • 7:38am
            soapit said | 7:38am | ! Report

            i probably settle on the ok side of things more than pretty good on reflection fionn. id need more bad or less good to label him poor.

            i think he’s earned his spot on form this year (havent seen qc for qld lately mind you) and i think he was good enough to justify reselection given qc hasnt torn up when he came on (admittedly difficult to do).

            if quade was in tho i wouldnt be dropping him for foleys form either. i do prefer qc as a long term option so would be tempted to give him a shot against italy. i think cheika will focus on other areas tho.

        • Roar Guru

          taylorman said | 7:42pm | ! Report

          Genia was ordinary? That was enough to be his last match for the Wallabies. You set your standards so low.

          He gets charged down a first time then guess what happens on his own goal line? Of course they’re going to look to do it again, and sure enough, he delivers. Then he pushes a pass along the ground behind his backline….

          And no one says a word….

          Folau misses a kick at goal after creating two tries and the word goes out…get him off…

          Whew…hard school.

          • 4:29am
            soapit said | 4:29am | ! Report

            what are you on about, i never said it anything like it should be his last game for the wallabies?

            despite your post seeming to be a rant aimed at a completely different post to mine i will say this… youre dreaming if you think the tactic of charging him down happened as a result of it happening once this game. it happens about as often as him actually getting one away for a long time. fair enough if you want to argue its the blockers fault.

            • Roar Guru

              taylorman said | 4:46am | ! Report

              Soapit I am saying it should be his last test. I would never select Genia again after that first thirty, probably the worst thirty I’ve seen from a 9 in a decade.

              I would have taken him off, taken the jersey and shown him the door. Trouble with the Wallabies unfortunately is the accept mediocrity, blame the same people they always like to blame…regardless of how they play it seems.

              That’s not helped by Cheika not saying…I’m dropping you because you played terribly, so have a seat on the bench and have a good think about where you see your international career going.

              He should have said that to Mumm, Folau, Moore at least once in the past, but no he rewards them by selecting them again. Mumm had to retire to stop getting picked, Moore has fiiiiiiiiinally been dropping after two years of asking for it, and Folau been left to work his way back in his own time while continuing to be selected.

              These senior players have got to be made more accountable on the field, regardless of who is or isn’t behind them. There are guys out there wanting it more than they do even if they’re not as skilled or experienced.

              • 7:33am
                soapit said | 7:33am | ! Report

                ah got you t man

                i think theyd love to drop people and not accept mediocrity but unfortunately theres just not much choice. they want to build some level of stability and if we did drop people readily thered be chopping and changing each week as the new guy does no better.

                i do agree we accept it easily. genia was lauded for his play last year when really he was not much more than decent. issue is highlighted by him looking so good simply because of the standard of who he replaced.

      • Roar Guru

        eagleJack said | 5:51pm | ! Report

        If Genia gets above a 3 for that performance then people weren’t watching.

        • 6:01pm
          Fionn said | 6:01pm | ! Report

          I think he was worthy of a 3 or a 4.

          … Maybe 4 is too generous.

      • 7:27pm
        Sydney said | 7:27pm | ! Report

        yeah mate genia looked slow and out of his depth all night

    • 5:20pm
      Jusy said | 5:20pm | ! Report

      I don’t think I have ever seen a poorer game by the Wallabies. Surely this can’t be the best team in Australia.

      • 5:35pm
        mitch said | 5:35pm | ! Report

        how can our national 15 be making schoolboy errors as much if not more that the abysmal super teams? seriously, losing is one thing. but losing due to pathetic errors is not international standard. Wallabies to drop to IRB 8th place behind france scotland and wales.

    • 5:16pm
      Bazza Allblack Supporter said | 5:16pm | ! Report

      Ok, that is embarrassing.

      Come on guys, we need the old oz who used to pip us at the post, get inside our heads…

      Get your $hit@ together….

      • 5:40pm
        TC123 said | 5:40pm | ! Report

        Do you think Australians would be feeling bad for All Black fans if we sucked? Don’t be weak, let them suffer

        • Roar Guru

          Rob na Champassak said | 6:23pm | ! Report

          I would be. For the sake of SH pride if nothing else.

          Not that it’d make a difference, really.

        • 6:59pm
          Fionn said | 6:59pm | ! Report

          Of course Aussie fans would feel bad if the ABs sucked. You guys, to an even greater extent than the Saffas, are our SH brethren. A lot/most of us cheer for you against all NH teams, and often against the other SH teams also.

          • 7:13pm
            Vesi said | 7:13pm | ! Report

            Not those one eye aussie commentators who for some reason dislike the AB for whatever reason maybe winning all the time

        • 7:03pm
          Rhys Bosley said | 7:03pm | ! Report

          I personally don’t want the sympathy of somebody who thinks anonymously dissing people on the internet is “strong”.

    • Roar Guru

      Machooka said | 5:16pm | ! Report

      SCOTLAND!! as Diggeriwi would say… well done and most deserved!

      Thanks Wayne for coming down-under… ooh is it too soon to say so?

      My ‘swear-jar’ for those who may be interested is now in a million pieces. My neighbour has rung the Police. The Police are presently banging on the door… and my wife is screaming ‘put your pants on!’

      I’m a definite fan of arvo rugby… yes thanks Officer 😉

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      Jon said | 5:16pm | ! Report

      Given how poor Australia’s form is in Super and national level at the end of the year we might be looking back on the halycon days of 2016.

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