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    Scotland vs Australia

    International, 26 November, 2017

    BT Murrayfield
    Fulltime - Scotland 53, Australia 24
    Scotland   Australia
    53 FINAL SCORE 24
    8 TRIES 4
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Pascal Gauzère
    Touch judges: John Lacey & David Wilkinson
    TMO: Graham Hughes

    Match result:

    The Wallabies have ended their spring tour in humiliating fashion, slumping to their biggest-ever loss to Scotland at Murrayfield.

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    Final score
    Scotland 53
    Australia 24

    Match preview:

    The Wallabies were humbled by England last start, and lost to Scotland last time they met. They’ll be looking to even the ledger at Murrayfield on Sunday morning. Join The Roar for a live blog from 1:30am AEDT.

    Scotland pushed the All Blacks all the way last weekend, and were desperately unlucky not to record a win against the world champions.

    They’ll be licking their lips at the prospect of tackling Michael Cheika’s men, who will be themselves smarting from a drubbing at the hands of a clinical England outfit last start.

    No Australia fan will easily forget what happened the last time these two sides met down under in June, with the Scots emerging as surprise victors.

    Australian rugby was in a very different state at that time, however, recent wins over the All Blacks, and a solid rugby championship should buoy them to better things this time around.

    In team news, Scotland have made four changes to the side that was downed 22-17 by the All Blacks last week.

    Grant Gilchrist comes into the front row, whilst Ryan Wilson and Simon Berghan will bring some grunt to the pack, checking in at number(s) eight and five respectively.

    The backline is unchanged bar Sean Maitland, who slots in on the left wing.

    For Australia, Stephen Moore plays his final Test match, slotting back into the starting fifteen at hooker.

    The other changes are on the bench, most notably with the inclusion of young gun Taniela Tupou at prop. Tetera Faulkner, Lukhan Tui, Lopeti Timani and Henry Speight all return on the pine.

    Where the game will be won
    Who wants it more?

    It’s the last game of a gruelling 12-month window for both sides. It’s never going to be difficult to get up for a Test match, but it will be a test of tired bodies and minds as to who can dominate for extended periods of time, controlling the game.

    It will be a tight contest. Whoever is genuinely up for it more, will win. Simple.

    Australia have a point to prove, while Scotland is in a purple patch at the moment. I think Cheika’s men are a better side, and will just nose the Scots in a close one.

    Australia by 5

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    • Roar Rookie

      ForceFan said | 12:02am | ! Report


      The starting pack:

      McMahon – 33 Total – 28 Attack/5 Defence (80 mins)
      Enever – 29T – 29A/0D (53 mins)
      Moore – 29T – 23A/6D (59 mins)
      Sio – 26T – 22A/4D (71 mins)
      McCalman – 22T – 19A/3D (53 mins)
      Simmons: 22T – 22A/0D (67 mins)
      Hooper – 22T – 18A/4D (80 mins)
      Kepu – 18T – 17A/1D (39 mins)

      No bench player had more than 5T RIs.

      Best Backs: Foley – 11T – 11A/0D; Beale – 10T – 10A/0D

      Kepu’s Red Card came at a cost:
      Wallabies stood off 76% of ‘D” Rucks. Little pressure on Scotland’s ball carriers.
      Wallabies Tackling Efficiency – 76% – 110 of 145 – missed 35 tackles.

      Scotland Tackling Efficiency – 90% – 182 of 202 – missed 20 tackles.

    • 10:46am
      Mark said | 10:46am | ! Report


      I wasnt expecting that

      Perhaps we are looking at the next Lions Coach – Gregor Townsend came up with a game plan that nearly (perhaps should have) beaten the All Blacks

      And now he’s smashed the Wallabies

      I hope they take this into the 6 Nations – I would love to see a Scottish Resurgence

      • 6:47am
        Fathom said | 6:47am | ! Report

        !4 vs !5 … even Brazil would have won by 50..!

    • 9:15am
      Taylorman said | 9:15am | ! Report

      Agree with what Beale said when he said he was trying to drag it in, and spilling it in the attempt is one outcome of trying that. Anyway, its a dumb rule, you should be able to do that as long as it isnt forward.

    • 9:02am
      Ed said | 9:02am | ! Report

      That defensive effort ranks up with the first Bledisloe in Sydney. We missed 33 tackles out of 99 attempts for a success rate of 67 percent. The Scots attempted 155 tackles and missed 20 – 87 percent completion rate.

      The Scots targeted Beale under the high ball and found gaps on our wings. I would be interested if Nick Bishop did a piece on Gregor Townsend’s tactics against us.

      • 9:15am
        Fionn said | 9:15am | ! Report

        The commentator summed it up correctly when he said words to the effect of ‘whenever Scotland have the ball you think they’re going to score’.

        The most depressing thing is that they did that to us without Hogg, who is probably their best player.

    • 9:00am
      Taylorman said | 9:00am | ! Report

      Think you might see Cheika standing down…one way or another…and Quade brought back in so he canbe ready for the World cup. Its not just the losses, but the indiscipline of some players, and of the coach, combined with the at times puzzling selections in some eyes is now seeing Oz rugby in a bad light.

      Change is needed and that cant happen with Cheika in charge. Eddie Jones instant results at England, rightly or wrongly, will be seen as an example of what can happen in short time, though the reason for that was completely different. Problem here is a player quality shortage and a coach chamge may change the environment though probably not the results.

      • 9:08am
        Fionn said | 9:08am | ! Report

        I think that whoever is coach next year will have a better squad of players available to pick from when you consider returning players (Pocock, Lealiifano), players becoming eligible (Naisarani, Tupou), young guys on the up (Paia’aua, Uelese, Banks).

        I haven’t made a secret of the fact I’m not overly enamoured with Cheika’s and Grey’s coaching, but I cannot see either stepping down before the next RWC. I am pretty certain our current coaching team will be the one taking us to the next RWC.

      • 11:44am
        Tom G said | 11:44am | ! Report

        and reappointing Quade Cooper our worst disciplined player ever is going to remedy this issue how? Cooper fans amaze me, it wasn’t like he hasn’t been given a fair go. If he is the answer then I think the question must have been pretty dumb.

        • 11:56am
          Fionn said | 11:56am | ! Report

          Our worst disciplined player ever is Hooper. He is the most yellow carded player of all time, which makes him statistically our worst.

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 8:47am | ! Report

      Question to the crowd – does Cheika have another two years in him?

      • 9:01am
        Tanhs Fan Man said | 9:01am | ! Report

        Nope! I would sack him now! We need to rebuild and he is not the man!

      • 9:08am
        Moriarty said | 9:08am | ! Report

        Hopefully not as WB coach. Need to make the tough decision sooner rather than later for RWC.
        Well done Scotland.

    • 7:36am
      peeeko said | 7:36am | ! Report

      has Scotland ever scored more than 50 points?

      • 7:54am
        adastra32 said | 7:54am | ! Report

        Don’t know – but the WBs might be a first in this matter.

      • 8:20am
        Vesi said | 8:20am | ! Report

        The first tier 1 nation to concede 50 pts against Scotland and the the only SH team to loose to Samoa

      • 8:32am
        soapit said | 8:32am | ! Report

        pretty sure they racked up a cricket score in the 95 world cup against someone

    • Roar Guru

      Rabbitz said | 7:15am | ! Report

      Are we done yet?

      Dross, poor skills, lack of heart, weird selections, etc etc etc.

      It is now late November, Super Rugby started in February, and it has been rubbish since the first kick-off.

      The proof? Almost no-one is bothering to watch. The rusted-ons? Sure, but they’ll always watch. The rest of the population? Almost completely over it.

      Too many matches of poor quality. It does not bring in the crowds or the ratings – I wonder what the sponsors and advertisers think…

    • 7:00am
      englishbob said | 7:00am | ! Report

      Jesus that got out of hand. Real issue with the wallabies discipline, just stupid stupid cards week in week out, they can’t all be wrong. It tires out the remaining players and the wallabies don’t yet have the bench impact to see our the last 20 minutes. The nature of the last two games defeats has been a bit of a realism check, never really looked like beating England and just hammered today, something about scotlands style just pays dividends in these fixtures.

      So, are the wallabies better now than they were a year ago? Honestly I don’t know, last year was pretty bad but the team culture just feels a bit rotten now. Anyways, super rugby to look forward to now

      • 7:52am
        Ruckin Oaf said | 7:52am | ! Report

        Does an ill disciplined coach build an ill disciplined team ??

    • 6:27am
      Taylorman said | 6:27am | ! Report

      Hard luck Oz, result though not the scoreline as expected following last week. Coping with adversity isntba strength of this side and thatll be because of the talent available. Unfortunately Beale has left it till late to show some of his earlier spots. Is that the last match for them? I think everyone needs a break.

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