May 24, 2018

Scotland stun Australia in Sydney

19 June 2017, 01:06 | Opal Carroll

Scotland looked to close out the game with pick and drives but gave away a penalty to give the Wallabies one last chance but yet again their defence came up trumps to win the game winning penalty as they held on for a tough 24-19 win.

Yet despite the intensity ratcheting up and Australia hitting the front at 19-17 midway through the second half, Scotland roared back with a magnificent try by openside flank Hamish Watson.

Delighted with the performance of his players, who fought off a late attack from the hosts, Townsend said: "The last 15 minutes are fresh in the mind and they required huge effort because the Wallabies had a lot of possession".

Saturday's victory means Scotland remain unbeaten on the tour, following on from their victory over Italy in Singapore last weekend, with their next match against Fiji scheduled to take place at the ANZ Stadium on June 24.

Scotland made their numerical advantage count, but in surprising circumstances as the fly-half Finn Russell charged down a Genia box-kick, before grounding the ball under the posts. We've got to take from that and build on that.

"You can't deny the fact that we've been on the wrong side of a couple of these against the Aussies the last couple of years, so it's nice to close one out", he said. Folau got his second try shortly before half-time after climbing above the Scottish winger Rory Hughes to claim a cross-field kick from Foley to bring Australia within striking distance at the break. The boys put everything out there, which is all you can ask.

"Look at the tries we're scoring and I think it's brilliant".

Kiwis beat Oracle in America's Cup opener in Bermuda
Two races are scheduled on both days this weekend, beginning at 14:12 local time (1:12pm ET). (AP Photo/Gregory Bull). They're a very, very competitive group". “But we need to sharpen up — and thats what we will focus on tonight.”.

"In the Six Nations we closed out a couple of really important games, tight games - the Ireland game, the Wales game - I think we're getting better at closing out games".

The visitors continued to pressure the Wallabies with quick line speed and eventually capitalised when a stray pass from Tatafu Polota-Nau was nabbed by centre Duncan Taylor who raced under the posts to set up a 10-0 lead.

"We knew what we were going to be in for and we got exactly what we expected".

The fifth-ranked Scots' last success against the Wallabies, now the world number three, was also in Australia when they edged a wet, try-less game 9-6 on their last visit in 2012.

"The crowd was right behind them, we thank the Sydney crowd for that, they were excellent".

"But if he's going to catch all of those, you'll keep kicking it over there, I'd say, and then that should open up some other space to give you some opportunities". The Wallabies had a chance to level nearly immediately following a spectacular collision off the restart involving Ned Hanigan but Bernard Foley missed from a handy position. Jan Serfontein, Siya Kolisi, Coenie Oosthuizen and Elton Jantjies scored tries for South Africa, with Jantjies also adding 17 points with the boot, while Scott Spedding and debutant Damian Penaud went over for the French.

Other News

Trending Now

Trump financial form shows revenue up at Mar-a-Lago
Trump resigned from more than 560 positions - many of them a day before his inauguration as president on January 20. It is not the same as a tax return, which would show more detailed financial information and his business dealings.

150 gather at Minnesota park for Castile rally
Are you kidding me right now?" "None of this would have happened but for Philando Castile ", defense attorney Earl Gray said . Reynolds pulled out her cellphone and began live-streaming the shooting's aftermath on Facebook as Castile bled to death.

Theresa May Vows Brexit Will Go On
National security was also a major issue of the election campaign following recent and deadly terror attacks in the country. May's authority has "received a blow from which it is unlikely to recover", said former Conservative M.P.

Man grabs machete, chases off armed robbers
Ronier Jauregui-Lorente and Angel Cabrera-Basulto were each charged with two counts of armed robbery. Jorge Valido-Leyva and Roberto Salcedo-Balanza face two counts each of principal to armed robbery.

J&K: 6 policemen killed in terrorists attack
Train services between Srinagar and Banihal via Pulwama, Anantnag and Qazigund have been suspended. He was immediately rushed to the district hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Donnarumma will not renew Milan contract
AC Milan , who have recently been boosted by a major new investment, have been linked with Ronaldo after his surprise revelation. Man City's goalkeeper may be addressed by Pep in the summer, but Gab Marcotti doesn't believe the Italian will jump ship.

List of Congress members found in pocket of suspected congressional shooter
He called for replacing "the attacks of hateful personal politics and resistance" with respect. Earlier Thursday, Republican lawmakers met behind closed doors to share reflections and pray.

Trump Tweets His Frustration With Russia Investigation
Trump had viewed Sessions' recusal as unnecessary, even though Justice Department regulations made it nearly impossible to avoid. Vice President Mike Pence has also hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.

Cristiano Ronaldo in numbers
Gianluigi Buffon stood with his hands on his hips, staring vacantly into the distance and not moving for what felt like an age. It is the first time Madrid have won both La Liga and the Champions League in the same season for 59 years.

Trump lashes out at DOJ over travel ban legal strategy
But asked Monday whether the White House was concerned about tainting the case, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "not at all".