June 23, 2017

Scotland stun Australia in Sydney

19 June 2017, 01:06 | Opal Carroll

Scotland stun Wallabies in Sydney

Australia's Tevita Kuridrani reaches out to score a try against Scotland in the second half of his team's 35-34 victory in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals on Oct. 18 2015 at Twickenham Stadium near London. ==Kyodo

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".

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"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.

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