Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Scotland wins test against Wallabies

Russell converted his own try for a 17-7 lead.

But yet again Scotland seized on a Wallabies mistake when the influential Russell charged down Genia's clearing kick for a gift try to give the visitors a 17-7 lead after 27 minutes.

Australia coach Michael Cheika said Folau and Australia's newest dual worldwide Karmichael Hunt were the standout performers in an otherwise forgettable performance from the Wallabies.

Flanker Hamish Watson's 61st-minute try earned Scotland a rare victory in Australia as it beat the Wallabies 24-19 in a seesawing rugby test match Saturday with both teams scoring three tries each.

Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Quade Cooper, 23 Reece Hodge.

Israel Folau of Australia eyes the try line as he's tackled by Finn Russell of Scotland.

Australia head coach Michael Cheika was full of praise for Scotland.

"We made so many breaks".

Exhausted of being Scotland the fearless, now Gregor Townsend's men are poised to be officially better than Australia for the first time after a stirring 24-19 win over the Wallabies in Sydney.

While there were highlights for the Wallabies, including Israel Folau's spectacular mark to score his try in the first half, the hosts let themselves down with their skill execution and an inability to make the most of their possession domination.

It was was a case of poor Wallabies execution combined with enormous Scottish defensive pressure at the end of the match that managed to hold out the Wallabies attacking raids and hold on for a five-point win, their first ever in Sydney.

The last time the teams met - at the quarterfinals of the 2015 World Cup - Australia prevailed 35-34 on a contentious last-minute penalty goal by Foley on what Scotland felt was a bad call.

"I thought we were half-a-yard away from the game all the match", Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said.

"They haven't got any of what you'd say are world 15 players or anyone you'd rave about as being the difference, but even missing their halfback, fullback and winger on Lions tour and the guys that came in just did their job, everyone did their job". Why aren't we starting games well? You look at Izzy's (Folau's second) try, there's potential across the whole park for us.

It helped give the Scots their first win against the Wallabies in Australia since its surprise 9-6 victory in Newcastle in 2012, and its first-ever in Sydney.

The Wallabies will finalise their June International campaign with a clash with Italy at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane next Saturday, June 24.

"I'm really proud of the effort the players put in", said Scotland coach Gregor Townsend.

"It was a huge effort by the boys and defensively unbelievable in that last 15 minutes".

In the second half the Wallabies got their noses in front for the first time but Scotland snatched back the lead nearly immediately and then left it up to their defence and hang on. "You've got to make it happen because it's not just going to happen for you", Cheika said. "There wasn't a huge amount of drop ball, there was some wayward passes". "But they finished strongly and for next week we'll have to be a lot better. In some of the key moments though you need to have that focus". It is nice to close out one.

Cheika is an intense person at the best of times but the fact he took time out of preparations to shake every person's hand on the ground there for Ward was a lovely gesture.

Scotland opened their account with a penalty in the second minute of the match with fullback Greig Tonks converting a long-range shot from near halfway.

After a lineout drive was stifled, Genia beat two defenders before passing to Foley, who threw a big cutout to Folau.

It didn't take long for the game to erupt. "He's a class act".

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