Scotland to leapfrog Wallabies in rankings


Duncan Taylor insists there is plenty more to come from Scotland after Saturday's historic win over Australia.

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.

The Scots looked good in the opening 15 minutes with Finn Russell in particular steering the Scots around as they enjoyed territory in the Wallabies half.

Australia responded quickly as Foley found Israel Folau in space to free the full-back to race clear for his 23rd global try.

"I think it's underplayed sometimes". The fly-half Paddy Jackson had a flawless day with the boot adding 13 points with Rory Scannell kicking a second-half conversion. A cross kick by Foley found Folau on the touchline to leap above Tonks, claim the ball and roll over the line.

Wallabies world cup victor Owen Finegan says Australia's shock loss to Scotland on Saturday was a team of champions falling to a champion team.

Foley was then sin-binned in the 24th minute after shoulder-charging rival Russell, who had put through an attacking chip.

The second half was a bit of a scratchy start from the Wallabies with a few things not going their way - lineout overthrows in particular - not helping despite having the majority of the ball in the Scotland half.

At 17-7, the momentum was clearly with Scotland.

But despite being a man down with No. 8 Ryan Wilson yellow-carded a minute before halftime, the Scots refused to yield until Australia briefly snatched the lead in the 57th minute.

"But in this year's Six Nations we closed out a couple of really important games, tight games against Ireland and Wales, so I think we are getting better at closing out games".

In a tense finish, the Wallabies tried desperately to conjure the converted try needed for victory but the Scottish defence refused to yield.

That left the Wallabies trailing 17-12 at half-time but they returned with more intent and hit the front 19-17 when Genia burrowed over for a try from a ruck after 57 minutes.

The lead wouldn't last for long as the Scottish backs sent it wide to catch the defence stretched and the weight of numbers was too much as Hamish Watson collected the last pass to stroll over and make it 24-19.

The Wallabies pushed hard in the final 20 minutes but were unable to get past a gutsy Scotland defence as the visitors held on. "It's a good time for all the players and all the fans".

Only Folau's two strikes kept the Wallabies in the contest.

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.

But Hamish Watson's match-winner was a gem, the flanker finishing off some handsome lead-up work and slight of hand from centre Duncan Taylor.

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.