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Saturday 25 November 2017, 9:30am EST

Scotland v Australia

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  • ConversionFinn Russell
  • FT
  • TRY!Stuart McInally
  • Yellow CardKurtley Beale
  • ConversionFinn Russell
  • TRY!John Barclay
  • ConversionBernard Foley
  • TRY!Lopeti Timani
  • TRY!Byron McGuigan
  • TRY!Huw Jones
  • ConversionFinn Russell
  • TRY!Jonny Gray
  • TRY!Sean Maitland
  • TRY!Kurtley Beale
  • ConversionFinn Russell
  • HT
  • TRY!Ali Price
  • Red CardSekope Kepu
  • TRY!Tevita Kuridrani
  • ConversionBernard Foley
  • TRY!Tevita Kuridrani
  • ConversionFinn Russell
  • TRY!Byron McGuigan
  • Penalty GoalFinn Russell
  • KO


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Player Stats
Defenders beaten
Clean breaks
Turnovers conceded
Turnovers won
Missed tackles
Scotland T C P
15 Sean Maitland 1 0 0
14 Tommy Seymour 0 0 0
13 Huw Jones 1 0 0
12 Peter Horne 0 0 0
11 Byron McGuigan 2 0 0
10 Finn Russell 0 5 1
9 Ali Price 1 0 0
1 Darryl Marfo 0 0 0
2 Stuart McInally 1 0 0
3 Simon Berghan 0 0 0
4 Grant Gilchrist 0 0 0
5 Jonny Gray 1 0 0
6 John Barclay 1 0 0
7 Hamish Watson 0 0 0
8 Ryan Wilson 0 0 0
16 Fraser Brown 0 0 0
17 Jamie Bhatti 0 0 0
18 Zander Fagerson 0 0 0
19 Ben Toolis 0 0 0
20 Cornell Du Preez 0 0 0
21 Henry Pyrgos 0 0 0
22 Phil Burleigh 0 0 0
23 Ruaridh Jackson 0 0 0
Australia T C P
15 Kurtley Beale 1 0 0
14 Marika Koroibete 0 0 0
13 Tevita Kuridrani 2 0 0
12 Samu Kerevi 0 0 0
11 Reece Hodge 0 0 0
10 Bernard Foley 0 2 0
9 Will Genia 0 0 0
1 Scott Sio 0 0 0
2 Stephen Moore 0 0 0
3 Sekope Kepu 0 0 0
4 Rob Simmons 0 0 0
5 Blake Enever 0 0 0
6 Ben McCalman 0 0 0
7 Michael Hooper 0 0 0
8 Sean McMahon 0 0 0
16 Tatafu Polota-Nau 0 0 0
17 Tetera Faulkner 0 0 0
18 Taniela Tupou 0 0 0
19 Lukhan Tui 0 0 0
20 Lopeti Timani 1 0 0
21 Nick Phipps 0 0 0
22 Karmichael Hunt 0 0 0
23 Henry Speight 0 0 0


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  • That wraps up the close-season internationals for both sides - Australia will head home on the back of consecutive defeats with much to ponder whilst Scotland will be thrilled by one of their most famous victories. International union will be back for both of them in the new year - until then, thank you for joining us and have a good weekend!
  • This is a game that will live long in the memory of Scottish rugby union fans. Coming into this game, pundits were expecting a tight, grippy encounter - instead, even with Stuart Hogg forced to pull out in the warm-up, the hosts blew their opposition out of the water with a thrilling performance in attack and defence, spearheaded by Byron McGuigan and Finn Russell. Absolutely incredible at Murrayfield from the Thistle; at full-time, it finishes Scotland 53-24 Australia.
  • Conversion
    Russell adds the extras from the left side once more - and the referee blows for full-time! Scotland have beaten Australia in the most emphatic fashion - they win 53-24 in Edinburgh.
  • Try
    It's a half-century for Scotland against the Wallabies! From the lineout on the back of that penalty, the ruck bulldozes its way towards the Australia line on the left flank - and McInally gets down at the back. What a game for Scotland this has been.
  • Yellow Card
    It's not a penalty try - but it is a penalty to Scotland and a yellow card for Beale, only a week on for a similar sin-binning against England for a deliberate knock-down.
  • Russell slips a grubber to the corner for the chasing McGuigan - which Beale appears to deliberately knock out of play in goal. Is this a potential penalty try?
  • Scotland get the lineout on the right flank, only 20m out from the Wallabies line, as McGuigan is announced as man of the match after his brilliant showing.
  • Conversion
    From directly in front, Russell taps over for his first successful conversion in three - and Scotland lead 46-24.
  • Try
    Scotland make it a ten phase set as they push close to the Australia line. Pyrgos goes close on the left on the thirteenth - and then Barclay crashes over between the posts on the next play. A wonderful score for the captain - some additional gloss on a famous win at Murrayfield this afternoon.
  • And now Scotland get a penalty in return too as Maitland is replaced by Jackson.
  • Australia get a penalty as play restarts, following a scrum collapse from the hosts again.
  • Play grinds to an immediate halt as Brown takes a brutal knock to the head and is escorted from the field for a neck and concusson check.
  • Conversion
    Foley adds the extras and Australia trail 39-24 in Edinburgh.
  • Try
    It's a try for Timani! His first in Australian colours and it comes on the back of a spell of Scottish ill-discipline - and the Wallabies have a sniff of a chance here, no matter how far out.
  • Is Timani over for Australia here? The sub goes low and looks to have got over under a horde of Scottish defenders - and the referee refers it to the TMO to look for a possible double movement.
  • Beale coughs up possession and Scotland look to break through Fagerson but the referee brings them back for an offside decision. That's four in a row against the hosts.
  • Scotland hold out the Australia attack for ten phases or so before a wayward hand puts the ball out on the right for an Australia lineout once more.
  • Back to back penalties to Australia now for ruck infringements by Scotland and the visitors have a chance to register their first points from a while as they get the lineout 10m away on the left.
  • For a moment, it looks like Scotland are off again as Maitland punts the ball down the right touchline for Jones and Seymour to chase; it skips out for a lineout though before either can make it there.
  • It's another tough attempt for Russell out on the wing and once more, he pushes it wide to the right from the left touchline. Scotland lead 39-17.
  • Try
    Scotland are in again! Price goes close on the left, near the posts - and from the ruck, they shift it fast and wide out left to McGuigan who squeaks in at the corner despite some desperate defending. The hosts are on fire.
  • Murrayfield rises to its feet and applauds as Moore is replaced for Australia, in what is the final game of the hooker's career. He waves to the crowd and they cheer his name as the PA announces Polota-Nau as his replacement.
  • Seymour was on the outside if Jones had needed him, though that would have made the angle harder for Russell to convert. He sends it high - and it skims wide on the left.. 34-17 now to Scotland.
  • Try
    Except they don't; Russell instead taps, booms the pass wide from left to right for Jones, who fends off Koroibete and slips through on the outside flank. A smart score and wonderful from Scotland.
  • Scotland get a lineout 20m away from the Wallabies line now. McInally's throw is long - too long for everyone involved in fact, forcing Russell to cut in from behind to scoop up. The hosts then get a penalty and shape to kick for the left corner.
  • Lineout to Australia deep in their own half - only 10m off their line in their back left corner - and they come up with the goods, allowing Foley to pump downfield and away from danger.
  • Gray comes up with the goods and Fagerson is able to bring it away, before Hodge and Russell exchange a spell of kicks across midfield.
  • That was a lapse from the hosts. Foley kicks quickly for the left corner from the kick-off - and Seymour is yet to get back. The ball goes out and Scotland must perform a defensive lineout 5m away from their own line.
  • Conversion
    From pretty much bang in front, Russell won't miss those - and Scotland lead 29-17.
  • Try
    But Gray gets it He scythes through, from 2m out, just to the left of the posts, as first reciever from McInally at the base of the ruck. Scotland make it two tries in four minutes.
  • An exchange of knock-ons in midfield eventually sees the ball fall to Bhatti who makes a barnstorming run down the centre of the field. He sets up a great platform for Price who tries to burrow close on the left, just coming up shy.
  • It's a touchline attempt for Russell but he pushes it well wide to the right. Still, Scotland are ahead - 22-17 with half-an-hour still on the clock.
  • Try
    Oh, what a try for Scotland! Maitland gets in at the left corner after Hodge puts down the ball on the break in midfield which McGuigan recovers. He wings it wide to the fullback, who outpaces four Wallabies forwards as he makes the overlap and he slides over despite the attentions of Hooper. Scotland pull ahead again.
  • A shocker of a conversion attempt from Foley as he pulls it wide to the left from 20m out. Still, Australia are at level pegging - and a man down to boot of course too.
  • Try
    Australia are level! It's another twenty-phase movement, on the back of McCalman and Hooper making some great metres - and then Beale manages to slip through a narrow crack in the sliding defence on the left, ducking under the arm of Fagerson. It's all square with the conversion to come.
  • We're back underway in Edinburgh, with Australia kicking off and collecting a short knock-back through Hooper. Scotland have made a couple of changes, with Bhatti on for Marfo and Fagerson replacing Berghan.
  • In a forty-minute period dominated by some crucial errors at key moments for both sides going forward, it's a pair of breakaway tries, one for McGuigan and another for Kuridrani, that were the key talking points of this game - until Kepu was sent off for a vicious off-the-ball challenge. Australia trail going into the break - and with a man down for the rest of the game, have their work cut out. Half-time at Murrayfield, it's Scotland 17-12 Australia.
  • Conversion
    Russell floats over the conversion and that will be the last action of the half. Scotland lead, 17-12!
  • Try
    Try for Price! Hooper comes out of the line early on the fourth phase and leads a huge gap for the scrum-half - who burrows his way over to the line, stretching out under Foley to touch down. Scotland have the lead once more.
  • Red Card
    It is indeed a red card for Kepu - Australia will play the rest of this game with 14 men.
  • Oh, that's nasty. McCalman makes a smart little run and goes down in the tackle from Watson - who is then shoulder-charged off the tackle by Kepu, following with an elbow to the head. It's an off-the-ball incident - and that looks like it could be a straight red card.
  • It's a miss from Foley this time, from the same spot, and the score remains a two point game.
  • Try
    Two tries for Australia, two tries for Kuridrani! Seymour knocks on a pass just inside the Wallabies half on the right wing and it falls to Foley who hacks it downfield. He regathers and is brought down by Maitland 10m shy - but finds his centre in support and throws him a tidy offload to allow him to roll over unopposed. 10-12 and the visitors take the lead for the first time.
  • Scotland come up with the ball after an Australia return from the restart and Maitland sets up a slow moving attack through Berghan and Barclay that fails to make much ground over eight phases. Russell opts to kick for the corner instead and Beale collects.
  • Conversion
    No mistake from Foley from the left flank of the field, 20m out, and Australia are now three points behind the hosts. Scotland lead 10-7.
  • Try
    Australia pick up a loose pass from Wilson in midfield and the Wallabies then play their way back into the Scotland half. They get a penalty advantage on the 15th phase and on the 20th, Foley grubbers for the left corner - and Kuridrani gets it! A try for the visitors after a prolonged period camped on the opposition line.
  • The Wallabies blow it on the third phase though - McCalman leads with the shoulder and the referee awards a penalty to Scotland.
  • It's a penalty to Australia now though as the Wallabies force a double scrum collapse and Hodge puts them only 10m away for a lineout from the Scottish line.
  • A break by Australia now on the back of a Price kick straight to Beale and he somehow smuggles it out as he reaches halfway on the right to Genia - who then lobs it forward to Koroibete. Scrum to Scotland bang in midfield.
  • Australia get a penalty from the lineout for McCalman being taken out in the air - only for the subsequent lineout downfield after the kick to be batted back by McInally and Scotland get the ball.
  • From the lineout, Scotland create a superb attacking move, from right to left through the hands of Barclay, Wilson, Horne and Maitland - before the final pass to McGuigan is taken just as Koroibete spears the latter into touch. Lineout now on the otherside of the park to Australia.
  • Genia puts it high from the scrum and Watson makes a superb take out on the right side. The hosts play it back out left before kicking right again for Seymour - and though Beale gets there first, he fumbles his leap and knocks the ball out. Lineout to Scotland.
  • Scotland are moving fast out of midfield and advancing to the 30m mark in the Wallabies half - only for Marfo to spill a simple pass from Gray that hands Australia a relieving scrum.
  • The scrum collapses after two attempts and it's Australia who get the ball. They kick to midfield to try and relieve the pressure - and McGuigan is there once again to return.
  • It's a no try decision - Genia got to the ball first by a fraction. Scotland get a scrum, 5m out on their left wing away from the Wallabies line.
  • Don't tell me that's a second for McGuigan? The winger breaks on the back of another loose Australia pass and then grubbers through to avoid being pushed into touch on the left wing from halfway. Genia doubles back - and both appear to ground at the same time in the left corner. It's a first call for the TMO...
  • Conversion
    It's from the left flank, 25m out or so, but Russell faces no difficulty in adding the extras. Scotland lead 10-0.
  • Try
    Byron McGuigan, take a bow! After a superb opening stint, the late replacement for Hogg punts on a pass sent to ground by Foley in midfield, and despite the efforts of Beale coming back at him, manages to guide the ball roud in goal with repeated little kicks to leap on and ground. What a great individal try out of a Wallabies error.
  • Penalty Goal
    From bang in front, Russell slots it over - and Scotland hit the front! 3-0 to the hosts.
  • Australia pump the ball downfield through Foley but don't get the length they want and Maitland is able to break the line. Berghan goes close after a Russell break - only 5m out, centre-field on the sixth phase - and then the referee pings Hooper for offside. Russell will go for goal...
  • Australia knock-on at the lineout, gifting it to Scotland, who then lose their first lineout of the autumn international series to Genia after a Watson knock-on.
  • Scotland look like they have space, 30m out on the left wing, only for Watson's pass to flick out behind McGuigan and bounce out into touch. Starting at short notice to replace Hogg, the latter is getting around the park in impressive fashion.
  • Two great runs from McGuigan now - one down the left wing, another in midfield - and Scotland find themselves punching their way through the Wallabies line, slowly advancing on the visitors' line.
  • Great defence from Scotland, as Marfo and Gilchrist muscle up to force Koroibete, ball in hand, over the touchline and turn over the ball.
  • The roar of the crowd falls away almost immediately as Russell manages to put his penalty dead in goal, sending it the wrong side of the right corner flag as he looks for touch. Australia get possession back on halfway.
  • Scotland get a penalty now in midfield, and opt to play initial advantage, through a Horne break. Price fumbles and puts the offload down so the referee marches both sides back for the initial offence of a high shot by Enever.
  • Australia can't release on the seventh phase as they try to burrow through on the left wing through Hodge, and Scotland get the turnover.
  • Oh, that's a cheap turnover - Price kicks for the left touchline on the third phrase, looking for a chasing Gray, only to put it out on the full. Australia get the ball back, barely 20m out in centre field from the Scotland line.
  • Hodge's effort gets the length and the height - but not the angle as he pulls it just to the right of the posts. Scotland drop out on the 20m mark with a short grubber from Maitland which he recovers.
  • A second penalty now for Australia, on the back of the lineout, and Hodge will opt to go for goal from 30m out on the right flank.
  • And we're off! Scotland kick short from the off and Genia collects - and earns the penalty immediately for an infringement at the ruck. Easy metres to start for Australia.
  • The teams are out for the national anthems. Hogg is a late withdrawal for the hosts.
  • Subs: Polota-Nau, Faulkner, Tupou, Tui, Timani, Phipps, Hunt, Speight
  • AUSTRALIA: Sio, Moore, Kepu, Simmons, Enever, McCalman, Hooper, McMahon, Genia, Foley, Hodge, Kerevi, Kuridrani, Koroibete, Beale
  • Penalty Goal
    Subs: Brown, Bhatti, Fagerson, Toolis, du Preez, Pyrgos, Burleigh, Jackson
  • SCOTLAND: Marfo, McInally, Berghan, Gilchrist, Gray, Barclay, Watson, Wilson, Price, Russell, McGuigan, Horne, Jones, Seymour, Maitland
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  • Scotland were the only Tier One side to maintain a 100% success rate at the lineout last weekend, winning all 12 of their throws, while they also forced the All Blacks to lose two of their lineouts. In addition, Stuart Hogg made 117 metres and 17 carries – more than any other top-tier player.
  • Up until last Saturday, Australia had enjoyed seven games in a row unbeaten, including five good victories – only for their loss to England to be the heaviest under Michael Cheika's reign as coach. In addition, captain Michael Hooper picked up his eighth international yellow card, more than any other player in Test rugby history.
  • Of those six meetings, all have been decided by margins of less than a converted try, with a further three coming down to a single-point margin. In addition, two of Scotland's wins have come on Antipodean soil; at Murrayfield, they've won once in 11 clashes with Australia.
  • In years gone by, this would have been an easy rout for Australia but their hosts have improved in recent times; the last six games between the pair have been equal spoils, with three wins apiece. Before that, Scotland had failed to beat the Wallabies 16 times in a row.
  • Hello and welcome to week 6 of the 2017 Autumn Internationals as Scotland host Australia at Murrayfield. The Wallabies are smarting after their heavy defeat to England at Twickenham, whilst Scotland are looking to go the distance after a narrow loss to New Zealand last weekend – who will take the win in Edinburgh? Kick-off is just around the corner.

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