Scotland end Wallabies jinx with fighting win

Scotland end Wallabies jinx with fighting win

The two Scots will arrive in New Zealand in victorious mood after edging out the Australians to seal a first ever win in Sydney.

Both sides were keen to show who was the boss early after a big hit from Adam Coleman ruffled the Scots feathers in the opening minute to get crowd and almost the Aussie bench involved. 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.

Things didn't start well for Australia when a poor recycle from No.8 Scott Higginbotham resulted in an early penalty to Scotland, who obliged with the first three points.

The Wallabies finally got on the board with a try to Israel Folau around the twenty-minute mark after a number of penalties went their way.

Australia shifted the ball left and Foley put Waratahs team-mate Folau into a huge gap out wide.

Foley's conversion narrowed the deficit to 10-7 with 20 minutes gone.

But Hamish Watson's match-winner was a gem, the flanker finishing off some attractive lead-up work and slight of hand from centre Duncan Taylor. They took advantage of quick 22 and after a chip kick ahead from Russell, Foley turned his shoulder and took him out to earn himself a ten-minute rest from referee Wayne Barnes.

Genia had one of his worst games in recent memory, with two errors that led directly to Scotland's opening tries, one an errant pass that led to Tatafu Polota-Nau throwing an intercept and the other a charge down that put Finn Russell over.

"We knew that it would be really tough, Australia showed a lot what they could do in attack but our width in our defence, the fact that everyone in that 15 were looking to get back and compete for ball, really helped us to get a place and slow down their ball".

Scotland matched the Wallabies' three tries and after regaining the lead midway through the second period, they held on gamely for a morale-boosting win.

"But they finished strongly and for next week we'll have to be a lot better". Australia came close several times to crossing for a match-winning try but the Scottish defence withstood the pressure to ensure a famous victory. Tonks stepped up and landed his first Test points from just inside the Wallabies' half.

At 24-19 down, Australia spent the majority of the last quarter of the game throwing everything at the stoic Scottish defence.

Australia did their best to claw it back with Folau, Hunt and Tevita Kuridrani all within inches of scoring but somehow Scotland managed to find ways to stop them every time and they held on for the final whistle.

The Wallabies had another chance to snatch the win and kept hammering the Scottish line but again the defence was vast in their own 22.

Scotland have got their sweet revenge by beating the Wallabies for just the third time in nearly 35 years with a dogged 24-19 win on Saturday afternoon in Sydney.

It was Scotland's second successive win Down Under, having also beaten the Wallabies at Newcastle in 2012.

"We lost fair and square at the end of the day but being where we are ranked, we want to be beating teams that are below us and challenging those that are above us".

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