Australia tour - Murrayfield, 21 November 2009, 17:15 local, 17:15 GMT
Scotland (3) 9 - 8 (3) Australia (FT)

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Australia's hopes of recording a Grand Slam of the home unions on their tour of Great Britain and Ireland were dashed by Brian O'Driscoll's late try in Dublin last weekend.

As a result, the Wallabies will no doubt be determined to put the frustration of their 20-20 draw against the Irish behind them by beating Scotland in Edinburgh this evening.

Australia boss Robbie Deans is certainly taking the game very seriously. David Pocock may have been rested after his heroics against Ireland - veteran flanker George Smith will start in his place - but his omission is the only change the Kiwi coach has made to his starting line-up.

Scotland boss Andy Robinson, meanwhile, has kept faith with the same side which claimed a 23-10 victory over Fiji last weekend in what was the Englishman's first game at the helm.

The Wallabies have won their last 16 games against theScots but there is a real sense of optimism at Murrayfield, so are we about to see a major shock? We're about to find out because kick-off is just moments away.......

1

Scotland fly-half Phil Godman gets us underway at Murrayfield. The Scots have a strong wind behind them but Adam-Ashley Cooper produces a stunning kick moments after the restart which takes the Wallabies up to within five metres of the Scottish line.

2

Scotland claim the lineout and scrum-half Chris Cusiter uses the wind well to clear to halfway.

3

Scotland build up a bit of momentum and some neat off-loading takes them ten metres into Australian territory. However, Morrison is wrapped up by gold jerseys and is eventually pinged for not releasing.

4 0 - 3

Johnnie Beattie is guilty of hauling down a Wallaby jumper at a lineout and Giteau punishes his needless indiscretion, splitting the sticks with a 35-metre penalty to give the visitors the lead.

6

After a bright start, Scotland are now turning the ball over every time they get possession and only some excellent defending on their own try-line moments ago prevented the Wallabies from crossing.

9

Too many turnovers from the Scots at the minute; they've just lost a lineout on their own throw. If they don't sort this out, it'll only be a matter of time before the Wallabies score again.

13

Australia are penalised on their own feed at the scrum, and Scotland get a chance to counter-attack. However, it comes to nothing, with Peter Hynes nailing Grove with a shuddering challenge which inevitably results in a knock on.

15

It's a penalty for Scotland inside their own half after the Aussie set-piece falters once more. However, Godman criminally fails to find touch. What a missed opportunity for the Scots to get into the Aussie 22 for the first time.

17

Grove has certainly shaken off the effects of being levelled by Hynes because he's just buried Ashley-Cooper with an equally powerful tackle.

19

Scotland had been enjoying an excellent spell of possession for the past few minutes, playing patient, disciplined rugby. However, the Aussies soaked up the pressure before eventually pilfering the ball at the breakdown, evoking memories of last week's clash with Ireland.

21

The Aussies threaten the Scottish line again. Genia feeds Giteau, who glides forward before slipping the ball to Moore. The hooker looked certain to score but he was held up by Cusiter. Excellent defensive work from the Scottish captain.

22

Disaster for Scotland! Cusiter injured himself in making that try-saving challenge and has been forced off. With his co-captain having already been ruled out of the game with an ankle injury, it's Rory Lawson who comes on in Cusiter's place.

24

Australia continue to press but just as the Scots were looking vulnerable, Kepu drops the ball forward and Scotland are able to clear. A lucky escape for the hosts.

26

The word from the Scotland dressing room is that Cusiter has suffered a suspected concussion. Ali Kellock has assumed the captain's armband in his absence.

27 3 - 3

The Wallabies are guilty of pulling down an impressive rolling maul from theScots and Godman steps up to drive the resulting 45-metre penalty between the sticks. A terrific strike. We're all square.

30

It's all gone a little bit scrappy at the minute, though the heavy hits haven't let up. The conditions aren't helping, of course, but the ball is currently spending far too much time in the air.

33

Giteau is constantly probing for an opening for the Wallabies. So far the fly-half's efforts have come to nothing but he looks the man most likely to create the game's opening try.

36

Those in attendance at Murrayfield are currently rubbing their eyes in disbelief because Matt Giteau has just missed a penalty from just 20 metres out. It was slightly to the right of the posts but that was a shocking miss from the Wallabies No.10.

39

Scotland are pinged for delaying the put-in and Palu takes a quick free-kick. The Wallaby No.8 charges forward but is held up just short. The Aussies keep the pressure on but Scotland hold firm. Giteau goes for the drop goal but he drags it wide.

40

The whistle blows and it's half-time at Murrayfield. Australia have dominated both possession and territory but find themselves walking off level at the interval. The Wallabies only have themselves to blame. Giteau has squandered six easy points while Moore butchered a gilt-edged try-scoring opportunity. Credit to the Scots, though, for hanging in there and maintaining an incredible rearguard effort.

40

Wallaby fly-half Matt Giteau gets us back underway in Edinburgh.

41

Jacobsen levels Giteau with a high tackle to hand the Aussies an immediate opportunity to reclaim the lead. Giteau steps up to take the kick but he drags the ball to the left and another three points go begging for the Aussies.

42

The Wallabies reclaim the restart and immediately go on the offensive. They spread it wide but the move comes to an abrupt end with Cooper knocking the ball on after being tackled by Godman.

44

Australia force a turnover after absolutely destroying Scotland in the scrum. However, Kepu, who really made his presence felt in that set-piece, knocks on deep in Scottish territory.

45

The Wallabies continue to pile on the pressure. Giteau feeds Mitchell with an outrageous reverse pass. The winger tries to jink his way over but looses his footing. Elsom keeps the momentum going, though, and drives his way over. However, the TMO correctly rules that the Aussie captain failed to ground the ball; he was held up by Jacobsen.

46

Australia batter away at the Scottish line but lose the ball on the floor and the hosts are able to clear. Heroic defensive work from the Scots.

50

A measured kick into space from De Luca puts Genia under immense pressure five metres out from his own line. The scrum-half is eventually forced into the concession of a penalty. Remarkable stuff from the Scots who have been under the cosh since the start of the second half.

51

Godman fails to convert the penalty, though, and we remain locked at three points apiece. Still, the Scots - and indeed the crowed - have been lifted by that spell of play.

54

The game is beginning to open up. First Scotland attempt to spread it wide but then turn it over after working it back infield. The Wallabies counter-attack, with Rocky Elsom streaking away down the left flank but his attempted pass inside is intercepted. It's getting quite frenetic; let's hope it continues.

56 6 - 3

Another offence from the Wallabies at the maul. Godman, safe in the knowledge that the Scots have the advantage, tries a long-range drop goal attempt but it's charged down. Back he comes, though, for the penalty attempt and he nails it - albeit with the aid of a post - to put the Scots ahead.

57

It's just not happening for Giteau with the boot. The Aussie playmaker has just put his restart stright into touch. Are the Wallabies rattled?

60

Australia have rediscovered their composure and are looking menacing with ball in hand once more. However, the Scots continue to look utterly unruffled in the face of almost incessant Wallaby pressure.

62

The Aussies drive their way up the middle of the pitch with a series of pick-and-go's. However, when Genia tries to spread the play, the ball slips out of his hand and trickles across the turf towards Cross. The centre gathers but then knocks on in the tackle. Scrum Scotland.

65

Another staggering show of profligacy from the Wallabies! With the Scottish defence having been stretched to breaking point, Cooper explodes on to the ball in midfield. He has two men outside him and opts for the skipped passed out to Mitchell, who jinks over in the corner. However, Cooper's pass forward and the Aussies cannot believe it. Another great try-scoring chance has been squandered.

66

Worrying scenes at Murrayfield, as Palu is currently in the process of being stretchered off. It looks like the big No.8 injured his neck in a ruck. Let's hope he's okay.

67

Scotland's scrum holds up well and Lawson clears superbly to touch to relieve the pressure.

69

Sean Lamont has just made a shocking error, knocking on as he tried to collect an aimless punt forward from the Wallabies. Will that mistake from the Scottish wing prove costly?

71

The Aussies move it wide again but Giteau turns the ball over with a horribly inaccurate pass. Lawson clears to touch and, in a huge boost for the Scots, the ball actually came off an Australian hand, meaning it will be Scotland lineout on halfway.

73

Australia continue to press and probe but then Elsom takes it into contact and the flanker, under pressure from Barclay, is penalised for holding on. Scotland turn down the long-range penalty attempt in favour of a kick to touch and a line-out inside the Wallaby 22. Smart play.

75 9 - 3

The Scotland forwards drive their way deep into Australian territory. Paterson drops back into the pocket before dissecting the uprights with a sweetly-struck drop goal. Australia now need a converted try to deny the Scots a famous, famous win.

76

The Wallabies are in real trouble at Edinburgh because Burgess has just knocked the ball on, handing possession right back to the Scots, who are brimming with confidence at the moment. The crowd are quite enjoying themselves too and Flower of Scotland is ringing around the ground.

78

Some nimble footwork from O'Connor has taken Australia to within three metres of the Scottish line. The Wallaby forwards are now taking it in turns to have a go. Are the Wallabies about to snatch this at the death?

79

The Aussies are now just inches short after a superb collective drive.

80 9 - 8

The Aussies are over. Scotland appeared to have done enough when an isolated Horwill was taken down. But the Wallabies were quickly on the scene and ball was quickly worked back to Giteau, who put Cross over from just three metres out. However, Giteau misses the subsequent conversion attempt and Murrayfield erupts. Scotland have beaten Australia for the first time in 27 years. Given the amount of possession the Aussies had, they should, of course, have won that game. However, it's hard to say that the Scots don't deserve the win for what was a quite remarkable defensive display.

Timeline

Time Scotland  Score  Australia
0 start of first half start of first half
4 0 - 3 Giteau - penalty goal
16 Robinson - sub off
Kepu - sub on
20 Lawson - sub on
Cusiter - sub off
27 Godman - penalty goal 3 - 3
40 end of first half end of first half
40+4
40 start of second half
de Luca - sub on
Morrison - sub off
start of second half
45 Polota-Nau - sub on
Moore - sub off
47 White - sub on
Strokosch - sub off
49 Chisholm - sub off
Mumm - sub on
56 Godman - penalty goal 6 - 3
57 Traynor - sub on
Low - sub off
63 Vernon - sub on
Danielli - sub off
Paterson - sub on
Beattie - sub off
Genia - sub off
Burgess - sub on
66 Palu - sub off
Brown - sub on
73 Cooper - sub off
O'Connor - sub on
75 Paterson - drop goal 9 - 3
76 Hall - sub on
Ford - sub off
80 9 - 8 Cross - try
80+1 end of second half
end of half
end of second half
end of half
80+2
0
81
82

Notes

 
Result Scotland won by a margin of 1 point
 
Ground name Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance 44762
 
Referee R Poite (France)
 
Scotland Test debuts none
Australia Test debuts none

Teams

Scotland Australia
Tries none Tries Cross (80)
Pens Godman (27, 56) Pens Giteau (4)
Drops Paterson (75) Drops none

Match stats

Scotland   Australia
0 Tries 1
0 from 0 Conversion goals 0 from 1
2 from 3 Penalty goals 1 from 3
67.0% Kick at goal success 25.0%
1 (1 missed) Dropped goals 0 (1 missed)
Kick/pass/run
38 Kicks from hand 30
66 Passes 152
52 Runs 118
137 Metres run with ball 514
Attacking
40% (42%/38%) Possession (1H/2H) 60% (58%/62%)
30% (28%/31%) Territory (1H/2H) 70% (72%/69%)
1 Clean breaks 7
0 Defenders beaten 7
5 Offloads 5
46 from 52 (88.5%) Rucks won 92 from 100 (92.0%)
6 from 7 (85.7%) Mauls won 1 from 1 (100.0%)
14 Turnovers conceded 18
Defensive
133/7 Tackles made/missed 51/0
95.0% Tackling success rate 100.0%
Set pieces
6 won, 3 lost (66.7%) Scrums on own feed 6 won, 3 lost (66.7%)
16 won, 2 lost (88.9%) Lineouts on own throw 15 won, 2 lost (88.2%)
Discipline
0 Penalties conceded 0
0/0 Yellow/red cards 0/0

Scot stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB RP Lamont 0/0 0 3/0/5 22 0 0 0 1 3/1 0/0 1 0/0
W SF Lamont 0/0 0 2/0/1 0 0 0 0 2 5/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Grove 0/0 0 0/1/1 1 0 0 0 1 9/1 0/0 0 0/0
C Morrison 0/0 0 1/0/5 10 0 0 0 3 6/0 0/0 1 0/0
W Danielli 0/0 0 2/0/3 17 0 0 0 2 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
FH Godman 0/0 6 14/15/3 24 1 0 0 1 5/2 0/0 0 0/0
SH Cusiter 0/0 0 3/12/1 6 0 0 1 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
P Jacobsen 0/0 0 0/0/3 7 0 0 0 2 6/0 0/0 3 0/0
H Ford 0/0 0 0/3/5 3 0 0 1 0 8/0 0/0 1 0/0
P Low 0/0 0 0/0/3 8 0 0 0 1 3/0 0/0 3 0/0
L Hines 0/0 0 0/2/1 0 0 0 1 0 14/0 4/0 0 0/0
L Kellock 0/0 0 0/0/1 4 0 0 0 0 14/0 5/1 0 0/0
F Strokosch 0/0 0 0/0/2 2 0 0 0 0 7/0 0/0 0 0/0
F Barclay 0/0 0 0/4/3 15 0 0 0 0 14/0 1/0 0 0/0
N8 Beattie 0/0 0 0/3/5 4 0 0 2 1 8/1 3/1 1 0/0
(H) Hall 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Traynor 0/0 0 0/0/2 2 0 0 0 0 7/0 0/0 0 0/0
(F) White 0/0 0 0/0/4 1 0 0 0 0 5/0 1/0 0 0/0
(N8) Vernon 0/0 0 0/1/1 7 0 0 0 0 3/0 1/0 0 0/0
(SH) Lawson 0/0 0 10/21/2 0 0 0 0 0 3/1 0/0 0 0/0
(W) Paterson 0/0 3 2/1/1 4 0 0 0 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(C) de Luca 0/0 0 1/3/0 0 0 0 0 0 4/1 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

Aust stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Ashley-Cooper 0/0 0 6/5/12 97 0 1 0 2 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
W Hynes 0/0 0 0/3/5 36 0 0 0 0 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Cross 1/0 5 1/4/10 77 3 0 2 2 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
C Cooper 0/0 0 6/12/6 43 0 1 1 1 4/0 0/0 1 0/0
W Mitchell 0/0 0 5/6/8 52 1 1 0 1 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
FH Giteau 0/1 3 11/29/5 5 0 0 0 2 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
SH Genia 0/0 0 1/52/5 12 0 0 0 1 1/0 0/0 1 0/0
P Robinson 0/0 0 0/0/2 3 0 0 0 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
H Moore 0/0 0 0/1/5 11 0 0 0 0 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
P Alexander 0/0 0 0/3/2 2 0 0 0 0 3/0 0/0 1 0/0
L Horwill 0/0 0 0/1/7 9 0 0 0 0 6/0 4/0 0 0/0
L Chisholm 0/0 0 0/0/4 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 4/0 1 0/0
F Elsom 0/0 0 0/4/13 35 1 1 1 2 5/0 4/1 2 0/0
F Smith 0/0 0 0/8/11 38 0 0 1 2 6/0 0/0 1 0/0
N8 Palu 0/0 0 0/1/11 67 1 2 0 0 2/0 0/0 1 0/0
(H) Polota-Nau 0/0 0 0/0/5 1 0 0 0 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Kepu 0/0 0 0/3/0 0 0 0 0 2 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(L) Mumm 0/0 0 0/0/3 2 0 0 0 0 4/0 1/0 0 0/0
(N8) Brown 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(SH) Burgess 0/0 0 0/19/2 0 0 0 0 1 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(C) O'Connor 0/0 0 0/1/1 20 1 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

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