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Internationals | Sydney
05:00 (GMT) | 17-06-2017
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Scotland wins another penalty and Russel kicks it into touch. That's it Scotland wins
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Australia wins a penalty and opts for touch. They look to attack the midfield
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Scotland looks to keep it close and hold onto the ball
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Another penalty won by Scotland and the pressure is relieved as they opt for touch. Russell finds touch close to their own 10
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Strauss puts it up on the blindside and Russell clears into touch on their own 22. Australia looks to attack wide but the ball is turned over by Scotland. They clear but fails to find touch and the Wallabies looks to run it back
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Pyrgos feeds the scrum but the scrum is reset by referee Wayne Barnes.
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The Wallabies wins a penalty and opt for touch. Arnold makes a meal out of the line-out ball. Scottish scrum on their own 5
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Pyrgos feeds the scrum and Strauss looks to attack the blind. A poor kick by Pyrgos sees Scotland under pressure as the Wallabies look to attack
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The Wallabies puts it up in the middle and then run it back same side but their momentum is stopped by handling errors. Scottish scrum deep inside their own half
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Australia looks to attack after the line-out but the ball is passed into touch of a Scottish hand. Attacking line-out for the Wallabies 22m away
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Scotland looks to run from their own half. Pyrgos kicks it into touch just over their own 22
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The Wallabies look to maul but Scotland turns over the ball. 5m scrum to Scotland in their own half
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After some great skill by Cooper, the Aussies finds a few holes in the Scottish defensive line. They win a penalty in front of goal and opt for touch
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Genia feeds the scrum. The Australians look to attack the blind but the Scottish defense holds strong
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Scotland with ball in hand, making yards with every run. A forward pass by Russell stops their momentum. Australian scrum close to the halfway line
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Russell adds the extras
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Scotland line-out inside their own half, they look to attack wide finding space wide and after some beautiful hands Watson goes over for the try
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Scottish line-out close to the halfway line. The Wallabies counter rucks and wins the ball back. They kick for space and Jones returns the kick. Foley looks to run it back
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After the restart the Wallabies clears into touch.
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Foley adds the extras
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The Wallabies edging closer. Foley spots a gap but he is stopped. Genia sneaks over the try line and the ref goes up to check. Try awarded
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Line-out 22m away for the Aussies as they look to maul before attacking the midfield
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Scottish scrum deep inside their own half. They attack the blindside before they kick and look to apply pressure. Penalty for Australia and they opt for touch
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Hooper wins another penalty on the ground and the Wallabies opt for touch. This time they secure their line-out ball and look to attack wide but handling errors stopping their momentum
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Scottish scrum after a knock-on by the Australians. Free-kick at the scrum and Scotland looks to attack. Hooper turns over the ball and Australia wins a penalty. They find touch close to the 22
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Scotland sets it up but they win a penalty and opt for touch, finding it on their own 10. They look to attack wide before the ball is kicked high by Scotland
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Australia looks to attack, edging closer but the ball is passed forward by Foley. Scottish scrum on their own 5
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The Scottish look to attack. but the ball is lost forward. Australian scrum on the halfway line. Play is stopped for a bit. Genia looks to feed the scrum but Australia wins penalty and opts for touch
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Scotland gets the 2nd half on the way and they win the ball back. Right away they look to attack finding space wide but the ball is passed into touch. Wallaby line-out but a over-throw sees Scotland back on the attack

Half Time

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Foley fails to add the extras and that's the end of the half
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The Aussies opts for touch and looks to maul. After a well timed cross kick by Foley, Folau grabs it out of the air and dots it down
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Australia looks to build a few phases. they find space wide. Wilson is shown a yellow card for slowing the ball down
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Genia looks to feed but a scrum penalty is won by Australia. Foley kicks for touch finding it just over the 50m mark
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Brown finds some space in the middle after the Wallabies lost possession. The ball is lost forward and the Wallabies gets a scrum close to their own 22
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Price feeds and Scotland looks to clear. Australia makes a mistake and takes the ball into touch. Scotland line-out on the 50m mark
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Scrum reset. Price looks to feed the scrum but the scrum goes straight down.
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Penalty for the Wallabies again and they opt for touch, 5m away. Scotland wins the ball back. Scrum on their own 5
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Australia wins a penalty and opt for touch. They find it on the Scots 22 and look to maul.
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After the restart the Scots look to apply pressure with a kick. Hooper finds space but is isolated and the penalty is won by Scotland for holding on. They opt for touch
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Russel adds the extras
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Genia looks to clear with a kick but the ball is charged down by Russel. He collects and scores a try
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Russel looks to catch the Aussies by surprise by taking a quick 22 drop-out. He finds space but is shoulder charged by Foley after he kicked. Foley is sent off with a yellow card. They opt for touch
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After the restart both teams look to attack
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Foley adds the extras
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The Wallabies finds space wide and Folau goes over for the try
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Another penalty won by the Australian and they opt for touch. The ball is lost in the line-out but Wayne Barnes awards another penalty and they opt for touch again
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After the restart the Wallabies apply pressure and wins a penalty. They opt for touch
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Russel adds the extras
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After a mistake by the Australians Duncan Taylor intercepts and scores the 1st try of the night
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Genia feeds the scrum as the Aussies looks to attack the blindside but the ball is lost forward. Scottish scrum on Australia's 10
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Scotland in possession inside the Wallabies' half. They play a few phases before the ball is lost forward. Australian scrum inside their own half
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Wallaby scrum deep inside their own half, they set it up before Foley clears with a kick
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Scrum penalty for Scotland. They opt for touch and looks to attack the midfield.
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The ball is knocked on by Australia. Scrum for the Scottish close to the halfway line
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Scotland with ball in hand, looking to run from deep inside their own half but the Wallaby defense holds up and they opt to kick.
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After the 22 drop-out Australia looks to attack before they kick
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After the restart the Wallabies wins a penalty in kicking distance but Foley misses it.
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Tonks lines it up from 49m away and it goes sailing over
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Foley gets the game on the way with a relatively short kick-off and Australia looks to apply pressure but Scotland secures the ball and looks to attack. Australian line-out on the halfway line. They secure their line-out ball and look to attack but a penalty is awarded to Scotland
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Referee Wayne Barnes will be in charge of this match. The teams are doing their final preparations before running onto the field to sing their national anthems and get this epic encounter on the way
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It's a beautiful evening in Sydney for some running rugby. Players to look out for in both line-ups is Israel Folau, Bernard Foley and Michael Hooper for the Australians. While Scotland will expect strong performances from Finn Russell, Huw Jones and Jonny Gray.
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After an impressive win over Fiji in their last turnout the Wallabies will look to do the same against Scotland in this game. Scotland who have also showed great form of late will look to out muscle the Australians. This match marks the debut of Eto Nabuli who have been in impressive form recently for the Reds
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Welcome to Sydney, where Australia faces off against Scotland in this World Rugby encounter
Mc australia ed
Mc scotland ed
  • 1 Tom Robertson
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 3 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 4 Sam Carter
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 6 Ned Hanigan
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 8 Scott Higginbotham
  • 9 Will Genia
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 11 Eto Nabuli
  • 12 Karmichael Hunt
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 14 Dane Haylett-Petty
  • 15 Israel Folau
  • 16 Stephen Moore
  • 17 Scott Sio
  • 18 Sekope Kepu
  • 19 Rory Arnold
  • 20 Richard Hardwick
  • 21 Joe Powell
  • 22 Quade Cooper
  • 23 Reece Hodge
  • 1 Gordon Reid
  • 2 Fraser Brown
  • 3 Zander Fagerson
  • 4 Ben Toolis
  • 5 Jonny Gray
  • 6 John Barclay
  • 7 Hamish Watson
  • 8 Ryan Wilson
  • 9 Ali Price
  • 10 Finn Russell
  • 11 Rory Hughes
  • 12 Duncan Taylor
  • 13 Alex Dunbar
  • 14 Huw Jones
  • 15 Greig Tonks
  • 16 Ross Ford
  • 17 Allan Dell
  • 18 Willem Nel
  • 19 Tim Swinson
  • 20 Joshua Strauss
  • 21 Henry Pyrgos
  • 22 Ruaridh Jackson
  • 23 Matt Scott
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Preview: Australia v Scotland

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 07:57

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Eyes will be on Eto Nabuli when he dons the Australia jumper in his first international Test match againts Scotland on Saturday June 17.

Eto Nabuli will complete a fairy-tale journey on Saturday, five years after being talent-spotted while carrying bags as a hotel porter.

Fijian-born Nabuli is Australia's only change from last week's 37-14 win over Fiji, with the Wallabies expecting a tough fixture against the Six Nations team in Sydney.

Nabuli is a fascinating rags-to-riches tale after being discovered by Australian rugby league greats Brad Fittler and Andrew Johns as he lugged their suitcases as a porter at a Fijian hotel in 2012.

"He just had something about him," Johns recalled. "We took him to the park and did some drills with him, had him catching high balls. His hand-eye coordination was unbelievable.

"I am really happy he has got his opportunity for the Wallabies, that is some sort of statement he's made,"

Nabuli went on to play 13 National Rugby League games for St George Illawarra Dragons before switching to the Reds, where he has played 16 Super Rugby matches before being called up by coach Michael Cheika.

"You could do worse than getting those blokes (Fittler and Johns) to go out and talent-scout for you," Cheika quipped this week. "They've obviously got an eye for good talent.

"His improvement from last year to this year with the Reds has been outstanding,"

Nabuli comes in on the left wing for another Fijian-born player, Henry Speight, in the only change.

However, skipper Stephen Moore was again overlooked for Tatafu Polota-Nau, with flank Michael Hooper the on-field captain.

"We have had a number of discussions about that going way back so it hasn't come out of nowhere. Those roles, they're fluid and they evolve over time," said Moore, who has played 118 Tests.

Rugby league convert Karmichael Hunt retains his place at inside centre after his assured debut against Fiji last week.

It will be a distinct step up for the Wallabies, who beat fifth-ranked Scotland by just one point in their previous two meetings and lost to them 9-6 in their last home encounter in 2012.

The Scots beat Wales and Ireland during this year's Six Nations before downing Italy 34-13 in Singapore last weekend.

Scotland coach Gregor Townsend has made eight changes to his starting side, picking an entirely new front row and back three.

"Australia are one of the best teams in the world, so this will be a much tougher challenge than our game last week," Townsend said.

"The Wallabies DNA is about moving the ball and they have always been one of the best attacking teams in the game.

"It's a game that will challenge our players in defence but we'll also have to be very accurate in attack and aim to out-work our opposition.

"There are a few changes this week as we'd planned to give a number of our squad the opportunity to play in the first two games of tour,"

Players to watch:

For Australia: Captain Michael Hooper can be a handful with his ruggedness at the breakdown. The partnership of lock pairing Adam Coleman and Sam Carter could produce a few headaches for Scottish side. Eto Nabuli will want to prove himself in his first match while Israel Folau is always one to watch out for, with his agility and counter attacks from the back.  

For Scotland: Loose head prop Gorden Reid will want to dominate at the scrums. Despite his brother's (Richie Gray) absence, Jonny Gray’s form will be vital at the setpieces. In the backline, centre Alex Dunbar’s skills on attack and defence could be a thorn in the Wallabies’ side.

Head to head: Australia's Bernard Foley against Scotland Finn Russell, flyhalf versus flyhalf, both bring sense and calm to their respective sides, and can orchestrate the game. At the scrums the strong pack forwards of Gorden Reid, Zander Fagerson and Fraser Brown will have the upper hand against the front row of Allan Alaalatoa, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Tom Robertson.  

Recent results:

2016: Australia won 23-22, Murrayfield
2015: Austalia won 35-34, Twickenham
2013: Australia won 21-15, Murrayfield
2012: Scotland won 9-6, Newcastle, Australia
2009: Scotland won 9-8, Murrayfield
2006: Australia won 44-15, Murrayfield
2004: Australia won 31-17, Glasgow

Prediction: The rivalry between Australia and Scotland has matured to highly competitive battle,  with the past fixtures being excruciatingly-tight affairs. Recent results showed the Wallabies edged Scotland by a single point on two occasions, first in 2015 at the Rugby World Cup and in 2016 at the Murrayfield. Australia will win by five points or less.


Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Tom Robertson
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.

Scotland: 15 Greig Tonks, 14 Lee Jones, 13 Alex Dunbar, 12 Duncan Taylor, 11 Rory Hughes, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ali Price, 8 Ryan Wilson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 John Barclay (captain), 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Ben Toolis, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Gordon Reid
Replacements: 16 Ross Ford, 17 Allan Dell, 18 Willem Nel, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Josh Strauss, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Ruaridh Jackson, 23 Matt Scott

Date: Saturday, June 17
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 15.00 (06.00 UK time; 05.00 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)

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Israel Folau (19min), Israel Folau (39min), and Will Genia (55min)
Duncan Taylor (14min), Finn Russell (26min), and Hamish Watson (61min)
Bernard Foley (20min) and Bernard Foley (56min)
Finn Russell (15min), Finn Russell (27min), and Finn Russell (62min)
Greig Tonks (2min)
Bernard Foley (24min)
Ryan Wilson (38min)
VENUE Sydney
REFEREE Wayne Barnes (England)