independent

Friday 18 April 2014

Depleted Wallabies too good for dogged Scots

Australia's Chris Feauai-Sautia (C) scores a try against Scotland during their rugby union international friendly match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland, November 23, 2013. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)
Australia's Chris Feauai-Sautia (C) scores a try against Scotland

Australia made light of the loss of five suspended players to run in two tries in a nervy 21-15 win over Scotland at Murrayfield today.

Fullback Israel Folau and winger Chris Feauai-Sautia crossed the line for the Wallabies, who banned five players from taking part in the match following a drinking session days before their 32-15 win over Ireland last weekend.

"I'm obviously happy with the outcome," Australia coach Ewen McKenzie told the BBC.

"It's pretty hard to come here and play - they'll be greedy and put pressure on. We made mistakes and didn't take the penalties when we got them.

"We were up against it but we came through. We lacked discipline during a couple of moments in the first half when they came back into it and although we got the try, we didn't push on."

Man-of-the-match Folau scored the only try of the first half, scything through the Scotland defence before sprinting 20 metres to touch down.

Scotland, who lost 28-0 to South Africa last weekend following a 42-17 win over Japan, stayed in touch thanks to four penalties by scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw and trailed only 13-12 at halftime.

Feauai-Sautia barged over early in the second half but, after Australia lock Rob Simmons was sent to the sin bin for punching, Laidlaw brought the Scots back to 18-15.

Christian Lealiifano restored Australia's six-point cushion but he missed three penalties in a tense final quarter as the Scots tried in vain to score that elusive try and win a third match in a row against the Wallabies.

"I can't quibble with the effort - we let ourselves down with the execution," Scotland interim coach Scott Johnson said.

"The young kids we have can only get better. I'm really pleased with the effort - I'm sick of being good losers. The character of the squad is developing. We'll get good character in the forwards and once we get panache behind them we might scare a few teams."

Australia lost 20-13 to England in the first test of their tour before crushing Italy 50-20 and beating Ireland.

They play Wales in the final match of the tour next weekend.

Also in this Section

Classifieds

CarsIreland

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet, chat and connect with
singles in your area

Independent Shopping.ie

Meet Singles Now

Findajob

Apps

Now available on

Don't Miss

Top Stories

Celebrity News