GREIG Laidlaw kicked a penalty against a fierce wind two minutes after the siren to give Scotland a stunning 9-6 victory over Australia in atrocious weather on Tuesday.
A match rendered almost a farce by gale-force winds and torrential rain looked destined to end in a draw until Scotland were awarded a penalty for an infringement at the scrum some 25 metres from the line.
Flyhalf Laidlaw, whose own line-break had got the Scots into the Australian half, steadied his nerves, waited for the wind to die down a little before kicking the ball hard and high between the posts to secure a famous victory.
Scoring: Scotland: Penalty goals: Greig Laidlaw (3) Australia: Penalty goals: Mike Harris (2)
Australia: Luke Morahan; Joe Tomane, Anthony Fainga'a, Mike Harris, Digby Ioane; Berrick Barnes, Will Genia; Scott Higginbotham, David Pocock (capt), Dave Dennis (65); Nathan Sharpe, Sitaleki Timani (Rob Simmons 54); Dan Palmer (Ben Alexander 70), Stephen Moore, James Slipper.
Replacements: Saia Fainga'a, Nick Phipps, Pat McCabe, Adam Ashley-Cooper.
Scotland: Stuart Hogg; Joe Ansbro, Nick De Luca, Matt Scott, Sean Lamont (Tom Brown 39); Greig Laidlaw, Mike Blair (Chris Cusiter 64); Ryan Grant, Ross Ford (capt), Euan Murray; Alastair Kellock, Richie Gray; Alasdair Strokosch, Ross Rennie, John Barclay.
Replacements: Scott Lawson, Jon Welsh, Tom Ryder, Richie Vernon, Duncan Weir.