Scotland v Australia: Autumn international series

Scotland's hopes of a third straight win over the Wallabies fall short as Australia win 21-15 at Murrayfield.

23 November 2013 Last updated at 17:03

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  1. 2019: 
    UNTIL TOMORROW

    So rather than a hat-trick of wins for the Scots, it is a hat-trick of wins for Australia.

    Too good for Scotland in the union, through to the final in the league, and running rampant in the cricket... at least we'll always have the Olympics.

    I'll be back for Ireland against New Zealand. The All Blacks are the best team in the world and Ireland have never beaten them in 27 attempts. Good won to win then for POC, BOD and the boys.

  2. 2015: 

    Scotland lock Jim Hamilton, who won his 50th cap today: "To run out first and have my son on pitch - it was amazing and something I'll never forget. The result was pretty disappointing, going into the second half we had a foothold - but Australia are a quality team. We need to be more clinical."

  3.  
    +++STAT ATTACK+++

    Australia made 118 tackles to 72 from the hosts. The tourists also beat eight defenders to seven by Scotland and made three clean breaks to two by the hosts.

    Both conceded nine turnovers apiece while Scotland were penalised 11 times and Australia 13.

  4. 2009: 

    Australia coach Ewen McKenzie: "I'm obviously happy with the outcome. 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 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.

    "We were struggling to get one win in a row [earlier this year], we got two in a row last week and now another one. It's a different challenge next week against Wales."

  5.  
    +++STAT ATTACK+++

    The stats make interesting reading - Scotland had 58% of possession and 59% of the territory and they made 412 metres to 366 for the Aussies.

    But the most illuminating stat is the two to nil in the try tally.

    You don't have to scores tries in union to win, but you have to do so if you want to win consistently.

  6.  

    Will Greenwood: When Lealiifano misses that many kicks you have to win...have to!!

  7. 2001: 

    Scotland interim coach Scott Johnson on BBC Two: "I can't quibble with the effort - we let ourselves down with the execution. 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."

  8.  

    Tom Weaver: If Scotland could score try's they might be a half decent team!!!

  9.   
    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "No question, I think Scotland had this for the taking - there was not a lot of conviction and too many errors. The defence of Australia - they will be very pleased. It wasn't a classic but they scored two classic tries."

  10.  
    FULL-TIME- Scotland 15-21 Australia

    They just can't score tries, and that lack of cutting edge - Scotland's perennial problem over the past few years - is once again highlighted as Australia get home.

    Scotland were much-improved from the sorry showing against the bulky Boks last weekend, but they need more firepower - a problem more easily pointed out than solved.

    If only they had someone of the ability of Israel Folau, 6ft 5in of gliding menace. Class, real class.

  11.   
    Andy Nicol, Former Scotland scrum-half and BBC Sport expert

    "There have been a lot of good performances, but one guy that stood out with a bit of class is Australia's Israel Folau - he scored one try in the first half and prevented Scotland from scoring one. He had a huge influence on a six-point game and he is an outstanding player."

  12. 80 mins: 
    Scotland 15-21 Australia

    Electric little snipe from Chris Cusiter, but still 40 metres to go. They try to go through midfield but Ben Mowen gets over the ball at a ruck, wins the penalty, and that is that.

  13. 79 mins: 
    Scotland 15-21 Australia

    One final, final chance for Scotland, but they've got to go 60 metres, and they need to score a try. That's not their forte.

  14. 78 mins: 
    Scotland 15-21 Australia

    NOOOoooooo... Scotland lose the line-out, and with it the game. There's no coming back from here, that was their chance.

  15. 77 mins: 
    Scotland 15-21 Australia

    Kelly Brown wins a penalty as Israel Folau runs into contact. Attacking line-out Scotland inside Australia's 22. This is it lads, this is it.

  16.   
    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "Almost unbelievably, Scotland still have a chance of winning this game."

  17. 75 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Leali'ifano)- Scotland 15-21 Australia

    I love a good scrum as much as the next man, but they have been a shambles today.

    Sean Lamont tries to run back from deep but the winger ignores his support and goes through a hole inadvertently conceded by retreating captain Kelly Brown to concede a penalty.

    Up steps Christian Leali'ifano. This to surely secure victory... and it's short and wide! Scotland still alive. Just.

  18. 72 mins: 
    Scotland 15-21 Australia

    Jonny Gray - brother of fellow second row Richie, who is not playing today - is also on as the hosts throw the kitchen sink at the Wallabies.

    They have forced Australia to make 110 tackles to their 70, but the visitors' defence is holding firm so far.

  19. 70 mins: 
    Scotland 15-21 Australia

    Apparently Will Genia wasn't running the show well enough for Australia coach Ewen McKenzie, because he's replaced the scrum-half with Nic White.

    Scotland on the attack now but the Wallabies are raining in big hits - there's a beauty on debutant Kieran Low - and Tommy Seymour is forced to kick ahead.

  20.   
    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "Again Scotland are just committing cardinal sins and errors. They tried to run it out of defence when Australia are defending very well. Scotland have to understand the pressure they are under and relieve themselves - by not making mistakes and by kicking the ball into touch. Scotland have failed to do that."

  21. 65 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Leali'ifano)- Scotland 15-21 Australia
    Australia's Will Genia passes to Quade Cooper

    Will Genia's starting to run the show, says former Scotland coach Andy Robinson on BBC Two. The scrum-half's kick puts the hosts in real trouble, and the penalty is inevitable.

    Very kickable this... but Christian Leali'ifano misses!

    Four years ago Matt Giteau missed four kicks to hand Australia victory, Leali'ifano's now missed four as well.

  22. 64 mins: 
    Scotland 15-21 Australia

    Australia enjoying a god spell, big runners feeding off Quade Cooper's sleight of hand as the Wallabies work their way forwards, but Cooper pushes his luck once too often and Duncan Taylor intercepts, allowing Scotland to lift the siege.

  23. 63 mins: 
    Scotland 15-21 Australia

    Both sides have fresh legs on the field, this game is still anyone's. Chris Cusiter gets back to touch down as Israel Folau chases Quade Cooper's kick ahead.

  24. 60 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Leali'ifano)- Scotland 15-21 Australia

    Australia ring the changes up front, with Sitaleki Timani on for James Horwill and Ben Alexander on for Sekopi Kepu. Rob Simmons is also back on the pitch, Wallabies back up to 15 men.

    The visitors promptly win a penalty, but Christian Leali'ifano hits the post from wide on the left.

  25.   
    Andy Nicol, Former Scotland scrum-half and BBC Sport expert

    "Laidlaw has had a good game. - he's controlled things well. But Scotland have shown the quality they have by bringing Cusiter on."

  26.  

    Kristian: Scotland must strike now with the Australians down to fourteen men. They have seriously challenged tonight.

  27. 57 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Laidlaw)- Scotland 15-21 Australia

    David Denton, Greig Laidlaw and Sean Maitland all looking lively for the hosts and they are rewarded as Australia go off their feet at a ruck after a rumble from big Jim Hamilton.

    Laidlaw is right at the limit of his range and the kick falls short - it's his last action of the match as he makes way for Chris Cusiter.

  28. 54 mins: 
    Scotland 15-21 Australia

    Scotland still a man up but a chance to apply pressure is spurned as a line-out goes astray.

  29.   
    Andy Robinson, Ex-England and Scotland coach and BBC Sport expert
    Australia's James Horwill tackles Scotland's Greig Laidlaw (left)

    "Laidlaw is such a smart player and balanced player running from rucks."

  30. 53 mins: 
    Scotland 15-21 Australia

    Good hard carry from David Denton as Scotland go wide. The hosts recycle and a lovely little pass from Greig Laidlaw gives Sean Maitland the chance to glide deep inside Australia's 22 before he is bundled into touch. Still hope for Scotland.

  31. 50 mins: 
    PENALTY (Leali'ifano)- Scotland 15-21 Australia

    Shame they decided to charge into a ruck from an offside position Gavin... Deflating for the home crowd.

  32.   
    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "Scotland have really got to charge into this situation and believe they can take this game by the scruff of its neck."

  33. 48 mins: 
    PENALTY (Laidlaw)- Scotland 15-18 Australia

    Greig Laidlaw slots the penalty after Rob Simmons' indiscretion. The Wallaby lock actually tries to hit Moray Low, who is holding him at a ruck, twice. The first attempt is no more than a slap but the second carries much more intent, although the Scotland prop does stay on his feet.

  34.   
    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "It looks like more of a slap than a punch - it was a wee bit innocuous. Actually after seeing another angle, it was a bit of a haymaker. That's a bit of a cheap shot."

  35. 47 mins: 
    SIN BIN- Scotland 12-18 Australia

    Rob Simmons throws a wild haymaker at Moray Low. Surely that's a red? Nope, yellow for the Wallaby second row.

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    Bill Milne: Story of my life, Sitting up in India watching commentary, having never missed an autumn international at Murrayfield for two years. Not sure what the locals make of me shouting at a computer screen- while they are trying to sleep. Maybe I'll see Matt Giteau on the bagpipes when I'm back.

  37.   
    Andy Nicol, Former Scotland scrum-half and BBC Sport expert

    "It was good passing from Cooper and a good offload by Folau. Maitland almost produced a great try-saving tackle."

  38. 42 mins: 
    TRY (Feauai-Sautia, missed con Leali'ifano)- Scotland 12-18 Australia

    He who laughs last...

    A minute before Chris Feauai-Sautia had the Scottish fans chortling after totally misjudging the width of the pitch.

    But the 20-year-old delivers the perfect punchline as he appears on the opposite flank to his normal left-wing station, takes Quade Cooper's well-timed pass, beats the tackle of Sean Maitland and dives over for a fine try.

    Scotland's only consolation is that Christian Leali'ifano cannot convert from the touchline.

  39.  

    British multiple Olympic track cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy, at the match: "Nothing in it at halftime here at Murrayfield. Come on Scotland!! "

  40. 41 mins: 
    Scotland 12-13 Australia

    We're back and once again Israel Folau shows his class. He takes a soaring high kick and makes 30m before feeding Christian Leali'ifano. The centre finds Chris Feauai-Sautia but the winger is already in touch - much to the hilarity of the home fans.

  41.  
    Israel Folau of Australia breaks free from Moray Low and the Scottish defence

    Scotland assistant coach Duncan Hodge: "The key message is to defensively eliminate errors. We had one error and Folau scored. It's about territory and eliminating the mistakes."

  42.  

    Andy Canavan: Can some teach Scotland to pass a ball with some fizz and pace pleaseeeee???

    Tom Weaver: I can't remember the last time Scotland scored a try against a tier 1 nation?

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  43.  

    Andrew Priestly: ‏Israel Folau is an incredible athlete. Watched him last week in Dublin and he never missed a beat. He caught & tackled everything.

  44.   
    Andy Nicol, Former Scotland scrum-half and BBC Sport expert

    "It's been a really exciting half. Scotland have played a lot better than against South Africa last week. There's been attitude and ambition but a bit of class from Israel Folau in attack and defence has made the difference."

  45.  
    HALF-TIME- Scotland 12-13 Australia

    Decent half that, and Scotland can count themselves unlucky not to be ahead.

    The stand-out figure has been cross-code superstar Israel Folau - his classy try, followed by a crucial tackle, are what separate two evenly-match sides.

    Matt Giteau may regret making that bet below - although at least he lives in the frost-free south of France.

  46.  

    Former Australia player Matt Giteau: "If Scotland win I'll play the bagpipes in a kilt and nothing else...."

  47.   
    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "I think Scotland are rattling the Australians a little bit now. Scotland need to assess and understand they are really battling the Aussies, who aren't having things their own way."

  48.   
    Andy Robinson, Ex-England and Scotland coach and BBC Sport expert

    "These are the key opportunities that Scotland have to take - unfortunately the ball slowed down when they got to the line."

  49. 38 mins: 
    Scotland 12-13 Australia

    Oh, huge chance for the hosts. Johnnie Beattie makes the initial break with a long-striding charge before finding Sean Maitland.

    The full-back glides 30m and tries to draw Israel Folau before feeding Sean Lamont, but the full-back bides his time and gets across to envelop the home winger five metres from the line.

    Scotland recycle but then number eight David Denton knock on close to the Australian line - groans echo round Murrayfield.

  50. 35 mins: 
    PENALTY (Laidlaw)- Scotland 12-13 Australia

    It's another Scotland penalty as the visitors infringe once again at the ruck. Must be a card. Surely. Has to be. Really cynical stuff.

    Referee Jaco Peyper just warned the Wallabies and they infringe twice in 10 seconds, but still no card. Greig Laidlaw cuts the gap to one.

  51.  

    Jack Colwill: Israel Folau. You just run out of superlatives. Makes it look so easy.

  52.   
    Andy Robinson, Ex-England and Scotland coach and BBC Sport expert

    "That was really smart play for Australia's try. It was a great inside ball to Folau. He is such a dangerous runner - you have to tackle him in twos."

  53. 29 mins: 
    PENALTY (Laidlaw)- Scotland 9-13 Australia

    Big Jim Hamilton leads the Scottish charge and once again Australia infringe at the ruck. Cynical stuff from the visitors and they get a warning from referee Jaco Peyper - Scotland have already had theirs by the way.

    Up steps Greig Laidlaw and we're back to a four-point margin.

  54. 25 mins: 
    TRY (Folau, con Leali'ifano)- Scotland 6-13 Australia
    Australias Israel Folau celebrates after scoring a try against Scotland

    Did I mention Israel Folau? The Aussies win a line-out and when the ball goes into midfield Quade Cooper's crisp inside pass gives the 6ft 5in flyer that is the Wallaby full-back the chance to attack the Scottish midfield.

    Unfortunately for the hosts prop Ryan Grant is the man tasked with stopping Folau and it's no contest - a thoroughbred against a wheelie bin - and Folau strides over in style.

  55.  
    Scotland 6-6 Australia

    Australia have some of the finest backs in the world and the likes of Quade Cooper and Israel Folau are showing some lovely touches, but Scotland are defending in resolute fashion.

    Scotland have lost hooker Ross Ford to injury, with Pat McArthur on as his replacement.

  56. 23 mins: 
    PENALTY (Leali'ifano)- Scotland 6-6 Australia

    Here come the Wallabies with Chris Feauai-Saautia getting to within 10m and Scotland infringe - once at the line-out and then at the ruck.

    The latter sees David Denton go round the side of the ruck and Christian Leali'ifano punishes the error. It's all level in Edinburgh.

  57.  

    Patrick Appleton: Australia are so ragged here. Scotland can have this game if they want it enough. And it looks so.

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  58.   
    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "I'm sorry, if you are in the air then you can't miraculously change direction - only Harry Potter can do that. I thought it was rather soft."

  59. 20 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Weir)- Scotland 6-3 Australia
    Australia's Quade Cooper, left, is tackled by Scotland's Sean Maitland

    Quade Cooper and Sean Maitland are cousins and the latter must have stolen Cooper's favourite Pokemon when they were kids.

    Wallaby 10 Cooper goes flying into Maitland, the home full-back, after he's kicked the ball and it's a penalty to the Scots, but Duncan Weir's kick falls short.

  60. 17 mins: 
    MISSED PENALTY (Leali'ifano)- Scotland 6-3 Australia

    Winger Chris Feauai-Sautia, who has just turned 20, leads the Wallaby charge and after a couple of barges from the back row, Grant Gilchrist goes off his feet at a ruck.

    Up steps Christian Leali'ifano... and his kick falls short.

  61. 12 mins: 
    Scotland 6-3 Australia

    It's a pretty pacy start to the game but Scotland's defence is tigerish and shuts down the early Aussie assaults.

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    Australia's Quade Cooper, centre is tackled by Scotland's Sean Maitland, right, and Duncan Weir

    Toby Machlachlan: Scotland have got it all the way but they need to watch Hooper!

    Dan Jones: Want a good game! Want Scotland to win.

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  63. 9 mins: 
    PENALTY (Laidlaw)- Scotland 6-3 Australia

    Scotland looking lively, they attack at pace and get deep inside the Wallaby 22. Mike Harris infringes in desperation and Greig Laidlaw pops over the kick.

  64. 8 mins: 
    Scotland 3-3 Australia

    Nice self-deprecation from Matt Giteau below, his missed conversion cost Australia victory in the 9-8 defeat in 2009.

  65.   
    Andy Robinson, Ex-England and Scotland coach and BBC Sport expert

    "It's good the ref is penalising Simmons. For Scotland to put Australia under pressure they need good ball."

  66. 5 mins: 
    PENALTY (Laidlaw)- Scotland 3-3 Australia

    This time Rob Simmons infringes for the Wallabies at a ruck midway inside the Australia half and Greig Laidlaw levels the scores.

  67.  

    Former Australia player Matt Giteau: Let's go @QantasWallabies. Surely the boys win there now that they have a kicker that can knock the kicks over #imissedasitterin09

    Giteau missed four out of five kicks in 2009

  68. 2 mins: 
    PENALTY (Leali'ifano)- Scotland 0-3 Australia

    Scotland lose the ball at the ruck, the tourists go left and right, Scotland infringe... dire from the hosts.

    Big Jim Hamilton gives away the penalty. He led the teams out to mark the occasion of his 50th cap and looked like he got lost in the dark, only to lose his bearings once again immediately the game started.

    Christian Leali'ifano lands the kick and the hosts are behind already.

  69. 1 min: 
    Scotland 0-0 Australia

    The floodlights are on, Quade Cooper to get us under way.

    The Wallaby fly-half lifts the kick high, Scotland make a mess of it and Australia have a go.

  70.  

    Anna Ashford: Murrayfield looks gorgeous in the dark!

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  71. 1759: 

    The bagpipes skirl and then fall silent for the final verse as 60,000 fans belt out the rest of Flower of Scotland. Plenty of passion before kick-off, can Scotland match that once the game gets under way?

  72.   
    Chris Paterson, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Sport analyst

    "Duncan Weir is known as a kicking standoff. He looked really sharp when he came on against Japan and South Africa."

  73.   
    Chris Paterson, Former Scotland full-back on Australia banning players over drinking

    "The right thing to do is deal with it. They've decided to punish players for this game - those coming in will want to prove they are not second-choice players."

  74. 1755: 

    The two sides have met 27 times with Scotland winning nine games to Australia's 18, but the Scots have won the last two meetings, after losing the 16 before that.

    Both those wins were built on heroic defence and accurate kicking - the Scots failed to score a try in either match - and only five of the XV which started the 9-6 win over the Wallabies in Newcastle, New South Wales, in June 2012 start today.

  75.   
    Gavin Hastings, Former Scotland full-back and BBC Radio 5 live expert

    "One thing Murrayfield does well is the pre-match entertainment - shame performances from the Scotland team don't always match it."

  76. 1750: 

    The floodlights are off and Murrayfield looks a picture in the pre-match build-up, with white lights twinkling in the stands and subdued blue and purple lights illuminating the top of the stands.

  77. 1748: 

    Australia field an entirely new three-quarter line from the one that beat Ireland 32-15 last week, thanks to a combination of the drinking bans (Nick Cummins and Adam Ashley-Cooper), a five-week ban for a dangerous tackle (Tevita Kuridrani) and injury (Matt Toomua).

    Mike Harris and Christian Leali'ifano come into the centres with Joe Tomane and Chris Feauai-Sautia on the wings.

  78.  

    Andrew Priestley: Scotland may have had the better of the recent matches, but that will all change this evening. Australia to win by 20 points.

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  79. 1744: 

    Scotland have recalled captain Kelly Brown as one of four changes in the pack after he sat out last week's 28-0 defeat by South Africa.

    In the backs, Duncan Weir is preferred to Ruaridh Jackson at fly-half.

  80. 1741: 
    TEAM NEWS

    Scotland: Scott Maitland; Tommy Seymour, Nick De Luca, Duncan Taylor, Sean Lamont; Duncan Weir, Greig Laidlaw; Ryan Grant, Ross Ford, Moray Low, Grant Gilchrist, Jim Hamilton, Johnnie Beattie, Kelly Brown, David Denton

    Replacements: Pat MacArthur, Alasdair Dickinson, Euan Murray, Jonny Gray, Kieran Low, Chris Cusiter, Ruaridh Jackson, Max Evans

    Australia: Israel Folau; Joe Tomane, Christian Leali'ifano, Mike Harris, Chris Feauai-Sautia; Quade Cooper, Will Genia; James Slipper, Stephen Moore, Sekopi Kepu, Rob Simmons, James Horwill, Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, Ben Mowen

    Replacements: Saia Fainga'a, Ben Alexander, Paddy Ryan, Sitaleki Timani, Ben McCalman, Nic White, Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley

  81. 1737: 

    The big news story in the build-up to the match was Australia handing six players one-match bans for inappropriate drinking - red wine with the fish course, shocking.

    That means Adam Ashley Cooper, Nick Cummins, Liam Gill, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Benn Robinson are in the stands today, although the need to have four props in the match day squad means Paddy Ryan sits out next week's game against Wales instead.

  82. 1733: 
    BBC broadcast truck

    So, I just turned on to BBC Two to enjoy the build-up, and what do I see? That's right, some cars sitting stationary in a row in some rain.

    Apparently there's 10 more minutes of F1 qualifying - it's been delayed because of the rain - and then we believe it's over to the rugby the moment that finishes.

  83. 1726: 
    BBC COVERAGE

    Our coverage of Scotland v Australia on BBC Two starts at 17:30 and we'll also be broadcasting on BBC Radio 5 live and Radio Scotland - all of which you can find on the website as well.

    In addition if you're out and about you can now listen to 5 live via the BBC Sport app on mobiles and tablets.

  84. 1725: 
    Ben McCalman, Scott Fardy, James Horwill and Sitaleki Timani

    Australia, in the shape of Ben McCalman, Scott Fardy, James Horwill and Sitaleki Timani, were looking impressively bearded during their captain's run on Friday.

    Defence against the cold, or are they taking the easy route through Movember and only shaving down to the 'tache late on?

  85. 1718: 

    It's been a busy day of rugby already - Georgia will be delighted with their 16-15 win at home to Samoa while Argentina will be glad to return to winning ways with a 19-14 victory away to Italy - but the match of the day so far came in the other code.

    There is a rugby union connection, in that former (and no doubt future) All Black Sonny Bill Williams won a vital late penalty for New Zealand.

    But purely as a game of rugby the Kiwis' dramatic 20-18 victory over England was a belter. If only they saw the beauty of scrums and line-outs...

  86. 1710: 
    Sean Lamont (right) of Scotland takes part in The Captains Run at Murrayfield stadium prior to their Test Match against Australia

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  87. 1708: 

    Speaking of hat-tricks, today's been a good day for Australian sports fans. They've humiliated England in the cricket, they're just minutes away from booking their place in the Rugby League World Cup final and in 50 minutes or so they'll get the chance to wrap things up in style against Scotland at rugby union.

    After a difficult year or two for Australian sports teams, have they turned the corner?

  88. 1705: 
    EVENING ALL

    Good evening, and if you're shivering as the temperatures plunge in the UK, here's an early winter warmer to get the heart pumping.

    Scotland have won their last two matches against Australia - can they make it a hat-trick on a chilly evening in Edinburgh?

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