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Thanks for joining us for this one. Surely one of the matches of the tournament. It's hard not to feel sorry for Scotland, but the Wallabies march on!
It'll be SA v NZ and ARG v AUS in the semi-finals.
Instinctive reach for the ball by Maitland - yet again unnecessary intervention by TMO corrupts a game.— Dan Retief (@retiefdan) October 18, 2015
Instinctive reach for the ball by Maitland - yet again unnecessary intervention by TMO corrupts a game.
Half-Time at Twickenham - Australia 15-16 Scotland.
#AUSvSCO Match Stats: http://t.co/10ZJf4M6wC #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/YjDQJSqLzT— ESPN Scrum (@espnscrum) October 18, 2015
Half-Time at Twickenham - Australia 15-16 Scotland.
#AUSvSCO Match Stats: http://t.co/10ZJf4M6wC #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/YjDQJSqLzT
PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY! 35-34. Foley puts the ball through the uprights after Denton is pinged for playing the ball from an offside position at a line-out! The Wallabies gather the restart and when the final whistle goes Ashley-Cooper boots the ball into touch! The Wallabies are in the semi-finals by the skin of their teeth! Spare a thought for Scotland as they gave their all but in the end, the luck was with the Wallabies. This result means that all four teams in the semi-finals - South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina and Australia - are from the southern hemisphere.
Australia 35 Scotland 34
Australia gather close to their 10-metre line and Nick Phipps is in the clear down the right-hand touchline but is tackled into touch by Hogg.
CONVERSION, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW. 32-34. Laidlaw makes no mistake from the kicking tee and Scotland have the lead!
TRY, SCOTLAND, BENNETT! 32-32. Australia try to run the ball just outside their 22 and Slipper throws a pass which Bennett intercepts! He races away from the cover defence and gets in under the posts!
Scotland try to launch an attack from a scrum on their 10-metre line. It's pouring down with rain and Denton does well to gather despite great pressure.
PENALTY, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW. 22-27. Laidlaw narrows the gap to five points with another three-pointer after the Wallabies go offside on defence.
Scotland take the ball through several phases close to Australia's line! Denton is stopped inches away by a desperate tackle from Fardy!
CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY! 32-24. Foley slots another conversion to give his side an eight-point lead.
TRY, AUSTRALIA, KURIDRANI! 30-24. The Wallabies attack with their forwards close to Scotland's tryline! They can't get through and Genia eventually offloads to Kuridrani, who bumps off three defenders before crashing over!
Ashley-Cooper is in the clear down the right-hand touchline but is brought to ground close to Scotland's tryline by a great tackle from Hogg!
TRY, SCOTLAND, SEYMOUR! 25-24. Foley tries to clear his line inside his 22 but his kick is charged down by Russell, who regathers! He sets off towards the tryline but is hauled by Genia! Russell manages to free his arms and offloads to Tommy Seymour who scores in the left-hand corner! Laidlaw's shot at goal is wide of the target.
Australia attack close to Scotland's 22 but Fraser Brown does brilliantly to win a crucial turnover! The ball goes out to the backs and Finn Russell finds himself in space! He offloads to Hogg, who throws an inside pass to Bennett who fails to hold on!
PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY. 25-19. Foley restores the six-point lead for the Wallabies after Bennett is pinged for straying offside on defence.
There's some concern in Australia's camp as Sio stays down with an arm injury. He receives medical attention and is eventually replaced by James Slipper.
Australia rumble it up with theit forwards and set up a ruck close to Scotland's tryline. They then take it wide and Ashley-Cooper goes over in the right-hand corner again! His effort is disallowed, however, when television replays reveal that Genia knocked on in the build-up.
PENALTY, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW. 22-19. Laidlaw narrows the gap to three points with another brilliant shot from the kicking tee!
CONVERSION, AUSTRALIA, FOLEY! 22-16. Foley finally lands one from the kicking tee and the Wallabies hold a six-point lead1
TRY, AUSTRALIA, MITCHELL! 20-16. The Wallabies go on the drive form a line-out and when their momentum is halted, close to Scotland's tryline, Genia gathers before whipping out a long pass to Mitchell who gets over for his second try!
YELLOW CARD, SCOTLAND, MAITLAND! The Scots will have to play with 14 men for the next 10 minutes after Sean Maitland is sent to the sin bin for deliberately knocking on a pass from Foley.
Foley gets the second half underway! His kick hangs in the air for quite a while and Kurtley Beale does well to knock it back on the Wallabies' side.
TRY, AUSTRALIA, HOOPER! 15-16. Australia go on the drive from the line-out and Michael Hooper is in control at the base of the maul. When he sees the tryline, he dives over under a mass of bodies! Foley fails with the conversion and referee Craig Joubert blows the ham-time whistle shortly afterwards. Scotland go into the sheds with a narrow one-point lead. They might be in front on the scoreboard but Australia have outscored them by three tries to one. Don't go away! There will be much more action in the second half.
Australia 15 Scotland 16
Denton is pinged for not using his arms in a tackle. Matt Giteau kicks for touch and puts the ball out on Scotland's five-metre line.
Scotland win a turnover on the edge of their 22 and take the ball out wide! Hogg joins the line at pace but is brought to ground close to the halfway line by Kuridrani! What a tackle!
PENALTY, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW. 10-16. Laidlaw lands another three-pointer, from the kicking tee, after Scott Sio is penalised for illegal scrummaging.
From the restart, Ashley-Cooper goes up to gather but knocks on and Scotland can attack from the scrum on the edge of Australia's 22.
TRY, AUSTRALIA, MITCHELL! 10-13. After hammering away at the Scots' tryline with their forwards, the Wallabies attack out wide and Drew Mitchell gets over in the left-hand corner!
Australia take the ball through several depfenders inside Scotland's 22 but their opponents' defence is steadfast!
Horne is pinged for using his hands at a ruck. Foley kicks for touch and puts the ball out inside Scotland's 22.
The Wallabies attack with their forwards close to the halfway mark but make little headway. Scott Sio takes the ball into contact but is stopped in his tracks by Mark Bennett.
PENALTY, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW. 5-13. Laidlaw gives the Scots an eight-point lead after the Wallabies' front row are pinged for illegal scrummaging.
CONVERSION, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW. 5-10. Laidlaw makes no mistake from the kicking tee and Scotland have their tails up!
TRY, SCOTLAND, HORNE! 5-8. Ross Ford is stopped in front of Australia's tryline after a strong carry! Peter Horne then gathers and goes over straight through the ruck before crossing over under the posts!
Denton sets off on a bullocking run and is soon inside Australia's 22! It takes a desperate tackle from Kuridrani to halt his progress.
PENALTY, SCOTLAND, LAIDLAW. 5-3. Greig Laidlaw slots his 100th Test penalty after Scott Fardy is pinged for an indiscretion at a ruck.
Scotland attack from a line-out on Australia's 22-metre line and take the ball through several phases with their forwards. David Denton and Jonny Gray are prominent ball carriers.
TRY, AUSTRALIA, ASHLEY-COOPER! 5-0. Kuridrani breaks through a tackle from Tommy Seymour, close to Scotland's 22, and draws in Hogg before offloading to Ashley-Cooper who dives over for the opening try in the right-hand corner! Foley's conversion attempt is off target.
Australia are back on the attack inside Scotland's 22 after a strong run from Tevita Kuridrani. They then take the ball through the phases with their forwards but lose possession when Kane Douglas knocks on a pass from Will Genia.
Bernard Foley glides through a gap inside Scotland's 22 and gets a pass away, in front of the tryline, to Scott Fardy who knocks on!
Australia attack from a scrum , just outside Scotland's 22. The ball goes through several pairs of hands in the backline until Ashley-Cooper gathers close to the touchline where he is brought to ground by Stuart Hogg.
And we're off! Finn Russell gets us underway with a high kick which Adam Ashley-Cooper does well to gather despite plenty of pressure from the Scottish chasers.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Rugby World Cup quarter-final between Pool A winners Australia and Pool B runners-up Scotland from Twickenham in London. The winners will take on Argentina in the semi-finals after los Pumas beat Ireland earlier today. Don''t go away! We''ll return shortly with team news from both sides.
Scotland pair Ross Ford and Jonny Gray have had their appeals upheld and are now free to play after a hearing on Saturday in London. Hooker Ford and lock Gray come in to Scotland's starting XV which means that and Tim Swinson move down to the bench and Kevin Bryce and Alasdair Strokosch drop out of the matchday 23. Greig Laidlaw will captain the side as he has done over the course of this tournament.
Hooker Stephen Moore and inside centre Matt Giteau will become the newest Wallabies centurions when they take the field in this match. David Pocock and Israel Folau will both miss the sudden-death match after failing to overcome injuries sustained in the Wallabies nine-point win over Wales last week. Pocock will be replaced by Ben McCalman, who will make his second start of the tournament at number eight, partnering Scott Fardy and returning vice-captain Michael Hooper in the Wallabies back row. Kurtley Beale, who has produced several impressive performances from the bench this season, will take Folau?s place at fullback. After an industrious cameo against Wales, lock Rob Simmons returns to the starting side with Dean Mumm moving to the bench.
This is the fewest changes Scotland have made in successive RWC matches since the 2007 World Cup, when they made no changes to the team that beat Italy in the pool phase and then faced Argentina in the quarter-finals. Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw will skipper his troops for the 21st time in a Test, joint-second most along with Bryan Redpath. Only David Sole has captained Scotland more often (25 times) in Tests. At the conclusion of the pool phase, Laidlaw was the tournament's leading points scorer on 60. Laidlaw is coming up on a milestone as he has kicked 99 penalty goals in his Test career. The only two players that have totalled 100-plus for Scotland are Chris Paterson (170) and Gavin Hastings (140). Tommy Seymour has scored a try in each of his last four Test appearances. The record for a Scotland player for scoring tries in most consecutive tests in the professional era is five by Gregor Townsend in 1999. Stephen Moore and Matt Giteau will become the seventh and eighth 100-capped Wallabies, joining George Gregan (139), Nathan Sharpe (116), George Smith (111), Stephen Larkham (102), David Campese (101) and current team-mate Adam Ashley-Cooper (111). Moore and Giteau will become just the second pairing in history to earn their 100th Test cap for their country in the same match after Italy's Sergio Parisse and Martin Castrogiovanni shared the same honour in a Test match against Fiji in 2013. In another historic occasion for Australian Rugby, Adam Ashley-Cooper will become the third-most capped Wallaby of all time in his 112th Test, overtaking flanker George Smith.
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