Wallabies down Scottish terriers at the death

2015-10-18 18:52
Greg Laidlaw (AP)

Cape Town - A last minute penalty by Bernard Foley has given Australia a narrow 35-34 victory over a tenacious Scottish side in a Rugby World Cup semi-final played at Twickenham.

As it happened: Australia v Scotland

Although they outscored their less-fancied opponents by 5 tries to 3 a rare off-day with the boot by Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley as well as some poor discipline allowed Scotland to stay in the game.

With torrential rain pouring down in the final 10 minutes of the match, Mark Bennet scored a converted try for Scotland which seemed to have won the game as they led 34-32.

Luck, however was not on the Scots side and with two minutes to go, Australia were awarded a penalty as Scotland could not control a lineout and Scottish replacement Jon Welsh played the ball from an offside position. 

Foley stepped up, kept his head and sent the ball through the middle of the uprights to break Scottish hearts. 

Scorers:

Australia

Tries: Ashley-Cooper, Mitchell (2), Hooper, Kuridrani

Conversions: Foley (2)

Penalties:  Foley (2)

Scotland

Tries: Horne, Seymour, Bennet

Conversions:  Laidlaw (2)

Penalties:  Laidlaw (5)

Teams

Australia  

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (captain) 1 Scott Sio  

Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Dean Mumm, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Quade Cooper  

Scotland  

15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 Dave Denton, 7 John Hardie, 6 Blair Cowan, 5 Richie Gray, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 WP Nel, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Alasdair Dickinson

Substitutes: 16 Kevin Bryce, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 Alasdair Strokosch, 20 Josh Strauss, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Richie Vernon, 23 Sean Lamont

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