Sydney - Israel Folau says Scotland are an improved side who will
mount an 80 minute challenge to Australia when the teams meet on Saturday.
The Wallabies are coming off an impressive 32-8 victory over
Wales, but the Australian fullback believes they will face a tough test from
the Scots as the Wallabies chase a Grand Slam on this tour.
"The thing about Scotland that I’ve seen from the past
or experienced myself is they’re a team that is always in there for the whole
80 minutes," the 27-year-old said.
"They’re a big side, they’re going to come at us
physically and they’ve got some really great players in the team and as a unit
they seem to have got better and better. There’ll be plenty of kicking – maybe
not as much as against Wales – but Scotland have got some great kickers that
can put the ball in good places.
"It’s going to be challenging, we’re expecting it to be
very tough," Folau added.
"I wasn’t playing in the World Cup quarter-final last
year which went to the wire, it came down to a decision made by the referee and
had nothing to do with the players, but I can understand from a Scotland fans
point of view that it was very disappointing. As players we’ve looked past
that. This is a new game for us and we’re going into this game starting from zero.
The guys have forgotten about what happened last year.
"We will not be surprised by how Scotland play, but we
expect to know that we have been in a game."