Sport Scots humble Wallabies in Test thriller

13:00  17 june  2017
13:00  17 june  2017 Source:   msn.com

Folau crosses twice as Wallabies beat Fiji

  Folau crosses twice as Wallabies beat Fiji The Wallabies have opened the year with a 37-14 Test win over Fiji with fullback Israel Folau crossing for a double in Melbourne.Folau came up with a try in each half at AAMI Park as the Australians dusted off the cobwebs in their first Test of the year.

Australia humbled by Scotland in thriller . Scotland held on for a thrilling 24-19 Test win over Australia in Sydney on Saturday. Israel Folau scored two first-half tries for the Wallabies at Allianz Stadium, but they were unable to fully capitalise on their opportunities.

Australians humbled as Scots nail come-from-behind win in front of stunned Sydney crowd. Scotland have consigned the Wallabies to a humbling 24-19 Test defeat in Sydney, Australia.

John Barclay of Scotland is tackled during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Scotland at Allianz Stadium on June 17, 2017.© Matt King/Getty Images John Barclay of Scotland is tackled during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Scotland at Allianz Stadium on June 17, 2017. Scotland have consigned the Wallabies to a humbling 24-19 Test defeat in Sydney.

A stunned crowd of 30,721 fans were on hand on Saturday at Allianz Stadium to watch Scotland avenge two heartbreaking one-point losses to Australia in the past two years with a stirring victory.

Israel Folau's second tryscoring double in as many weeks couldn't save the Wallabies, as Scotland confirmed their status as world rugby's big improvers.

Wallabies star reopens Scottish wounds

  Wallabies star reopens Scottish wounds Bernard Foley has set the scene for a spicy showdown with Scotland, insisting the Wallabies deserved their controversial 2015 World Cup quarter-final win.Eighteen months after Foley's controversial 79th-minute penalty goal sent Scotland packing from the 2015 global showpiece, enraging fans in the northern hemisphere, Australia's super-boot on Tuesday maintained the Wallabies deserved to win that dramatic encounter at Twickenham.

Michael Cheika has accused his labouring Wallabies of being off the pace after suffering a humbling 24-19 Test loss to a resurgent Scotland . Last-gasp penalty goals from Foley had denied the Scots at the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham and again on the Wallabies ' spring tour last November.

Prop Ryan Grant will play his first Test among six changes in Scotland 's squad named to play Australia in Newcastle on Tuesday.

Australia's Israel Folau celebrates with team mate Dane Haylett-Petty after scoring a try.© DAVID GRAY/Reuters Australia's Israel Folau celebrates with team mate Dane Haylett-Petty after scoring a try. Up to fifth in the rankings, the Scots cashed in on a disjointed display from Michael Cheika's men.

As playmaker Bernard Foley admitted, the Wallabies were their own worst enemies during a dreadful first half.

They trailed 17-12 at the break, gifting the Scots all of their points through an early penalty goal, then an intercept try to centre Duncan Taylor and a charge-down effort from goalkicking five-eighth Finn Russell.

Only Folau's two strikes kept the Wallabies in the contest.

Fijian flyer handed Wallabies debut

  Fijian flyer handed Wallabies debut Fiji-born winger Eto Nabuli will make his Wallabies debut against Scotland, but coach Michael Cheika has again overlooked regular captain Stephen Moore.Fellow rugby league convert Karmichael Hunt has retained his place at inside centre after a promising debut in last Saturday's win over Fiji, but regular captain and hooker Stephen Moore has again been overlooked.

Michael Cheika insists his Wallabies side is progressing well ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup despite slumping to a record-breaking 53-24 loss to Scotland in Stephen Moore's final Test appearance.

Australians humbled as Scots nail come-from-behind win in front of stunned Sydney crowd. Scotland have consigned the Wallabies to a humbling 24-19 Test defeat in Sydney, Australia.

Foley set both of them up for his NSW Waratahs teammate either side of a stint in the sin bin for a late hit on Russell when Scotland's inspirational No.10 broke free with some innovative counter-attack from his own quarter.

First, Foley found Folau with a long ball in one of the Wallabies' rare forays deep in Scotland territory.

Then, on the stroke of halftime, Folau soared high above Scotland fullback Gordon Reid to reel in Foley's pinpoint crossfield kick to give the Wallabies momentum heading into the second section.

But despite being a man down with No.8 Ryan Wilson yellow-carded a minute before halftime, the Scots refused to yield until Australia briefly snatched the lead in the 57th minute.

Foley's successful conversion of a desperate dive-over try from Will Genia earned the Wallabies a 19-17 advantage.

But, a 50-metre try three minutes later to flanker Hamish Watson restored the visitors' five-point lead and, despite several opportunities, the Wallabies were unable to find a reply to give Foley another chance to break Scottish hearts.

Last-gasp penalty goals from Foley had denied the Scots at the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham and again on the Wallabies' spring tour last November.

Rugby-Wallabies players not fit for test rugby - Moore .
<p>Australia host the world champion All Blacks in the Rugby Championship opener in Sydney on Aug. 19.</p>Australia laboured in a 40-27 win over Italy in Brisbane on Saturday, fading badly in the second half before grabbing two late tries to stave off an embarrassing defeat.

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