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Kick-off local time : Sat, 23 November 2013 - 18h00
Kick-off : Sat, 23 November 2013 - 20h00
Venue : Edinburgh
Referee : Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Match status : Result
  Scotland Australia
Tries Israel Folau (26min)
Penalties Greig Laidlaw (6min), Greig Laidlaw (10min), Greig Laidlaw (30min), Greig Laidlaw (36min), and Greig Laidlaw (48min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Rob Simmons (47min)
Red cards
Minute Commentary


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Missed opportunities on both sides but Australia emerge worthy winners, snapping their seven-year drought against the Scots.


Scotland defend the maul well to win a turnover - one last shot. They opt for a line-out and gain valuable ground with a driving maul. Now it comes out and Mowen wins the penalty on the deck. Australia kick the ball into touch and that is it! FULL-TIME! The Wallabies win 21-15!


Brown leads by example and wins a breakdown penalty and attack from the line-out. Weir grubbers under pressure and Folau's kick slices off his boot. Australia, though, win the line-out and get the penalty to relieve some pressure.


Finally it comes out and White bangs the ball down field. Scotland make a silly error, obstructing as they look to counter-attack, but are given a third lifeline by Lealiifano, who's off target again.


The scrum goes down twice, eating away at the time, which the Wallabies won't mind at all.


Low hacks on a loose pass but can't scoop up the ball. Poor execution letting Scotland down.


They win the line-out but are driven back five metres by the Wallaby pack. Seymour is isolated so he chips in-goal but nobody chases so the Wallabies will clear from a 22m restart.


White, on for Genia, is caught at the ruck and penalised, gifting Scotland a great attacking opportunity on the 22m line.


Genia exploits the space behind the forwards, expertly chipping the ruck and the Scots concede a penalty under pressure. Smart, tactical play by the Wallabies but Lealiifano's pulls the easy kick at goal.


Genia plays a good territory game, chipping in behind Scotland and forcing them to find touch. Cooper tries a chip ahead of his own with no-one back but Cusiter dots down for a 22m restart.


Australia, again, catch Scotland deep in their own half, winning a turnover at the breakdown. Lealiifano's kick misses off the upright so Scotland remain in touch.


The Wallabies opt to kick and Scotland through the ball around, trying to cash in against 14 men. Australia hold on but not without conceding a penalty, but Laidlaw doesn't strike it well and his kick falls under the crossbar.


Genia launches a great touch finder and Scotland, perhaps rushing things, knock-on at the line-out.


Denton breaks a tackle and Laidlaw links up with Maitland with a creative pass but the fullback runs out of room and is taken out.


Peyper has his equipment sorted out and we're back underway. Australia win the penalty straight after the restart. Scotland have been guilty of isolating themselves. Lealiifano kicks the PENALTY for the 14-man Wallabies.


Laidlaw's PENALTY closes the gap to three.


The TMO is called in for suspected foul play. Simmons is adjudged to have punched a Scottish player and is YELLOW CARDED!


Scotland looking to attack, but their one-up runners not having much success. Penalty to Scotland as the Wallabies go offside just inside the Scottish half


Lealiifano can't add the touchline conversion - 18-12 to the Wallabies


TRY - Chris Feauai-Sautia goes over for the five-pointer, but the score was set up by the awareness of isreal Folau and his combinatrion with Quade Cooper


The second half is underway.


This time the free kick at scrum time goes Australia's way and Cooper kicks the ball into touch to signal HALF-TIME! It's a close one with the Wallabies holding a slender 13-12 lead at the break.


Beattie makes a brilliant break and links up with Maitland. The fullback finds Lamont who goes for the corner but Folau makes a try-saving tackle. Scotland launch wave after wave of attacks but Denton knocks on in contact. The Wallabies survive.


Weir is forced to kick as his forwards are repelled and Seymour does well to win the ball in the air. Horwill goes a bit high on Laidlaw who kicks PENALTY No.4.


Australia concede another scrum free kick but Scotland cough up the ball. Brown saves the situation by winning a penalty after some phase play by the Wallabies.


Cooper tries to catch the Scots off guard with his restart but it doesn't go the 10 metres.


Laidlaw pulls three points back with his third PENALTY, Mowen penalised and warned for killing off the ball.


Mowen steals the line-out and now Scotland are in trouble. Cooper finds Folau on the angle with an inside ball and the fullback is clean through for the opening TRY! Lealiifano lands the easy CONVERSION!


Australia attempt to run it out of their half but with little success, Harris kicks and finds touch in the attacking 22. Good kick.


Scotland lose Ford to injury but MacArthur hits the target and Laidlaw manages to clear. The Wallabies finally get some quick ball and look threatening with ball in hand before Scotland kill it off. The hosts receive a warning by referee Peyper and Lealiifano's PENALTY levels the scores.


Laidlaw, from 46m out, doesn't have the legs but the Wallabies fail to find touch and here come the Scots. The hosts are pinged on the deck and Genia sums up the situation nicely, taking a quick tap and finding touch with a good stab through.


A kicking battle ensues and Maitland makes the mistake as his kick slides off the side of his boot. However, Cooper is pointed out and penalised for a late hit on cousin Maitland.


Gilchrist is penalised on the deck as the Wallabies launch their attack but Lealiifano doesn't have the distance off the tee.


Laidlaw catches Genia ball and all and wins possession. He kicks down field where Folau looks to counter only for his pass to roll into touch. Scotland are penalised at the set-piece so the Wallabies get out of their half.


The Wallabies free up space for Tomane but Maitland tackles him into touch with a big hit.


Scotland have the Wallabies in disarray and come within five metres of the try-line. Harris is penalised for not rolling away and Laidlaw makes no mistake with the PENALTY!


Cooper finds touch on the 22 with a good kick where Hamilton wins the line-out. Kepu jumps the gun so Scotland set up a line-out.


Scotland come away with a scrum following good work by the forwards from the restart. Australia concede a free kick and Denton goes quickly. Simmons is pinged for not rolling away and Laidlaw levels the scores with a PENALTY!


PENALTY! The Wallabies secure a turnover at the very first breakdown and Hamilton rushes in from the side, so Lealiifano draws first blood!


After stirring renditions of the anthems, Cooper gets us going at a cold Murrayfield!


So, both teams are in for a test of character. An added inspiration for the hosts will no doubt be celebrating veteran lock Hamilton’s 50-Test milestone with a victory.


Scotland are reeling after their 0-28 drubbing by the Springboks just six days ago. They will still be feeling the effects of the bruising battle but will be buoyed by their recent record against Australia. The Scots haven’t lost to the Wallabies since 2006 and will be looking for their third win on the trot over the Wallabies.


The Wallabies’ off-field antics have dominated the headlines and the suspension of the “Dublin Six” adds a sense of unpredictability to this contest. Which Wallaby side will show up? Will the visitors rise to the occasion or implode under pressure?


Welcome to our build-up to this encounter in Edinburgh between Scotland and Australia.
15 Stuart Hogg
14 Dougie Fife
13 Mark Bennett
12 Matt Scott
11 Tommy Seymour
10 Finn Russell
9 Greig Laidlaw
8 David Denton
7 Blair Cowan
6 Adam Ashe
5 Jonny Gray
4 Jim Hamilton
3 Euan Murray
2 Ross Ford
1 Ryan Grant

23 Tim Visser
22 Greig Tonks
21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne
20 Robert Harley
19 Tim Swinson
18 Geoff Cross
17 Alasdair Dickinson
16 Fraser Brown
15 Israel Folau
14 Adam Ashley-Cooper
13 Tevita Kuridrani
12 Matt Toomua
11 Joe Tomane
10 Bernard Foley
9 Nick Phipps
8 Ben McCalman
7 David Pocock
6 Scott Fardy
5 Rob Simmons
4 Will Skelton
3 Greg Holmes
2 Stephen Moore
1 James Slipper

23 Kurtley Beale
22 Quade Cooper
21 Nic White
20 Michael Hooper
19 Dean Mumm
18 Sekope Kepu
17 Scott Sio
16 Tatafu Polota-Nau