Scotland 15-16 Australia Rugby LIVE REACTION: Aussie captain Slipper inspires opening Autumn International win

AUSTRALIA struck back to defeat Scotland 16-15 at Murrayfield as the Autumn Internationals got underway.

The visitors sealed the narrow win with captain James Slipper crossing the line and Bernard Foley having three penalties and a conversion.

Although the hosts could have won it themselves as Blair Kinghorn missed a dramatic last minute penalty.

Kinghorn had put on an impressive performance up until then, scoring 10 points with one try, one conversion and one penalty in the loss.

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  • Scotland: 15 Ollie Smith, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Sione Tuipulotu, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Blair Kinghorn, 9 Ali Price, 8 Matt Fagerson, 7 Hamish Watson, 6 Jamie Ritchie (Captain), 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Sam Skinner, 3 Zander Fagerson, 2 Dave Cherry, 1 Pierre Schoeman.
  • Australia: 15 Tom Banks 14 Andrew Kellaway 13 Len Ikitau 12 Hunter Paisami 11 Tom Wright 10 Bernard Foley 9 Tate McDermott 8 Rob Valetini 7 Michael Hooper 6 Jed Holloway 5 Cadeyrn Neville 4 Nick Frost 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 David Porecki, 1 James Slipper (Captain).


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  • All golds show their metal

    Wallabies skipper James Slipper was named Man of the Match today as he led his side to victory.

    Visiting any side of the northern hemisphere has not been easy for Australia lately.

    Dave Rennie’s team got off to the perfect start on their European tour.

  • Good enough to win every game

    It’s such a shame that Scotland couldn’t get the victory they wanted from the strong position they put themselves in in the second half.

    Blair Kinghorn’s try was good enough to win every game.

    Unfortunately, the player will count the cost of his missed penalty.

  • Scots pay the price for indiscipline

    At this level you can’t give away as many penalties as Scotland and still expect to be on the winning side.

    Australia made tremendous use of the man advantage, as you would expect from All Gold.

    Townsend needs to work on game management as his side were in the perfect position tonight and threw the game away.

  • FT: Scotland 15-16 Australia

    The Scots managed to put themselves in a position of power in this game 12-6 and with full compliments from the players.

    Indiscipline cost them, dropping to 14 players and leaving all the golds back in play.

    Still, Scotland had a chance with a late penalty but it summed up Kinghorn’s kicking game today.

    A shame after such a wonderful attempt by Kinghorn.

  • Scotland 15-16 Australia

    80. Heartbreak for Scotland as Blair Kinghorn sweeps the penalty past the left post.

    Australia throws the ball across the floor and into touch.

    The Wallabies have a big win here today.

  • Scotland 15-16 Australia

    78. Scotland seem to be running out of ideas.

    You have to drive forward with the ball in hand instead of kicking the space all the time.

    Even a penalty would give them a chance to take victory from the jaws of defeat.

    Scotland receives a penalty for intentional knocking.

  • Scotland 15-16 Australia

    76. Bernard Foley comes out for the Wallabies.

    He will be replaced by Noah Lolesio and the future of the position for Australia is not in question.

    Foley, along with Tate McDermott, made the difference today.

    Scotland win a penalty from the Australian scrum, which is rewarded with great cheers from the crowd.

  • Scotland 15-16 Australia

    74. The Wallabies continue to advance into Scottish territory.

    Silence the home fans.

    Nic White tests the Scottish backs with some kicks behind.

    Foley gets a big clearance from Scotland and the all gold comes right back to the hosts.

  • Scotland 15-16 Australia

    72. The pendulum swings again.

    This time it’s the Wallabies who are taking advantage.

    We’re in the last ten minutes and this game could go either way.

  • Penalty – Bernard Foley (Australia)

  • Scotland 15-13 Australia

    69. Townsend will be fuming with the amount of penalties his Scotland side gave away today.

    This time Australia decides to take a shot on goal.

    Chance for them to even the score.

  • Scotland 15-13 Australia

    68. Twelve minutes ahead for Gregor Townsend and his team.

    They’re back to the full compliments of the players again.

    Kinghorn applies to the Australia 22.

    Scotland fail to capitalize on possession and again give away a penalty, with Foley kicking in for contact due to poor handling by van der Merwe.

  • Scotland 15-13 Australia

    66. Scotland are trying too hard to force it now.

    Kinghorn wants to pull one out wide but there is too much wind on the pass and sails over Jamie Ritchie’s head.

    It was time for the try if they made that pass.

  • Scotland 15-13 Australia

    64. Scotland was the architect of her own downfall.

    A long kick from Kinghorn is misjudged by Tom Banks, touching the ball with his fingertips before it makes contact.

    Scotland wins the lane and tries to drive forward.

  • Scotland 15-13 Australia

    62. The Wallabies are right back.

    Foley as dependable as ever as he puts it over the post.

    Scotland’s indiscipline is beginning to cost them dearly.

  • Try – James Slipper (Australia)

  • Scotland 15-6 Australia

    60. The Wallabies must now take advantage of the extra man.

    You push forward, go through the phases.

    The ball is punctured but van der Merwe beats the two Australians.

    The referee withdraws it for an Australian penalty.

    Jack Dempsey is reported to come in for the Scots.

  • Scotland 15-6 Australia

    58. The replays showed Glen Young hitting McDermott with the biceps rather than the shoulder.

    That’s the only reason he was shown yellow instead of red.

    McDermott is replaced by Nick White.

    His head rattled at the contact, so a sensible move by Australia.

    Gorgeous mustache by White.

    Very ‘Gangs of New York’.

  • Yellow card – Glen Young (Scotland)

  • Scotland 15-6 Australia

    56. Another burst across the wing of Scotland.

    Great run from van der Merwe but Foley was good on the cover to deny the try.

    TMO now takes a look at the hit on van der Merwe.

  • Scotland 15-6 Australia

    54. Kinghorn kicks the penalty right through the post.

    Scotland now appear more focused on keeping more than one attempted convert away from their opposition.

    Pressure on the All Golds now.

  • Penalty – Blair Kinghorn (Scotland)

  • Scotland 12-6 Australia

    52. The Wallabies throw goes wide and Dave Cherry takes it.

    Scotland charge forward and switch play to the left.

    Australia are penalized and the referee speaks to the captain about Dixon and his indiscipline.

    Kinghorn relies on touch again.

  • Scotland 12-6 Australia

    50. Australia wins a penalty kick from a scrum on their own line.

    We didn’t see many clean scrums today.

    Foley kicks to touch the twenty-two.

  • Scotland 12-6 Australia

    48. The crowd really came alive when Kinghorn left for this car chase.

    Steve Clarke might check it out afterwards.

    Scotland kicks a penalty straight into the corner. Scotland 15-16 Australia Rugby LIVE REACTION: Aussie captain Slipper inspires opening Autumn International win


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