Scotland vs Australia LIVE: Result, final score and reaction from Autumn International match today

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Scotland’s replacement hooker Ewan Ashman scored a try on his debut as they won the forward contest to defeat Australia 15-13 in a feisty autumn international clash at Murrayfield on Sunday.

Loose-forward Hamish Watson also crossed for a try, and flyhalf Finn Russell slotted one penalty and a conversion as the Scots kept up their winning run against Australia with a third successive victory.

Australia, who were beaten at the breakdown and in the scrum, managed a single try through loose-forward Rob Leota as prop Allan Alaalatoa also received a contested yellow card.

Russell landed the winning penalty after 69 minutes as the visitors were penalised at the scrum yet again, much to the delight of the home fans in the 65,700 crowd.

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Summary

Sunday 7 November 2021 16:27 , Lawrence Ostlere

Scotland’s replacement hooker Ewan Ashman scored a try on his debut as they won the forward contest to defeat Australia 15-13 in a feisty autumn international clash at Murrayfield on Sunday.

Loose-forward Hamish Watson also crossed for a try, and flyhalf Finn Russell slotted one penalty and a conversion as the Scots kept up their winning run against Australia with a third successive victory.

Australia, who were beaten at the breakdown and in the scrum, managed a single try through loose-forward Rob Leota as prop Allan Alaalatoa also received a contested yellow card.

Russell landed the winning penalty after 69 minutes as the visitors were penalised at the scrum yet again, much to the delight of the home fans in the 65,700 crowd.

FULL TIME: Scotland 15-13 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 16:18 , Jamie Braidwood

It wasn’t pretty - but Scotland won’t care as Murrayfield celebrates a big win over the Wallabies!

That was a grind for Scotland but the match-winning moment was a touch of class from the hooker Ewan Ashman.

Hamish Watson is awarded man of the match and his effort rather sums up Scotland’s overall display this afternoon.

FULL TIME: Scotland 15-13 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 16:16 , Jamie Braidwood

Scotland keep the ball at the line-out and the win is confirmed as Horne boots the ball into the Murrayfield stand!

Scotland 15-13 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 16:14 , Jamie Braidwood

79 mins: Penalty Scotland! With the ball on the halfway line, they draw the penalty as an Australian player comes into the side.

Russell kicks for touch and Australia will only have seconds remaining to advance the ball back into the Scotland half.

Scotland 15-13 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 16:13 , Jamie Braidwood

78 mins: Scotland concede a silly penalty - but O’Connor misses touch! Hogg then boots the ball back into the Australia half before Beale clears to halfway.

Scotland are almost there.

Scotland 15-13 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 16:12 , Jamie Braidwood

76 mins: Scotland get the turnover and break into space through Russell, who passes it onto Van der Merwe and then Hogg. They’ve advanced the ball into the Australia half, but that was a crucial strip from Jamie Bhatti earlier in the move.

Scotland 15-13 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 16:10 , Jamie Braidwood

75 mins: Australia turn the tide after their size advantage finally comes into play following some changes to their forward pack. They win the penalty and kick to touch in order to gain 25 yards or so of territory.

Scotland 15-13 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 16:09 , Jamie Braidwood

74 mins: It’s a Scottish scrum, rather, on the half-way line. These are tense moments and Poite is keen to ensure the scrum is properly set.

Scotland 15-13 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 16:07 , Jamie Braidwood

72 mins: Very cool from Russell, as he traps a deflected kick forward with the bottom of his boot, before off-loading to Van der Merwe as the pressure came.

Another couple of kicks follow, before the returning Kurtley Beale is swallowed up by a pack of Scottish defenders and the home side win a key penalty.

Scotland 15-13 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 16:05 , Jamie Braidwood

71 mins: Australia looked to threaten as they built up the phases, but their move breaks down as Scotland make a key interception. Russell kicks behind the Australia back-line, where Hooper collects. Australia then clear to halfway.

Scotland 15-13 Australia (Russell pen 69’)

Sunday 7 November 2021 16:02 , Jamie Braidwood

Solid from Russell, who finds the inside of the post from 40 yards or so as Scotland edge ahead once again.

Scotland 12-13 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 16:01 , Jamie Braidwood

68 mins: Scotland win a big penalty following a scrum on the halfway line, which took a few attempts to set. Russell thought about kicking for the corner but he’s going to go for goal.

Scotland 12-13 Australia (O’Connor pen 65’)

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:58 , Jamie Braidwood

Australia sneak back in front as O’Connor makes the kick from a central position.

15 minutes to go at Murrayfield and we’re set for a tight finish. You get the feeling that penalties could be crucial as we enter the closing stages.

Scotland 12-10 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:57 , Jamie Braidwood

64 mins: Australia build up the phases following a lineout in the Scotland half and win the penalty as Ritchie and Watson looked to win the turnover. O’Connor elects to kick at the posts.

Scotland 12-10 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:55 , Jamie Braidwood

62 mins: Kyle Steyn makes his first contribution immediately after coming on from the bench as he strips the ball from the an Australia ruck. Scotland fly forward as they work it right to Van der Merwe, who is growing in influence, but Australia win the penalty at the breakdown. They once again advance into the Scotland half.

TRY! Scotland 12-10 Australia (Ashman 59’)

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:48 , Jamie Braidwood

What an unbelievable finish from the hooker! Scotland retake the lead after converting the scrum from inside five metres. Van der Merwe was again the target, up the inside, before Scotland worked it out to the left wing where Ashman took up the charge. Under pressure from Perese, Ashman, with the finishing skills of a winger, dived for the corner and was able to plant the ball over the line as he was hauled out of bounds. It’s a clear score, confirmed by Poite after a quick review.

Russell can’t add the conversion from the touchline.

Scotland 7-10 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:47 , Jamie Braidwood

56 mins: Scotland keep the ball from the scrum and come away with a penalty advantage, as Van der Merwe once again takes up the charge. He goes for a wheeling run towards the line, but it met by a wall of gold shirts. Scotland go wide to the right but a loose touch from Hogg ends the attack.

It again goes back to the penalty - and Scotland will go for the scrum again.

Scotland 7-10 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:45 , Jamie Braidwood

55 mins: Scotland go back the other way and had a man over as Hogg had the ball in his hands on the right wing. With a penalty advantage, Hogg tries to flight the ball over winger Wright’s head, but he is able to read it and intercepts.

It goes back for the Scotland penalty - and they go for the scrum on the five-metre line.

Scotland 7-10 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:43 , Jamie Braidwood

54 mins: A beautiful kick from Russell over Wright’s head earns Scotland an attacking line-out. They work it out to the right by Van der Merwe’s storming run towards the corner is brought to an end following a crucial stop from Nic White. Scotland are still on the attack though, and are five metres out...

Scotland 7-10 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:41 , Jamie Braidwood

52 mins: Tom Wright concedes a needless penalty for pushing Hogg following a Australia kick to touch, as Scotland return to a promising position inside the Australia half.

Price thought he’d made the break but a big tackle from Paisami brings his attack to a halt before Australia clear.

Scotland 7-10 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:38 , Jamie Braidwood

50 mins: Scotland knock the ball on in midfield and that brings up another Australia scrum, which takes a couple of attempts to set.

Will Skelton then comes on for his first Australia appearance in five years.

Scotland 7-10 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:36 , Jamie Braidwood

48 mins: Close! Scotland almost hit straight back following the restart. Johnson finds a gap and makes a curving run towards the line, before teeing up Price. The scrum-half is quickly swallowed up, however, and Australia are able to recover. Perese makes an outstanding intervention and Australia are able to clear following a scrum on their five-metre line.

Scotland 7-10 Australia (O’Connor con 46’)

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:34 , Jamie Braidwood

O’Conner adds the conversion before Alaalatoa comes back onto the pitch as Australia return to full strength.

TRY! Scotland 7-8 Australia (Leota 45')

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:31 , Jamie Braidwood

Australia take the lead, despite playing with 14, after a brilliant scrum inside the Scotland 22. After a strong couple of carries, Rob Leota makes a fine cutting line inside and powers across as Scotland failed to recover.

Scotland 7-3 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:30 , Jamie Braidwood

43 mins: There’s a huge collision between Sam Johnson and the huge Taniela Tupou, who comes away worse off and is immediately replaced with obvious concussion symptoms.

Scotland were looking to work the ball wide following their scrum but it ends in frustration as Van der Merwe knocks it on to give Australia the scrum inside the Scotland half.

Scotland 7-3 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:27 , Jamie Braidwood

42 mins: Finn Russell finds a gap with a clever dummy and side-step, but the ball is immediately lost as he slipped it to his side. Australia looked to break but Graham got back well as the ball from switched to the wing, and Australia then knock it on to bring up the scrum.

Scotland 7-3 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:25 , Jamie Braidwood

41 mins: Scotland concede an early penalty from the restart, however, after Zander Fagerson goes in from the side at the ruck following Hogg’s deep kick downfield.

KICK OFF! Scotland 7-3 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:24 , Jamie Braidwood

We’re back underway for the second half - Scotland will have five or so minutes with a man advantage at the start of this half.

HALF TIME: Scotland 7-3 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:20 , Jamie Braidwood

Here’s the moment that got Murrayfield on its feet midway through the first half. It way a key decision from Scotland to go again to the corner and two previous attempts to push for the line had come up short.

HALF TIME: Scotland 7-3 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:11 , Jamie Braidwood

Scotland lead at the break, but it feels like there’s plenty more to come in this contest. But sides are still looking to find their attacking spark, following a half that was rather dominated by the two defences.

Hamish Watson’s try from a powerful Scotland line-out is the difference at the break, and Australia will start the second half with 14 men following Allan Alaalatoa’s yellow card - which in turn saw Michael Hooper’s score ruled out.

Scotland 7-3 Australia (O’Connor pen 39’)

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:08 , Jamie Braidwood

Australia get on the board after Scotland concede a penalty immediately after the restart. O’Connor atones for his earlier miss by finding the middle of the posts - but it comes for the cost for Australia as Jordan Petaia has been forced off with what looks to be a head injury sustained in winning the penalty. Izaia Perese replaces him to win his first Wallabies cap.

YELLOW CARD! Scotland 7-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 15:05 , Jamie Braidwood

No try and yellow card! Alaalatoa is sent to the bin after Poite decides his contact on Fagerson was significant enough to not only rule out the try but also to reduce Australia to 14 men temporarily.

What a huge swing that could be. Hooper pleads with the referee but the French official is adamant.

TRY! Scotland 7-5 Australia (Hooper 36’)

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:59 , Jamie Braidwood

Australia hit back through the captain, who stretches an arm over the try-line from under the posts after the Wallabies work the ball well from the line-out.

But hang on, the try is being checked as Allan Alaalatoa seems to have caught Matt Fagerson’s face with a swinging arm when clearing out the ruck shortly before Hooper crossed over.

Scotland 7-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:59 , Jamie Braidwood

35 mins: But back Australia come. They win a penalty in midfield following the latest line-out, and O’Connor is able to land the ball into the corner to set up the line-out in a promising position.

Scotland 7-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:57 , Jamie Braidwood

34 mins: Ikitau lands a gem of a kick over Graham’s head and gets it to run into the corner. But Scotland do well from the line-out, as Russell kicks clear to relieve the pressure.

Scotland 7-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:55 , Jamie Braidwood

32 mins: Australia thought they had a chance after advancing the ball forward from the line-out, but Paisami is penalised for an infringement in the ruck and Scotland clear down the field.

Scotland 7-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:54 , Jamie Braidwood

30 mins: Australia open up the field as they move from left to right, before O’Connor kicks a ball through to the corner. Graham, under pressure from the advancing Australia shirts, does well to scamper back and gather the ball, before Scotland are able to clear.

Scotland 7-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:52 , Jamie Braidwood

29 mins: Scotland go long from the line-out and look to build from the middle of the pitch, but Hooper steals in at the breakdown to turn the ball over. Australia then kick for touch and advance back into the Scotland half.

Scotland 7-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:51 , Jamie Braidwood

28 mins: Scotland work the ball from left to right and Graham makes a break around the outside, before chipping the ball towards the line. He gets caught up with Wright, accidentally, as Kellaway calls for the check before clearing for touch.

Scotland 7-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:50 , Jamie Braidwood

25 mins: Australia win a scrum following the restart as Price knocks on while trying to intercept an off-load from Petaia to O’Connor. Scotland win the penalty from the scrum, however, in another big moment for the Scottish pack. Russell kicks for touch and Scotland get another promising position inside the Australia half.

Scotland 7-0 Australia (Russell con 23’)

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:46 , Jamie Braidwood

Romain Poite is happy with it, and the try stands! Russell has a testing kick from the left touch-line, but he splits the posts to add an extra two points.

Scotland get the reward for trusting their line-out.

TRY! Scotland 5-0 Australia (Watson 22’)

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:42 , Jamie Braidwood

Scotland find Ritchie from the line-out before they lay it back to Watson, who leads the charging maul to the line. Scotland overwhelm the Australia defence to power over, and take the lead!

This is being checked, however.

Scotland 0-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:42 , Jamie Braidwood

21 mins: Scotland keep the ball from the line-out and have a penalty advantage, but nothing comes of it. It goes back to the penalty and Russell again for the corner.

Scotland 0-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:41 , Jamie Braidwood

19 mins: After an exchange of kicks, Russell carries the ball into two tackling Australia players before flipping another clever off-load to his forward. Hooper is then penalised for being offside, and Scotland again kick for touch in the corner. Another promising position for the Scots.

Scotland 0-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:38 , Jamie Braidwood

18 mins: Huge stand from Scotland! Australia retain possession from the scrum and set up the push from five metres. Paisami leads the charge and takes it to within two metres, but Hamish Watson does what he does best and steals in to win the ball at the breakdown and in turn the Scotland penalty. Scotland are then able to clear for touch at the halfway line to relieve the pressure.

Scotland 0-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:36 , Jamie Braidwood

17 mins: Wow, from one end straight to the other! Scotland were in try-scoring position with the line-out in the corner. But the hosts lost possession and Australia were able to launch the counter. The Wallabies kick for the try-line and Hogg frantically sweeps up under excellent pressure from Jordan Petaia. The Australia winger tackles Hogg behind the line - bringing up an Australian scrum on the five-metre line.

Scotland 0-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:34 , Jamie Braidwood

15 mins: Scotland stand strong and win the penalty advantage - suddenly space opens up as Scotland break down the left wing, with Hogg, Price and Van der Merwe exchanging quick passes following a brilliant run from the Scotland captain.

Scotland then win the penalty as Australia desperately try to recover, and they kick for touch.

Scotland 0-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:32 , Jamie Braidwood

12 mins: Opportunity for Australia as they win a penalty from a scrum on the halfway line - they work the ball into space on the left but Scotland were able to recover and force Australia back inside. The move breaks down after a loose pass goes forward and brings up another scrum.

Scotland 0-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:31 , Jamie Braidwood

11 mins: Close! Graham’s pass inside his own half is almost intercepted by Ikitau, but the outside centre is unable to gather the ball. The play is then brought back for an earlier infringement.

Scotland are forced into an early change as Turner is replaced by Ewan Ashman.

Scotland 0-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:28 , Jamie Braidwood

10 mins: Australia are penalised after a coming together in the middle of the pitch. Darcy Graham goes for the quick touch-and-go, but is soon swallowed up by the Australia pack. The move breaks down as Hogg tries to stab the ball through the Australia line, but the Wallabies regain possession.

Scotland 0-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:27 , Jamie Braidwood

8 mins: Scotland kick for touch, before the hosts try to execute a short line-out. The return pass to George Turner goes forward, however, and leads to the second scrum of the afternoon. Australia come away with the ball this time.

Scotland 0-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:25 , Jamie Braidwood

7 mins: Australia are able to put the pressure on Scotland immediately from the restart, as they win another penalty on the 22. The Wallabies go for the scrum, but Scotland win the penalty after it collapses.

Scotland 0-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:23 , Jamie Braidwood

5 mins: The first penalty of the day goes Australia’s way after Sam Skinner comes into a ruck from the side. Good pressure from the Wallabies, there, to force the error in the Scotland half.

Australia choose to go for the posts but James O’Connor shanks the kick wide from a relatively straight-forward position.

Scotland 0-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:20 , Jamie Braidwood

2 mins: Russell’s second kick of the match is much, much better, however. After a cheeky off-load, he finds the corner with a booming kick down the touchline. The full-back Kellaway does well to keep it in, but his kick only makes it to half-way and Scotland can gain some territory.

Scotland 0-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:19 , Jamie Braidwood

1 min: Yikes, almost a horror start for Scotland as Finn Russell’s kick from inside his 22 is charged down - but Scotland are able to regain possession after gathering the loose ball.

KICK-OFF! Scotland 0-0 Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:17 , Jamie Braidwood

Scotland vs Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:17 , Jamie Braidwood

Stirring stuff at Murrayfield as a rendition of ‘Flower of Scotland’ rings out by a full crowd for the first time in almost two years. There’s a cracking atmosphere inside the stadium and perfect conditions for this Autumn International fixture.

Scotland vs Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:11 , Jamie Braidwood

Michael Hooper leads the Wallabies out onto the field at Murrayfield, before the sell-out home crowd roars the hosts as they make their way out into the crisp Edinburgh air.

It’s been 20 months since Scotland last played in front of a full Murrayfield, and we’re all set for what should be a great clash of two entertaining teams.

Kick off is moments away. Time for the anthems.

Scotland vs Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:05 , Jamie Braidwood

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend, speaking to Amazon Prime Video:

“It’s a big challenge. They’ve won five games in a row, beat the world champions twice and they play a brand of rugby not too dissimilar to ours. It’s a good match-up for the spectators.

“We know that we’ve got to be alert to them moving the ball at pace, but also the pack. They showed against the Springboks that they have a very strong pack and with players like Will Skelton and [Taniela] Tupou on the bench, they’re a formidable outfit.”

Scotland vs Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 14:00 , Jamie Braidwood

Australia head coach Dave Rennie, speaking to Amazon Prime Video:

“We’ve improved but we know there’s a lot more in us. We know the challenge we face in Europe. Scotland had a really good Six Nations and we are mindful of that.

“We’re good. We’ve been together for a long time. Obviously we had three defections from a Japanese perspective but we’ve brought in a couple of guys from France and they will add another dimension to us as well. We’re in a good place.

“Scotland have a good pack and if they can get you in the right area of the field they are very patient and they will go multi-phase. They've got a back-line who can spark from anywhere and I’ve coached a number of those boys, so we’re aware of their threat. We will have to defend very well.”

Scotland vs Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 13:53 , Jamie Braidwood

Michael Hooper leads an Australia side who are full of confidence following a run of five consecutive wins, but the Wallabies are without a trio of star names who were crucial to their recent form. Quade Cooper, Samu Kerevi and Sean McMahon have all returned to their clubs in Japan, leading to recalls for the likes of Rory Arnold, Will Skelton and Kurtley Beale. Andrew Kellaway makes his first start at full-back, while James O’Connor makes his first start of the year at fly-half.

Australia: Andrew Kellaway, Tom Wright, Len Ikitau, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, James O’Connor, Nic White; Rob Valetini, Michael Hooper (captain), Rob Leota, Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalatoa, Folau Fainga’a, James Slipper.

Replacements: Connal McInerney, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Will Skelton, Pete Samu, Tate McDermott, Kurtley Beale, Izaia Perese

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(Getty Images)

Scotland vs Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 13:42 , Jamie Braidwood

Scotland captain Stuart Hogg has urged his team-mates to build on impressive away wins at England and France in the Six Nations earlier this year and claim another scalp against Australia this afternoon.

“To be the best team in the world, you’ve got to beat the best and Australia are right up there,” Hogg said.

“It’s not every year you get the opportunity of playing these southern hemisphere teams. The last time I played against Australia was in 2016, so it doesn’t come around all the time.

“We like to challenge ourselves against the best teams. It’s going to be a hugely physical encounter for us.”

“We’ve played some really good rugby over the last couple of years and we’re growing in confidence at every opportunity we get. We need to continue and learn what it takes to be the best. It’s a hugely exciting time for us.”

Scotland vs Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 13:34 , Jamie Braidwood

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend, ahead of his side’s match against Australia:

“While there were several positives to take from the win against Tonga we face a very different opponent in Australia this week.

“They are coming into this fixture clearly off the back of good results and full of confidence, so we will need to bring focus, accuracy and aggression for the full 80 minutes.

“We have been able to select an experienced team with the availability of our players outside of Scotland and aim to use the remaining Autumn Nations Series fixtures to build our game through improving week on week.”

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend (Action Images)
Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend (Action Images)

How to watch Scotland vs Australia online and on TV today

Sunday 7 November 2021 13:27 , Jamie Braidwood

Scotland host Australia in an Autumn Internationals fixture at Murrayfield this afternoon, in what is the first meeting of the countries in almost four years.

Gregor Townsends’s team secured back-to-back wins over Australia in both Sydney and Edinburgh back in 2017, but the sides have not played each other since.

Scotland defeated Tonga at Murrayfield last weekend as the hosts returned to action, while Australia are coming off a victory over Japan two weeks ago.

Dave Rennie’s side also finished second in the recent Rugby Championship after beating world champions South Africa and Argentina home and away, but losing out to eventual winners New Zealand in both matches.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match this afternoon.

How to watch Scotland vs Australia online and on TV today

Scotland vs Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 13:25 , Jamie Braidwood

Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has selected an experienced side to play Australia, with only one change in the starting XV from the team which ended the 2021 Six Nations with victory over France in Paris in March.

Edinburgh loosehead prop Pierre Schoeman – who made his debut in the 60-14 win over Tonga last weekend – earns his second cap after injury ruled out Rory Sutherland, the only member of the team from Paris who does not feature this time.

Townsend has selected all the available Scottish British and Irish Lions contingent, which sees Stuart Hogg return to captain the team at full-back. Hogg is joined in the back three by Duhan van der Merwe, while other Lions Ali Price and Finn Russell continue their half-back partnership and Matt Fagerson starts at number eight.

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Scotland vs Australia

Sunday 7 November 2021 13:16 , Jamie Braidwood

Scotland host Australia this afternoon as the weekend’s autumn internationals action comes to a close at Murrayfield. Gregor Townsend’s side opened their autumn series with a comprehensive 10-try victory over Tonga last weekend, but the Scotland head coach has been boosted by the returning captain Stuart Hogg and star fly-half Finn Russell for the visit of the Wallabies. Townsend has named a strong and experienced side, including 14 of the 15 players who played in Scotland’s win in Paris earlier this year in the final fixture of their Six Nations campaign.

Dave Rennie’s Australia side are on a winning run of five matches, which includes back-to-back victories over world champions South Africa in the recent rugby championship. The Wallabies tasted defeat on their last visit to the Scottish capital, however, in a 53-24 defeat in 2017 that followed another Scotland win in Sydney earlier that summer. The visitors have named Kurtley Beale on their bench, with the powerful back set to make his first Wallabies appearance since the Rugby World Cup in 2019. Australia are coming off a victory over Japan two weeks ago and face clashes against both England and Wales in the coming weeks.

Follow for live build up ahead of this afternoon’s clash.

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