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Summary

  1. Quarter-final result: Australia 35-34 Scotland
  2. Foley kicks last-minute penalty to secure Wallaby win
  3. Ashley-Cooper, Mitchell 2, Hooper, Kuridrani tries for Aus
  4. Horne, Seymour, Bennett tries, Laidlaw 5 pens, 2 cons for Sco
  5. Australia to play Argentina in the semi-finals

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By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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Australia 35-34 Scotland

The Aussie media have decided that today's close shave shows that their team's hope of lifting a third World Cup are toast unless they get David Pocock back in the XV sharpish.

"The fate of the Wallabies' World Cup chances now rest on the condition of David Pocock's calf," say the Sydney Morning Herald.

They go on. For Scotland. and the rest of the northern hemisphere contenders, the tournament ends here.

Still two mouth-watering semi-finals to look forward to.

See you there.

Beale tops Aussie stats

Kurtley Beale
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Has Kurtley Beale done enough to keep the full-back spot that he borrowed from an injured Israel Folau this afternoon?

Folau has been short of his best in the tournament so far and Beale made more metres (54) and carries (14)  than any other Australian.

Did the referee get it wrong?

LOTS of current and former players think so.

Why inept Joubert should never ref at this level again. #SCO you are all heroes! #AUSvSCO #RWC2015 rwc2015.kicca.com/g/v/DLXeICEncEf

So, if it had gone to TMO what would the ruling be? Was the ref correct anyway? #ScotlandvAustralia

Scotland on the wrong side of a really tight call there at the end. #AUSvSCO #RWC2015 rwc2015.kicca.com/g/v/35pV0ZNrW94

Stupid that the TMO can't tell Joubert he was wrong. I think Joubert must already be at Heathrow trying to get back to SA!

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Australia 35-34 Scotland

David Denton
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David Denton had a massive game in the loose for Scotland.

The number eight made 58 metres, 15 carries, two clean breaks and beat three defenders - all team-high totals. 

Heartbreaking

Brian O'Driscoll sums up the heartache for Scotland.

As bad we feel as Irishmen, being a Scotsman tonight... Heartbreaking for them! #Foleyballsofsteel

Australia 35-34 Scotland

Alasdair Dickinson
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Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson, speaking to BBC Sport: "I don't know what to say. It was a heartbreaking game. I honestly thought we had it until the last minute.

"We've not really discussed the referee's decision. It's still very raw. The decision's made and we have to live with it. We're gutted.

"We've laid a platform for the future. Everybody was writing us off for this game, and we felt we could win it. We probably should have edged it today. but it's a fine line in rugby."

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Shades of 1991 world cup QF victory over Ireland - Australia have got the nailbiter out of the way,free to win it all now #SCOvAUS #bbcrugby

#AUSvSCO now that was intense!! 💔 for scots. For sure best match of #RWC2015 #bbcrugby

Poor, poor #Sco. Deserved so much more. A wonderful performance in an epic match. This #RugbyWorldCup just keeps on delivering!! #bbcrugby

Australia 35-34 Scotland

John Beattie

Former Scotland international on BBC Radio 5 live

Craig Joubert
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"I think World Rugby have to tell us why the referee ran off the pitch. Was he being threatened by Scotland players? I don't think so. Was a bottle thrown at him? Well, that's one idiot in the crowd. If he ran off because he got the decision wrong, then that is a disgrace.

"We lost the game, but the referee was a numpty. When you're Scotland, it feels as if we're the little nation, and the big guys get the decisions. But I might be wrong."

Australia 35-34 Scotland

Bernard Foley
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Australia fly-half Bernard Foley, telling BBC Sport about his thoughts before kicking the winning points: "I think I was telling the team I owed them one after giving them the charge down earlier. I don't know if I've got ice-cool nerves. I'd rather not be kicking them right at the death.

"There is a lot of character in this side. Even when we were behind with five minutes to go, we knew we had a chance. But credit goes to Scotland. 

"I haven't seen the replay of the penalty incident. I just take it on the ref's call."

Semi-final line-up

After 44 matches, we have our final four and not a single northern hemisphere team in sight.

To think they shortened the Rugby Championship to make calendar space for this World Cup.

They could have played another round and handed out the Webb Ellis trophy there and then.

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After watching every minute of the QFs this weekend it's great to be reminded my rugby is hands down the best sport in the world #bbcrugby

Australia 35-34 Scotland

TMO can't be used to determine if a penalty should or shouldn't be given. Only for offences in build-up to try, foul play, or scoring of try

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Scotland, we know how you feel. Let's go for a drink. Love, Wales #AUSvSCO #BBCrugby

I've never watched a full rugby game before, but what a great match was that! #beautifulsport #humanspirit #bbcrugby

On the plus side - this years 6nations is going to be a cracker - great to see Scotland back as an attacking force! #bbcrugby #RWC2015

Australia 35-34 Scotland

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Scotland fly-half Greig Laidlaw, speaking to BBC Sport: "I don't know what to say. It's hard to take in that manner, to lose it at the death. We're gutted to lose and to lose in that manner.

"If there was any doubt, going to the TMO would have taken doubt away. But it's something we could have controlled from the line-out. It's the toughest defeat I've ever had to take.

"We've talked about moving the team forward, and I think we've done that."

'If anyone can understand it's the Welsh!'

Wales captain Sam Warburton offers some words of support, after Wales suffered similar heartache yesterday losing 23-19 to South Africa.

@StuartWHOGG_15 you boys be proud mate, played awesome. Gutted for you guys. If anyone can understand it's the Welsh! Congrats buddy

Australia 35-34 Scotland

It is worth remembering that Drew Mitchell is only able to score his two tries today after the Australian Rugby Union - under a bit of pressure from Michael Chieka - relaxed their ban on overseas-based players.

That paved the way for Mitchell and Matt Giteau's return to the side and their experience came to the fore in that nip-and-tuck quarter-final.

It is one thing for the All Blacks to only pick domestic-based players, but can the northern hemisphere sides continue their embargo? 

It's not gone well at this World Cup.

Australia 35-34 Scotland

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Australia wing Drew Mitchell: "I guess there's relief but also pride. We stuck in there and gave ourselves a chance to see it out. I feel for Scotland, it's a tough way to go out.

"There's a tremendous amount of belief in this squad. There were five minutes to go, and we knew if we could get up the other end, we'd have a chance.

On whether Australia's penalty should have been awarded: "Oh mate, that's for the referee to determine. It was about Bernard keeping his nerve to stick it over."

Australia 35-34 Scotland

Gavin Hastings

Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

"I've just about calmed down. You just feel so sad. Scotland worked so hard. Every time you thought the game was getting away from them, they found a way back. It's a tragedy for Scotland. It's a bit of a tragedy for rugby."

Australia 35-34 Scotland

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Referee Craig Joubert's call on Sean Maitland's yellow card earlier in the second half was as difficult to understand as the final penalty.

He ruled that Maitland's knock-on was deliberate.And that was with the help of the TMO.

Their decision seems to discount any possibility of a player every catching a ball with one hand.

Had that ball stuck to the Scotland wing's palm, he had a decent chance of an interception try.

That surely was in his mind, rather than a cynical slap-down.

Australia 35-34 Scotland

Matt Dawson

2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

Craig Joubert gives a penalty to Australia
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"I just get frustrated when games are decided by such decisions. I wish Vern Cotter could come out and say I'm angry. I also want some accountability. I want a quote from Craig Joubert or from World Rugby to explain themselves.

"The whole tournament has been incredible. I was hugging Gavin Hastings when Scotland scored a try. If that isn't an incredible moment, I don't know what is. There's no reason why the two semi-finals won't be great."

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Scotland's Gordon Reid at full-time
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Current and former players applaud the brave Scottish players.

Scotland the Brave #scotlandrugby #RWC2015 Epic performance, genuinely gutted for you.

Never a penalty never totally robbed totally robbed #beproud Scotland

How good were #SCO today.They battled all the way. #AUS get away with one. Great game of rugby. #RWC2015 #ItsYourCall

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I am crying for Scotland. And I dont even watch rugby. #bbcrugby

It’s always the hope that kills you. #RWC2015 #AsOne #BBCRugby

Scotland would lose heartbreakingly in the last minute at tiddlywinks. #bbcrugby

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Australia 35-34 Scotland

Gavin Hastings

Former Scotland full-back on BBC Radio 5 live

"If I see referee Craig Joubert again, I am going to tell him how disgusted I am. It was disgraceful that he ran straight off the pitch at the end like that.

"The referee is not expected to make the right decision all the time. That's what the TMO system is in place for. This is the quarter-final of a Rugby World Cup. This is the highest end of our sport and they have to get these decisions right."

Gutted!

Current and former rugby players show their disappointment at Scotland's last minute defeat.

Feel for Scotland. Fair play what an effort but Australia are showing the makings of champions winning at he death

@kellydrbrown @jimhamilton4 @StuartWHOGG_15 Awesome Scotland great fight👏🏽#RWC2015 #ScotlandvAustralia

Brave, very brave Scotland. Commiserations.

Australia 35-34 Scotland

Australia's players at full-time
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Australia coach Michael Cheika: "I think we were a little flat in the first half. But we got more line speed in the second half."

Asked if Australia should have been awarded their late penalty: "It's a penalty and that's the way it works. You've still got to kick it."

Australia 35-34 Scotland

Greg Laidlaw
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Greig Laidlaw tells ITV Sport that the referee should have gone upstairs to review the final penalty decision.

And, by golly, he should have.

It looks clearly like Nick Phipps - the Australia scrum-half- got the final touch on the ball before offside Scotland prop Jon Welsh instinctively grabbed it. 

That should have been an accidental offside and a scrum-down Australia.

Australia 35-34 Scotland

Scotland coach Vern Cotter: "It was a brave effort from our players. The guys played well with good heart and character. They put on a good performances.

"They didn't let go. They kept believing. They've take that with them."

Asked if Australia's final penalty should have gone to the TMO: "It might have been nice."

Australia 35-34 Scotland

Greg Laidlaw
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It is difficult to pick out the positives out of what must be a morgue of dressing room, but that performance was a vindication of Vern Cotter's ambitious and adventurous philosophy.

Scotland finished bottom of the Six Nations this year. They are a whole lot better than that. There is a very good team in there.

If his Clermont team are the template, he is worth sticking with.

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Move over Japan v South Africa, #SCOvAUS was the best match of the #RugbyWorldCup2015. Heartbreaking for the Scots #bbcrugby

#AUSvSCO what a game! Such a shame about the result, still an amazing performance by Scotland #bbcrugby #RWC2015 #SCO

Australia 35-34 Scotland

Australia's players at full-time
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Sport can be so brutally cruel.

Victory written off before kick-off, grasped with five minutes to go and then whipped away with two left.

The Scots look utterly empty. An emotional gut-punch on top of 80 minutes of Herculean effort.

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Penalty - Foley

Australia 35-34 Scotland

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Bernard Foley lands it. And Scotland have to hope for a fumble off the kick-off...

Australia 32-34 Scotland

Scotland offside! Agony!

Referee Craig Joubert awards the penalty Australia's way.

This is kickable. But Bernard Foley's nerves have been less than rock-solid.

Here we go...

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#bbcrugby Even if you're not a huge rugby fan, if you aren't enjoying this game there's something wrong with you. This has been brilliant.

Desperately looking for genuine Scottish relatives. Being an inhabitant of one hemisphere over another seems a bit weak. #AUSvSCO #bbcrugby

I'm pretty sure I'm English but a primal roar just now indicates I might have some Scottish blood in me #AUSvSCO #RWC2015 #bbcrugby

Australia 32-34 Scotland

Australia lose a scrum
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Free-kick Scotland as the scrum slips and slides and referee Criag Joubert finds in their favour.

Finn Russell booms up into the Aussie half.

Australia 32-34 Scotland

Scotland fluff the restart collect, but then the Aussies knock on as they recover.

Suddenly this teeming rain is working in the Scot's favour.

Four minutes. Just four little minutes.