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  1. FT: Australia 19-24 Scotland
  2. Watson scores fantastic third try for Scotland
  3. Genia squeezes through for Aussie's third try
  4. Ford on for his 109th cap, equalling Scottish record
  5. Two first-half tries for Wallabies' full-back Folau
  6. Russell charges down to score Scots' second try
  7. Taylor breaks clear for first try of the game

Live Reporting

By Andy Burke

All times stated are UK

Townsend's team on the rise

FT: Australia 19-24 Scotland

A famous win in Sydney for Scotland as the Gregor Townsend era continues to build towards something special.

Finn Russell was again the standout performer, and he crossed the whitewash along with Duncan Taylor in the first half, only to be pegged back by two Israel Folau touchdowns.

Will Genia's try put the Wallabies in front after the break, but an extraordinary Hamish Watson try, finishing off a sweeping move, gave the Scots an advantage they would not surrender.

Some phenomenal defending saw the Scots over the line for a win that moves them up to an all-time high position of fourth in the world rankings.

They round off their summer tour against Fiji in Suva next weekend. Join us for that but right now go and join my colleague Alex Bysouth for live text coverage of the Maori All Blacks v the British & Irish Lions.

Thanks for your company and contributions.

All the best.

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'A deserved win'

FT: Australia 19-24 Scotland

Peter Wright

Former Scotland prop on BBC Radio Scotland

"Hamish Watson's try will go down as one of the great Scottish tries. The occasion, the amount of phases they kept the ball alive for, the movement about the pitch, the players involved against one of the best teams in the world. Absolutely fantastic try.

"It's a thoroughly deserved victory."

Sydney stunned

FT: Australia 19-24 Scotland

Tom English

BBC Scotland chief sports writer at Allianz Stadium, Sydney

You'll go a long way to find a more courageous performance than that. Utterly heroic.

Some opportunistic rugby, some dead-eye finishing and a whole lot of immense defence. Stunning and deserved.

A joy to witness it in a pretty stunned Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

Scotland rise to fourth in the world

FT: Australia 19-24 Scotland

Let's try and catch a breath, shall we?

What an incredible win for Gregor Townsend's Scotland side in Sydney. We learned earlier today that Finn Russell is heading for New Zealand to join us with the British & Irish Lions squad, and if Warren Gatland was watching his performance here then he may not be merely a fixture in the midweek side as has been suggested. The fly-half was sensational throughout.

He was not alone, with John Barclay, Hamish Watson and Duncan Taylor among many players to produce outstanding displays.

This result moves Scotland up to fourth in the world rankings, their highest ever position.

Exciting times.


FT: Australia 19-24 Scotland

Scotland hold on for a famous win.

The Wallabies looked for all the world like they were about to inflict yet more late misery on Scotland when Tevita Kuridrani crashed through the midfield but Michael Hooper was penalised for failing to release on the floor.

Finn Russell kicks the ball into touch and the Scotland players go wild.

Incredibly that is back-to-back wins for the Scots in Australia.


Australia 19-24 Scotland

Wallabies are awarded a penalty eight seconds from the end.

They kick to the corner......

Heroic defence

Australia 19-24 Scotland

Michael Hooper slices through in the loose and Scotland are back-peddling.

Australia look ready to breakthrough but John Barclay and Allan Dell combine to force a brilliant turnover and are awarded the penalty.

Scotland are a minute away from a famous win.

Scots minutes from glory

Australia 19-24 Scotland

Henry Pyrgos, onm for Ali Price, feeds the ball into the scrum. Josh Strauss picks up from the base and takes the ball into contact. The ball is fed back to Finn Russell who clears his lines.

The Aussies claim the line-out but a brilliant turnover allows Greig Tonks to clear.

But here come the Wallabies again.....

Into the last five minutes...

Australia 19-24 Scotland

Scotland just can not get out of their own 22 at the moment.

The Wallabies have a line-out on the 5m line but it's messy and the knock on to give the Scots a scrum on their own 5m line.

Huge scrum.....

Wallabies pressing hard

Australia 19-24 Scotland

All the play is in Scotland territory now.

The ball goes wide to Israel Folau on the left touchline but he is tackled well by Alex Dunbar.

The Aussies come again but just when they look to have worked some space out wide a pass is fired into touch and the Scots breathe again.

Tim Swinson replaces Ben Toolis in the second row.

Tatafu Polota-Nau breaks for Australia
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Australia are knocking on the door...

Scotland hanging on

Australia 19-24 Scotland

Again the Aussies come back strong with some brilliant handling from Israel Folau and Tevita Kuridrani taking them to the brink of the line.

Will Genia is stopped just short. The ball is whipped wide to Folau but he is denied by a magnificent last-ditch tackle from Russell.

Play is brought back for a penalty but from that Scotland hold the ball up in the tackle and it's a scrum to the Scots.

Outstanding defence.

Can Scotland hold on?

Australia 19-24 Scotland

After heartbreaking single-point losses in their last two meetings with Australia, no Scotland fan will be thinking this is job done.

The Scots are playing very well though, none more so than Finn Russell who has been at his electric best. He sells a dummy in midfield and pops a pass to John Barclay who crashes through into wide open space but just as the Scotland captain is licking his lips for a run to the try-line he is pulled back by the referee.

The replay shows the pass from Russell was forward.

Australia 19-24 Scotland

Peter Wright

Former Scotland prop on BBC Radio Scotland

That's the way the game should be played. Good lines, good skills and accuracy under pressure.

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Hamish Watson

What. A. Try.

If you thought Scotland's try against Italy last weekend was special then this was something else.

The Scots run from deep in their own territory and Finn Russell makes a break. The ball is kept alive through Alex Dunbar and Lee Jones before Greig Tonks feeds Duncan Taylor and the Saracens man shows great composure to draw his man and put Hamish Watson in for the score.

A truly exceptional try. Russell converts and Scotland lead by five.

Australia 19-17 Scotland

Peter Wright

Former Scotland prop on BBC Radio Scotland

It's a thoroughly deserved lead. Since the opening minutes of the second half it's really been all Australia. It's 8-2 against Scotland in the last 10 penalties, which tells the story


Australia 19-17 Scotland

Josh Strauss comes on to replace Ryan Wilson at number eight for Scotland and the big bearded man immediately makes his mark with a crunching tackle.

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Will Genia

The pressure from Australia is relentless and the Scots can't hold on.

Several Wallabies have a crack at the line and Scotland do superbly well to keep out Michael Hooper and Tevita Kuridrani, but they simply run out of defenders and Will Genia dives over from a yard for his 11th international try.

Foley converts to put Australia ahead for the first time in the match.

Momentum swings

Australia 12-17 Scotland

There is plenty of action in the midfield with both sides carrying hard and punching some holes, but both sides are struggling to build any real pressure through a combination of handling errors and penalties.

The Aussies get on the front foot and progress into the Scottish 22 but as Israel Folau comes into the line in search of a hat-trick try he spills the ball forward.

Gregor Townsend will be happy with the pressure his side have applied in defence which he will feel has forced many of these handling errors from the Wallabies.

Greig Tonks in action for Scotland
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No scores yet in the second half...

Landmark for Ford

Australia 12-17 Scotland

Ross Ford is off the bench to replace Fraser Brown. It's a landmark 109th cap for the hooker as he equals Chris Paterson's appearance record for the national team.

He scored two tries last weekend. How Gregor Townsend would love him to maintain his scoring form today.

Hooper hammers Russell

Australia 12-17 Scotland

Michael Hooper appears to be a little fortunate to get away with a late hit on Finn Russell after the Scotland 10 puts boot to ball.

Russell looks daggers at the Australian number seven, who responds with a Cristiano Ronaldo-style wink.

Ryan Wilson is back on after 10 minutes in the bin.

Foley foiled

Australia 12-17 Scotland

Bernard Foley, back on the field after a spell in the sin bin, sucks in Scottish defenders near the try-line and looks to offload to Karmichael Hunt but he looses the ball forward.

From the scrum Ali Price makes a few metres and the Aussies infringe at the breakdown to allow the Scots to kick upfield for the line-out.

Injury worries

Australia 12-17 Scotland

Matt Scott is on for Rory Hughes after that eye injury for the wing.

Worryingly for Scotland and the Lions, the cut to the cheek Finn Russell picked up against Italy has reopened and blood is running down his face.

Hamish Watson suffered a blow to the head while competing on the ground for a loose ball but he seems fine to continue.

Chance lost

Australia 12-17 Scotland

Scotland put together several phases inside the Australian 22 with good carries from John Barclay, Alex Dunbar and Duncan Taylor. Finn Russell tries a little grubber kick but Will Genia is across to cover.


Australia 12-17 Scotland

From the restart Rory Hughes jumps to compete for the ball but he takes a finger in the eye and is down to receive treatment.


Australia 12-17 Scotland

Finn Russell gets the second-half under way.

HALF-TIME Australia 12-17 Scotland

That was an entertaining first-half of international rugby. Not perfect by any means but an intriguing match.

Scotland have crossed the whitewash twice through Duncan Taylor and Finn Russell, but the Wallabies have responded with a brace of tries from Israel Folau.

The Scots will start the second-half with Ryan Wilson in the sin bin so they can expect the Australians to come at them hard after the break.

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Israel Folau

The Scots can't resist the pressure and the Aussies get their try with the last play of the half.

With the Scots short of numbers on the right-hand side, Bernard Foley aims a cross-field kick towards Israel Folau and it's a mismatch as the big full-back towers over opposite man Greig Tonks to gather and score.

Israel Folau celebrates his second try of the game
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Israel Folau celebrates his second try of the game


Ryan Wilson

Some slick handling in the Australian back-line cuts the Scots open and Ryan Wilson is left with no option but to kill the ball on his own line.

No surprise to see him sent to the bin.

Sloppy Wallabies

Australia 7-17 Scotland

Tom English

BBC Scotland chief sports writer at Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Huge psychological moment there as Scotland escape their own 22 without conceding. More and more of those little victories are required if the Scots to see this out.

What will encourage them - apart from the lead - is that Australia are not finding the space they normally find. They're being sloppy in possession, the Wallabies. A strange kind of hush inside the stadium

Brown turns on the burners

Australia 7-17 Scotland

Scotland break through the Australian defence again and it's a footrace to the line but unfortunately the man with the ball is hooker Fraser Brown.

He is caught and when he tries to offload to the supporting Hamish Watson the ball is lost forward.

Huge amount of handling errors in this match, though that was a great break from Brown.

Holding firm

Australia 7-17 Scotland

As you would expect from an Australian side the Wallabies come back strong and start battering at the Scottish line.

They force a line-out on the Scottish 5m line but they lose the ball forward from the rolling maul and the Scottish boys roar their approval after surviving that onslaught.

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Finn Russell

Will Genia takes an age to take his clearance kick from deep in Australian territory. Finn Russell is on the scrum-half and charges the kick down, gathers the ball and is over under the sticks.

Russell converts and Scotland lead by 10 again.

Not a bad way to mark a Lions call-up, eh?

Finn Russell touches down Scotland's second try
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Russell takes advantage of more Australian sloppiness to score Scotland's second try


Bernard Foley

We said the battle of the 10s would be important and so it is proving.

After a period of Australian pressure Finn Russell gets his hands on the ball and breaks out. He kicks ahead into space and is then taken out late by his opposite man Bernard Foley.

It was late and he gets a deserved yellow card.

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Israel Folau

Well that didn't last long.

The response from the Wallabies is immediate and emphatic.

Will Genia feeds Bernard Foley on the Scotland 22m line and he whips a gorgeous long spin pass to Israel Folau arriving into the line like a freight train from full-back. Nobody is stopping the big man at full tilt and he breaks through to score.

Foley converts and Australia are back within three.

Scotland bossing it

Australia 0-10 Scotland

Tom English

BBC Scotland chief sports writer at Allianz Stadium

The Allianz Stadium has gone very quiet here. Scotland have completely bossed the opening 18 minutes of this game and now they have the points to show for it. Duncan Taylor nickname Screech - see BBC Scotland interview with Ryan Wilson for details - puts the Scots into a 10-0 lead.

Here come the Wallabies, but this is already an intriguing game

Finn Russell in action for Scotland
Scotland have made a very bright start in Sydney