Not a fortnight Australia will want to remember in a hurry. After last weekend’s fiasco at Twickenham, the trip to Scotland should’ve provided the Wallabies with a chance to turn things around. Not a chance…
Scotland, who were so close to beaten New Zealand last weekend, came into the match full of confidence.
Australia, reeling after last week’s match, had started well, even after Scotland took the lead through McGuigan, they got back into the match with a double from Kuridrani to put them ahead.
But like last week, Australia were about to be beset with more disciplinary trouble when prop Sekope Kepu was sent off for a shoulder charge to Hamish Watson.
Scotland soon turned the deficit to their advantage with Price going over and Scotland into a half-time lead 17-12.
Australia fought back well at the start of the second half with Beale drawing parity for his country by going over.
But that was the last straw for Australia, who having watched Maitland chase down from the halfway line for a try, seemed to succumb to Scottish power, as Genia and Jones and Maitland again went over at Murrayfield.
To make matters worse on a day Australia would wish to forget, Beale was sin-binned towards the end for deliberately putting the ball out of play as Australia crashed to 53-24 to an inspired Scotland, who will look to take this form into next year’s 6 Nations Championship.
Elsewhere, England finished their programme with a 48-14 win over at Twickenham, with a laboured performance to make it 3 wins out of 3 for Eddie Jones team.
New Zealand came through a sticky start to beat Wales 33-18 in Cardiff, as like Scotland last week, Wales were in with a chance at one point 12-11 down at the break to beat the All Blacks.
Ireland also had a successful trio of wins by beating Fiji and then South Africa they finished with a 29-19 win over Argentina.