Australia v Scotland: preview

by staff


Aus 19 - Scotland 9 (28 matches)

AUS v SCO Last five

Aus 3 - Aus 2





1. Scott Sio

2. Stephen Moore (captain)

3. Sekope Kepu

4. Kane Douglas

5. Rob Simmons

6. Scott Fardy

7. Michael Hooper

8. Ben McCalman

9. Will Genia

10. Bernard Foley

11. Drew Mitchell

12. Matt Giteau

13. Tevita Kuridrani

14. Adam Ashley-Cooper

15. Kurtley Beale


16. Tatafu Polota-Nau

17. James Slipper

18. Greg Holmes

19. Dean Mumm

20. Sean McMahon

21. Nick Phipps

22. Matt Toomua

23. Quade Cooper


1. Alasdair Dickinson

2. Fraser Brown

3. WP Nel

4. Tim Swinson

5. Richie Gray

6. Blair Cowan

7. John Hardie

8. Dave Denton

9. Greig Laidlaw (captain)

10. Finn Russell

11. Tommy Seymour

12. Pete Horne

13. Mark Bennett

14. Sean Maitland

15. Stuart Hogg


16. Kevin Bryce

17. Gordon Reid

18. Jon Welsh

19. Alasdair Strokosch

20. Josh Strauss

21. Henry Pyrgos

22. Richie Vernon

23. Sean Lamont

Key Match Ups

Will Genia v Greig Laidlaw

Greig Laidlaw is Scotland’s captain, goal kicker and a very in-form halfback. His performances have been vital for thw Scots so far and that should prove the case again. His battle with Bernard Foley in the goal kicking ranks could prove pivotal but in general play it will be an enthralling battle against the number nines. Genia has been solid for the Wallabies and his combination with Foley continues to grow each game.

Scott Sio v WP Nel

Scott Sio has been one of the in-form props of the Rugby World Cup competition and this will be another challenge for the 23-year-old. The Wallabies scrum stood up under pressure against Wales and it was the weapon that helped knock England out of the World Cup. Scotland will be trying to limit the momentum the Wallabies can gain in attack so the scrum will be an important battleground.

Ben McCalman v David Denton

Australia will miss David Pocock on Sunday, that’s no revelation, but McCalman brings a different element to the side. He has been in superb form when he has played for the Wallabies and coach MIchael Cheika praised the back rower for covering the jobs of one-and-a-half men in a grinding effort against Wales. With Michael Hooper and Scott Fardy alongside him in the back row, this combination should still be a crucial one for Australia.

Adam Ashley-Cooper v Tommy Seymour

Scotland winger Tommy Seymour has scored a try in each of his past four Test matches nad his finishing skills will be a key area for the Wallabies to shut down. Adam Ashley-Cooper hasn’t scored a try in this World Cup, though his defensive efforts created the turning point in Australia’s final pool match.