Australia vs Scotland rugby match on June 17th

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Australia vs Scotland rugby match on June 17th

Australia vs Scotland rugby match on June 17th

Venue

It is at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney.

The Wallabies

They make their way up from Melbourne to Fight Scotland on Saturday. The history between these 2 sides needs to be explained.

The Scottish hearts still carry wounds inflicted at the end of the controversial Rugby World Cup QF from 2 years ago.

We go forward 6 months & there is no Laidlaw. He earned a late call up to the British & Irish Lions squad & Vern Cotter is back to the Top 14.

Gregor Townsend will be in charge and is 1 of Scotland’s finest players ever. He rose to the top job on the back of Glasgow’s 2015 Celtic League title.

 

Scotland

The Warriors had a commendable attacking style of play during the title-winning season & there was evidence of that in Scotland’s win against Italy in Singapore last weekend.

On the other side, the Wallabies commence their Test season with an easy victory over Fiji. Their performance was not the best but enough to get the 37-14 result.  The performances of Adam Coleman & Israel Folau were the stars in the hat, but Folau it is about getting himself into the game & hitting holes & producing the finishes.

Team news

Australia

  1. Israel Folau
  2. Dane Haylett-Petty
  3. Tevita Kuridrani
  4. Karmichael Hunt
  5. Eto Nabuli
  6. Bernard Foley
  7. Will Genia
  8. Scott Higginbotham
  9. Michael Hooper
  10. Ned Hanigan
  11. Adam Coleman
  12. Sam Carter
  13. Allan Alaalatoa
  14. Tatafu Polota-Nau
  15. Tom Robinson.

Replacements

  1. Stephen Moore
  2. Scott Sio
  3. Sekope Kepu
  4. Rory Arnold
  5. Richard Hardwick
  6. Joe Powell
  7. Quade Cooper.

The Wallabies coach making just 1 change. Reds winger Eto Nabuli replaces injured Henry Speight. Sio is the lone change for Cheika’s reserves, with the Wallabies coach preferring a 5-3 split on the bench.

Australia vs Scotland rugby match on June 17th

Watch Australia vs Scotland rugby match on June 17th

Scotland

  1. Greig Tonks
  2. Lee Jones
  3. Rory Hughes
  4. Alex Dunbar
  5. Duncan Taylor
  6. Finn Russell
  7. Ali Price
  8. Ryan Wilson
  9. Hamish Watson
  10. John Barclay
  11. Jonny Gray
  12. Ben Toolis
  13. Zander Fagerson
  14. Fraser Brown
  15. Gordon Reid.

Replacements

  1. Ross Ford
  2. Allan Dell
  3. Willem Nel
  4. Tim Swinson
  5. Josh Strauss
  6. Henry Pyrgos
  7. Ruaridh Jackson
  8. Matt Scott.

Townsend has made 8 changes to the side that defeated Italy last weekend. Up front, Ryan Wilson starts at No.8 and Gordon Reid, Fraser Brown & Zander Fagerson form the all-new front-row. In the backs, Duncan Taylor move from fullback to left wing and Greig Tonks starting in the No.15 jersey.

Key stats

– The past 5 Tests between Australia & Scotland have been decided by 6 points or less, with just 1 point separating the sides in their most recent 2 meetings.

– Fly-halves Bernard Foley & Finn Russell has great outings last week, both recording 2 try-assists.

Weather

50% chance of showers on Saturday afternoon. A top of 19 is expected with light winds increasing moving into the day.

Wallabies are back to winning mode with a scratchy win over Fiji. They have won 3 of their past 4 matches against the Scots.

Verdict

A tight contest can be on the cards. This will be a challenging test for the Walllabies with Scotland now a far more potent side. In 2017, at the Six Nations, Scotland beat Wales & Ireland plus thumping Italy but narrowly missed the win at Paris.

Australia has the better attacking threat. If the Wallabies are given a solid set-piece & forward platform, Bernard Foley must pull the strings behind it.

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