Watson targets final flourish as clean sweep beckons for Scotland

Watson targets final flourish as clean sweep beckons for Scotland

The Australians gave away two tries and could not make up the leeway despite dominating territory and possession to go down 24-19 to the resilient Scots in Sydney yesterday.

The Wallabies were stunned 24-19 in Sydney by a determined Scottish outfit which has left coach Michael Cheika’s June campaign in shambles.

“We didn’t do that yesterday and I think the players are feeling that moment a little bit”.

After trailing for the first 57 minutes of the match, the Wallabies hit the lead when Bernard Foley converted a Will Genia try on the back of some unrelenting front-foot play.

Even after the full-time siren sounded Australia charged at Scotland and looked like snaring another miraculous victory but a sensational turnover from the northern hemisphere side – their second in two minutes camped on their own line – sealed the win.

“The last 15 minutes are fresh in the mind and they required huge effort because the Wallabies had a lot of possession”, Townsend said.

“His work rate has been excellent and his attitude towards his work – for his first two games in Test footy is exactly what we should be targeting as a whole pack all the time – that kind of intent”, Cheika said of Hanigan.

“I’m really proud of the effort the players put in”, said Scotland coach Gregor Townsend.

“A lot is about what happens when you have not got the ball”, he added.

British and Irish Lions call-up Finn Russell signed off from Scotland duties with 11 points from a try and three conversions, as Duncan Taylor and Hamish Watson also touched down.

It was also something of a personal triumph for Watson, who has broken into the Scotland side only in the a year ago. It is nice to close out one.

The teams scored three tries each, but the boot of Finn Russell – who scored 14 points with a try, three conversion and a penalty – proved the difference.

“We have to get our game up to scratch”.

Ireland scored seven tries to overpower Japan 50-22 on Saturday in a Test featuring two teams that will meet in the group stage of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Both sides were happy to run the ball but neither could make much headway when they did with their defences very much on top – though there was nothing the home side could do when a poor pass from scrum-half Genia was knocked straight into the hands of Scotland centre Taylor for a simple run-in. “We’ll have to tighten up our defence and play a bit better kicking game as well”.

Man of the match: Bernard Foley was not flawless, but directed the Wallaby show adequately.

Andrew Conway was sent off for a high tackle in the 51st minute, and Ryuji Noguchi crossed over for Japan’s first try on the hour mark to cut the lead to 38-10.

“It’s pretty straightforward. Like, he’s one of the best in the air if you kick him over the ball”.

From the ensuing lineout, Foley put in a flawless cross-field kick to Folau, who in trademark style rose off the ground like a rocket and took a brilliant AFL-style catch over Tonks to score his second.

New Zealand won the title after thumping England 64-17 in the final, while South Africa beat France 37-15 in the third-place match.

“Fiji in Fiji is not going to be an easy test”, he accepted.