Cheika vows changes to bumbling Wallabies

Doug Mendoza
June 18, 2017

Russell, who along with team-mate Allan Dell has been called up to the British and Irish Lions squad, added the extras to each touchdown with Greig Tonks' early penalty the other Scottish score.

The second half was a bit of a scratchy start from the Wallabies with a few things not going their way - lineout overthrows in particular - not helping despite having the majority of the ball in the Scotland half.

While there were highlights for the Wallabies, including Israel Folau's spectacular mark to score his try in the first half, the hosts let themselves down with their skill execution and an inability to make the most of their possession domination.

Will Genia and Hamish Watson traded scores either side of the hour mark but it was the Scottish one that would prove decisive as John Barclay's team gave Gregor Townsend a flawless welcome to his new job as coach in just his second game.

Ross Ford came off the bench for his 109th cap for Scotland to equal Chris Paterson's appearance record.

Scotland opened the scoring with a long-range penalty to fullback Greg Tonks after just three minutes.

In the second half the Wallabies got their noses in front for the first time but Scotland snatched back the lead nearly immediately and then left it up to their defence and hang on.

It also showed Cheika what Folau can offer the Wallabies the more his teammates get ball to the dual global - however they can. The threat of a Genia break sucked in the visiting defence and a long pass to full-back Folau gave him an easy run-in and Foley landed the conversion. The conversion restored Scotland's 10-point lead.

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Ryan Wilson was sent to the sin bin for Scotland just before half-time and Folau managed to produce some magic prior to the interval.

Just two days after parading in front of an ice statue - to signify that he is the "Iceman" of the Wallabies - Foley did set up two tries but was shown a yellow card in a below-par showing.

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.

Foley converted to give the Wallabies the lead at 19-17. With Foley converting, Australia had taken the lead for the first time as the match entered its final quarter.

"When we carry back through our rucks, we need to be more urgent to get the game going more in attack to get them on the back foot".

"However, I was feeling that we were starting to get some really good pressure built on them with the amount of time we were spending in their 22, and even in their 40, and I was waiting on a try to happen".

"It's really a proud day for us all", said coach Gregor Townsend, who has now won his first two games in charge after last week's 34-13 victory over Italy in Singapore.

"I thought the finishing team did better, much better than they did in the Fiji game", Cheika said. "You can not deny the fact that we've been on the wrong side of a couple of these against the Aussies for the last couple of years and it was nice to close one out", Barclay told reporters after Saturday's triumph.

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