The Wallabies’ 2017 campaign has ended on a sour note, crashing to a record 53-24 loss to Scotland after prop Sekope Kepu was sent off just before halftime for a shoulder-charge.
Australia fought back from a 10-0 deficit at Murrayfield to lead 12-10 courtesy of a quick-fire Tevita Kuridrani double, but Ali Price scored for Scotland on the back of Kepu’s red card.
Kurtley Beale crossed for the opening try of the second half, but the Wallabies’ took its toll as the hosts posted four unanswered tries to lead 34-15 with a quarter of the match remaining.
Lopeti Timani gave Australia a flicker of hope with a 69th-minute try, before Scotland iced an emphatic eight-tries-to-four victory with two late scores.
Elsewhere on the international scene, the injury-hit All Blacks rounded out the year with a gutsy 33-18 win over Wales in Cardiff, with boom winger Rieko Ioane – who made a miraculous recovery from a shoulder injury last week to take his place in the side – scoring a double and laying on two more tries.
Japan pulled off the shock of the weekend by holding France to a 23-all draw, Ireland subdued Argentina 28-19, England swamped Samoa 48-14 and Fiji took care of Canada 57-17.