The Wallabies’ 2017 campaign is at an early crossroads in the wake of a dismal 24-19 loss to an unfancied Scotland side missing their best players to Lions duty.
Mistakes were extra costly for the home side, with inside-centre Duncan Taylor scoring the first try from an intercept and Finn Russell dotting down later in the half from a charge-down.
Israel Folau crossed for tries either side of Russell’s five-pointer – the second courtesy of a spectacular take of a Bernard Foley cross-field kick on the stroke of halftime – to restrict the damage to 17-12.
Will Genia dived over from close-range in the 57th minute to give Australia its first lead of the Allianz Stadium showdown, but Scotland flanker Hamish Watson backed up a brilliant backline movement to score the decisive try just five minutes later.
The Wallabies’ last-ditch attacking raid came unstuck when they gave away a ruck penalty in possession 10 metres out from Scotland’s line after the fulltime siren.