Saturday 17 March 2018 / 09:28 PM


The Wallabies’ Grand Slam bid is still alive after snatching a nail-biting 23-22 win from Scotland’s grasp at Murrayfield.

A 75th-minute try to Tevita Kuridrani – converted from close range by Bernard Foley – clinched the come-from-behind win for the tourists, despite having Will Skelton sin-binned for a brain explosion with 11 minutes remaining.

Scotland, looking to avenge their controversial one-point World Cup quarter-final loss to Australia from a year ago, led 17-10 at halftime thanks to a double from elusive centre Huw Jones either side of Reece Hodge’s opener for the Wallabies.

Bernard Foley narrowed the gap to four points with his second penalty straight after the break, but Scotland lock Jonny Gray pushed the score out to 22-13 via a 48th-minute try.

Another Foley penalty was the only subsequent score, until Kuridrani powered through the midfield for the match-winner. Australia had to withstand more than three minutes and 19 phases of Scottish attack inside their own half after the 80-minute hooter before forcing an error to signal the end of a pulsating Test.

Aside from Foley and Kuridrani, the Wallabies’ leading lights were Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Will Genia, David Pocock, Stephen Moore and Scott Sio.

[YouTube – Scottish Rugby]

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