Thu, Nov 23, 10:27am by Staff Writer
Australia will end their Spring Tour in Edinburgh against Scotland. The match will also see former captain Stephen Moore’s career come to an end, adding a little extra to the contest. Whilst Scotland will be aiming to continue their fine run of form against the Wallabies.
Scotland v Australia, Sunday 26th November 2017, 1.30am, Edinburgh
Games between these two sides have been historically close encounters, with neither side winning by more than six points since Australia back in 2009. The Wallabies will head into this match with a slight edge over their hosts priced at $1.50. Out of the last four meetings between them, Australia have won three including the controversial win at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
That win seems like a world away in rugby terms, with the Wallabies only just coming back from a post-World Cup hangover. A solitary win against the All Blacks and much improved performances in the latter stages of The Rugby Championship had given Australia hope for this tour.
The loss to England last week, however, saw the return of a number of the Wallabies failings that they will need to put right against Scotland. Notably discipline was an issue, controversial TMO calls and yellow cards aside, Australia need to learn to start working with the referee far better than they do. England were able to notch up an historic win because they played the referee and the conditions.
The weather won’t get any better for the Wallabies in the Scottish capital, so they had best learnt to adapt if they want to beat Scotland.
Scotland have only ever beaten the Wallabies three times in the past 35 years, but one of those was the most recent meeting in Sydney in June. That 24-19 win will give the Scots hope that they can repeat those heroics again in front of their own supporters. Scotland showed last weekend against the All Blacks the potential that they have. A narrow loss to New Zealand suggests that they are improving under new coach Gregor Townsend.
Although for too long Scotland have pointed to near victories as signs of a move forward without actually progressing. Against Australia they will have another shot shifting the dominance from the southern hemisphere.
They come into the game as underdogs despite being at home. Scotland will look to star full back Stuart Hogg to inspire them in attack and rescue them in defence. His performance against the All Blacks was outstanding and he will need to be at his best again to stop the Wallabies backs. A fine performance from Hogg may also see Scotland overturn a price of $2.60.
A likely cold, wet evening in Scotland will be Australia’s last chance to shine in 2017. They will be looking to end the year on a high after some poor performances by the Wallabies, all overshadowed by in fighting over Super Rugby.
Suggested Bet: Wallabies to win by 4 points or over: $1.86
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