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Scotland take on Australia in Murrayfield in the last of their Autumn Internationals. But what’s the history of the two teams? And who’s likely to win this time round?
The sides have met 31 times in the past with Australia winning 21 and Scotland 10. Australia dominated the fixture between 1982 and 2009, but recently the Scots have had more fortune against the Australians, winning half of the matches played since then – including 2 wins away in Australia. In fact, recently the results have been incredibly close, with the 6 most recent matches all being decided by 6 points or less, and 3 by just 1 point – including the dramatic World Cup match in which Bernard Foley kicked a controversial penalty in the dying moments.
This match is forecasted to be no different, and currently Australia are predicted to narrowly see off the Scots by just 2 points: 22 – 24.
The first ever match was in 1927 at Murrayfield, the Scots winning it 10 – 8. Scotland went on to win 7 of the first 9 against the Wallabies but in the 80s Australia took control of the fixture and won 16 in a row, these improved performances backed up by their respective rankings through history, below. Scotland have improved dramatically in recent years though, and will be looking to show that last weeks strong performance against the All Blacks was not a one off with a victory this weekend.
Interestingly, aside from their first ever match in 1927, Scotland have never failed to back up a victory against Australia, so it would appear that history is on their side. Given that the predicted margin of victory is just 2 points, the Scots will feel confident that an upset is possible and fancy their chances going into this weekend.
Australia too, will be looking to bounce back from last week’s heavy defeat to England and show that that result is not indicative of their recent performances. Given their recent run, and fresh victory over world champions New Zealand, they too should feel confident of a victory to see veteran Stephen Moore into retirement.
It’s all to play for, and definitely our match to watch this weekend. Both teams will have something to prove, and the abilities and players to do so. Game on.