Scotland hold on to win – Scotland 9-8 Australia

Scotland recorded a historic win against the visiting Wallabies at Murrayfield in a tight contest which saw the Scotland defence hold out against sustained Australian pressure. Australia dominated territory and possession but it was 3-3 at the break as Scotland fly-half Phil Godman cancelled out a Matt Giteau penalty.

The second period and a Godman penalty and Chris Paterson drop-goal saw Scotland edge ahead, 9-3. Then in the dying moments Ryan Cross went over for an injury-time try, but Giteau missed the conversion giving the Scots victory for the first time since 1982. Final score:

Scotland 9-8 Australia


Pens: Godman 2 Drop-goals: Paterson
Try: Cross Pens: Giteau
Matt Giteau


Scotland: R Lamont; S Lamont, Grove, Morrison, Danielli; Godman, Cusiter; Jacobsen, Ford, Low, Hines, Kellock, Strokosch, Barclay, Beattie.
Replacements: De Luca for Morrison (40), Paterson for Danielli (63), R. Lawson for Cusiter (21), Hall for Ford (77), Traynor for Low (57), White for Strokosch (48), Vernon for Beattie (63).

Australia: Ashley-Cooper; Hynes, Cross, Cooper, Mitchell; Giteau, Genia; Robinson, Moore, Alexander, Horwill, Chisholm, Elsom, G Smith, Palu.
Replacements: O’Connor for Cooper (74), Burgess for Genia (63), Kepu for Robinson (17), Polota-Nau for Moore (46), Mumm for Chisholm (50), Brown for Palu (66).
Not Used: Turner.

Att: 44,762

Ref: R Poite (FRFU).