the essential In Murrayfield, Finn Russel allowed the XV du Chardon to win on the wire. This meeting was the last at the international level of the referee of Midi-Pyrénées Romain Poite.
This second success in these autumn test-matches, after the lesson given to Tonga (59 – 14), partially confirmed the promises made in the Six Nations Tournament, in a full Murrayfield and in heaven.
Reinforced by opener Finn Russell and fullback Stuart Hogg, the locals were the first to find the flaw on a combination following a touch that launched an unstoppable penetrating tuck for the Australians and concluded with a Hamish Watson yet another huge times in this match (7-0, 22 e).
Five minutes before the break, the Australians thought they had given them their change when Michael Hooper crawled and extended his arm full length to flatten the ball on the line.
But the referee Romain Poite, helped by the video assistance, canceled the test and gave a yellow card to the pillar Allan Alaalatoa for brutality in the release of the ball, to the delight of the stands.
For the man with the whistle from Midi-Pyrénées, it was the last meeting at high international level. He will continue to referee in Top 14 and in the European Cup.
Arrived at the break led 7-3 and outnumbered, the Wallabies nevertheless managed to break through the Scottish defensive curtain after a first charge from Izaia Perese, relayed in an interval by flanker Rob Leota until the in-goal ( 7 – 10, 46 e).
This was the starting point of a crossover in the second half between two teams who did not give up.
On a strong offensive, substitute hooker and international debutant Ewan Ashman, with infrequent agility for a player in this position, managed to score in the corner a try that put his team back in charge, even though Russell didn’t ‘could transform it (12 – 10, 56).
Five minutes later, Australia, through scorer James O’Connor, slipped back into the lead with a penalty (10 – 13, 65 e), to be immediately overtaken on a Russell penalty which turned out to be decisive (14 – 13).
This is a fine achievement for the Scots who will come up against the South African world champions next week, before an apparently simpler match against Japan.
Australia will challenge England and then Wales, the last winner of the Six Nations Tournament and which has long held up to the Sprinboks on Saturday (23 – 18).