The Wallabies have snatched victory after a penalty goal in the dying minutes to win 35-34 against Scotland at Twickenham Stadium.
The Wallabies started off with good field position and were eager to dominate in attack, with Bernard Foley almost scoring in the opening minutes. The Scots on the other hand, were determined and placed pressure on the Australian side, who were without Israel Folau and David Pocock.
Adam-Ashley Cooper scored Australia’s first try but Bernard Foley missed all three attempts at converting in the first half. The Scots were awarded a penalty in the 14th minute and Peter Horne scored an easy try minutes later to put his side in the lead 10-5 in the 18th minute.
Kurtley Beale, Folau’s replacement, threw a cutout pass to Drew Mitchell who scored in corner, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead. Scotland’s scrumhalf, Greg Laidlaw converted all four kicks, which helped them lead 16-15 at half time.
In the second half, the referee Craig Joubert controversially sent Scot’s winger Sean Maitland to the sin bin for a deliberate knock on. Australia took advantage of having an extra player, after Drew Mitchell scored his second try. Foley scored his first goal to see Australia in front 22-16 after 44 minutes of play. The Scots did not give up and earned themselves a penalty that Laidlaw converted to take the score to 22-19.
Minutes later, Adam Ashley-Cooper was denied a try because of a knock on from half back Will Genia. The Wallabies pushed for a penalty and Foley took the lead out to 25-19.
Scotland’s number 14, Finn Russell picked up a chip kick from Foley and put his winger over in the corner to score, with Laidlaw missing the conversion, the Scot’s trailed by one point.
With six minutes of play left, Scotland’s James Slipper intercepted the ball and passed it to Mark Bennett to score. Laidlaw’s kick was successful and saw the Scots take a narrow lead.
The Wallabies got a penalty in 79th minute from 25 metres out and Foley’s conversion was successful, which meant the Aussies clinched the victory with only one point difference.
The Wallabies will now prepare to face Argentina in the semi-final next week. – Sam Pasfield.
Top photo of Bernard Foley scoring from the penalty is from Rugby World Cup’s Official Facebook Page .