Wallabies silence Scotland bagpipes

Australia pulled out a superb second-half performance to sink Scotland 42-15 in Edinburgh on Saturday to end their tour of Europe on a high note.

The scene was set for a spectacle of a match with fireworks welcoming the Scotland team out onto the Murrayfield pitch as the sounds of the traditional bagpipes were heard blowing from the stands.

It was a scene guaranteed to get any home team pumped with adrenalin, and it did for the most part of the first half, but as the game unfolded it would be the visiting team that put on a better fireworks display.

Scotland had given themselves the benefit of the doubt to end their 24 year losing run against Australia in the build up to the Edinburgh clash.

And why not?

The home team have had a sublime year thus far under the watchful eye of Scotland coach Frank Hadden, earning themselves a 100 per cent home-winning record in the process.

Australia were heading into a Murrayfield fortress with a less then impressive tour under their belts, and an angry media back home asking questions Wallaby coach John Connolly couldn’t answer.

It seemed Connolly would have plenty more daggers waiting for him on his arrival back to Australia through a resounding display of attacking rugby from Scotland in the opening exchanges of the match.

Wallaby fly-half Stephen Larkham got the match underway and immediately the Scots showed what their intentions were with ball in hand.

Twice Scotland wing Simon Webster looked dangerous on attack and twice the game had to be stopped to see to an injury on the speedster.

The second occasion corresponded with a Scotland penalty from Australia being caught wandering offside after Webster did well to stretch the Wallaby defence.

Chris Paterson, Scotland skipper and fullback, had no trouble slotting a monster 40 meter kick to give his team an early lead with less than three minutes gone in the match.

It wouldn’t stop there as Paterson handled another penalty to good affect, this time finding a huge touch after Nathan Sharpe was penalised in the line-out.

The winning line-out from the Scots resulted in fly-half Dan Parks putting in a huge up-and-under on the Wallaby back three.

With Chris Latham leaping for the ball at the full-back position, it would normally be assumed the Wallaby veteran had everything under control – it wasn’t to be this time round.

After some brilliant pressure from centre Marcus Di Rollo, Latham knocked the ball forward only for Parks to pick up from where he left off and send the ball out wide.

Webster took a well taken pass at immense pace, only to step inside two Australia defenders and touchdown for Scotland.

Paterson added the extras that was welcomed by a thundering round of applause from the Murrayfield locals.

Australia looked shell-shocked running back to the restart at 10-0 down after seven minutes.

They had already lost two line-outs to the big Scottish forwards, a feat that the visitors were trying to avoid leading up to the game.

Larkham’s precision kicking made sure the Wallabies wouldn’t be camped in their own half for much longer.

The visitors finally got some points on the board thanks to a high tackle on scrum-half Matt Giteau.

It was now the Wallaby skipper’s turn to put his boot to good use as he slotted his first penalty of the match and hand his team three easy points.

As Australia’s line-out woes continued, so did the Scotland scrum.

The Scot’s gave up a handy attacking platform in the middle of the pitch from a Rocky Elsom forward pass.

However, the brute strength of the home team amounted to nothing as the Wallaby pack wielded the scrum 180 degrees and earn themselves the feed.

If the first scrum wasn’t bad enough, Euan Murray made it even worse for his forwards by collapsing the scrum – resulting in a huge

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