Magnus Bradbury will be the 25th player to make his Scotland debut during head coach Vern Cotter’s 2 ½ years in charge.
OTOTM’s player ratings provide a team average of 7.0 for a good performance which lacked the result to match.
Whatever the venue Scotland v Australia is a fixture that has created plenty of memorable moments over recent years. Matt Giteau’s late, late miss in 2009; Al Strokosch and Jo Ansbro’s celebratory headbutt in 2012; Israel Folau’s stroll through the defence in 2013; Craig Joubert’s left arm pointing to the sky in 2015…Here’s hoping the capacity crowd due at Murrayfield on Saturday get the game they deserve.
Perfunctory; adjective; (of an action) done without energy or enthusiasm because of habit or because it is expected. From the Latin perfungi meaning “to get
269 days after these two sides met in a Rugby World Cup pool encounter it’s time for the Brave Blossoms and the Thistles to get reacquainted.
Undoubtedly a step back from the performance levels in the wins over Italy and France – still vastly improved from last season’s embarrassment in the final round of the 6 Nations though. But who was up and who was down among the Scotland 23?