After Scotland’s memorable win over the Wallabies at the weekend, here’s a quick glance at what the Australian newspapers had to say about the match...
Paul Cully for the Brisbane Times said he felt that Stephen Moore was retiring at the right time, adding: “The warrior hooker has made the right call to exit now: his waning physical powers are obvious in the carry and the tackle, and the Scots too advantage of the latter.”
Cully also asks if Finn Russell is the world’s best No. 10, continuing: “It’s a title the Scotland playmaker can realistically hope to attain even if he doesn’t have it now.
“Russell and his excellent halfback partner Ali Price were again instrumental in Wallabies’ loss... Russell has played the All Blacks and Wallabies in successive weeks and has been the best No.10 on the park.”
“While the recent green shoots of recovery remain, [Australia] are now indisputably inferior to Scotland, who may only be Europe’s third best side and have beaten them twice this year without Stuart Hogg.”
Cully also picks four Scots in his team of the week - Jonny Gray, John Barclay, Ali Price and Finn Russell.
In the Sydney Morning Herald, Tom Decent described the loss as ‘a defeat [that] will go down in the history books as [Australia’s] worst showing against a northern hemisphere nation.
“They were blown off the park by a Scottish team who have not forgotten the day Australia knocked them out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.
“Before June, the Wallabies had only lost to Scotland twice in nearly 35 years. Now, they have been defeated by them twice in the space of five months.”
Jim Tucker’s analysis in the Courier-Mail stated: “The Scottish forwards contested more fiercely at the breakdown, ran more powerfully and were part of the more harassing defence masterminded by Matt Taylor, the former Queensland defence coach.
“Five losses to England, and now two to Scotland in six months, mean the Wallabies have won five of their 13 Tests against Six Nations sides since the [Rugby World Cup] final.”
In another piece, Tucker wrote: “[Scotland] played Australia’s style of rugby better than we did in this Test at Murrayfield.”
And in The West Australian, Ian McCullough branded the match ‘the Murrayfield mauling’, adding: “The match was decided by four tries in a dazzling 15-minute second-half spell that sent the home crowd into a frenzy.”