Duncan Taylor says 'load more potential' for Scotland after Australia triumph

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Scotland matched the Wallabies' three tries and after regaining the lead midway through the second period, they held on gamely for a morale-boosting win.

Scotland opened their account with a penalty in the second minute of the match with fullback Greig Tonks converting a long-range shot from near halfway. "The Wallabies had a lot of possession in that last bit".

Just five minutes later and the Wallabies responded when Folau scored.

From the ensuing lineout, Foley put in a ideal cross-field kick to Folau, who in trademark style rose off the ground like a rocket and took a brilliant AFL-style catch over Tonks to score his second.

Australia had a day to forget on Saturday as they went down 24-19 to Scotland in Sydney.

The second half was a bit of a scratchy start from the Wallabies with a few things not going their way - lineout overthrows in particular - not helping despite having the majority of the ball in the Scotland half.

Ned Hanigan of the Wallabies looks dejected during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and Scotland at Allianz Stadium on June 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

But despite being a man down with No. 8 Ryan Wilson yellow-carded a minute before halftime, the Scots refused to yield until Australia briefly snatched the lead in the 57th minute. "The Six Nations we closed out a couple of really important results in the Wales and Ireland games, which shows we are getting better at closing out games".

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In a tense finish, the Wallabies tried desperately to conjure the converted try needed for victory but the Scottish defence refused to yield.

Duncan Taylor and Finn Russell both crossed the whitewash in the first half for the Scots but they were pegged back as Israel Folau got two tries in reply.

At 24-19 down, Australia spent the majority of the last quarter of the game throwing everything at the stoic Scottish defence.

Gregor Townsend's side have suffered a great deal of heartbreak at the hands of the Australians in recent years, and while this win wouldn't make up for that fully, it would provide a massive dose of optimism for the new coach - particularly with several key players missing on Lions duty.

The Wallabies went close to leveling as Quade Cooper got involved with some short passing down the left wing with Tevita Kuridrani who found Foley but excellent scrambling defence from Scotland saved them.

Scotland made their numerical advantage count, but in surprising circumstances as the fly-half Finn Russell charged down a Genia box-kick, before grounding the ball under the posts.

With time winding down, the home side had a penalty in good field position but again poor execution at the lineout only metres out allowed an easy out for Scotland. Tonks stepped up and - making his return to the side for the first time in two years - landed his first Test points from just inside the Wallabies' half.

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