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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 November 2006, 22:33 GMT
Scotland A 20-44 Australia A
Nikki Walker in action for Scotland A
Scotland's second string were no match for Australia in Perth

Scotland A 20 (3)
Tries: Morrison, Lawson, Lamont
Cons: Ross
Pens: Ross

Australia 44 (18)
Tries: Blake 2, Mitchell 2, Shepherd, Sheehan
Cons: Shepherd 4
Pens: Shepherd 2

Australia A eased to a comfortable win over their Scottish counterparts at McDiarmid Park, Perth.

The visitors opened up a healthy 18-3 half time lead thanks to tries from Rod Blake and Drew Mitchell.

Those two added touchdowns after the interval, while Cameron Shepherd and Brett Sheehan also crossed the line.

Graeme Morrison, Scott Lawson and Rory Lamont were the try-scorers for Scotland, adding to the kicked points from Gordon Ross.

The game started brightly for Scotland when they were handed an instant three-point gift thanks to a simple penalty by stand-off Ross when the visitors sneaked offside at a maul.

But the Australians hit back to snatch the initiative with two penalties in quick succession from Shepherd.

The Wallaby second-stringers then clicked into gear with two tries before the interval.

Following several close calls, it was prop Rod Blake who claimed the opening touchdown from close range in the wake of some excellent off-loading skills.

Three minutes from the break, Scotland full-back Calum MacRae was snared in possession as he tried to take on two rivals on his own.

And following the ensuing scrum Mat Rogers created the time and space for Morgan Turinui to send winger Drew Mitchell cruising over the line.

Australia made a storming start to the second half, taking less than a minute to stretch their lead.

Mitchell jigged past at least four challenges on his way to the target and Shepherd converted.

Scotland replied in positive fashion with a solo effort from centre Morrison.

But the visitors soon added more points when Blake was driven over to record his second try.

Shepherd added the conversion, then proved his all-round talent by taking advantage of more hesitant defending.

As play became disjointed, hooker Lawson clawed back five more points for the Scots at the end of a pushover move.

The end-to-end action continued as scrum-half Sheehan dashed under the crossbar for the visitors' sixth try, again converted by Shepherd.

But the home fans were on their feet as they watched Lamont claim the best try of the contest for Scotland, with Ross slotting the kick.


Scotland A: MacRae, N. Walker, Morrison, Lamont, Evans, G. Ross, Pinder, Dickson, S. Lawson, Smith, C. Hamilton, J. Hamilton, Wilson, Petrie, Gray. Replacements: Kelly, Kalman, A. Hall, Barclay, Burbridge, Gregor, Law.

Australia A: Shepherd, Ashley-Cooper, Turinui, Fairbanks, Mitchell, Rogers, Sheehan, Henderson, Polota-Nau, Blake, Horwill, Fava, Lyons, Hoiles, McIsaac. Replacements: Baxter, Waugh, Chisholm, Valentine, Gerrard, Rathbone.

Referee: Andrew Small (RFU)



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