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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 November, 2003, 12:34 GMT
Scots proud despite Cup exit
Scotland captain Bryan Redpath
Scotland captain Bryan Redpath admitted they were beaten by a better team on the day as Australia won the World Cup quarter-final 33-16 in Brisbane.

Australia ran in three tries to one as the hosts and defending champions eased to victory over a battling but under-gunned Scotland.

Centre Stirling Mortlock, scrum-half George Gregan and number eight David Lyons crossed for the Wallabies, while hooker Robbie Russell clinched a late consolation for Scotland.

But Redpath, who is retiring from Test rugby, refused to be downhearted after a brave display from his side, who were 9-9 at half time.

"I think the boys did really well out there but we missed a couple of tackles early in the second half and they capitalised," he said.

"At this level you can't afford to chase a game like that but we stuck in there and got a try at the end.

We should have held onto the ball a bit better, we needed to be more direct - but I'm proud of them
Scotland coach Ian McGeechan

"We had to rely on things going our way but we missed tackles. We're disappointed but we've got to get on with it.

"We were beaten by the better side at the end of the day and I wish them well."

Redpath added: "It's been an excellent tournament. The support we have had has been second to none.

"That's credit to those out here and the ex-pats. It was probably better than at home. They made it very special for me and I've enjoyed my 10 years."

Scotland coach Ian McGeechan, who is also retiring from his post, said: " They put in a tremendous display and we needed a few more points in the first half but Australia came back well.

"It's disappointing we gave away a try right on half time but we had a tremendous attitude."

But McGeechan pinpointed a lack of ball retention as an area in which Scotland surrendered the game.

"We knew we had to turnover more of the ball. We were winning a lot of ball off them and we needed a little bit more composure when we had it.

"We turned over too much, too easily, especially in the first half.

"We should have held onto the ball a bit better, we needed to be more direct. But I'm proud of them."



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