Sunday’s clash sees Gregor Townsend’s much improved Scotland side host a rejuvenated Wallabies outfit in what promises to be a thrilling clash.
The hosts come into this off the back of a three match winning streak, with last weekend’s 60-14 victory over Tonga highlighting just how ruthless they have become.
Narrow and agonising defeats to both Ireland and Wales seemed to outdo the good work they had put in against England in their Six Nations opener, while victories over Italy and France after that showed that England win wasn’t just a flash in the pan.
Having suffered successive defeats to the All Blacks at the end of Summer, the Wallabies head into this clash on a five game winning streak, including a brace of wins over World Champions South Africa.
That change of fortune has come with the reintroduction of Quade Cooper at five-eighth, and it’ll be a real blow to them to have to go through this tour without their main man. James O’Connor will fill that void aptly though, and this visiting side still pose a massive threat.
Scotland 1-5 Point Winning Margin
The Wallabies have won 19 of the last 23 meetings, though looking more recently it’s the Scots that have the upper hand with four wins from the last seven, including each of the last two back in 2017.
A lot has changed for both over the last four years though, with improvements made almost all over the park, though with six of those seven recent clashes being separated by no more than six points, that’s a good indication of what to expect here.
Rory Sutherland is the key absentee for the hosts here, though the majority of the club come into this well rested after the Tonga clash last weekend fell outside world rugby’s test window, leaving a makeshift squad to do the job against the Pacific Islanders, so we’d expect a near full strength side.
Sean McMahon and Samu Kerevi join Cooper in being unavailable for the tour owing to their commitments in Japan, though the Wallabies have more than enough firepower to cope without them, and we’d expect a seriously dangerous and free-flowing visiting XV to line up.
Of all the weekend games, this is certainly the hardest to call. To have the hosts as underdogs is certainly doing them a disservice, and in a tight game we’d expect the roaring Murrayfield crowd to play a factor in getting them over the line, if only just, and the narrow points victory holds suitable weight for us here.
SCOTLAND 1-5 POINT WINNING MARGIN