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Heartbreak for Scots as Aussies edge victory by one point

Scotland tryScotland suffered a heart-breaking 35-34 defeat in the final seconds of their quarter-final against Australia.

Bernard Foley’s penalty with 20 seconds remaining took the Wallabies into the semi-final with the Scots poised for a famous victory.

After Australia dominated the opening minutes of the tie at a packed Twickenham Scotland steadily came into the match and Greig Laidlaw’s penalties guided them to a one point lead at the break.

Scotland were dealt a big blow in the opening stages of the second half when Sean Maitland was sent to the sin bin for a deliberate knock-on.

Australia immediately scored a try and at times threatened to open an unbridgeable lead. But the Scots, playing free-flowing rugby and showing good handling, were able to stay in touch until a Tom Seymour try (pictured) put them within touching distance.

Sadly, a missed conversion from Laidlaw ultimately proved costly.

A fifth Laidlaw penalty brought Scotland back within range, and as the rain began to fall at Twickenham they created another twist in the tale when Bennett intercepted a pass and ran unchallenged under the post to draw his side level. Laidlaw’s conversion then put Vern Cotter’s side back in front.

Australia were handed a late penalty which Foley converted to give his side a dramatic one-point victory.

The result means that there will be no Northern Hemisphere teams in the semi-finals of the World Cup for the first time.

Scottish team:

Scotland team line-up

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