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Stephen Moore expecting a tough test from Scotland at Murrayfield

Published 11/11/2016

Australia's Stephen Moore is expecting another difficult clash with Scotland
Australia's Stephen Moore is expecting another difficult clash with Scotland

Australia captain Stephen Moore says the Wallabies are expecting a repeat performance from Scotland when they face off at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Michael Cheika's men scraped past the Dark Blues in the quarter-final of last year's World Cup but only with the help of a blunder from referee Craig Joubert.

The Scots put on a thrilling three-try display at Twickenham but were left devastated when Joubert's erroneous penalty decision seconds from full-time handed the Aussies a 35-34 victory and a semi-final slot.

But Moore was still hugely impressed by the way Vern Cotter's team operated and is readying himself for a similar test in Edinburgh this weekend.

He said: "Scotland haven't played a Test for a while but they are still a very dangerous team, particularly at home. They are strong in the forwards with some really effective backs.

"We saw that last year when we played them at the World Cup, so we're expecting that again tomorrow."

Only 14 players who started that World Cup showdown - seven from both sides - will be on duty from kick-off this time and Moore suggested that may take the edge of proceedings when asked if his side were expecting a Scottish revenge mission.

"Do we expect a backlash after what happened at Twickenham? I'm not too sure about that. You'll need to speak to their players.

"For me, that match is a while ago. There is a lot of players in our team for tomorrow who didn't play in that game and who have never played against Scotland.

"This is the first time they will face Scotland and the first time they will play at this stadium.

"If you look back through the history it has always been a tough game. We have an enormous respect for Scotland and the way they play the game."

One player who is returning to the Australia line-up is scrum-half Will Genia after missing last weekend's 32-8 win over Wales in Cardiff.

The Scots are looking on the fact Cheika is largely going with the same side which squared up to Warren Gatland's men as a show of respect for their talents.

But Moore is just pleased to have a settled line-up.

He said: "You're in a good position when you don't have to change players through injury or what not.

"Obviously Will was not available last week so he comes back in."

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