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STUART HOGG: Australia always had to keep a close eye on Scotland's most dangerous counter-attacker, who was his usual box of tricks. 7/10.

SEAN MAITLAND: Harshly yellow-carded for what was deemed a deliberate knock-on. Always looked for work off his wing. 7

MARK BENNETT: Agonisingly failed to gather a first-half pass that could have led to a breakaway try, but always involved, and he poached a late interception score. 7

PETER HORNE: Scored Scotland's opening try after a short-range dart across the Australian line. Solid throughout. 7

TOMMY SEYMOUR: Poor defending gifted Australia their opening try, but he recovered well and claimed a touchdown of his own during a thrilling encounter. 7

FINN RUSSELL: Looked totally at ease in the pivotal fly-half role. Cool decision-maker. 8

GREIG LAIDLAW: Captained his team magnificently, was accurate off the kicking tee with 19 points, and showcased considerable big-match experience. 8

ALASDAIR DICKINSON: Played an important role in ensuring that Australia's much-improved scrum did not establish supremacy. 7

ROSS FORD: Saw a three-week ban overturned barely 24 hours before kick-off, and he contributed consistently in all areas. 7

WP NEL: Held his own opposite Wallabies loosehead Scott Sio as Scotland's forwards relished the contest. 7

RICHIE GRAY: Unbelievable work-rate by Scotland's talisman forward. Imperious lineout work, and immense in the loose. 9

JONNY GRAY: Like Ford, cleared to play the day before the game, and did everything that was asked of him. 7

BLAIR COWAN: Tireless in all areas. Always looked to get involved, and will be shattered physically - and mentally. 7

JOHN HARDIE: Relished the close-quarter combat. A fearless competitor. 7

DAVID DENTON: Magnificent ball-carrier, aggressive defender. Could not have done any more. 8


Gordon Reid: Took over from Dickinson shortly after half-time. 7

Fraser Brown: Replaced Ford after 54 minutes. 6

Sean Lamont. Featured instead of Seymour from the 63rd minute. 6

Josh Strauss: Played the last 13 minutes in place of Cowan. 6

Tim Swinson: Came on for Jonny Gray after 67 minutes. 6

Richie Vernon: Played the last nine minutes after replacing Horne. 6

John Welsh: Gained a late run instead of WP Nel. 6


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