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Rugby Union - Australia v Scotland - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Quarter Final - Twickenham Stadium, London, England - 18/10/15 Australia's Bernard Foley kicks a conversion Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Couldridge Livepic

Rugby Union – Australia v Scotland – IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Quarter Final – Twickenham Stadium, London, England – 18/10/15
Australia’s Bernard Foley kicks a conversion
Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Couldridge
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London: A controversial last-gasp penalty by Bernard Foley earned Australia a 35-34 victory at Twickenham yesterday that broke Scottish hearts and sent the Wallabies into a World Cup semi-final against Argentina.Scotland had been on the verge of a stunning upset with 79 minutes on the clock but South African referee Craig Joubert awarded Australia a penalty for offside, despite the ball appearing to come off a Wallaby shirt.Amid a cacophony of boos, flyhalf Foley kept his composure to split the posts and ensure the World Cup would have four southern hemisphere semi-finalists for the first time.

New Zealand and South Africa will meet in the other semi-final, both games back at Twickenham next weekend.The battle between the winners of the Rugby Championship and the side who finished last in the Six Nations after losing every game looked a mismatch on paper but there was nothing between them in what developed into an epic see-saw battle.Australia were totally dominant for the first 10 minutes and were rewarded when a surging run by centre Tevita Kuridrani set up winger Adam Ashley-Cooper to score the opening try.

It looked ominous for Scotland but they roared back into the game, earning a Greig Laidlaw penalty then going ahead when Peter Horne picked the ball up at a ruck 10 metres out and, with the Wallaby defence momentarily frozen, strolled over the line.

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