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Australia v Scotland RWC tips – Wallabies to wallop Scots

Slow starters Scotland shall be punished by awesome Australia, with fly half Foley in fabulous form, having hammered England and Wales with his kicking.

Scotland will have to immeasurably improve to have any chance of upsetting Pool A winners Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, and the one thing Vern Cotter has to work on is how his side start.

Being slow out of the blocks almost cost the Scots dear against Samoa, who saved their best showing in Pool B until the last group game, with the Tartan team fortunate to edge them out because of second-half indiscipline.

Any more Scottish lethargy is likely to be seized upon by the Wallabies, who are firm and worthy odds-on 1/8 favourites with William Hill to win their last eight encounter in 80 minutes, with real ruthlessness.

While Scotland have recorded favourable results in two of the last three head-to-heads, they were tense affairs, and on current form not even their most ardent supporter would take the top price 8/1 on offer at Betway and Sky Bet for another famous victory.

Australia showed their superiority and strength with fly half Bernard Foley putting in brilliant back-to-back performances against Rugby World Cup hosts England and fellow Home Nations team Wales, grabbing a couple of tries in the pool to boot. His kicking has rarely wavered, so Scottish discipline will have be strict to keep penalty points conceded down to a minimum.

Both of these teams have got tries from 10 different sources, so there is some variety. Scotland only got over against South Africa because of a rare mistake during a contest they never looked like winning, and the Wallabies will not make such a cheap error with the bit firmly between their teeth.

Michael Cheika will want to show the rugby world that beating number one ranked side New Zealand during the Southern Hemisphere Rugby Championship this past summer was not a fluke, and there is little evidence to suggest Scotland or France can prevent a semi-final fixture between the two neighbours.

A winning margin in excess of 20 points, taking the 21-30 bracket a terrific 10/3 price at Paddy Power, looks more than possible for Australia if they repeat their Twickenham trouncing of England.

BETTING TIP: Australia win by 21-30 points @ 10/3 at Paddy Power.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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