Deans rues wasteful Wallabies
June 5, 2012
Australia coach Robbie Deans had to watch as his were unable to capitalise on their chances against Scotland © Getty Images
Australia coach Robbie Deans was left to rue his side's inability to capitalise on their second half dominance that allowed Scotland to rally late on and sneak a 9-6 win in Newcastle.
The Wallabies mounted numerous assaults on the Scotland line throughout the second half, but were unable to find a way through dogged Scotland defence. Scotland only broke into Australia's half late on, but they took full advantage when given the chance of a win when Greig Laidlaw kicked the winning penalty on the stroke of full-time.
Mike Harris kicked all Australia's points, but missed a kick that would have put the hosts ahead midway through the second half, while fly-half Berrick Barnes put a drop-goal wide.
"We had enough possession to put the game out of reach and credit to Scotland, we just couldn't put them away," Deans said. "We started the second half really well, we had momentum and in conditions like that when you don't turn the score board over things get messier as the game goes on. We lacked co-ordination to get the job done.
Australia have the chance to respond immediately. They face Wales in the first of three Test matches in Brisbane on Saturday and are likely to bring back a number of senior players after Deans handed five players their debuts against Scotland.
"We've got another Test match on Saturday, first thing we'll have to do is recover and look at the blokes," Deans said. "We'll select 22 for Saturday, some who would have played ton
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