Scots not fall­ing for Aus­tralia’s ‘we’re in dis­ar­ray’ trick, says coach John­son

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of Mike Har­ris and Chris­tian Leali'ifano, and new wingers in Joe To­mane and Chris FeauaiSau­tia. Har­ris, capped eight times, will ap­pear for Aus­tralia for the first time this year. Leali’ifano and To­mane have their first starts since they were in­jured in the romp against Ar­gentina in Rosario last month, and Feauai- Sau­tia picks up his sec­ond cap, af­ter a de­but against the Spring­boks in the Rugby Cham­pi­onship.

There were four changes in the re­serves, but oth­er­wise the same pack which helped to crush Ire­land 32-15 in Dublin last Satur­day will run out against the Scots.

McKen­zie said his side faces one of its “great­est chal­lenges”, but Scot­land in­terim coach Scott John­son, an Aus­tralian, laughed at claims that his side was favoured to achieve a third straight win over the Wal­la­bies.

“I don’t know if they’re in dis­ar­ray,” John­son said. “I said that this kid Leali’ifano is go­ing to be a spe­cial 12 for Aus- tralia, so I’m not sure that's dis­ar­ray. Aus­tralia are start­ing to as­sem­ble a re­ally good side.”

McKen­zie de­pleted the squad this week when he banned six play­ers, five for the match against Scot­land, for drink­ing three days be­fore the Ire­land game. A dou­ble blow fol­lowed on Tues­day, when Te­vita Kuridrani was banned for five weeks for an il­le­gal tackle against Ire­land, and fel­low mid­fielder Matt Toomua was also side­lined for the rest of the tour af­ter pulling a ham- string in train­ing.

McKen­zie said the lim­ited player avail­abil­ity will not be used as an ex­cuse if they fall to Scot­land. “This is a test of char­ac­ter for ev­ery­one, for all of us, the coaches, the whole lot. It will be an im­por­tant mo­ment. The cir­cum­stance is what it is this week, we’re not go­ing to use it as an ex­cuse around play­ing Scot­land.”

Scot­land were forced to make a late change to the pack af­ter lock Tim Swin­son ag­gra­vated a chest in­jury in train­ing. He was re­placed by Grant Gilchrist, capped four times. Winger Tommy Sey­mour re­cov­ered from a leg in­jury against the Spring­boks to start in a back­line with only one change: Dun­can Weir was in for Ruar­idh Jack­son at fly­half.

“We know we can beat them and if you watch the game last year, it was based on in­cred­i­ble de­fence and guts,” cap­tain Kelly Brown said. “It will be tough again but we just need to make sure we get our part right.” – Sapa-AP Teams: SCOT­LAND: Sean Mait­land, Tommy Sey­mour, Nick De Luca, Dun­can Tay­lor, Sean La­mont, Dun­can Weir, Greig Laid­law; David Den­ton, Kelly Brown (cap­tain), John­nie Beat­tie, Jim Hamil­ton, Grant Gilchrist, Mo­ray Low, Ross Ford, Ryan Grant. Re­place­ments: Pat MacArthur, Alas­dair Dick­in­son, Euan Mur­ray, Jonny Gray, Kieran Low, Chris Cusiter, Ruar­idh Jack­son, Max Evans. AUS­TRALIA: Is­rael Fo­lau, Joe To­mane, Chris­tian Leali’ifano, Mike Har­ris, Chris Feauai-Sau­tia, Quade Cooper, Will Ge­nia; Ben Mowen (cap­tain), Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, James Hor­will, Rob Sim­mons, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore, James Slip­per. Re­place­ments: Saia Fainga’a, Ben Alexan­der, Paddy Ryan, Si­taleki Ti­mani, Ben McCal­man, Nic White, Nick Phipps, Bernard Fo­ley

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