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#RWC2015: Scotland take a narrow lead over Australia at halftime

The Wallabies outscoring Scotland by three tries to one in the first half and now at 16-15.

Scotland vs Australia in the Rugby World Cup on 18 October 2015. Picture: Rugby World Cup.

CAPE TOWN - Greig Laidlwa's accurate goal kicking sees Scotland take a narrow 16-15 lead over Australia into halftime in their #RWC2015 quarterfinal at Twickenham.

The Wallabies outscoring Scotland by three tries to one in the first half.

The Aussies got the first points of the match inside the opening 10 minutes, when Adam Ashley-Cooper was set free by Tevita Kuridrani after he slipped a tackle. Ashley-Cooper then raced down the touchline to score.

Scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw got Scotland on the board 14 minutes into the game, slotting a penalty with his first kick of the game.

The Scots then took the lead minutes later as centre Peter Horne crashed over for a try, which Laidlaw succesfully converted.

Sandwiched between two more Laidlaw penalties in the first half was another smartly worked Australian try.

Scored by Drew Mitchell, it was the Wallabies 200th World Cup try and the winger's 13th at a World Cup, which leaves his two behind the record of 15 World Cup tries held by New Zealand great Jonah Lomu and Springbok speedster Bryan Habana.

Michael Hooper then scored the third try, after opting to go for the lineout instead of a kickable penalty goal. The decision paid off as he crashed over to score.

Unlike Laidlaw who was deadly accurate from the kicking tee, Bernard Foley struggled with his kicks, missing all three conversion attempts which kept the Scots in front at the break - as they lead 16-15.

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