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Scotland celebrate historic win over Wallabies with sickening head clash

Scotland celebrate historic win over Wallabies with sickening head clash

Scotland claimed a famous 9-6 upset win over the Wallabies in Australia earlier today as Greig Laidlaw kicked an extra time penalty to spark wild celebrations. Unfortunately, Joe Ansbro and Ally Strokosch will remember the moment for other reasons.

Scotland won in appalling conditions, similar to those that greeted the Wallabies in their 2009 meeting at Murrayfield, when Matt Giteau missed a last minute kick and Scotland won 9-8.

On this occasion, it was a late kick from the Scots as their power in the scrum earned them a penalty. Laidlaw’s attempt sailed through and Scotland had their first victory over the Wallabies in Australia since their 1982 win in Brisbane.

The scenes were chaotic as the kick went over, with the Scots erupting in the middle of the park, engulfing Laidlaw and diving onto one another. Ansbro and Strokosch joined the group with impeccable timing, flying in head first, splitting each other open in the process.

It didn’t stop the smiles, despite each player needing to be patched up, with Ansbro coming off worst, needing multiple stitches to a nasty cut above his eye.

Strokosch commented on Twitter that he had ‘Apparently split him to the bone’, and said that he got 4 stitches while Ansbro ‘got loads!’. He also posted a comical freezeframe of the collision.

“We are hard in Scotland – this is how we celebrate,” he said.

Below is a clip that includes the amusing reactions from both Australian and UK commentary teams


  • browner
    2:52 PM 27/06/2012

    I generally applaud the scottish team effort, but LMAO to see two sweaties open each other up in this way. I think it's been so long since McJock has celebrated so frenziedly that they've forgotten the safety rules associated with the same x My mind went back to the 9 sticthes i was having in a eye wound at the moment big Gav missed that easy kick in 1991 -- aaaaahhhh memories fond memories !

  • silky
    8:37 PM 07/06/2012

    No doubt it wasnt a full strength side from Aus but Aus still have a wealth of players. n tbh in those conditions having Beale, o'conner n cooper would have still been extremely limited. I think on a dif day in dif conditions and with dif players the match would prob have gone the Aussies way.... but it didnt. So for that, Well done Jocks

  • silky
    8:47 PM 06/06/2012

    Firstly, well done Scotland, nice to see them get a Win not just against a good team but against a good Southern Hemisphere team like Australia and after such a long string of defeats. Secondly.. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA that looked like something out of a Laurel and Hardey film, I've played this vid 6 times now, still laughin :)

  • 07015678
    2:04 PM 06/06/2012

    Indeed. Rather surprising actually.

  • stroudos
    11:14 AM 06/06/2012

    Some really nice gracious-in-defeat comments from the Aussies on here. Good work.

  • colombes
    10:33 AM 06/06/2012


  • breakaway
    6:28 AM 06/06/2012

    Congrats to the Scots. Not a game of sparkling highlights but it was intriguing to watch because of the conditions. For most of the second half I thought an Oz try was only a matter of time but the Scots' defence did the job. I thought the ref's decision to give a last minute penalty in front of the posts when he'd been letting collapses go all game was a surprise. Front row penalties always seem to be a lottery and in the extreme conditions I thought he'd done the right thing in being a bit lenient up to then. But I've got no problem with the result. Australia will need to be better against Wales, and the Scots are going to need all that defence in the islands, especially out wide.

  • stroudos
    1:07 AM 06/06/2012

    Now that's what you call a Glasgow Kiss! Classic.

  • juggernauter
    12:45 AM 06/06/2012

    Great win by the Scots. OK, so Australia were without Beale, O'Connor and Horwill, yes, there were five new caps and yes the conditions were awful, but man a win is a win. I just hope Scotland can back this win with to more on the islands, although Samoa will take some stopping. Let the internationals beegiiiinn

  • paimoe
    12:43 AM 06/06/2012

    I am disappointed Australia

  • kevcol12
    12:26 AM 06/06/2012

    "If you know a more apt tribute to today's celebration of the English Monarchy than taking off a Scot's head, I'd like to hear it." - A quote from

  • cbredin9
    11:20 PM 05/06/2012

    Indeed - we desperately needed a win. A confidence boost to the squad! I think it's a a bit harsh in saying there was a lack of a plan B from Australia. Did you see the conditions? There was only 1 way to play in that wind and rain and both teams employed the same tactics - albeit the Aussies were slightly more adventurous. That being said, I think we'll see a much different Australian performance come Saturday against the Welsh. I'm a Scot, and if the weather was different the result would probably have been in the Aussies favour. However, Andy Robinson has injected a more attacking mentality to the Scottish game. We haven't had the results, but the rugby has been much more encouraging to watch!

  • welshosprey
    10:17 PM 05/06/2012

    Losing to scotland is horrible because they really suck the life out teams sometimes. If australia play like that against wales they have no chance in hell. Our scrum will destroy them.

  • eggman
    10:11 PM 05/06/2012

    Spot on. Highly dangerous jumping onto a maul like that

  • pretzel
    10:04 PM 05/06/2012

    3 month ban for Strokosch!!! Disgraceful!

  • guy
    9:23 PM 05/06/2012

    Nice one for 'What happens next'. Well done to the Scotts. As a neutral it's nice to see the underdog win every once in a while.

  • murina
    9:19 PM 05/06/2012

    Congratulations to the Jocks. Wooden spoon in the nations, 7 losses on the trot, away from home and against the (quite inexplicably) second ranked team in the world. What was shocking was not the approach of Scotland (they don't play in many different ways) but the lack of a plan 'B' from Australia. No Giteau to unfairly blame this time either.... Anyway, congrats again to the Jocks


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