Scotland were eliminated from the Rugby World Cup quarter-final yesterday due to a suspect penalty awarded by Craig Joubert in the dying moments of the game. Despite snatching what looked like a game-winning try after 75 minutes to take a 34-32 lead, Scotland fell agonisingly short, as Australian out-half Bernard Foley stood up to slot over a penalty to give the Walllabies a one point win.
Under the stewardship of Vern Cotter, Scottish Rugby has been un an upward trajectory, putting in a solid performance throughout this World Cup. The Glasgow Warriors’ Pro12 triumph last May suggests that a winning mentality may finally be instilled in the Scots, but it was not to be yesterday.
This brings the Scots back to their 1991 loss to England at the semi-final stage, and it is just as painful.
It is not the first time that referee Joubert has infuriated Rugby fans, with memories of the 2011 showpiece still hurting the French.
However, yesterday was a day Scotland can feel justifiably frustrated, and this tweet perfectly summed up the general mood of a nation.
— FalkirkPolice (@FalkirkPolice) October 18, 2015
Wales, France, Ireland and Scotland all lost out over the weekend to ensure that the semi-finals will be exclusively contested by Southern Hemisphere nations. Having emerged from Twickenham unscathed yesterday, Australia return to the London venue next week to take on Argentina for a place in the decider on 31st October.