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Watson: The fans got us through the game

Watson: The fans got us through the game

Hamish Watson

Scotland have made a habit of breaking records in 2021 and after a third successive win over Australia – their longest streak since the 1980s – Hamish Watson felt it was the push of the BT Murrayfield crowd that got them over the line.

Debutant hooker Ewan Ashman provided the crucial score in a 15-13 victory, with Player of the Match Watson having gone over in the first half.

But it required a huge effort in the final stages to hold out the Wallabies. And for Watson, the Guinness Six Nations Player of the Championship earlier this year, the sell-out crowd in the Scottish capital made all the difference.

He said: “To have 67,000 back at Murrayfield is absolutely amazing. We’ve been waiting a long time for this. It’s something like 600 days and a 67,000 sell-out at BT Murrayfield, so what a really special day and thanks to everyone in the stands today.

“We had to dig really deep in that one. Australia are a class team, they are the in-form team in world rugby, I think they had won five on the bounce coming into this, beating some top teams. We knew we would have to work immensely hard today and the boys dug in and showed a lot of character.

“It was a very nervy last ten minutes sitting on the bench. The fans got us through the game, it was a hell of a shift from the boys. There were massive turning points in the game, getting the turnover in their half, it was amazing.”

The victory continues Scotland’s fine run in 2021, having also ended long waits for wins at Twickenham and the Stade de France.

Next up is a date with world champions South Africa, fresh from their own battling success in Wales.

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And with Watson confident that Scotland are starting to create a special team, the clash with the Springboks should be another opportunity to demonstrate that growth.

He added: “Something special is building here and I think fans know that as well. We’ve got a really tough game next week off a six-day turnaround but hopefully we’ll see you all next week.”

 

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