Hello and welcome to the latest edition of Guardian Australia’s sportwatch. Mike here manning the controls in Sydney for what promises to be a rather hectic day of sport, so without further ado, let’s jump straight in and take a quick look at what lies ahead.
Rugby union: the Wallabies take on Scotland at Allianz Stadium in Sydney in the latest June Test match. Kick-off is at 3pm AEST (that’s 6am for any stalwart Scots back in the UK) and it promises to be a tasty affair. The last time Scotland were over here, in 2012, they beat the Wallabies on a foul day in Newcastle – the first time they had beaten Australia since 1982. The two nations met again at the World Cup in 2015 – when Bernard Foley’s controversial 79th minute penalty goal at Twickenham caused uproar in Scotland – and then at Murrayfield last year – when Foley’s boot again did the damage – but since then Scots have risen to fifth in the world and, given the recent, um, troubles in Australian rugby, another smash and grab really doesn’t take too much imagination to conceive. It’s going to be interesting to see how things pan out in Sydney this arvo.
There’s also the small matter of the ongoing Lions tour over the ditch – the tourists play the Maori All Blacks at 5:35pm AEST (8:35am UK) hoping to get a win under their belt before next weekend’s first Test against the All Blacks. Here’s Rob Kitson on today’s game in Rotorua:
Professional rugby is stuffed with people who purport to respect their jersey but the Lions should beware: the Maori take it to a different level. Their respective tribes – the aforementioned iwi – are even listed on the team sheet. Think ancient Scottish clans whose ancestral links count for rather more than what coloured kilt pattern they can wear.
AFL: Richmond are already underway against the Swans (I’ll bring you an update as soon as I’m done with this preamble), while Port Adelaide play Brisbane at 4:35pm AEST and then Gold…