Rugby Union: Dixon wary of Wallaby backlash

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The Scotland captain, Richie Dixon, insists that Australia will still provide his new look side with an awesome challenge on Saturday despite their unconvincing recent form under their new coach, Rod Macqueen.

After losing in Argentina and only managing a draw against England at Twickenham last Saturday, the Wallabies are under pressure to finish their tour on a high at Murrayfield.

With Scotland naming an attack-minded line-up, including new wing sensation James Craig, some pundits are optimistically talking up their chances of pulling off a shock victory against the 1991 World Cup winners.

Dixon maintained, however, that Scotland's task remained a daunting one, warning of a possible Wallaby backlash on Saturday. He said: "Australia have a proud record in this country and make no mistake, they will be very strong opponents for us on Saturday.

"I watched their game with England and both sides would be disappointed that the play did not develop as they would have liked.

"With any new coach, it takes time to come up with ultimate conclusions on the way you want to play and Rod is still developing the style he wants.

"If it develops in the same way as with ACT, then the world can expect some very exciting football from Australia in next couple of years."

Dixon said he had no qualms about bringing in Duncan Hodge for only his second cap, to replace the injured Rowen Shepherd at full-back. Hodge will also assume goal-kicking duties.

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