Australia sets up historic semi-final line-up

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  • Wallabies snatch dramatic World Cup win over Scotland 35-34
  • Bernard Foley breaks Scottish hearts with last-minute penalty

Untitled-8Australia’s Tevita Kuridrani, Adam Ashley Cooper and Kurtley Beale (R) celebrate after the game against Scotland in the IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Quarter Final at  Twickenham Stadium, London, England - Action Images via Reuters 

AFP: Australia’s last gasp win over Scotland made it an all Southern Hemisphere semi-final line up for the first time in Rugby World Cup history on Sunday.

Australia’s 35-34 victory over the Scots at Twickenham saw them seal a semi-final berth back at Twickenham next Sunday against Argentina - who thrashed Six Nations champions Ireland 43-20 earlier in Cardiff.

Two-time world champions South Africa will play defending titleholders New Zealand in the other semi-final also at Twickenham on Saturday.

Australia’s hero, or for the Scottish the anti-hero, was Bernard Foley as he landed a last minute penalty, contentiously awarded by South Africa referee Craig Joubert.

“It’s a penalty and that’s how it works, that’s life,” said Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

Foley - who failed to land a kick in the first-half and saw a chip blocked and result in a Scottish try in the second period - repeated his heroics of the Super Rugby final last year when he landed a last-minute penalty to break Scottish hearts.