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Danny Cipriani believes Scotland can upset Australia

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Danny Cipriani believes Scotland can overcome the absence of two key players and beat Australia in Sunday's World Cup quarter-final clash at Twickenham.

Hooker Ross Ford and lock Jonny Gray are both banned for the clash after they were handed three-week suspensions for a dangerous tackle on Samoa's Jack Lam in their final Pool B match.

However, Cipriani is adamant the Scots can cause a shock and beat the Wallabies, providing they go at the Australians from the off.

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In his Paddy Power blog, the Sale number 10 said: “It’s frustrating for Scotland to have lost Ross Ford and Jonny Gray to suspensions, but you can’t let that affect the squad.

"The team just have to get on with it now, and the Scots do have talented replacements coming in.

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"If Scotland are going to win this quarter-final clash they will have to have the game of their lives.

"But if there was ever a stage or an opportunity to do it on, the World Cup is perfect.

"Scotland have to go out and blitz Australia for 20-30 minutes and just hope they can hold on.”

Tricky test 

However, Cipriani added: "Having said that, Australia’s form going into the World Cup, and what they’ve shown during the Pool stage, has been outstanding.

"It’s going to be a tough match for Scotland and they will have to go out and execute a game plan at a highly skilled level. It’s hard to see past an Australia win.”

In the absence of Ford and Gray, head coach Vern Cotter has called up forwards Fraser Brown and Tim Swinson.

The one other change among the forwards sees Blair Cowan come in at openside flanker for Ryan Wilson. There is one change in the backs with Peter Horne starting at inside-centre after Matt Scott dropped out with back pain.

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