8 Nov 2016

Scotland's Kiwi influence unsettles Wallabies

8:01 am on 8 November 2016

The Wallabies fear Scotland's strongly All Blacks-influenced style could derail their grand slam tilt before their major showdowns with Ireland and England.

Australia's hopes of beating all four home nations were boosted by a polished opening victory over Wales and the tourists will start warm favourites against Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday morning (NZ Time).

Australian rugby player Nick Phipps

Australian rugby player Nick Phipps Photo: Photosport

Scotland are coached by New Zealand's Vern Cotter and have a distinctly All Black flavour in the way they attack games - a threat which should sound alarm bells for the Wallabies.

Halfback Nick Phipps - who faces a challenge for the No.9 jersey from Will Genia now that he's joined the team in Edinburgh - said the Wallabies are prepared for Scotland's defusing tactics.

"They've got quite a Kiwi influence ... they're very defensive, very pressure- oriented around the breakdown especially," he said.

"So it's going to make life pretty tough for the 9 and 10 around that area."

He said the raucous crowd in Edinburgh is also likely to lift the home side to yet another level.