Hooker Ross Ford will become only the third player to reach 100 caps for Scotland as he spearheads a new-look front row against Australia on Saturday.
The Wallabies will do it tougher this weekend and Eddie Jones might do likewise.
If Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw can't wait to face Australia on Saturday (Sunday 0130 AEDT), it's not for the reason many might suspect.
There is an Australian coach within the Scotland rugby setup who wants his team to get in the face of the Wallabies in order to disrupt the attacking rhythm they showed against Wales last week.
Scotland are bracing themselves to face a fired-up Japan side in Saturday's second Test, with Emperor Akihito to attend his first rugby match to cheer on the hosts.
It was a decision that left Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw a broken man. Yet, the incorrect penalty that Craig Joubert awarded the Wallabies seems not to be the referee's biggest regret from that day.
Ireland ended a disappointing defence of the Six Nations title with their best display of the championship, beating Scotland 35-25 in an exciting contest on Saturday to wrap up the campaign with two victories in a row.
Wales extended Scotland's losing Six Nations championship run to nine matches with second-half tries from Jamie Roberts and George North securing a 27-23 victory on Saturday.
Duncan Taylor will start at centre for Scotland against Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday, the only change to coach Vern Cotter's starting line-up that lost their opener to England.
England got the Eddie Jones era off to a victorious start on Saturday as tries by George Kruis and Jack Nowell earned them a 15-9 victory over Scotland in a nervy Six Nations clash at Murrayfield.
The message was loud and clear. The Wallabies did not deserve to be playing in a World Cup semi-final.
London: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika wasted no time starting the World Cup final four mind games, claiming his team is the "junior member" of the countries left standing as the Rugby Championship arrives on the global stage.
Bernard Foley had redemption on his mind when he lined up to take the controversial kick that put Australia into the World Cup semi-finals.
Fans at the Australia-Scotland World Cup quarter-final were not the only ones livid at referee Craig Joubert as social media users vented their frustration at Joubert's late decision to award the Wallabies a penalty which helped seal their 35-34 win at Twickenham.
Scotland are putting the likely loss of two key players behind them and focusing on their plan to topple the tournament's form team.
The Wallabies have been dealt a devastating double blow to their World Cup campaign with Israel Folau and David Pocock ruled out of their quarter-final showdown with Scotland.
The Wallabies had a hard road through the pool round of the Rugby World Cup. But this slog opened up an easier path in the finals.
Scotland confirmed on Thursday that they would appeal against the bans that have ruled out hooker Ross Ford and lock Jonny Gray for Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia.
The stud marks on Stephen Moore's face are the reminder of what he's willing to do for his country, but the Wallabies skipper is on a mission to heal Australia's wounds of the past.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has told his players to brace for more training pain as he turns up the intensity in a bid to make them "body hard" for the World Cup knockout battles.