Australia would have watched their old rivals New Zealand school France and thought "alright, our turn then," starting with the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Scotland at Twickenham on Sunday.

The Wallabies were quite impressive in the group stages, topping the most difficult pool with aplomb, but all that will mean little if they don't take that form into the knockouts.

Australia have shown they can attack – like they did against England – and defend – which they showed in spades against Wales – meaning there is very little for Scotland to exploit in the quarterfinal.

A physical game seems to be the mantra that the Scots will go by against Australia, and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika is more than ready to counter that.

"They've been talking about a fair bit of physicality in the game, so it's obviously something that we've been working hard on our team," Cheika, who will be without crucial players David Pocok and Israel Folau, was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "It's going to be tough, it's going to be painful, it's going to be physically difficult.

"There are going to be a lot of moments where we're going to be under pressure. Character is what's required at those times to help you get out of those moments and help you bounce back effectively when your time comes during the game.

"We understand that they'll be really trying to come at us with that physicality, but I also think that both teams have wanted to play some open rugby as well."

Scotland can go into this quarterfinal without too much pressure, considering Australia are expected to turn triumphant, and that lack of pressure might just work in their favour.

"These guys are competitors, that's why they play the game," Scotland coach Vern Cotter said. "It's a great challenge for a sportsman to play against one of the best teams, at the moment, in world rugby. So, the focus is to go out there and win.

"That's really the attitude we're taking. It's a massive challenge. Get out there and have a real go at it. Have a good go at one of the best teams in the world.

"We've got a few things we can throw at them to upset them. We certainly don't want to be taking a backwards step in the game. We're going to move forward and have a real go at them."

Teams: Australia: Kurtley Beale; Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell; Bernard Foley, Will Genia; Ben McCalman, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy; Rob Simmons, Kane Douglas; Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore (C), Scott Sio.

Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Greg Holmes, Dean Mumm, Sean McMahon, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Quade Cooper.

Scotland: Stuart Hogg; Sean Maitland, Mark Bennett, Peter Horne, Tommy Seymour; Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (C); David Denton, John Hardie, Blair Cowan; Richie Gray, Tim Swinson; WP Nel, Fraser Brown, Alasdair Dickinson

Replacements: Kevin Bryce, Gordon Reid, Jon Welsh, Alasdair Strokosch, Josh Strauss, Henry Pyrgos, Richie Vernon, Sean Lamont.

Where to Watch Live

Australia vs Scotland is scheduled for a 4 pm local time (8.30 pm IST, 11 am ET) start. Sony Six will show the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match live in India on Television.

Audience in Australia can watch Wallabies vs Scotland live on Fox Sports, with the live stream option on Foxtel Play.

Viewers in the UK and Ireland can watch the match on TV live on ITV1, with the online live stream option on ITV Player.

SuperSport will show the match live in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa, while the quarterfinal can be live streamed on SuperSport Live Video.

New Zealand viewers can catch their rivals play Scotland live on Sky Sport, while the action can also be watched via live streaming online on Sky Go NZ.

Audience in the USA can watch Scotland vs Australia live on Universal Sports, while all the Rugby World Cup action can also be live streamed on Universal Sports Online. Viewers in Canada can watch Australia vs Scotland live on TSN, with the online live streaming option on TSN TV.