Rugby League World Cup  Thursday 7th November 2013  Salford City Stadium, Salford  Att: 6,041

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Alex Hurst

Luke Douglas

Matt Russell

Brett Phillips

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Danny Brough

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Taylor Welch

Kristian Freed

GOAL SCORERS:

Full Report

Match Official: T Alibert

Scotland kept their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage of Rugby League World Cup 2013 alive with a comeback win over the tournament’s surprise package, USA.

 

Despite having already qualified, the USA made only two changes from the starting 13 that beat Wales on Sunday, and their momentum continued as they ran in two first-half tries through Kristian Freed and Taylor Welch.

 

Scotland, needing a win to avoid a group stage exit, were quick out of the blocks in the second half, collecting early touchdowns from Brett Phillips and Matty Russell, before Luke Douglas and Alex Hurst added two more.

USA put Scotland under pressure from the kick off and got their reward when Tui Samoa opted to go down the blind side from the play-the-ball before finding full-back Freed who went over in the corner. Despite initially appearing to have been held up in goal, video referee Henry Perenara awarded the try to put USA 4-0 ahead.

Scotland looked to hit back and twice came close to scoring. Ben Hellewell was held up in goal, and immediately after Hurst touched down but the referee ruled the pass from Danny Brough was forward and disallowed the score.

The USA doubled their tally when Craig Priestly poked a grubber kick in goal, which was pounced on by Welch; however Joseph Paulo was again off target with the conversion.

Scotland seemed to have open their account when Danny Brough darted through the USA defence and touched down under the posts but the video referee was called into action for a third time and disallowed the try for obstruction.

But it was a different story after the interval. The Scots finally posted their first try of the game 10 minutes into the second half when Brough managed to find Phillips who powered through the USA defence to give them a way back into the match.

The crowd raised the volume and Scotland raised the tempo scoring their second try soon after. Brough, who was again orchestrating their play, passed to Russell, who breached the USA defence to go over underneath the posts. Brough added the extras to give the Bravehearts the lead for the first time in the game.

Scotland kept up the pressure and came close to increasing their lead when Hurst scooted over the line from dummy-half. However, the try was disallowed out by the video referee, as the winger was ruled to be in touch before grounding the ball.

The USA looked to hit back when Matthew Peterson headed for the corner, but an excellent tackle by David Scott forced him to fumble and hand possession back to the Bravehearts.

Scotland gave themselves some breathing room when Douglas took the ball from Brough’s quick tap and drove to the line, Brough landing his second conversion to make it 16-8.

With the last play of the game they added some gloss to the score line when Hurst found himself on the end of another Brough pass to go over in the corner, the stand-off wrapping things up with the conversion

Match Action

  • 80m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Scotland

  • 80m
    try

    Alex Hurst

    Scotland

  • 62m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Scotland

  • 62m
    try

    Luke Douglas

    Scotland

  • 55m
    try

    Matt Russell

    Scotland

  • 55m
    goal

    Danny Brough

    Scotland

  • 51m
    interchange_off

    Taylor Welch

    USA

  • 51m
    try

    Brett Phillips

    Scotland

  • 51m
    interchange_on

    Judah Lavulo

    USA

  • 40m
    interchange_on

    Alex Szostak

    Scotland

  • 40m
    interchange_off

    Brett Phillips

    Scotland

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Sam Barlow

    Scotland

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Luke Douglas

    Scotland

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Roman Hifo

    USA

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Eddy Pettybourne

    USA

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Ben Kavanagh

    Scotland

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Mitch Stringer

    Scotland

  • 23m
    try

    Taylor Welch

    USA

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    David Marando

    USA

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Tui Samoa

    USA

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Adam Walker

    Scotland

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Oliver Wilkes

    Scotland

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Danny Howard

    USA

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Joel Luani

    USA

  • 9m
    try

    Kristian Freed

    USA