23rd October 2017, 15:42 | super_league

Super League at the World Cup: Scotland

Super League at the World Cup: Scotland

A tough group and lots of injuries, can Scotland defy the odds again?

Coming off a 2016 where the Bravehearts recorded a historic draw against New Zealand, Scotland will be looking to cause more upsets in the upcoming World Cup. 

Scotland are in Group B, where the top three teams out of four will qualify for the quarter finals. This will be a challenge for Scotland though, as the world number four ranked team will face New Zealand, Tonga and Samoa.

The Bravehearts are once again led by 2013 Steve Prescott Man of Steel Danny Brough. The Giants half took Huddersfield back into the Betfred Super League Super 8s in 2017 after a poor 2016 campaign. 

Brough made 22 assists and more kicks in general play than any other player in 2017 Betfred Super League. When you combine this with his seven 40/20s and goal kicking specialties, Danny will be key for the Bravehearts.

Joining Brough is his Giants team-mate Dale Ferguson. The second rower played 17 Super League games in 2017 after returning to Huddersfield from Bradford at the end of last season. Ferguson made 1101 metres and 395 tackles this season and will be a key part of the pack heading to the World Cup.

Lewis Tierney returns to the Scotland team fresh off a permanent move from Wigan to Catalans. After winning the Grand Final in 2016, Tierney scored 7 tries and made nearly 2000 metres this season, his electric speed and agility will be key to the Bravehearts.

Warrington's Matty Russell was huge in Scotland’s 2016 Four Nations campaign and his amazing finish in the corner against England was one of the highlights of the tournament. Coming off a disappointing campaign for The Wire where Russell scored 10 tries, the winger will be hoping Scotland can go far in Australia.

St Helens’ Luke Douglas is a key figure in the Scotland team and his experience will be vital. Douglas made 25 appearances for Saints as they made it to the Betfred Super League semi-finals. The forward made 653 tackles in 2017, with 135 of those coming from the marker position.

Newly promoted Hull Kingston Rovers have four players representing Scotland who will be in 2018 Betfred Super League. Coming off an inspiring Super 8s campaign where Rovers won promotion to the top flight by finishing third in The Qualifiers, Danny Addy, Kieran Moran, Will Oakes and Ben Kavanagh will be hoping to inspire Scotland against tough competition.