Wolves new boy Matty Russell the pride of Scotland - dashing the hopes of Saints' Willie Manu (From Leigh Journal)
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Warrington Wolves new boy Matty Russell the pride of Scotland
11:15pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in Sport
WARRINGTON Wolves’ new full back Matty Russell sealed a first home-nation win in the Rugby League World Cup tonight.
The 20-year-old’s second try, nine minutes from time, and Danny Brough’s conversion ended a fine Tonga fightback as Scotland ran out 26-24 victors in a dramatic Group C encounter at Derwent Park in Workington.
St Helens forward Willie Manu had put Leigh-based Tonga in front with a converted try 10 minutes earlier Former Wigan player Russell, who Wolves have signed from Gold Coast Titans in Australia, opened Scotland’s account in a first half in which Steve McCormack’s men established a deserved 20-4 advantage.
Ben Fisher and Brett Carter had scored the Bravehearts’ other two tries, with Man of Steel Danny Brough kicking all the conversions and adding a penalty.
But Tonga, highly fancied as semi-finalists, opened the second half with 20 unanswered points.
Man-of-the-match Sika Manu, the Penrith Panthers prop, crossed twice as Tonga established a 24-20 lead, which could have been higher but for a score ruled out by the video referee.
Russell then struck a blow to Tongan hopes but the drama was not over.
The Leigh-based outfit crossed on the final hooter but again their effort was ruled out by the video referee to leave the Scots smiling.
The attendance of 7,630 was the biggest at the Cumbrian ground since 1994.
Scotland: 1 Matthew Russell 2 Alex Hurst 3 Ben Hellewell 4 Kane Linnett 5 Brett Carter 6 Danny Brough 7 Peter Wallace 8 Adam Walker 9 Ian Henderson 10 Luke Douglas 11 Danny Addy 12 Dale Ferguson 13 Oliver Wilkes 14 Ben Fisher 15 Brett Phillips 16 Mitchell Stringer 17 Ben Kavanagh
Tonga: 1 Glen Fisi'iahi 2 Daniel Tupou 3 Konrad Hurrell 4 Jorge Taufua 5 Sosaia Feki 6 Samsoni Langi 7 Daniel Foster 8 Brent Kite 9 Siliva Havili 10 Fuifui Moimoi 11 Jason Taumololo 12 Sika Manu Man of the Match 13 Willie Manu 14 Nafe Seluini 15 Ben Murdoch-Masila 16 Ukuma Ta'ai 17 Mickey Paea
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