Oct 29, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Mangweni Stadium
Tonga
24-26
Scotland

Steve McCormack "very proud" of Scotland win

McCormack
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Scotland coach Steve McCormack says that he is very proud of his team's win in their opening match at the Rugby League World Cup.

Scotland coach Steve McCormack has said that he is "very proud" of his side for winning their opening game of the Rugby League World Cup.

The Scots lost a 16-point lead to Tonga in the second half, before a late try from Matty Wallace rescued the 26-24 victory.

McCormack told BBC Sport: "Many people didn't give us a chance looking at that Tonga team, who showed glimpses, but we found a way to win. That is up there with the best Scotland have ever had.

"We earned everything we got. Tonga were brilliant for 30 minutes, but we found a way to win.

"In the last 10 we held firm. My heart was in my mouth and I was not sitting comfortably, but we found a way to win. I am very proud to be associated with that."

Scotland face Italy in their next game on Sunday.

Fuifui Moimoi of Tonga is tackled by Dael Ferguson of Scotland during the Rugby League World Cup Group C match between Tonga and Scotland on October 29, 2013
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