Mitch praying for a place in quarter finals

editorial image

Forward Mitch Stringer is hoping Scotland can keep their unbeaten record tonight in the Rugby League World Cup – then the waiting starts.

If the Bravehearts beat USA at Salford they are in with a chance of reaching the quarter-finals. Italy have a better points difference and would edge out the Scots if they win their final group game against Tonga on Sunday.

“All we can do is beat USA” said Stringer who played in Scotland’s win over Tonga and the draw with Italy. “Tonga are a physical team; hopefully they can do a job for us on Italy.” Stringer and Sheffield Eagles team-mates Andrew Henderson and Alex Szostak are in a Scotland squad which include a mix of Australian-based players and Championship part-timers.

The prop forward who has a Scottish father and grew up in Barnsley said: “I’m proud to play for Scotland and we’ve had great support. I’ve seen a few Eagles shirts in the crowds at our games and if there are a few more at Salford it’d be fantastic.”

Stringer added: “Some people might think we’ve out-performed but in the squad we knew we had a chance of making the quarter-finals – then anything can happen.”