|Scotland players swarming in defence vs Samoa|
This was the second side to say goodbye to the 2017 RL WC. The team was mainly English players with some Scottish ancestry but also a couple of Scots and Australians. The team has less fully professional players than last time, with notable defections in the lead up to the tournament.
Report card: This was Scotland's 4th consecutive WC, the first being the year 2000. The record is below and the bottom figure is the points differential for the group matches played:
2000 was three losses, a win in 2008, two wins in 2013 and a quarter finals spot. For 2017, the first match was a 4-50 demolition by Tonga, followed by a 6-74 hammering by New Zealand. Three top players were sent home at this point and it was turning to custard. However, this galvanised the side and they drew 14-14 with Samoa. The last result gave the side some respectability as they had underachieved until then. It would still rank as their worst performance at a WC in my opinion.
Final ranking for the tournament: 12th to 14th (out of 14 teams).
Picture source: RLEF.
Other teams ranked at the 2017 WC. Click on the nation to go to that article.
12th - 14th: Scotland, Wales, USA.
9th - 11th: France, Italy, Samoa.
5th - 8th: Ireland, Lebanon, New Zealand, PNG.
1st - 4th: Australia, England, Fiji, Tonga.