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Skipper Joseph Paulo couldn't guide the USA to victory over Scotland at the World Cup.

Every player's performance rated from Scotland's 22-8 win over the USA.


1. Matthew Russell: Man of the Match performance from the rising star, busting nine tackles and breaching the USA defence twice. Scored a try as well, taking him to four for the tournament. Why did the Titans let him go back to Warrington? 9 

2. Alex Hurst: Desperately unlucky not to score more than the one try. Made a game-high 201 metres. 7.5

3. Ben Hellewell: Worked hard for 87 metres, and was held up over the line once, but spilled the ball three times. 6

4. Danny Addy: Got through a mountain of defence, amazingly leading the team with 34 tackles. Didn't see a lot of the pill. 7. 

5. David Scott: Made a try-saving tackle in the second half, and did the hard work with 114 metres from 16 carries. 

6. Danny Brough: Unlucky not to get best on ground, creating plenty of chances in attack and really forcing the issue. Set up two tries, two line breaks, and should've got a try himself. Great performance. 9

7. Peter Wallace: A typically steady performance from the former Bronco, deferred plenty of ball to Brough and kicked well. 7

8. Adam Walker: One of four forwards to crack the 100-metre barrier, carrying the ball 12 times and the only Scottish forward not to miss a tackle. 7.5

14. Andrew Henderson: Worked tireless in defence, making 33 tackles and did a good job of getting his forwards on the front foot. 7

10. Luke Douglas: Topped off another workhorse performance with a try. Averaging 126 metres and 41 tackles for the tournament. 7.5

11. Brett Phillips: Used every inch of his 193cm frame to make 131 metres. Scored a good try on the left edge, too. 7

12. Dale Ferguson: All aggression and fire in both attack and defence but had some quality in his work too, making 115 metres, 31 tackles and busting five. Will be in trouble for a terrible-looking crusher tackle though. 7.5

13. Ben Kavanagh: Made 70 metres from his 10 runs but didn't do a whole lot else. 6.5

15. Alex Szostak: Carried the ball just four times, but contributed 20 tackles. 5.5

16. Mitchell Stringer: A strong second half coincided with momentum turning to Scotland's favour. 6

17. Oliver Wilkes: Ran the ball more than any other bench player, making 77 metres. 6

18. Sam Barlow: Came in late after an unfortunate warm-up calf injury to Ben Fisher, who looks to have announced his retirement. Barlow showed good footwork in the little time he was on. 6.5


1. Kristian Freed: Scored a fortunate try in the first half but was otherwise well contained, making just 78 metres. 6.5

2. Bureta Faraimo: His battle with his opposite in Hurst got fiery as the game wore on. One of the Tomahawks' best, showing great strength for 171 metres from 19 runs. 7.5

3. Taylor Welch: The only Tomahawk to play in the Super League showed good speed to chase down a grubber. 6.5

4. Michael Garvey: Made a couple of good one-on-one tackles but wasn't as involved in attack as he would've liked. 6

5. Matt Petersen: Didn't see a whole lot of ball and missed an opportunity to score at the end. 5.5

6: Joseph Paulo: Probably won't get his face up on Mount Rushmore any time soon, with a couple of early errors and two missed shots at goal after setting up his team's first try. 6

7: Craig Preistly: A really professional performance from the Southhampton Dragons owner. His short kicking game is class and was strong in defence. 7.5

8. Mark Offerdahl: Made 93 quality metres from 11 runs. Solid from the strong man. 7

9. Tui Samoa: Showed bravery to come back on in the second half after being hurt with a crusher tackle in the first. Good speed out of dummy half. 7 

10. Eddy Pettybourne: We're going to put it out there – one of the best games of his career. 178 metres from 22 runs and 28 tackles was machine-like. 7.5

11. Clint Newton: Made 35 tackles and 99 metres but, like most of his team-mates, tired as the game wore on. 7

12. Matt Shipway: Would've liked to see more ball, running it just nine times for 67 metres and busting three tackles. 6.5

13. Danny Howard: Worked hard for 106 metres and 27 tackles. 6.5

14. David Marando: Came on midway through first half but didn't have much of an impact. 5

15. Roman Hifo: Made a couple of strong runs, but was made to carry the ball from deep in his half. 5.5

16. Joel Luani: Got carried away with the niggle late in the game and got himself on report for lifting in a tackle. 5.5

17. Judah Lavulo: Did very little, making just 12 metres from two runs and three tackles. 4

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