6 Nov 2008

Scotland secure miracle win over Fiji

6:42 am on 6 November 2008

Scotland pulled off an 18-16 late winover highly-fancied Fiji at Gosford to claim their country's first e rugby league World Cup win in five attempts.

The Wakefield prop Oliver Wilkes barged over in the 76th minute to level scores before captain Danny Brough kept his perfect goalkicking record intact with a left-footed conversion for victory.

But despite the narrow defeat Fiji still finish top of Pool 2 and will face Ireland in a playoff for the semi-finals on the Gold Coast on Monday with the winner to face Australia.

Scotland jump to second in the pool and will play Tonga on Saturday while France will play Samoa on Sunday after the islanders lost top place of Pool 3 with a heavy 34-16 loss to Ireland.