Wallace relishes Scotland debut

NRL-based half-back Peter Wallace says he loved his debut for Scotland, which ended in a 26-24 win over Tonga at Derwent Park.

The former New South Wales State of Origin star, who is moving back top Penrith Panthers from Brisbane Broncos next month, made his first appearance for Steve McCormack’s side and admitted he thought Scotland had blown it before earning a narrow victory, secured by Matthew Russell’s late try.

He said: “I thought we were gone there a few times. We had a couple of lucky decisions go our way, which kept us in the game, and Matty Russell came up with the last try to win the game for us.”

Scotland were cheered on by a 7630 crowd at Workington’s Derwent Park, the biggest crowd at the ground for nearly 20 years.

Wallace added: “I couldn’t be happier with the night – it was even better than I expected.

“It was a great atmosphere during the game and the atmosphere in changing room afterwards couldn’t be better. It was all a new experience – I’ve worn a kilt a couple of times before but that was the first time I’ve sung the anthem properly. I can’t wait until next time now.”

Scotland return to Derwent Park on Sunday to face Italy.

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