Rugby League World Cup: Scotland captain Danny Brough targets quarter-final spot
Last Updated: 21/10/13 3:26pm
Super League's Man of Steel Danny Brough believes a quarter-final appearance for Scotland is a realistic target at the Rugby League World Cup.
Danny Brough is aiming to cap a "dream season" by leading Scotland to the knockout phase of the World Cup.
Brough was named Super League's Man of Steel after helping Huddersfield Giants win the League Leaders' Shield.
He qualifies to represent Scotland via his grandfather and played for them at the last World Cup in Australia in 2008 when they beat Fiji but narrowly failed to progress out of the group stage.
"All the lads that have come in are really good. Unexpected players that you don't know much about are hard to defend."
This time around, the Scots - coached by Steve McCormack for the past decade - are drawn in Group C alongside Tonga and Italy, with only the group winners going through to the last eight.
Brough told Sky Sports: "At the last World Cup, we won one game so winning more than one this time would be a bit of a bonus.
"We are pushing to get to the quarter-finals and that means winning the group. It's all on the day and, if you don't perform, you don't win.
"I'm really excited. We don't play until a week Tuesday (October 29 against Tonga in Workington) but that gives us a bit more time with the lads and preparation for the competition.
"We've got together, had a few sessions, a bit of team bonding and it's all gone smoothly up to now.
"All the lads that have come in are really good. Unexpected players that you don't know much about are hard to defend.
"We're pretty confident and enjoying our time together."