Rugby League World Cup: Peter Wallace - Scotland will give it their all against New Zealand

Last Updated: 13/11/13 4:45pm

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Peter Wallace (left): In action in Scotland's victory over Tonga

Peter Wallace (left): In action in Scotland's victory over Tonga

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Peter Wallace admits confidence in the Scotland camp is sky high ahead of their World Cup quarter-final showdown against New Zealand.

The Scots travel to Headingley harbouring hopes of an upset after a draw against Italy and victories over Tonga and the USA secured their place in Friday's showdown.

And the 28-year-old half-back, who qualifies for Scotland through his grandmother, admits his three-week stint in England has been among the highlights of his playing career.

Wallace, who delayed his arrival at the finals in order to attend his friend's wedding back in Australia, said: "I couldn't miss that, and it meant I only missed a couple of days in camp and the warm-up game against PNG."

Despite having little time together, Wallace, who has joined Penrith after five years with Brisbane, struck up an effective partnership with skipper Danny Brough which helped lift spirits throughout the team.

"It was like the first day at school," he said. "I only knew Kane (Linnett) and Duggie (Luke Douglas) from back home.

"I didn't really know what to expect when we first started but, after that first game, we definitely thought we could make the quarter-finals and it's great that we have.

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"New Zealand are a great team but we just have to go into the game not worrying about them too much, just put our best performance out there and see what happens. If we do that, we will hold our heads up high.

"Obviously myself, Kane and Duggie play against them every week so we sort of know a bit more about them than the other blokes and we can give a few pointers here and there. For the boys it's a massive thrill being able to play against New Zealand.

"We're going into the game confident. We've had three great performances and we're undefeated so you can't really ask for better preparation going into a big game like this."

And Wallace, who has played State of Origin rugby for New South Wales, rates Scotland's most successful World Cup campaign among the highlights of his career.

"It's right up there," he said. "The fact that no one gave us a chance, and being such a new team as well, it's pretty special to be a part of.

"They're all good fellas too. Everyone gets on great and I'm just happy for the boys that we've been able to do it. It's been a great trip, a great experience and a pleasure representing Scotland."

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