SAINTS prop Luke Douglas’s last charge of his professional career, which saw him score for Scotland from 20 metres out, ensured that the Bravehearts qualified for their fifth World Cup, with a 42-24 triumph over Greece in London.

The retiring prop, who played the full 80 minutes to great effect, sealed a terrific personal performance with the conversion to his touchdown, the first goal of his illustrious career,


Scotland were made to fight all the way by a committed Greek side, who were level 24-all with 15 minutes left to play.

From that point on, the Greeks having failed to find touch with a penalty, saw Scotland dominate.

“I’m really pleased with the result although, at times, we put ourselves in a hole by not completing,” said Scotland caretaker coach Nathan Graham. “All credit to the lads, they dug in and got back to the game plan, and we went away with it at the end with some really good play.”

Graham added: “There were a couple of stand out performers for us, Luke Douglas in his final game was immense, as was Oscar Thomas who was a last minute call up at hooker and also played the entire time and came up with some real quality play – and young Callum McLelland on the left caused all sorts of problems. We’ve qualified in good style.”