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Scotland hope to rain on Kiwis parade

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/11/2016 Ian Laybourn

Danny Brough of Scotland tackles Elliott Whitehead of England during the Four Nations match between the England and Scotland at The Ricoh Arena on November 5, 2016 in Coventry, United Kingdom. © Stephen Pond/Getty Images Danny Brough of Scotland tackles Elliott Whitehead of England during the Four Nations match between the England and Scotland at The Ricoh Arena on November 5, 2016 in Coventry, United Kingdom. The wetter the better for Scotland in their Four Nations Test against New Zealand says skipper Danny Brough.

The Bravehearts wrap up their inaugural Four Nations campaign in Workington on Friday against a Kiwis team who need a 42-point win to ensure they qualify for next week's final.

The Scots lost to the Kangaroos by 42 points in the tournament opener but restricted England to a 26-point winning margin and Brough says they are looking for further improvement against the Kiwis at what promises to be a soggy Derwent Park.

"We're looking to keep them under 20 if we can, that's one of our goals," Brough said.

"I just hope the weather can do us a favour as well. If it rains or it's windy, it will slow the game down a bit and let us get set.

"Instead of them getting quick play-the-balls and bursting through us. It would be nice to have a bit of wind and rain to be honest."

The minimum target for Scotland is to improve on their 40-4 defeat by the Kiwis in their only previous meeting, the quarter-finals of the 2013 World Cup.

Brough, who will equal the Scottish appearance record held by Andrew Henderson with his 23rd cap, says his team are determined not to go backwards after winning many plaudits for their performance against England.

He is already looking ahead to the 2017 World Cup.

"We're looking to take another stride forward. We were poor against Australia, took a stride forward against England and hopefully we can take another against the Kiwis."

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