McCormack's positive fitness report
Steve McCormack had no concerns over Danny Brough's fitness after he played just 30 minutes of Scotland's 38-20 defeat to Papua New Guinea.
The Huddersfield half-back was excellent during the half-an-hour he was on the field, laying on two Scotland tries, but was withdrawn and did not reappear.
It was always expected that Brough would play a bit-part, so few eyebrows were raised when he went off but McCormack did admit his star man had suffered a problem on Friday, although he insisted it was nothing to worry about ahead of the World Cup.
"Everyone came through fine," McCormack said, 10 days out from his side's opener against Tonga.
"Danny had a little twinge in his shoulder yesterday and I wasn't going to pick him, but we decided to have a little go with it and we always planned to do that (bring him off)."
Scotland's loss hardly serves as ideal preparation for the upcoming main event, but coach McCormack had few complaints with what he saw from his side.
"We want to win every game, but realistically you look at the squads and their preparation time... That will stand us in good stead," he said.
"Early on we showed some good touches, then I made a few changes in the halves and at hooker and everybody has come through okay. It gives us something of a benchmark for the Tonga game."
The Kumuls were as entertaining as they often are, showing just why they have become a favourite for rugby league romantics worldwide.
Their coach Adrian Lam also took what he could, but gave the impression of a man who knows he still has work to do ahead of next week's clash with France in Hull.
"It was a game we needed to have because we're not quite confirmed on what the squad of 17 will be next week so it was good to have a run," the former Wigan half-back said.
"We are pretty happy. When we first spoke about this game we weren't sure because of the injury factor but in hindsight it was the best thing we could have done.
"We needed this game. We don't know what will come next week. We have a young squad, but have experience players in key positions, which gives us hope and if we can keep improving the way we are there are good times ahead."
A reasonable crowd of 1,412 turned up Featherstone's famous Post Office Road to witness the clash, which was a non-cap international and offered a hint of the entertainment which may lie ahead in the World Cup.
Scotland may head for their training camp with the most questions to answer, but according to Lam, the Bravehearts are in good shape.
"I know Brough came off early, but every team in these friendlies has an agenda," he said.
"Ours was to play as many people as we can and make sure we have the right players on the bench. If they pick their best squad they can take on any team they play."