The Canada women's rugby side claimed back to back victories over their nearest rivals, the USA, with a 34-22 win in the second test. Canada outscored the Americans five tries to two in the gameAfter a 14-8 defeat earlier in the week, USA coach kathy Flores had made a raft of changes to her side as she looked to get a last overview of how well all of her squad was shaping up before deciding who to take to the World Cup.
Canada named a more familiar looking team and their experience showed from the off with a try for fullback Julianne Zussman after just two minutes.
In a thrilling end to end game, Canadas first three tries were all scored in the backs as the end result of simple offloads after touching several sets of hands.
The Americans rallied after half time though and the 27th test between these two nations became another arm wrestle.
Canada scrumhalf Laura Stoughton was given a yellow card for not rolling away at the breakdown but with captain Maria Gallo stepping into the position, the Canadians were able to hold the States scoreless while a player down.
The USA were not dead and buried though and wing Vanesha McGee crossed the line just as Stoughton returned to the pitch, levelling the score at 22.
Stoughton found redemption for her absence in the form of a try, scoring in similar fashion to the first three and then eplacement flanker Heather Jaques capped off an exceptionally sharp game with Canadas last try.
The result caps an excellent platform for Canada to launch their World Cup campaign while the USA must lick their wounds and learn from the two tight defeats.
Tries: Julianne Zussman, Brittany Waters, Mandy Marchak, Laura Stoughton, Heather Jaques
Conversions: Schnell (2), Marchak
Tries: Christine Ringgenberg, Emily Bydwell, Vanesha McGee
Conversions: Ringgenberg (2)