England beat Canada in their opening match in the Tri-Nations.
Photo: Rugby Canada (Report: RFU)
First half scores courtesy of Lagi Tuima, Lilian Stoeger-Goddard, Abigail Dow and Zoe Harrison, as well as six points from the fly-half's boot, handed England a 26-7 lead at the break.
Canada fought back hard in the second half, scoring a three tries and producing individual moments of brilliance, but were denied by further England scores from Harper and Dow. It was a tentative start as both sides jostled for possession and territory in windy conditions, but England's first meaningful attack turned into points, as quick distribution from halfbacks Brooke Bradley and Harrison stretched the Canadian defence until Tuima was found in space to go over.
Harrison's kick made it 7-0. England's lead then increased by a further 12 points, as they scored two tries inside five minutes. Having set up a good attacking platform from a line out, Harrison zipped a well-weighted pass across her back line to Stoeger-Goddard, who duly dived over, before Dow was the recipient of similar skill for the third try. Maddison Gold grabbed one back for Canada, intercepting a Harrison pass and cantering in unopposed from her own five metre line, with the extras reducing the deficit to 12 points. But the momentum was short lived, as Harrison immediately made up for her error, sniping through a gap in the Canadian defence and dotting down under the sticks for the easiest of conversions. England's dominance continued into the second half as flanker Amelia Harper surged over from close range to keep the visitors in the ascendancy, but not to be outdone,
Canada nabbed one back minutes later through outside centre Sarah Maude LaChance. Dow was on hand again for her second of the match before being shown a yellow card. It was a one player advantage the hosts immediately capitalised on, first through number eight Sophie De Goede, then LaChance again. But England held on to record their first win on tour.
England: Tries - Tuima, Stoeger-Goddard, Dow 2, Harrison, Harper Cons - Harrison 3 Canada: Tries - Gold, LaChance 2, De Goede Cons - Brooke Baizan
Next match: Tuesday 14 August – USA Women U20 v England Women U20, Acadia University (Wolfville), KO 10.30pm
Canada: 1. Maya Monteil - Ottawa University/Ottawa Irish Rugby Club (NB) 2. Mackenzie Carson - UBC Thunderbirds/Bristol Bears (BC) 3. Valerie Wideski - Acadia University/Westshore RFC (BC); 4. Abby duGuid - University of Lethbridge/Edmonton Pirates RFC (AB); 5. Zoe Goodwin-Sutton - UVic Vikes/Westshore RFC (ON); 6. Celia Martensson - Queen’s University/Aurora Barbarians (ON); 7. Courtenay Holtkamp - University of Alberta/Red Deer Titans (AB); 8. Sophie de Goede - Captain, Queen’s University/Castaway Wanderers (BC); 9. Taylour Hurd - Brock University/Oakville Crusaders (ON)
10. Tausani Levale - Abbotsford Griffins (BC); 11. Rachel Hickson - Queen’s University/Kingston Panthers (ON); 12. Madison Gold - UBC Thunderbirds (BC); 13. Sarah-Maude LaChance - CEGEP ; Victoriaville/Club De Rugby Quebec (QC); 14. Asia Hogan - York University/Toronto Nomads (ON); 15. Brooke Bazian - UBC Thunderbirds (BC)
16. Erika Barton - Guelph University/Kingston Panthers (ON)' 17. Idia Ihensekien - Dartmouth College/Oakville Crusaders RFC (ON); 18. Amelia Hatfield - St Francis Xavier University/Halifax Tars RFC (NS); 19. Aly Macdougal - University of Calgary/Calgary Irish (AB); 20. Harley Tucker - Acadia Universtiy/Windsor Machine RFC (AB); 21. Sasha Guedes - UVic Vikes/Beaconsfield (QC); 22. Annie Kennedy - Acadia University/Windsor Machine RFC (ON); 23. Hannah Daniels - Queen’s University/Aurora Barbarians (ON)
England: 15. Lagilagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies / Exeter University), 14. Abigail Dow (Wasps Ladies / Imperial College London), 13. Phoebe Murray (Bristol Ladies / Bristol University) ©, 12. Lucy Attwood (Bristol Ladies, Bristol University), 11. Lilian Stoeger-Goddard (Bristol Ladies / Plymouth Marjons University), 10. Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women / Middlesex University), 9. Brooke Bradley (Bristol Ladies / Exmouth Community College); 1. Ellena Perry (Saracens Women / Coventry University), 2. Leah Bartlett (Loughborough Lightning, Loughborough University), 3. Ellie Mulhearn (Bristol Ladies, N/A), 4. Rosie Galligan (Saracens Women / Loughborough University), 5. Hollie Cunningham (Bristol Ladies / Exeter University), 6. Amelia Harper (Loughborough Lightning /Loughborough College), 7. Charlie Wilcock (Worcester Valkyries, N/A), 8. Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo Ladies, N/A) Replacements: 16. Connie Powell (Gloucester-Hartpury Women / Hartpury College), 17. Akina Gondwe (Worcester Valkyries /Worcester University), 18. Detysha Harper (Firwood Waterloo Ladies, N/A), 19. Rianna Manson (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks/ York St. John University), 20. Cara Brincat (Worcester Valkyries / Worcester University), 21. Ella Wyrwas (Saracens Women, N/A), 22. Ellie Green (Harlequins Ladies, N/A), 23. Bethany Wilcock (Trojans Rugby /Brockenhurst College)