Scotland Women vs Canada Women, Tue, 27/11/2018 - 19:00

Scotland Women
25 - 28
Full time
Canada Women
Tuesday, 27 November, 2018 - 19:00 | Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow

Scotland Women will be proud of their performance against Canada at Scotstoun stadium. The match was the finale of the celebration of women and girls’ rugby day after two exciting finals for the Girls Schools Cup draw.

Going into the match, Canada, ranked fourth in the world, were the firm favourites. They were coming off the back of a 38-21 win against Wales on Saturday and some great performances against two England teams.

Scotland Women, ranked 11th, had been back in camp this week following a disappointing loss in Italy earlier in the month. They were focussed with what they needed to work on and eager to prove themselves against the home crowd.

Only two changes were made to the starting line-up for Scotland. Rachel McLachlan was starting for the first time for the XVs and Jade Konkel was making her return back from injury.

Straight off the whistle, Scotland showed power and determination that hadn’t been present in Italy. They opened up the scoring thanks to a Canada infringement gave Helen Nelson the opportunity to kick for a penalty.

Canada put the first try score on the board though as they responded immediately from the restart with a try after a short drive. Scotland’s defence stayed strong throughout the opening quarter of the match as Canada pushed them on their line.

Lisa Thomson made some great tackles preventing Canada from another early try and a change of possession allowed scrum half Mhairi Grieve to boot the ball up the field.

This format of play continued with Canada attempting to push through Scotland’s defence but unable to thanks to the grit and strength shown in Scotland’s defensive line. Lana Skeldon had some fantastic tackles to stop the Canadians breaking through the line.

At 22 minutes, Canada gained their second try of the match after they managed to move along the Scotland line before pushing through a gap on the wings.

Chloe Rollie, Abi Evans and Lisa Thomson had a few decent opportunities to break through the Canadian line, but the visitors were quick to pull their defence back. With strong performances from players such as Rachel McLachlan in the drives, Scotland were very much still in the game.

The crowd enjoyed some exciting plays including a Lisa Martin intercept just shy of Canada’s attacking 5m, thwarting their mission for the try line. Rollie and Evans took the ball up the wings, but they were stopped in their tracks at the half way line. The momentum pushed Scotland to try again.

Scotland fired the ball along the line. Jade Konkel had a strong carry through the defence to gain some ground. The ball gets passed out the back and along to Abi Evans who pushed through the final 5 metres to cross the line.

A lineout just before the half time whistle saw Megan Kennedy taking the ball and pushing through the defensive line. Konkel then supported with a carry of her own before successfully achieving Scotland’s second try of the match. Lisa martin converted to allow Scotland to take the lead 15-14 at the half way mark. 

Half-time: Scotland 15 – 14 Canada 

Into the second half and it took Scotland a short while to regain their momentum. This wasn’t helped by Canada achieving a try in the 43rdminute. Jade Konkel responded with a good carry of the ball to break the defence and their momentum was restored.

With 25 minutes still to go and some fresh legs in the form of new cap Bry Nelson, Scotland’s skipper Lisa Thomson closes the margin again as she dots down from short range after an impressive driving line out maul from the forwards.

Five minutes later and Canada respond with a try of their own to push the gap in the score.

Scotland respond immediately, and Emma Wassell gets the ball over the line from close range after good phases in the Canadian 22. To add to the tension, the referee sends it to the TMO, who after reviewing awards the try.

A searing break from Chloe Rollie is nearly scored but knocked on over the line – it’s Scotland with the momentum with 5mins remaining. Canada are then penalised inside their own 22 and Lisa Thomson lines up a penalty kick on 77mins but goes wide.

As the final whistle blows, Scotland have given everything in the match to finish with a 28-25 defeat.

Full-time: Scotland 25 – 28 Canada

In the last four occasions that Scotland and Canada have met, the score has never been so close. 3 points difference on the score board but 7 world ranking places lower. This result was a fantastic boost for Scotland ahead of the Six Nations matches next year.

Scotland Women Head Coach Shade Munro said: “I am absolutely delighted with the performance. From the turnaround from Italy to this, against such a quality side as Canada are. To put in a performance like that, the effort they all put in, it was tremendous.

Player of the match Megan Kennedy reflected on the close match, she said: “Absolutely amazing, I have never played Canada before and I am really proud of the whole teams’ performance. The score didn’t go our way and it is gutting to be so close, but it was great preparation for Six Nations.

SP Energy Networks Player of the Match: Megan Kennedy (Scotland).

Team lineups

Scotland Women
Canada Women

Backs

15 Irene Patrinos
14 Alysha Corrigan
13 Anais Holly
12 Tausani Levale
11 Emily Samek
10 Alex Tessier
9 Brianna Miller

Forwards

1 Brittany Kassil
2 Laura Russell
3 Olivia DeMerchant
4 Ngalula Fuamba
5 Tyson Beukeboom
6 Sara Svoboda
7 Janna Slevinsky
8 Cindy Nelles

Substitutes

16
17
18 Mairi Forsyth
19 Lucy Winter
20
21
22
23 Annabel Sergeant

Substitutes

16 Gillian Boag
17 Maude Laliberte
18 DaLeaka Menin
19 Abigail DuGuid
20 Chanelle Edwards-Challenger
21 Lori Josephson
22 Paige Farries
23 Elissa Alarie
Attendance: 
2 457
Player of the match: 
Megan Kennedy (Scotland)
There is no points table for this competition.

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