Spain Women vs Scotland Women, Sat, 26/11/2016 - 13:00

Scotland Women were unable to defeat Spain in a hard-fought two-leg battle for a place at next year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup in Madrid.

The second leg in soggy conditions were more akin to Scotland, but the Spanish were the better team on the day winning the match 15-10 through three tries to two.

After enjoying most of the territory and possession in the first leg, which Spain won 10-5 at Scotstoun Stadium on Friday 18 November, Scotland had to work hard to get their hands on the ball and make inroads at the Universitary Stadium.

Spain turned the tables in Madrid and were more clinical in attack, using the pace of their sevens players and width of the pitch.

Scotland Women Head Coach Shade Munro said: “It was a very good contest given the difficult conditions. Both teams gave it everything.

“The difference between the two was that Spain were a bit more clinical and took their opportunities. They played most of the rugby in our half and put us under pressure and their scores ultimately came from that.

“We are disappointed but all the very best to Spain for the World Cup.”

The hosts were first to get points on the board after eight minutes of play. A series of phases put the Scots’ defence to the test which created a gap out wide that wing Amaia Erbina capitalised on to score.

Stand-off Patricia Garcia was unable to get the ball over the up rights and the score remained 5-0 until the 17th minute when the Scots hit back with a well-worked try.

A turnover just inside Spain’s half by number 8 Karen Dunbar set the wheels in motion with captain Lisa Martin sending the ball to fellow centre Lisa Tomson who sucked in the defence and sailed the ball over to wing Rhona Lloyd, who crossed the whitewash to equal.

Hooker Lana Skeldon lined up for a difficult conversion but it wasn’t too be.

With the line-out firmly established as a weapon, Scotland continued to show their potential in attack and tenacity in defence with improved kicking all over the park through the boot of Martin and Helen Nelson.

At the 30-minute mark Spain scored for a second time through Garcia, who was again unsuccessful in her attempt at the sticks to keep the score at 10-5 going into the break.

Three minutes into the second half, Scotland got themselves back into the game with a try through Sarah Law.

The scrum-half managed to get a cheeky grubber up to the Spanish line and, keeping her eyes on the prize, pounced on the ball which had popped out of the pile of bodies on the whitewash. After consulting with her fellow match officials, referee Marie Lematte awarded the try. Another miss by Skeldon kept the score at 10-10.

Spain failed to make the most of an opportunity to take the lead at 50 minutes with Garcia missing a long-range penalty goal.

However, it wasn’t long until they had another chance. A quick tap caught Scotland off guard and centre Marina Bravo crossed the line to take them ahead 15-10 at 63 minutes.

Scotland continued to play with heart and passion against a side ranked four places above them and showed no signs of giving up.

Fresh legs, including debutant Lucy Park, came on in the last quarter to enable them to keep throw everything at Spain. But it wasn’t enough and Spain clinched the win to secure their place at next year’s World Cup in Ireland. 

Team lineups

Spain Women
Scotland Women

Backs

15 Barbara Pla
14 Amaia Erbina
13 Vanesa Rial
12 Marina Bravo
11 Iera Echebarria
10 Patricia Garcia
9 Anne Fernandez

Forwards

1 Isabel Rico
2 Aroa Gonzalez
3 Jeanina Vinueza
4 Maria Ribera
5 Elena Redondo
6 Diana Gasso
7 Paula Medin
8 Angela Del Pan

Substitutes

16 Saioa Jaurena
17 Isabel Macias
18 Laura Delgado
19 Monica Castelo
20 Maria Losada
21 Irene Schiavon
22 Maria Casado
23 Anna Ramon
There is no points table for this competition.

Women’s Rugby World Cup Qualifiers 2017 latest results

Spain Women 15 v 10 Scotland Women
Scotland Women 5 v 10 Spain Women