Scots Stall In World Cup Opener

In this afternoon's 2010 Women's Rugby World Cup opener, Scotland Women couldn't turn pressure into points as, despite racking up the majority of possession against Canada, the scoreline failed to reflect their efforts.

Said head coach, Gary Parker: "It was really a game of two halves. We didn't turn up for the first forty minutes of the match and we were punished for that. Every time we let them in, they got the better of us.

"We need to learn from our mistakes - quickly - put this game behind us and focus on the next game, on Tuesday. It'll be a huge match against the French and we need to be ready."

Listen to captain Lynne Reid's thoughts on the game, below.

 

Scotland ran out to open this sixth Women's Rugby World Cup under showery Surrey skies, to a rousing reception from the capacity crowd at the tournament site, near Guildford.

Getting off to a cracking start, they dominated possession for the first six minutes, including a break from Louise Dalgliesh, but conceded a penalty after ten minutes, slotted successfully by the Canadian stand off, Anna Schnell.

A loose ball at the restart was stolen successfully by the Scots and precipitated a great run from centre, Lucy Millard. The break was intercepted, however, with the Canadians slicing through the line to cross the whitewash and make the scoreline 0-8, courtesy of Barbara Mervin.

Canada enjoyed a good run over the next quarter of an hour with a penalty against the Scots for holding on, again booted between the uprights by Schnell to put the Canadians ahead, 0-11.

The Scots took the advantage at the restart but Canada again spotted a gap with Mandy Marchak putting her name on the scoresheet, the try converted by Schnell to increase the Canadians' lead to 0-18.

Just before half time, despite increased pressure by the Scots, the opposition once again found the whitewash with the score from Maria Gallo, Schnell adding the extra points to put them ahead 0-25, going into the break.

The first half scores had come from Scotland's mistakes rather than allowing Canada to dominate, and a lapse of attention as the second half kicked off was to cost Scotland dear as Canada's centre, Marchak, charged unopposed to the line. The conversion went wide and the scoreboard read 0-30.

Having notched up cap number 111, Scotland's experienced flanker, Donna Kennedy, left the field through injury and was replaced by Ruth Slaven. Two devastating breaks, by centre Lucy Millard then led to Scotland's first score, with the run from the halfway line putting five points on the board.

It was replied to immediately, however, with a converted try - the five-pointer coming from Canada's Olympic bobsleigh champion, Heather Moyse (5-37).

A double substitution for the Scots injected fresh legs to the final twenty five minutes and soon saw them driving towards the line, with good numbers and advantage gained, a kick to touch from Halfpenny landing five metres from the Canadian line. A try was threatening and soon came to pass, courtesy of lofty lock, Lindsay Wheeler. Halfpenny's conversion attempt just came up short to keep the score at 10-37.

The Scots were now fired up and stalled Canada at the halfway mark on every turn. Sustained pressure for the next five minutes kept the ball in the red corner, perilously close to crossing the opposition line on at least four occasions. Good work between Millard and Halfpenny ensured the ball stayed on the Canada 22 until the final whistle, a nod at what might have been

Keep up to date with the team over the next three weeks with Susie Brown's blog on the Scotland Women web site


Scotland Women v Canada, Surrey Sports Park, kick-off 12noon

15 Nicola Halfpenny (Melrose)

14 Celia Hawthorn (Edinburgh University)
13 Lucy Millard (Team Northumbria)
12 Suzi Newton (Team Northumbria)
11 Veronica Fitzpatrick (Royal High Cougars)

10 Erin Kerr (London Wasps)
9 Louise Dalgliesh (Royal High Cougars)

1 Heather Lockhart (Hillhead / Jordanhill)
2 Sarah-Louise Walker (Watsonians)
3 Beth Dickens (Murrayfield Wanderers)
4 Gillian McCord (Royal High Cougars)
5 Lindsay Wheeler (Darlington Mowden Park)
6 Lynne Reid CAPTAIN (Royal High Cougars)
7 Donna Kennedy (Worcester)
8 Susie Brown (Richmond)

Replacements
16 Alison Macdonald (Royal High Cougars) (on for Walker)
17 Rosalind Murphy (Edinburgh University) (on for McCord)
18 Ruth Slaven (Murrayfield Wanderers) (on for Kennedy)
19 Keri Holdsworth (Watsonians)
20 Sarah Gill (Murrayfield Wanderers) (on for Dalgliesh) 
21 Tanya Griffith (Royal High Cougars) (on for Gill)
22 Stephanie Johnston (Hillhead / Jordanhill)

Canada Women
1 Leslie Cripps (Captain)(Saracens), 2 Lesley McKenzie (Meraloma Athletic Club), 3 Corinne Jacobsen (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club), 4 Paige Knauf (Velox RFC), 5 Megan Gibbs (Markham Irish Canadians), 6 Barbara Mervin (Velox RFC), 7 Gill Florence (Ste Anne de Bellevue RFC), 8 Kelly Russell (Toronto Nomads), 9 Julia Sugawara (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club), 10 Anna Schnell (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club), 11 Maria Gallo (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club), 12 Sarah Ulmer (London Saracens), 13 Mandy Marchak (Capilano), 14 Heather Moyse (Toronto Scottish RFC), 15 Ashley Patzer (Langley Rugby Club)
Replacements
16 Tabitha Stavrou (Markham Irish Canadians), 17 Kim Donaldson (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club), 18 Jen Kish (Leprechaun Tigers Rugby Club), 19 Heather Jaques (Capilano), 20 Laura Stoughton (Calgary Irish), 21 Brooke Hilditch (Yeomen Lions Rugby Club), 22 Cheryl Phillips (Toronto Scottish RFC)

Referee: Claire Daniels (England)
Assistant referee: David Keane (Ireland)
Assistant referee: Debbie Innes (England)
4th official: Will Halford (England)
5th official: Paula Carter (England)

Attendance: 2,500

SCOTLAND WOMEN RUGBY WORLD CUP SCHEDULE

Pool C
France
Canada
Scotland
Sweden

Friday 20 August Canada v Scotland (kick-off: 12noon)
Tuesday 24 August France v Scotland (kick-off: 2pm) Live on SKY Sports and www.skysports.com
Saturday 28 August Scotland v Sweden (kick-off: 12noon)

All Pool games will be played at Surrey Sports Park, near Guildford.

Rugby fans who buy tickets for the WRWC 2010 will automatically be put onto a ticketing information list for the Rugby World Cup in 2015, to be hosted in England. For more information on tickets, please go to: www.rwcwomens.com