Scotland Women XV score four in Madrid win

Scotland Women XV travelled to Madrid aiming to build momentum and came away with a comfortable victory over Spain XV.

The visitors enjoyed the best of the opening exchanges, retaining possession and applying pressure inside the Spanish 22.

Spain’s defence was stubborn, however, and it took persistent work to create the space for Rhona Lloyd to dart over the line and open the scoring.

Next, it was the home team’s turn to get things moving and Scotland did well to stem the tide, forcing an error and breaking to halfway from the resulting scrum.

Spain dragged down the attacking player and infringed at the ruck to give Scotland the penalty and allow them to clear their lines.

Open play from the Scots continued to trouble Spain but, ultimately, they were unable to get over the line once more.

At the other end of the pitch, las Leonas kept it tight and drew things level when they bludgeoned their way over but Scotland were quick to reply through Lisa Thomson and they held the lead going into the break.

Half Time: Spain XV 5 – 12 Scotland XV

The visitors had a bright start to the second period with some ambitious breaks taking them into opposition territory and good hits forcing errors in defence.

With an hour gone, a sustained Scottish attack took them to within metres of the Spanish line and Deborah McCormack muscled over to extend the Scottish lead to 12 points.

Scotland looked comfortable for much of the final quarter and their two-score lead never looked troubled as they repelled any Spanish attacks.

There was time for another away score and Hannah Smith latched onto a loose pass to motor over from halfway, giving the Scots a convincing victory.

Full Time: Spain XV 5 – 24 Scotland XV

Head Coach of Scotland Women, Shade Munro, said: “Another competitive game and we got a chance to look at new players in different positions during this friendly international.

“A really positive result and step forward as we continue to build momentum.”

Scotland Women will host Wales in two weeks’ time (19 November) in a competitive training in Edinburgh.

Scotland XV Squad versus Spain XV:

15. Chloe Rollie

14. Lauren Harris

13. Lisa Thomson

12. Hannah Smith

11. Rhona Lloyd

10. Sarah Law

9. Lisa Martin CAPTAIN


1. Jade Konkel

2. Lana Skeldon

3. Megan Kennedy

4. Emma Wassell

5. Deborah McCormack

6. Louise McMillan

7. Rachel Malcolm

8. Sarah Bonar


16. Abi Evans

17. Katie Dougan

18. Mags Lowish

19. Siobhan McMillan

20. Siobhan Cattigan

21. Lindsey Smith

22. Helen Nelson

23. Jenny Maxwell

24 Liz Musgrove

25. Nuala Deans