Wales Women 7-24 Canada: Wales denied impressive scalp by dominant second-half performance

Wales’ hopes of a giant scalp have been extinguished by a dominant second-half performance from Canada in Cardiff.

The prospect of beating the aspect ranked third on this planet was a really actual one at half-time, with Carys Phillips’ attempt placing them forward on the break.

However, Canada, who had captain Olivia DeMarchant despatched off within the first-half, produced a dominant second-half show to safe victory.

Ioan Cunningham’s aspect had loved a constructive autumn marketing campaign heading into this conflict, with victories over Japan and South Africa of their opening two matches.

However, the go to of the Canadians, no matter how a lot rugby they’ve performed in recent times, was all the time going to be a unique check.

However, Wales proved early on they have been up for the problem – getting the higher hand within the set-piece even when Canada appeared the extra threatening when the ball was unfold to the backs.

Wales managed to exploit a number of scrum penalties within the opening 40 minutes, whereas their dominance with the maul is what led to their opening rating.

A number of repeat infringements from Canada in making an attempt to cease Wales’ driving lineout noticed Tyson Beukeboom despatched to the sin-bin, earlier than Phillips crossed from the tail of the lineout to present Wales the lead.

Elinor Snowsill added the extras and they might carry that lead into the break, with DeMarchant’s dismissal simply previous the half-hour mark for a excessive sort out on Bethan Lewis solely including gas to the notion that Wales may very well be about to assert a mightily impressive victory to finish their autumn.

However, the half-time break proved to be the place the fortunes modified.

Canada got here out intent to play with tempo, taking each penalty rapidly and working from anyplace on the pitch.

While the accuracy of the ultimate go that had abandoned them within the first-half was nonetheless a bit of off, it would not be lengthy earlier than the stress informed.

After Veronica Harrigan had a rating chalked off for obstruction shortly after half-time, 4 tries in a blistering 17-minute spell of working rugby finally made the distinction.

First, flanker Courtney Holtkamp compelled her method over from shut vary on 52 minutes, earlier than prop DeLeaka Menin completed in related style 10 minutes later to present Canada the lead.

Flying wing Sabrina Poulin stepped her method over a couple of minutes later, earlier than superlative substitute, and participant of the match, Pamphinette Buisa dived over simply earlier than the 70-minute mark to settle the competition.

To their credit score, Wales saved on combating – even because the penalty depend in opposition to them crept up into the 20s.

However, there was to be no comfort for the house aspect, though there was definitely loads of positives to take from the 80 minutes.

Wales: 15. Robyn Wilkins, 14. Lisa Neumann, 13. Hannah Jones, 12. Kerin Lake, 11. Caitlin Lewis, 10. Elinor Snowsill, 9. Keira Bevan, 1. Caryl Thomas, 2. Carys Phillips, 3. Cerys Hale, 4. Natalia John, 5. Georgia Evans, 6. Alisha Butchers, 7. Bethan Lewis, 8. Siwan Lillicrap (capt).

Replacements: 16. Kat Evans, 17. Cara Hope, 18. Donna Rose, 19. Gwen Crabb, 20. Alex Callender, 21. Ffion Lewis, 22. Flo Williams, 23. Megan Webb.

Canada: 15. Elissa Alarie, 14. Sabrina Poulin, 13. Sara Kaljuvee, 12. Alexandra Tessier, 11. Paige Farries, 10. Emily Belchos de Goede, 9. Justine Pelletier, 1. Olivia DeMerchant, 2. Veronica Harrigan, 3. DaLeaka Menin, 4. Tyson Beukeboom, 5. Emma Taylor, 6. Courtney Holtkamp, 7. Fabiola Forteza, 8. Gabrielle Senft.

Replacements : 16. Emily Tuttosi, 17. Brittany Kassil, 18. Alex Ellis, 19. Ngalula Fuamba, 20. Pamphinette Buisa, 21. Marie Thibault, 22. Sarah-Maude Lachance, 23. Renee Gonzalez.

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