Canada narrowly lost to England 15-14 in the final game

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New Zealand Black Ferns win inaugural Women’s Rugby Super Series, with England, USA and Canada rounding out the competition


EDMONTON, AB – Canada narrowly lost to England 15-14 in the final game of the Women’s Rugby Super Series (WRSS) at Ellerslie Rugby Park in Edmonton, Alberta. Canada had a chance to win the game in the final minute but Andrea Burk’s penalty sailed just wide as England sealed second place in the tournament.

In the earlier game of the day, the New Zealand Black Ferns claimed the Women’s Rugby Super Series with a 47-14 win over the USA.

“We had a great performance today,” Canada head coach Francois Ratier said. “The players stuck to the gameplan and we highlighted the weaknesses of the English around the breakdown. I’m really proud of the players today.

“The game is on one kick at the end so that’s what it is. No one can blame the kicker or the team. It was a fantastic effort.”

England broke the deadlock in the 15th minute when Kay Wilson scored in the corner to give England a 5-0 lead. It would take only five minutes for Canada to get on the board however as Burk kicked a close range penalty to cut the deficit to 5-3.

However, England regained the lead in the 25th minute as Wilson again scored after a maul broke down meters from the Canadian try line, giving England a 10-6 lead at the break.

“We can take many positives from today,” Ratier said. “I know we can play wide as we scored eight tries in the other two games. I know we can fight and go into the breakdown. I have a lot of satisfaction after today’s game.”

It took Canada just six minutes to score in the second half as Amanda Thornborough reached for the line after sustained Canadian pressure inside the England 22, giving the home side an 11-10 edge.

Replacement prop Amy Cokayne restored England’s lead in the 63rd minute but Canada responded in positive fashion once again, and were rewarded in the 71stminute as Burk kicked her second penalty of the game after Carolyn McEwen was held up on the line.

Canada attacked for the final nine minutes, looking for the go-ahead score and were presented the opportunity after the clock had ticked past 80 minutes, however, Burk’s penalty from 20 meters out sailed to the right side of the posts, giving England a one-point victory.

Canada entered the WRSS with 14 new cap players who all made their debuts during the three game series as Ratier continues to build towards the 2017 Women’s World Cup.

“We came in with a development team and they showed their strength,” Latoya Blackwood said. “They showed the reason why they got selected for this tour and we’re so proud of them and what we’re going to build on for the 2017 World Cup.”

Canada’s roster to face England in Edmonton:

1 – Carolyn McEwen (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club), Vancouver, BC
2 – Mary-Jane Kirby, (Highland RFC) Brampton, ON
3 – DaLeaka Menin, (Hornets) Vulcan, AB
4 – Cindy Nelles, (Oakville Crusaders / Belleville Bulldogs) Belleville, ON
5 – Laura Russell, Captain, (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
6 – Barbara Mervin, (Velox RFC) Peterborough, ON
7 – Latoya Blackwood, (St. Anne de Bellevue) Montreal, QC
8 – Jacey Murphy, (Aurora Barbarians) Alliston, ON
9 – Chelsea Guthrie, (Stratchona Druids) Edmonton, AB
10 – Julianne Zussman, (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
11 – Natasha Smith, (Barrhaven Scottish) Ottawa, ON
12 – Andrea Burk, (Capilano RFC) North Vancouver, BC
13 – Amanda Thornborough, (Brandon Barbarians RFC) Brandon, MB
14 – Brittany Waters, (Meraloma Athletic Club) Vancouver, BC
15 – Katie McNally (Velox Valkries) Guelph, ON
16 – Olivia DeMerchant, (Woodstock Wildmen) Mapledale, NB
17 – Julia Folk, (Regina Rogues), Regina, SK
18 – Camille Provencal-Aube, (Abénakis et CRQ) Sherbrooke, QB
19 – Maria Samson, (Calgary Hornets) Calgary, AB
20 – Tyson Beukeboom, (Aurora Barbarians) Uxbridge, ON
21 – Emma Taylor, (Halifax RFC) Halifax, NS
22 – Alex Tessier, (Montreal Barbarians) Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QB
23 – Jess Neilson, (University of Victoria) Vancouver, BC

Senior Women’s Coaching Staff:

Head Coach: Francois Ratier
Forwards Coach: Shaun Allen
Backs Coach: Colette McAuley
Scrum Coach: Gary Dukelow (West) John Lavery (East)
Analyst: James Kent
Manager: Meaghan Howat
Tour Manager: Nicole Crowley

England roster to face Canada:

1 Rochelle Clark (Worcester)
2 Victoria Fleetwood (Saracens)
3 Justine Lucas (Lichfield)
4 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
5 Rowena Burnfield (Richmond)
6 Heather Fisher (Thurrock)
7 Hannah Gallagher (Saracens)
8 Alexandra Matthews (Richmond)
9 Leanne Riley (Saracens)
10 Emily Scott (Thurrock)
11 Lydia Thompson (Worcester)
12 Ceri Large (Worcester)
13 Claire Allan (Richmond)
14 Kay Wilson (Thurrock)
15 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield, captain)
16 Amy Cokayne (Lichfield)
17 Vicky Cornborough (Richmond)
18 Laura Keates (Worcester)
19 Abbie Scott (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks)
20 Sarah Hunter (Lichfield) C
21 Bianca Blackburn (Worcester)
22 Amber Reed (Bristol)
23 Sarah McKenna (Saracens)

Women’s Rugby Super Series Schedule:

June 27 – Calgary, AB
Calgary Rugby Park

Game 1: USA 13- 39 England
Game 2: Canada 22-40 New Zealand

July 1 – Red Deer, AB
Red Deer Rugby Club

Game 1: New Zealand 26-7 England
Game 2: Canada 28-36 USA

July 5 – Edmonton, AB
Ellerslie Rugby Park

Game 1: New Zealand 47-14 USA
Game 2: Canada 14-15 England

Final tournament standings:

1. New Zealand (14 points)
2. England (9 points)
3. USA (5 points)
4. Canada (3 points)

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