Canada Narrowly Get Past Scotland in Last Match of Tour
It was a poor performance by Canada to end the tour but they managed to get by Scotland 28-25 to claim the win. It was Scotland ahead 15-14 at the half and it was Canada's forwards who kept them in the match, the backline performance was worrying and Canada will have to improve their consistency in backline attack to challenge the top 3 and keep ahead of the chasing pack, including Scotland.
Canada's aggression and line speed on defence was down a notch from the Wales game and there was no hint of the exquisite try they produced to end the match against Wales.
Canada scored first in the 2nd half using a strong scrum and grinding forward play once they got close to the Scottish line. The Scottish forwards returned the favour after a line break through a porous Canadian backline put them in attacking position. Canada made a great steal at the breakdown but the referee, who was more one eyed than the jack of hearts, decided a ruck had formed. One of several shady calls by the ref in the game. The score was now 21-20 in Canada's favour.
Canada again scored through the forwards with pick and goes and crossed the line, it was wise to keep the ball away from the backs on today's form. It was now 28-20 for Canada with 20 minutes left. On the ensuing kickoff a perfect example of how Canada's day was going, they worked their way outside their 22 through several phases with the forwards when it got passed back inside the 22 the flyhalf kicked it straight into touch gifting Scotland an attacking position inside Canada's 22. They stayed there using a balanced attack to batter it ahead in the forwards and spread it wide through the backs eventually crossing the line and closing the gap once again. It was now 28-25 and Scotland's poor kicking for goal would be the difference in the match.
Another palm to the forehead moment at 65 minutes when the replacement scrum half box kicked the ball straight into touch from outside her 22 and it felt like deja vu. Canada managed to keep Scotland out and went on attack, Scotland's defence was swarming and the ref started looking away when hands in the ruck slowed down Canada's ball.
Scotland almost wrapped the game up when Canada's blindside flanker missed a key tackle with 6 minutes left but good cross cover from Elise Allarie who had subbed in saved the day. The Scotland player knocked the ball on during the next phase as she was crossing the line. That would have been the win for Scotland. They had one more chance to tie the match with a penalty kick in front of the posts but the kicker shanked the ball. Canada were very fortunate to come away with this win.
Canada are currently ranked 4th and Scotland 11th. The next World Cup will be much more competitive and Canada will have to develop a cohesive backline attack to remain competitive with the top teams, they have the tough forwards but coaching staff will have to continually work on focused defensive line speed throughout 80 minutes.
The next World Cup is 2021 in NZ so it's still early in the cycle with a chance to identify new talent and develop existing talent. from Rugby Canada
Canada closed out their Autumn tour with a narrow win against Scotland on Tuesday, November 27th, with a final score of 28-25.
After Scotland opened the scoring, Canada’s forward pressure was too much to defend and Olivia DeMerchant powered through for the try.
Another push by the forwards set up Canada deep inside Scotland’s end. Tausani Levale came speeding in off the inside pass and dotted down for her first ever international try. Brianna Miller made both conversions for Canada.
Scotland added on two tries of their own in the half, putting them in the lead 15-14 at the break.
Canada started off the second with a quick try scored by Tyson Beukeboom. Scotland answered right back with one of their own that Canada's defense couldn’t hold up.
Janna Slevinsky smashed over the line off a pick-and-go to score another one for Canada and her first of the tour with Irene Patrinos making her second conversion of the match. A penalty late in the match gave Scotland the opportunity to tie the game, but a bumbled kick handed Canada the victory, 28-25.
Canada finished their UK tour with a 3-1 record, defeating England ‘A’, Wales, and Scotland, after falling to England in their opening match.
Canada roster to face Scotland:
1. Brittany Kassil – (Guelph Redcoats) Guelph, ON
2. Laura Russell – Captain (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
3. Olivia DeMerchant – (Fredericton Loyalists) Mapledale, NB
4. Ngalula Fuamba – (TMRRFC) Notre-Dame-de-L'Île-Perrot
5. Tyson Beukeboom – (Cowichan Piggies) Uxbridge, ON
6. Sara Svoboda – (Belleville Bulldogs/Toronto Saracens) Belleville, ON
7. Janna Slevinsky – (Kingston Panthers) St. Albert, AB
8. Cindy Nelles – (Belleville Bulldogs) Belleville, ON
9. Brianna Miller – (Saint-Anne-de-Bellevue) Point-Claire, QC
10. Alex Tessier – (SABRFC) Sainte-Clotilde-de-Horton, QC
11. Emily Samek – (Guelph Redcoats) Hamilton, ON
12. Tausani Levale – (Abbotsford RFC) Abbotsford, BC
13. Anaïs Holly – (TMR RFC) Montreal, QC
14. Alysha Corrigan – (CRFC) Charlottetown, PEI
15. Irene Patrinos – (Toronto Saracens) Mississauga, ON
16. Gillian Boag – (Capilano/UBC) Calgary, AB
17. Maude Laliberté – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
18. DaLeaka Menin – (Calgary Hornets) Vulcan, AB
19. Abigail DuGuid – (Edmonton Pirates) Edmonton, AB
20. Chanelle Edwards-Challenger – (Castaway Wanderers) Calgary, AB
21. Lori Josephson – (Guelph Redcoats) Beaverton, ON
22. Paige Farries – (Westshore RFC) Red Deer, AB
23. Elissa Alarie – Vice Captain (Ste-Anne-De-Bellevue RFC/Westshore RFC) Trois Rivieres, QC
Canada’s November Tour Schedule:
Sunday 18th November
England 27 - 19 Canada
Wednesday 21st November
England “A” 14 - 35 Canada “A”
Saturday 24th November
Wales 21 - 38 Canada
Tuesday 27th November
Scotland 25 - 28 Canada