Canada beat England to win Nations Cup

(IRB.COM) Monday 12 August 2013
 Canada beat England to win Nations Cup
Canada outperformed a young England side to finish their season on a high

Canada's women defeated England 27-13 at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado to claim their first ever Nations Cup title.

In stormy conditions the Canadians built on a 14-8 half time lead to clinch only their second win against England in 20 years - a morale-booster with the next Women's Rugby World Cup on the horizon in France in 2014.

Jessica Dovanne and Bianca Farella (2) scored the tries for Canada, while Sevens regular Magali Harvey put in an impressive kicking display. England's two tries were scored by Laura Keates and Victoria Fleetwood.

"Every win over a team like England is an enormous accomplishment, and this is a victory that should live long in the memory for Canada fans," said coach, Francois Ratier.

"Full credit goes to our players and captain Kelly Russell. They executed our game plan perfectly. We knew the type of game we needed to play to defeat England and I could not have asked for a better performance.

"Finally, I would like to hold this win up as an example of what this country can do when we all work as one. Thank you to the tireless efforts that go on at the club, university and provincial levels that have culminated in  making these amazing players available to Canada.

Acting England Women’s head coach Graham Smith said: “This was a great effort by the players in a hugely physical match with England giving it their all. Canada were the better team today as they possessed the superior power and pace, and at times they outmuscled us at the breakdown. We may not have defended our title but for many reasons this has been a successful tour. All of us will be better for the experience and we look forward to meeting them again soon.”

The success rubber-stamps a stellar year for Canada. The country's Sevens team finished third in the inaugural IRB Women's Sevens World Series and also took silver at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow. In addition, the Under 20s hinted at a bright future last month with wins against South Africa, England and USA at the Junior Nations Cup.

USA beat South Africa to third place

The USA dominated South Africa in the battle for third place, running out 61-5 winners.

Lynelle Kugler scored two tries in the first six minutes to set the lady Eagles on their way and seldom did they look under pressure in the match, vice captain Christy Ringgenberg applying consistent pressure with the boot.

“Obviously we’re very happy, South Africa is a good side. We came out of the gates hard and we scored some great tries, but I think we’re most proud of only holding them to one try. They’re probably the most dangerous team here with the ball in their hands," said USA coach, Pete Steinberg.