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Red Roses fight back to beat Canada

Amber Reed started at inside-centre in the Red Roses’ 19-17 comeback victory over Canada in round two of the Women’s Super Series.

What Happened?

The opening twenty minutes saw neither team give way until Canada broke the deadlock through Tyson Beaukeboom after a series of pick and drives.

The score remained 0-5 to the Canadians until half-time and soon after the re-start former Bristol Bears Women back-rower, Gabby Senft was sin binned for a late tackle on former teammate Amber Reed. However, Canada were next to score as Paige Farries raced away from the English defence to extend her side’s lead.

With their backs up against the wall the Red Roses flexed their muscles and earned a penalty try after a strong scrum five metre out two bring themselves within one score.

Kelly Smith’s second try of the tournament saw the Red Roses take the lead for the first time in the game until Farries’ second try swung the scoreboard in the favour of the Canadians.

With five minutes left on the clock the Red Roses piled on the pressure and another dominant scrum allowed captain Sarah Hunter to dot down over the chalk to complete the comeback and secure a 19-17 victory.

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15. Emily Scott 14. Carys Williams, 13. Millie Wood, 12. Amber Reed, 11. Kelly Smith, 10. Zoe Harrison, 9. Claudia Macdonald; 1. Vickii Cornborough, 2. Lark Davies, 3. Hannah Botterman, 4. Catherine O’Donnell, 5. Zoe Aldcroft, 6. Sarah Beckett, 7. Jo Brown, 8. Sarah Hunter (capt).

Replacements: 16. Heather Kerr, 17. Ellena Perry, 18. Chloe Edwards, 19. Abbie Scott, 20. Poppy Cleall, 21. Leanne Riley, 22. Emily Scarratt, 23. Lydia Thompson.


15. Elissa Alarie, 14. Paige Farries, 13 Alexandra Tessier, 12. Sara Kaljuvee, 11. Alysha Corrigan, 10. Taylor Black, 9 Brianna Miller; 1. Olivia DeMerchant, 2. Laura Russell (capt), 3. DeLeaka Menin, 4. Tyson Buekeboom, 5. Jacey Grunswick, 6. Gabby Senft, 7. Janna Slevinsky 8. Sophie de Goede.

Replacements: 16. Gillian Boag, 17. Maude Laliberte, 18. Veronica Harrigan, 19. Courtney Holtkamp, 20. Marie-Pier Fauteux, 21. Sara Svoboda, 22. Lori Josephson, 23. Anais Holly.


England Women 2019 Women’s Super Series fixtures:

England 38-5 USA

England 19-17 Canada

England v France - Wednesday 10 July (Sky Sports Action, Mix and Main Event – KO 14:00 PDT/22:00 BST)

England v New Zealand - Sunday 14 July (Sky Sports Action and Main Event – KO 13:00 PDT/21:00 BST