ENGLAND Women sealed a 27-19 victory over Canada, scoring five tries on the way to victory at Doncaster’s Castle Park in the second of their three Quilter Internationals.
The Red Roses led 15-7 at the break, outscoring their opponents by three tries to one.
Hooker Lark Davies scored two of England’s tries, with Poppy Cleall also going over while Alex Tessier’s converted try on the stroke of half-time reduced the deficit.
Canada scored midway through the second half through Elissa Alarie but tries from Kelly Smith and Abbie Scott settled the game before Courtney Holtkamp’s late consolation.
Head coach Simon Middleton said: “It was really, really tough. Canada brought exactly what we thought they would, they were physical and fit and kept going to the end. It was a real test for us. We gave a lot of ball away, but among it all there were some really good performances and I thought the forwards were outstanding.
“We are a work in progress, the experience we had in the pack versus the inexperience we had in the backs showed today but the younger players will learn a lot from this. We talked of a squad effort and the finishers who came off the bench were outstanding.”
Bristol’s Lucy Attwood earned her second cap in the match at Doncaster.
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