England booked their place in the Rugby World Cup final with a landslide 26:19 victory over Canada at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday. ‘ service.
The tournament favorites, who will play in a sixth consecutive final, have extended their record winning streak to 30 games and will face defending champions New Zealand or France next Saturday in a title decider.
“It was incredible,” said England captain Sarah Hunter.
“We came here to take part in this game next week, but gosh, Canada really tested us.
“It went all the way to the end, I’m so proud of how the team pulled through at the end. Canada was ruthless, they came, they came, they came, and the girls just put their bodies on the line.
“Here’s what it means for us. We were desperate to get into the final next week.”
Thanks to England’s trademark dominance in the lineout, they scored the first points on the board eight minutes into the game when Marley Packer landed from the back of a rolling hammer.
The world No. 1 team then showed their all-round attacking prowess as defender Helena Rowland raced to the Canadian line and then dropped the load for winger Doe to score from a corner.
Canada closed the gap as the game progressed as scrum-half Justine Pelletier broke through the English line and landed a grubber shot into space as Karen Paquin left defense to land.
This attempt ignited the Canadian challenge and with four minutes left in the half, Kevin Ruhe’s team were level.
From a lineout deep in English territory, Canada pressured the defense and Alisha Corrigan looped the ball in and scored as the ball went wide.
A pair of penalties on either side of the half-time break from Emily Scarratt put England back in the lead before Dow wrecked Canada’s hopes 10 minutes into the second half.
England turned a determined defense into a devastating attack in seconds when Claudia McDonald received the ball behind her try line and then rushed to the halfway line to feed Dow, who pulled ahead of the Canadian defenders and scored from a corner.
Tyson Bueckeboom’s try with 12 minutes to go gave the Canadians hope, but another Scarrett penalty restored England’s seven-point lead, which they held until the whistle.
“Today there was no difference in talent,” said Team Canada captain Sophie de Guede.
“Just imagine what we could do with more games and resources. I’m really proud to be Canadian and we have a bright future ahead of us.”