August 29th, 2008
England 24 Canada 0
England completed their summer campaign of internationals against Canada and America with another dominant display on Friday night at Esher RFC.
England ran in four tries with Katy Storie, Karen Jones, Catherine Spencer and Michaela Staniford all claiming touchdowns. Richmond No. 8 Jones was at the heart of the action and her impressive work-rate was crucial to England's success, while 18-year-old wing Fran Matthews underlined what she could potentially have to offer England with a superb display.
The victory hands England a Grand Slam of wins this season, which also includes the RBS 6 Nations, European Cup and Nations Cup titles.
England Head Coach Gary Street said: "I'm very happy, the real success of the tournament has been the attitude and determination of the whole squad under challenging schedule of four games in 10 days and their ability to rise to the challenge when it mattered. Tonight was a victory for the whole squad, and once again our termination not to let the opposition score was outstanding.
"This gives us a great base looking forward to our autumn internationals against Italy and Ireland and then the RBS 6 Nations in February. Considering we are still in pre-season we are looking very healthy for the forthcoming season."
England applied the pressure early on and although Canada held firm, prop Storie was soon celebrating her first ever try for England after 13 minutes.
It was a try England had worked hard for and it came good after scrum-half Amy Turner took a quick tap penalty deep in Canada's territory. Flanker Sarah Beale carried the ball well and with several players taking on the attack, prop Sam Dale executed a perfect offload to set Storie up for the try in the right corner. Fly-half Katy McLean stroked over the conversion.
Ten minutes later and England made it 12-0 heading into the break. Again the forwards were at the heart of the action and a well controlled scrum saw match day skipper Karen Jones pick-up and muscle her way over the line, handing England the 12 point cushion at the break.
Canada never gave up and after the restart their defence held firm until the 56th minute when substitute Catherine Spencer pushed her way over the line after another good England scrum. McLean again converted.
Wasps' Michaela Staniford then continued her impressive scoring streak with her fourth try of the August internationals to round off proceedings for England. The score was a great team effort which saw the ball moved through the forwards and the backs. Lock Tamara Taylor went close, but England were superb in support and moved the ball out to the right wing where Staniford came in, making the final score 24-0.
1 Sophie Hemming (Clifton), 2 Samantha Dale (Worcester), 3 Katy Storie (Blaydon Team Northumbria), 4 Jo McGilchrist (Wasps), 5 Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 6 Sarah Beale (Leos), 7 Maggie Alphonsi (Saracens), 8 Karen Jones (Richmond), 9 Amy Turner (Richmond), 10 Katy McLean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), 11 Fran Matthews (Richmond), 12 Kim Oliver (Clifton), 13 Emily Scarratt (Lichfield), 14 Kat Merchant (Worcester), 15 Danielle Waterman (Clifton). Replacements: 16 Amy Garnett (Saracens), 17 Rochelle Clark (Henley), 18 Catherine Spencer (Bath), 19 Gemma Sharples (Worcester), 20 Georgina Rozario (Plymouth Albion), 21 Alice Richardson (Richmond), 22 Michaela Staniford (Wasps).
Tries: Storie, Jones, Spencer, Staniford
Conversions: McLean (2)
Substitutions: Garnett for Dale (HT), Clark for Hemming (HT), Richardson for Oliver (HT), Spencer for Beale (54), Sharples for Alphonsi, Rozario for Turner (both 65), Staniford for Merchant.
1 LESLIE CRIPPS (SARACENS), 2 KIM DONALDSON (BURNABY LAKE), 3 HEATHER MCDONALD (EDMONTON ROCKERS), 4 MEGANGIBBS (TORONTO IRISH), 5 MARIE-EVE BRINDAMOUR-CARIGNAN (UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA), 6 HEATHER JAQUES (CAPILANO), 7 BARBARA MERVIN (VELOX VALKYRIES), 8 KATIE MURRAY (LEP TIGERS), 9 JULIA SUGAWARA (BURNABY LAKE), 10 ANNA SCHNELL (BURNABY LAKE), 11 MARIA GALLO (AL LARGE), 12 BROOKE HILDITCH (YEOMEN), 13 MANDY MARCHAK (CAPILANO), 14 MEGHAN MUTRIE (JOHNSONVILLE) (NZ), 15 ASHLEY PATZER (LETHBRIDGE), Replacements: 16 LESLEY MCKENZIE (RAVENS), 17 NICOLE TYMINSKI (EDMONTON DRUIDS), 18 KELLY RUSSELL (TORONTO IRISH), 19 GILLIAN FLORENCE (ST. ANNE DE BELLVUE), 20 JENNIFER KISH (EDMONTON ROCKERS), 21 JULIANNE ZUSSMAN (TOWN OF MOUNT ROYAL), 22 CHERYL PHILLIPS (TORONTO SCOTTISH)
Half-time score: England 12 Canada 0
Referee: Gareth Hodges
Assistant Referees: Andrea Ttofa & Claire Daniels
England v USA, August 19th at Esher RFC, KO 7pm WON 50-3
England v USA August 22nd at Esher RFC Nations Cup, KO 7pm WON 17-14
England v Canada August 24th at Esher RFC Nations Cup, KO 5pm WON 43-9
USA v Canada August 26th at Esher RFC Nations Cup, KO 7pm, CANADA WON 15-0
England v Canada August 29th at Esher RFC, KO 7pm, WON 24-0