Rugby: England 49 Canada 12
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Saracens Hannah Botterman was among the scorers as the Red Roses ran in eight tries to beat Canada in the second Old Mutual Wealth Series Test match at Twickenham Stoop.
On a night where captain Sarah Hunter led the team out on her 100th international appearance, England faced a much improved Canada outfit but made it back-to-back wins after their 79-5 victory on Friday night at Allianz Park.
England were ahead after three minutes when Heather Kerr crossed from a driving maul for her first ever international try, while Rachael Burford dotted down Katy Daley-Mclean’s grubber and Ellie Kildunne went over with an excellent individual score for a 20-0 half-time lead.
Danielle Waterman, a late replacement for Jess Breach, got the scoring going in the second half, before Burford and Kildunne added their second tries, with Botterman and Jo Brown also going over for their first tries for England.
Saracens’ flanker Marlie Packer won her 53rd cap, while clubmate Zoe Harrison came off the bench for her second.
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Canada’s hard work was rewarded late on when Janna Slevinsky went over as they finally broke down a well-drilled England defence while Mckinley Hunt also crossed in the last action of the match.
England coach Simon Middleton said: “We did some great things and some not great things, but we tried.
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“We wanted to look at some different stuff over the course of this series and we showed a lot of innovation in our play I thought.
“We were a little bit scratchy at times and probably didn’t finish to the game like we would have wanted to but for 50 or 60 minutes I thought we were very good.”
The two teams will meet again on Saturday in the final game of the series at Twickenham Stadium after the men’s match against Samoa.
England: Ellie Kildunne (Gloucester-Hartpury Women’s RFC, 2 caps); Danielle Waterman (Wasps FC Ladies, 76 caps); Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies, 74 caps); Amber Reed (Bristol Ladies, 46 caps); Charlotte Clapp (Saracens Women, 11 caps); Katy Daley-Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 93 caps); eanne Riley (Harlequins Ladies, 15 caps); Rochelle Clark (Wasps FC Ladies, 131 caps); Amy Cokayne (Wasps FC Ladies, 35 caps); Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 12 caps); Catherine O’Donnell* (Loughborough Lightning, 1 cap); Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 111 caps); Jo Brown (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, 1 cap) Marlie Packer (Saracens Women, 53 caps); Sarah Hunter (Loughborough Lightning, 100 caps). Replacements: Lark Davies (Worcester Valkyries, 5 caps); Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins Ladies, 33 caps); Hannah Botterman (Saracens Women, 2 caps); Abbie Scott (Harlequins Ladies, 23 caps); Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol Ladies, 37 caps); Caity Mattinson (Bristol Ladies, 2 caps); Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women, 2 caps); Lagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies, 1 cap).