Slideshow: Maple Leafs break Herts
PUBLISHED: 09:39 02 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:27 26 October 2009
INTERNATIONAL rugby came to Welwyn RFU on Saturday when Canada s U19 women s team tackled a Herts side. The Maple Leafs opened their three-match tour of England with a comprehensive 41-5 victory over Herts U18s on a beautiful sunny afternoon in WGC. The C
INTERNATIONAL rugby came to Welwyn RFU on Saturday when Canada's U19 women's team tackled a Herts side.
The Maple Leafs opened their three-match tour of England with a comprehensive 41-5 victory over Herts U18s on a beautiful sunny afternoon in WGC.
The Canadians scored first under the posts through Susan Heald and Ottawa's Dana Achtemichuck converted to give the visitors a 7-0 lead.
Herts, including a number of Welwyn Warriors in their ranks, fought back and the girls in green piled on the pressure.
The Herts forwards kept recycling the ball and eventually this paid off with prop Milly Fuggles and skipper Hannah Gallagher jointly claiming a pushover try to cut the deficit to two points.
It stayed 7-5 to the visitors until just before half-time when a good move saw Amanda Lalonde score again for Canada.
Achtemichuck's second conversion gave the visitors a comfortable 14-5 lead at the break.
The Canadians took full advantage of their superior fitness in the second half and piled on the pressure.
Despite some brave defence, the Herts girls were worn down after the break and the tourists added a series of tries.
Claire Miller opened the scoring in the second half and Ottawa's Rebecca Lefevre also crossed to boost the lead to 24-5.
Kayla Moleschi charged over for Canada's fifth try of the day.
Maggie Cogger-Orr and Nova Scotia's Brehannah Hopgood brought their team's try tally to seven.
Becky Delaney converted the final two points for the tourists to complete a 41-5 scoreline.
Welwyn Warriors and county captain Gallagher spoke for all the Herts girls and their sprinkling of Essex helpers when she said what an honour it was to play a full national side at Hobbs Way.
"We're all really tired," she said. "We all had to work so hard, but it was a great experience and a really enjoyable match to play in."
Afterwards, Canadian manager Penny Delaney paid tribute to the RFUW for stepping in at such a late date to help Canada replace the cancelled USA tour.
She said: "I'd like to thank everyone at Welwyn for staging the match and making us feel so welcome.
"Thank you for the hospitality and the great food."
Welwyn Warriors team manager Dave Marques added that the Canadians would like to make the match an annual fixture.
"Hertfordshire and Welwyn are only too happy to oblige and will look forward to it next season," he said.
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