- Red Roses score seven tries against Canada
- England Women move up to second in World Rugby rankings
England Women finished the Old Mutual Wealth Series on a high as they ran in seven tries to beat Canada 39-6 at Twickenham.
Alex Matthews scored a well-worked try early on to open the scoring before Amy Cokayne went over for England’s second from a driving maul, which is becoming a very effective weapon for the Red Roses
Danielle Waterman then scored a superb try as she weaved in and out of Canadian defenders from her own 22, however Canada responded with two Andrea Burk penalties to leave them only nine points behind at half-time.
England began the second half in the same vein as the first as Kay Wilson showed electric pace to dot down in the corner.
Emily Scarratt then raced away four minutes later to score their fifth before Lydia Thompson scored her second in as many games as England showed their attacking prowess and marvellous handling skills.
Replacement Claire Allan dived over in the corner 14 minutes from time as England rounded off 2016 with an outstanding win.
Red Roses cut loose
After three tightly-contested matches of the Old Mutual Wealth Series, England had a chance to express themselves and play with great flair in front of over 12,000 fans at Twickenham Stadium.
They came flying out of the blocks as Matthews and Cokayne both scored their fifth tries for England. First Matthews as she ran a scything line from a Harriet-Millar Mills to charge over the line with eight minutes on the clock.
Cokayne then scored England’s fifth try from a driving maul 18 minutes later, with the Lichfield hooker notching her second try of the Old Mutual Wealth Series.
It was then Waterman’s time to shine two minutes before the break, Sarah Hunter initially got the go forward from the back of a scrum, before the ball was whipped out wide to the Bristol full-back.
She collected the ball just outside of her own 22, before weaving in and out and beating five Canadian defenders on her way to the try line, her 37th try in a Red Roses shirt.
Three tries in eight second half minutes
England then treated more than 12,000 people at Twickenham to three free-flowing tries shortly after half-time, firstly Wilson, who was released by Scarratt to go over in the corner, and then Scarratt herself as she collected an intelligent offload from Thompson.
Thompson then scored a try of her own, receiving another Millar-Mills offload as England began to run riot.
Allan completed the scoring 12 minutes later with her 15th international score as the Red Roses showed how clinical they can be with seven tries against one of the best sides in the world.
Red Roses leapfrog opponents in World Rankings
The result meant that England jumped to second in the World Rankings behind New Zealand, after they had slipped down to third following the defeat last weekend by the Black Ferns.
The Red Roses also exacted revenge for the 52-17 loss to the Canadians in Salt Lake City in the Summer Series this year to climb above them in the standings.
England finish Old Mutual Wealth Series on a high
At the end of a historic Old Mutual Wealth Series for women’s rugby, the Red Roses can be proud of their efforts.
The 2014 World Champions won two out of their three games in the series, with their only loss a narrow one in the last few minutes against the best side in the world, the Black Ferns.
It has been a hugely encouraging series for what is mostly a new group, and with such a big year that lies ahead for the team there will be plenty of positives to take into 2017.
Red Roses captain Sarah Hunter was not only delighted with her side's incredible attacking play, but also the fact they did not concede any tries against one of the best teams in the world.
She said: “It was the response we needed as a team, we’ve talked quite honestly during the week about where it went wrong against New Zealand.
"We scored seven tries in a game against a good Canada side, and to back that up we had a world-class defence.
"You talk about defence winning games at times, we stifled them really well. They put huge pressure on us and came close to our line but we held strong.
"Simon wanted us to have a world-class defence heading into the World Cup next year and we’ve certainly started to build that.”
Danielle Waterman (Claire Allan, 59), Lydia Thompson, Emily Scarratt, Rachael Burford (Megan Jones 59), Kay Wilson, Emily Scott, La Toya Mason (Natasha Hunt, 40); Rochelle Clark (Vickii Cornborough, 47), Amy Cokayne (Emma Croker, 59), Laura Keates (Sarah Bern, 66), Tamara Taylor, Harriet Millar-Mills, Alex Matthews (Marlie Packer, 59) Izzy Noel-Smith, Sarah Hunter (Poppy Cleall, 59).
Tries: Matthews (8), Cokayne (26), Waterman (38), Wilson (46), Scarratt (50), Thompson (54), Allan (66)
Conversions: Scott (51, 55)
Julianne Zussman, Brittany Waters, Alexandra Tessier, Andrea Burk, Magali Harvey, Emily Belchos, Chelsea Guthrie; Carolyn McEwen, Laura Russell, Daleaka Menin, Tyson Beukeboom, Latoya Blackwood, Kelly Russell, Karen Paquin, Jacey Grusnick
Replacements: Gillian Boag, Demi Stamatakis, Olivia DeMerchant, Kayla Mack, Barbara Mervin, Elissa Alarie, Mackenzie Higgs, Frederique Rajotte.
Penalties: Burk (34, 40)