- England: Tries - Tuima, Stoeger-Goddard, Dow 2, Harrison, Harper Cons - Harrison 3
- Canada: Tries - Gold, LaChance 2, De Goede Cons - Bazian
England Women U20 scored six tries en route to a 36-22 win over Canada Women U20 at Acadia University, Wolfville.
First half scores courtesy of Lagi Tuima, Lilian Stoeger-Goddard, Abigail Dow and Zoe Harrison, as well as six points from the fly-half's boot, handed England a 26-7 lead at the break.
Canada fought back hard in the second half, scoring a three tries and producing individual moments of brilliance, but were denied by further England scores from Harper and Dow.
It was a tentative start as both sides jostled for possession and territory in windy conditions, but England's first meaningful attack turned into points, as quick distribution from halfbacks Brooke Bradley and Harrison stretched the Canadian defence until Tuima was found in space to go over. Harrison's kick made it 7-0.
England's lead then increased by a further 12 points, as they scored two tries inside five minutes.
Having set up a good attacking platform from a line out, Harrison zipped a well-weighted pass across her back line to Stoeger-Goddard, who duly dived over, before Dow was the recipient of similar skill for the third try.
Maddison Gold grabbed one back for Canada, intercepting a Harrison pass and cantering in unopposed from her own five metre line, with the extras reducing the deficit to 12 points.
But the momentum was short lived, as Harrison immediately made up for her error, sniping through a gap in the Canadian defence and dotting down under the sticks for the easiest of conversions.
England's dominance continued into the second half as flanker Amelia Harper surged over from close range to keep the visitors in the ascendancy, but not to be outdone, Canada nabbed one back minutes later through outside centre Sarah Maude LaChance.
Dow was on hand again for her second of the match before being shown a yellow card. It was a one player advantage the hosts immediately capitalised on, first through number eight Sophie De Goede, then LaChance again. But England held on to record their first win on tour.
"We are pleased with tonight's result," said head coach, Jo Yapp. "Canada were a tough team to play against and they pushed us right to the end.
"It was great to see Ellie Green and Beth Wilcock coming off the bench for their first U20s cap. We have the USA up next and I know the players are really keen to build on tonight's performance."
England Women U20 side
15. Lagilagi Tuima (Bristol Ladies / Exeter University), 14. Abigail Dow (Wasps Ladies / Imperial College London), 13. Phoebe Murray (Bristol Ladies / Bristol University) ©, 12. Lucy Attwood (Bristol Ladies, Bristol University), 11. Lilian Stoeger-Goddard (Bristol Ladies / Plymouth Marjons University), 10. Zoe Harrison (Saracens Women / Middlesex University), 9. Brooke Bradley (Bristol Ladies / Exmouth Community College); 1. Ellena Perry (Saracens Women / Coventry University), 2. Leah Bartlett (Loughborough Lightning, Loughborough University), 3. Ellie Mulhearn (Bristol Ladies, N/A), 4. Rosie Galligan (Saracens Women / Loughborough University), 5. Hollie Cunningham (Bristol Ladies / Exeter University), 6. Amelia Harper (Loughborough Lightning /Loughborough College), 7. Charlie Wilcock (Worcester Valkyries, N/A), 8. Sarah Beckett (Firwood Waterloo Ladies, N/A)
Replacements: 16. Connie Powell (Gloucester-Hartpury Women / Hartpury College), 17. Akina Gondwe (Worcester Valkyries /Worcester University), 18. Detysha Harper (Firwood Waterloo Ladies, N/A), 19. Rianna Manson (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks/ York St. John University), 20. Cara Brincat (Worcester Valkyries / Worcester University), 21. Ella Wyrwas (Saracens Women, N/A), 22. Ellie Green (Harlequins Ladies, N/A), 23. Bethany Wilcock (Trojans Rugby /Brockenhurst College)
England Women U20 fixtures
Friday 10 August – Canada Women U20 22-36 England Women U20
Tuesday 14 August – USA Women U20 v England Women U20, Acadia University (Wolfville), KO 10.30pm BST
Saturday 18 August – Canada U20 v England Women U20, Wanderers Grounds (Halifax), KO 8.00pm BST