The English won their 30th victory in a row this Saturday, a current record. Thanks to this new success, in the semi-finals of the World Cup against Canada, they give themselves the right to compete for the title next Saturday at Eden Park (7:30 a.m. French time). But Simon Middleton’s players did not have it easy, as the North Americans played without complex.
After a great start marked by a strong try from Marlie Packer (9th) and another flattened at the end of the line signed Abby Dow (15th), the English had rather put themselves on the right track. But Canada surprised its opponent on a counter initiated by Justine Pelletier and concluded by Karen Paquin (19th). Then Alysha Corrigan rewarded the relentlessness of her team to pick up the score (35th, 12-12).
It took a late penalty, the first attempted by England in the game, to give a short advantage to Emily Scarratt and her partners at the break (15-12). Shaken by Canada’s dangerous offensives, the England team had the merit of holding on in defence, like this action in the 50th minute, when they braced themselves on their line before crucifying their opponent of a 100-meter block completed in the in-goal by Abby Dow after a huge sprint.
Towards a third world title?
If the test of the Canadian second-line Tyson Beukeboom gave a shiver to the English supporters (68th, 23-19), the Red Roses finally got out thanks to their pragmatism and their physical superiority in the combat zones . World champions in 1994 and 2014, they will try to put their country’s name on the competition trophy for the third time next week. It will be against New Zealand or France, who oppose a little later this Saturday (7:30 am), in the same enclosure of Eden Park.