Women’s autumn international: Wales v
Wales (7) 21
Tries: Phillips, Harries, Neumann Cons: Wilkins 3
(10) 38
Tries: Svoboda, Senft, Holtkamp 2, Nelles, Alarie Cons: Harvey, Miller 3

Wales went down in their autumn.

Sioned Harries, carys Phillips and Lisa Neumann scored Welsh attempts, together with Robyn Wilkins.

But Sara Svoboda, Gabby Senft, Courtney Holtkamp (two ), Cindy Nelles and Elissa Alarie all crossed for .

As their pedigree was shown by , together with the people scoring three tries in the final 24, the Welsh defence drained in the final stages.

But Wales can reflect on inducing problems than World Cup matches, when Wales failed to score in two matches in dropping 52-0 and 15-0.

Wales made the most of their following attack with captain Phillips crashing over from close range after pressure, Wilkins converting to provide the home side the lead on 20 minutes, although flanker Svoboda bagged the first try from a driving line-out following 15 minutes.

After 28 minutes as number eight Senft maintained the score in a different heap of 25, generated a carbon copy of the score.

Wales finished the half of the attack, but Harries knocked on after charging down a clearance that was Canadian, while Neumann was pressured into touch at the corner when Wales place some width on his or her match.

The forward’ dominance of this lasted in the second half at either end early, using lock Holtkamp crossing for , Magali Harvey converting for a 17-7 lead, just to reply in the attack with Wilkins converting.

Wing Neumann got the backs on the try sheet once she pounced on a mistake from Wilkins’ cross-kick, the fly-half again on target .

But stepped up a gear with three attempts in the final 12 minutes as Holtkamp obtained her moment, fellow lock Nelles extending the direct and assaulting full-back Alarie racing clear for a score – replacement scrum-half Brianna Miller Placing all three.

Wales face France at Montpellier February in their Six Nations opener.

Wales captain Carys Phillips told BBC Sport Wales: “The first 65 minutes were excellent, coming in the World Cup (two beats by without scoring), what we’ve achieved is a massive achievement.

“We have got that 20 minutes to work on, but we are definitely going in the perfect direction anticipating the Six Nations. In has been one to remember.

“France is the large one away, they’ve got enormous crowds and they’ve produced some of the best I’ve seen in the women’s game (beating New Zealand), but it is an opportunity for us to go out there and show what we’re about.”

Wales women: Lauren Smyth (Ospreys); Jasmine Joyce (Scarlets), Alecs Donovan (Ospreys), Alicia McComish (Dragons), Lisa Neumann (RGC); Robyn Wilkins (Blues), Keira Bevan (Ospreys); Caryl Thomas (Dragons), Carys Phillips (capt, Ospreys), Amy Evans (Ospreys), Siwan Lillicrap (Ospreys), Mel Clay (Ospreys), Manon Johnes (Blues), Bethan Le (Dragons), Sioned Harries (Scarlets).

Replacements: Kelsey Jones (Ospreys), Cara Hope (Ospreys), Cerys Hale (Dragons), Natalia John (Ospreys), Gwen Crabb (Ospreys), Ffion Le (Scarlets); Hannah Jones (Scarlets) Jess Kavanagh (RGC).

women: Elissa Alarie; Magali Harvey, Marie Thibault, Alex Tessier, Sabrina Poulin; Taylor Black, Lori Josephson; Veronica Harrigan, Laura Russell (capt), DaLeaka Menin, Cindy Nelles, Courtney Holtkamp, Sara Svoboda, Janna Slevinsky, Gabrielle Senft.

Referee: Rebecca Mahoney (NZ).


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