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Women's Rugby World Cup: Wales captain Carys Phillips 'proud' of team despite defeat to Canada

Wales captain Carys Phillips says she's proud of her team-mates' effort during their Women's Rugby World Cup defeat to Canada in Dublin.

Wales now face Hong Kong knowing they need to win to reach the play-offs to decide fifth to eighth places. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images

The 15-0 loss means their semi-finals hopes are over having lost their opening game to New Zealand 44-12.

Wales kept within one score of Canada until the final 11 minutes, but the game eventually hinged on two yellow cards in the last quarter.

Canada were reduced to 14 women when Julianne Zussman stamped on Wales replacement Meg York 17 minutes from time.

At that stage Wales were only seven points adrift, but their numerical advantage lasted just three minutes.

Wales were punished at the breakdown and referee Sean Gallagher sent captain Carys Phillips to the sin bin.

Canada dominated the early exchanges, but Wales' defensive line held firm until the 25th minute when scrum-half Lori Josephson broke away.

Magali Harvey added the conversion and the winger almost extended Canada's lead at the start of the second half but was dragged down close to the line.

Wales captain Carys Phillips is tackled by Canada's Andrea Burk. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images

Wales struggled to find a real attacking threat, but they were handed an opportunity to get back in the game when full-back Zussman was correctly carded for indiscipline.

But Phillips soon followed her out of the action and Canada landed a decisive blow as Hannah Jones was penalised for not rolling away and Harvey dispatched a 22-metre penalty.

Canada's victory was secured in stoppage time when Harvey was freed by a quick penalty and she sprinted down the right wing for her sixth try of the tournament.

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Wales now face Hong Kong knowing they need to win to reach the play-offs to decide fifth to eighth places.

The defence was immense and the girls put their bodies on the line from the first minute to the 80th minute.

We took it to the third in the world and we are disappointed.

There were a few things that didn't go our way and when we had out chances, we might have slipped up a little bit,

Other than that, I can't fault the effort from the girls and I'm absolutely proud and we've just got to kick on now and face Hong Kong.

– Carys Phillips, Wales Captain