Emily Scarratt provided the heroics late in the gold medal game of the 2014 Rugby Women’s World Cup. Competing against Canada, looking for their first-ever World Cup win, she managed to reach the corner of Canada’s end zone.
It was part of a performance that saw Scarratt scored 16 points, including 10 straight to close the gold-medal game. Prevailing in a 21-9 score, England won its second World Cup and its first in 20 years. Her efforts propelled England to its first World Cup victory in 16 years.
England’s road to the 2014 World Cup title began with a 65-3 drubbing against Samoa in the Group Stages competition. They would proceed by overwhelming Spain by a 45-5 tally. Their final Group Stages contest would come against Canada, finishing with a 13-13 tie. The semi-final saw a convincing 40-7 victory against Ireland. Facing Canada again in the final, it was an opportunity to capitalize on previous errors.
After a first half that saw England take a convincing lead, the determined Canadians managed to pull within two points. Magali Harvey made the difference with a penalty at the halfway point of the second. Unfortunately, Canada was not able to capitalize on two scoring opportunities.
In the last three gold medal games, England was the bridesmaid to champion New Zealand. There was a significant emotional component to England’s win. Rugby legend Maggie Alphonsi was one of four players from the English starting lineup that played in the past two gold medal games. As the 2014 edition of the worlds may have signified her final stint for the English, her career ends on a winning and redeeming note. Team captain Katy Mclean dedicated the win to the players who had come before them to compete for England.
For the ambitious Canadian squad, it was their first-ever appearance in the World Cup final, a significant breakthrough for the program. From 1998 to 2006, the Canadians posted three consecutive fourth place finishes. Of note, Magali Harvey was named the IRB women’s player of the year beating out Canadian captain Kelly Russell.