Women's Rugby World Cup: Spain women 15-10 (25-15) Scotland women

Rhona Lloyd
Rhona Lloyd scored for Scotland in Madrid
Women's Rugby World Cup play-off
Spain (10) 15
Tries: Erbina, Garcia, Bravo
Scotland (5) 10
Tries: Lloyd, Law

Scotland women slipped to a 15-10 defeat to Spain in Madrid in their second leg World Cup play-off, losing 25-15 on aggregate and falling short of a place at next year's finals.

Amaia Erbina and Patricia Garcia scored first-half tries for the hosts either side of Rhona Lloyd's sharp finish.

Sarah Law levelled at 10-10 after the break with a clever try.

But Marina Bravo scored to seal victory for Spain, who join England, USA and Italy in World Cup Pool B in Ireland.

Shade Munro's Scotland were beaten 10-5 in the first leg at Scotstoun last Friday.

Winger Erbina crashed over on the left to open the scoring for the Leonas, with fly-half Garcia's conversion attempt off-target.

The Scots responded smartly, earning a turnover on the home 22, and a brilliant whipped pass from pivot Helen Nelson found captain Lisa Martin, who released Lloyd to out-sprint the cover defence in the corner.

Lana Skeldon failed to convert, and Spain soon reclaimed the lead, with neat handling and looping support lines from the back-row forwards culminating in Garcia diving in down the right, the fly-half unable to convert her own try.

Chloe Rollie almost levelled for Scotland before the break, when the full-back charged-down her opposite number, Barbara Pla in the Spanish 22, but her hack-through bobbled out of play off the corner flag.

A piece of predatory play from Law did haul the Scots back on terms five minutes after half-time. The ball lay static at the base of a ruck just inside the Spanish in-goal area, meaning there could be no offside, and the scrum-half dived through the bodies to press it to ground.

The decisive try was scored by centre Bravo, who powered over from a quick-tap penalty in the Scottish 22, carrying there tacklers with her, Garcia once more wayward from the tee.

Spain: Barbara Pla, Amaia Erbina, Vanesa Rial, Marina Bravo, Iera Echebarria, Patricia Garcia, Anne Fernandez; Isabel Rico, Aroa Gonzalez (capt), Jeanina Vinueza, Maria Ribera, Elena Redondo, Diana Gasso, Paula Medin, Angela del Pan.

Replacements: Saioa Jaurena, Isabel Macias, Laura Delgado, Monica Castelo, Maria Losada, Irene Schiavon, Maria Casado, Anna Ramon.

Scotland: Chloe Rollie, Megan Gaffney, Lisa Thomson, Lisa Martin (capt), Rhona Lloyd, Helen Nelson, Sarah Law; Heather Lockhart, Lana Skeldon, Tracey Balmer, Emma Wassell, Deborah McCormack, Jemma Forsyth, Louise McMillan, Karen Dunbar.

Replacements: Lucy Park, Lindsey Smith, Katie Dougan, Sarah Bonar, Rachel Malcolm, Lyndsay O'Donnell, Jenny Maxwell, Eilidh Sinclair.

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