Scotland Women ran out in their new SP Energy Networks shirts for the first time at home last night - and came agonisingly close to drawing with Canada.
A total of 2,457 rugby fans were at Scotstoun stadium and thousands more tuned into BBC Alba to watch the women’s fiercely contested test match.
The ScottishPower pipe band added to the incredible atmosphere as they played on the pitch before the match.
The Scotland team put in a hard shift but missed a kickable penalty in the last two minutes of the game seeing the Canadians take the win with a final score of 28 – 25.
After the game, Jade Konkel, who plays at number 8, said: “I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to represent Scotland again last night in another physical encounter. This sport has given me confidence, discipline and motivation. It teaches us how to persevere and deal with adversity. I’ll forever be in debt to rugby.”
As part of SP Energy Networks’ three-year community partnership deal with Scotland Women, work is ongoing with Scottish Rugby to extend the message of support for women in the traditionally male-dominated fields of engineering and rugby.
Guy Jefferson, Director of Customer Service, who was at the match with his daughter Lucy said: “SP Energy Networks is committed to supporting women and girls in our workplaces through apprenticeships, women returners’ programmes and through STEM education in schools, colleges and universities. Our sponsorship of Scotland Women is an extension of that and we hope our partnership will help change attitudes towards women in sport and engineering.
“It was a proud night for SP Energy Networks and an inspirational effort by the team, holding their own against the fourth best team in the world with a progressive brand of Rugby. We wish the squad success for the rest of the season.”