WALES slipped to a humiliating 52-0 defeat by Canada at the Women’s Rugby World Cup.

In the pool stage Rowland Phillips’ side had lost to the Canadians 15-0 but their opponents completely overpowered them yesterday in Belfast.

Wing Elissa Alarie touched down twice in the first half as Canada dominated in an eight-tries-to-nil rout.

Wales now play Ireland on Saturday with seventh place on the line.

The Wales line-up was the same as that which took to the field in the teams’ first encounter.

But Canada felt they had something to prove after that game and the defeat by New Zealand that consigned them to the fifth-place play-off semi-final.

They did so in style from Alarie’s opening try out wide after a powerful scrum.

Outside half Brianna Miller and second row Cindy Nelles went over before Alerie touched down again.

Flankers Jacey Grusnick and Karen Paquin scored in quick succession in the second half.

After Canada’s pack forced a penalty try, replacement Barbara Mervin finished their scoring against a scoreless Wales.