WALES Women couldn't end their autumn campaign with a third straight victory but still put in an impressive performance as they were beaten 38-21 by Canada.

Against a team ranked fourth in the world, Rowland Phillips' side put in a fine display only to be hit by a late charge from the visitors.

Wales scored tries through Carys Phillips, Sioned Harries and Lisa Neumann and Robyn Wilkins kicked the rest of the points, but it was not enough for victory.

Canada's efforts came from Sara Svoboda, Gabrielle Senft, a Courtney Holtkamp brace, Cindy Nelles and the Elissa Alarie.

Wales started with a bang and after previous autumn wins over South Africa and Hong Kong, confidence was high in the home ranks.

Wilkins hooked a penalty effort wide in her attempt to open the scoring and although Wales were doing far more than just holding their own, it was Canada who then moved ahead.

The visitors kicked to the corner and a line-out drive ended with Svoboda emerging with the ball over the line.

Wales hit back in similar fashion, punching away at the Canada line before captain and hooker Phillips went over.

Wilkins converted, but an enthralling game continued to edge back and forth as Canada hit back with another forward effort through number eight Senft to go 10-7 up at half-time.

Canada moved further clear when Holtkamp was driven over and Magali Harvey converted.

Wales hit back straight away as Harries crossed and Wilkins improved the effort which pointed to a tight and entertaining final quarter.

Wales went in front 21-17 when Wilkins kicked to the corner in search of a try. Her effort looked too long, but Harvey couldn't gather the up and under and Neumann pounced to score.

However, Canada finished strongly to take the spoils; Holtkamp grabbed her second and just minutes later Cindy Nelles was over for another score.

Miller converted both scores and all of a sudden Canada were 31-21 up and running away with it.

The electric Alarie then finally got a deserved score of her own as she weaved to the corner for a try that Miller converted.