Wales got here up brief in opposition to Canada, however captain Siwan Lillicrap says there may be “much more progress to return” because the Rugby World Cup build-up continues.
Ioan Cunningham’s new-look aspect had been defeated 31-3 after a week-long coaching camp in Halifax.
It was the primary of two Checks earlier than they fly to New Zealand – with England subsequent up at Ashton Gate on 14 September.
The 32-player squad to make the aircraft might be unveiled 5 days later.
Wales, who’re nonetheless in pre-season, seemed rusty at instances in opposition to a aspect ranked fourth on the earth.
It was their first return to motion because the Six Nations in April, whereas Canada performed Check rugby just some weeks in the past.
Key gamers had been neglected, with Lillicrap herself on the bench, as Cunningham checked out new gamers and combos.
There have been three debutants in Lowri Norkett, Eloise Hayward and Carys Williams-Morris, who switched allegiances having been capped 5 instances for England.
Wales began brightly, however Canada ran in 5 unanswered tries after Elinor Snowsill’s early penalty.
Lillicrap, who got here on at first of the second half, mentioned the sport was a superb measure of “the place we’re at and the place we have to work on”.
She informed BBC Sport Wales: “I believe we carried out rather well, we labored arduous for a full 80 minutes. Each one in that one to 23 had an affect,” .
“A lot progress has come, however much more to return within the subsequent few weeks.
“I believe this squad can begin believing now as a result of there are some actual alternatives on the market that we might have taken.”
As of July this yr, 29 of Wales’ gamers at the moment are totally skilled, and Lillicrap believes they’re already reaping the rewards.
“We now have been working arduous on health, our physicality and common conditioning.
“We now have began implementing rugby in the previous few weeks, we’ve proven some good bits, however we’ve obtained plenty of work to do.
“This workforce are up for that. Our problem is New Zealand and the way we progress out within the World Cup.
“What we’ve obtained is energy in depth and everybody working now which is a large bonus from the place we had been 12 months in the past.”
Head coach Cunningham echoes her sentiments, saying the week in Nova Scotia has been “very constructive”
“The aim of popping out right here was to spend so much of time collectively, to have a mini World Cup expertise the place we’re in a brand new nation, a brand new lodge, new coaching services.
“It has been an actual worthwhile train with a superb sport on the finish of it.
“I believed Carys Williams-Morris was actually good in a mix with Hannah Jones, Lowri Norkett was glorious, made her hits, carried arduous and her work fee was actually good.
“Eloise Hayward got here on an zipped the ball away from the breakdown, which was glorious, Abbie Fleming labored her socks off and Kat Evans gave us what we would have liked together with her engine.
“Extra complications for us coaches, however it’s pleasing to see.”