Canada opens quest for World Cup ti­tle

Ma­gali Har­vey leads 98-0 rout of Hong Kong

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Canada is off to an im­pres­sive start at the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup af­ter post­ing a 98-0 rout of Hong Kong on Wed­nes­day be­hind a huge game from Ma­gali Har­vey.

Canada, ranked third in the world, scored its first try at the four-minute mark of the match and didn’t let up un­til the fi­nal whis­tle.

Har­vey, a star of Canada’s team that made it to the fi­nal of the 2014 World Cup, led the Cana­di­ans with five tries and eight con­ver­sions and was named player of the match. The Que­bec City na­tive now has 234 points in in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

Cap­tain Kelly Russell had three tries for Canada, while A.J. Burk, Elissa Alarie and sub­sti­tute Amanda Thorn­bor­ough each added a pair.

Brit­tany Wa­ters and Alex Tessier also scored tries, while Brianna Miller added a con­ver­sion.

“I’m re­ally proud of the team and the ef­fort they put in,’’ Russell said. “There are some things to fix go­ing for­ward, but we’ll get there.’’

Af­ter build­ing a 46-point half­time lead, the Cana­di­ans rolled out the bench over the course of the sec­ond half but still put up another 52 points.

Canada next faces Wales on Sun­day.

Else­where Wed­nes­day, de­fend­ing cham­pion Eng­land downed Spain 56-5; New Zealand downed Wales 44-12; the United States beat Italy 24-12; Ire­land edged Aus­tralia 19-17; and France routed Ja­pan 72-14.

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