Canada routs Hong Kong, 98-0

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DUBLIN — 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 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.

“It’s im­por­tant to get all of our girls out on the pitch be­cause we want th­ese girls to come up and bring up the pace when they step on and that’s ex­actly what they did,” Russell said. “Across the board any one of those girls can be in that start­ing lineup.”

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