WOMEN’S RUGBY: Canada just short of century in World Cup opener against Hong Kong

Canada's Magali Harvey with Colleen Tjosvold of Hong Kong
Canada's Magali Harvey with Colleen Tjosvold of Hong Kong

CANADA 98 HONG KONG 0

Magali Harvey scored five tries as Canada began their Women’s Rugby World Cup campaign with a blistering 98-0 win over Hong Kong in Dublin.

Canada's Kelly Russell celebrates scoring a try with team mates

Canada's Kelly Russell celebrates scoring a try with team mates

The tournament debutants were no match for the 2014 finalists who seized the initiative by scoring their first try with just four minutes on the clock.

As well as Harvey’s five tries and eight conversions, Canadian captain Kelly Russell, another veteran of the loss to England three years ago, scored three.

AJ Burke, Elissa Alarie and Amanda Thornborough each scored a pair of tries, with Brittany Waters and Alex Tessier scoring one each.

Canada's Kelly Russell is tackled by Chan Tsz Ching of Hong Kong

Canada's Kelly Russell is tackled by Chan Tsz Ching of Hong Kong