Canada’s Women’s Rugby World Cup team scored a record 16 tries on route to defeating debutants Hong Kong 98-0 to open the tournament in Dublin, Ireland. Next up is Wales on Sunday. (Photo courtesy Rugby Canada)

Canada’s Women’s Rugby World Cup team scored a record 16 tries

Team Canada prepares to take on Wales on Sunday

Canada opened the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup with a strong showing, rolling over Hong Kong with a 98-0 win.

Hong Kong, competing in their first World Cup, was no match for the Canadian squad, who scored 16 tries.

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

By halftime they were toting a 46-point lead.

Third in the World Rugby rankings and coach by Francois Ratier, the Canadians rolled out the bench during the second half but still added another 52 points to the scoreboard.

“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 anyone of those girls can be in that starting lineup. It’s just starters and finishers.”

Wednesday’s game was the first international test match between the two nations. Hong Kong is ranked 23rd in the world.

“Credit to Hong Kong,” Russell said. “They were really good in the rucks. They gave it to us a couple times and that’s something we’re going to have to clean up going forward.”

Magali Harvey put up five tries and Russell had a hat trick. Elissa Alarie, Amanda Thornborough and Andrea Burk tallied two tries apiece while Alex Tessier and Brittany Waters each crossed the line once.

But Harvey didn’t stop there. She was named player of the match after scoring 41 total points with eight conversions. Second half replacement Brianna Miller also slotted a conversion.

The Canadian women will face off against Wales on Sunday before taking on the number one ranked – and four-time World Cup champions – New Zealand on Aug. 17 in their final match of pool play.

With their debut this year, Hong Kong is the 19th nation to compete in the Women’s Rugby World Cup. Canada is one of only four nations to have participated in all seven editions of the international tournament.

Just Posted

VIDEO: Nellie Stock – 40 years of teaching swimming and winning hearts

Clients and friends came out to honour Stock’s 40 years of service to Recreation Oak Bay

Crews battle fire at Saanich home

Early reports indicate fire started in the home’s chimney

Police warn businesses of counterfeit American money in Victoria

United States Secret Service investigate with VicPD

Premier promises to make Juan de Fuca Marine Trail a priority

Group says trail needs increased investment and attention

Sidney seeks transparency over proposed Beacon building

First significant redevelopment along main street is a five-storey structure

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

WATCH: Victoria’s Hanukkah celebrations open at the B.C. legislature

Premier joins local Jewish community to mark first day of Festival of Lights

BC Ferries adds extra sailings for Christmas

More than 175 sailings are being added, including 130 between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

More than 20,000 pounds of garbage removed from riverside homeless camps

Two camps taken down last week on the banks of the Fraser and Chilliwack rivers

Suspect in Revelstoke standoff killed himself: RCMP

Mohammadali Darabi, suspect in the Calgary homicide of his roommate, was stopped in Revelstoke

Clinton visits Vancouver, applauds Trudeau, celebrates Democrats’ win in Alabama

Clinton told crowd she cheered when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed the country’s first gender-balanced cabinet.

VIDEO: Salt Spring Islanders ferry piano to their floating home

Everyone enjoys a little music on the water, but not everyone has a piano on their boat

Victoria water main break forces closure of George Jay elementary for the day

City crews were able to restore water service to school by mid-afternoon

Vikes make bid to host national men’s basketball championships in 2019

Langford, Bear Mountain join UVic bid for nationals

Most Read