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Harvey leads Canada to 98-0 rout in Women's Rugby World Cup opener

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.

2014 player of the year leads Canucks with 5 tries and 8 conversions

Magali Harvey, left, shown here at the 2015 Pan Am Games, led Canada to a 98-0 rout of Hong Kong in their Women's Rugby World Cup opener. (Chris Young/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.

Canada's high scorer and teammate Lori Josephson discuss their dominating win over Hong Kong. 1:38

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."

Magali Harvey recorded 5 tries in Canada's 98-0 win to open 2017 Rugby World Cup 1:14

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 anyone of those girls can be in that starting lineup. It's just starters and finishers."

Hong Kong, ranked 23rd in the world, is making its World Cup debut.

Canada next faces Wales on Sunday.

Want to watch rugby but not quite sure what the commentators are talking about? CBC Sport's Jacqueline Doorey get's 15s players Kelly Russell, Magali Harvey, Karen Paquin and Andrea Burk to explain. 3:06

Elsewhere Wednesday, defending champion England downed Spain 56-5; New Zealand downed Wales 44-12; and the United States beat Italy 24-12.

Host Ireland faced Australia and France took on Japan later Wednesday.

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