Canada winger Magali Harvey was one of the stand-out players on day one of Women's Rugby World Cup 2017, scoring five tries amid a haul of 41 points in her side's record 98-0 win over Hong Kong on Wednesday.
It would be easy to get carried away after such an emphatic opening victory, but the World Rugby Women's Player of the Year in 2014 is adamant there is still more to come from a Canadian side looking to go one better than WRWC 2014 and win the title this time.
The Hong Kong win “has gone and we are moving onto the next one” is Harvey's simple edict.
“It was a good start, I think the score reflected that we played as a team and we had a great flow,” admitted Harvey, who will start on the wing again on Sunday when Canada face Wales in their second Pool A match at Billings Park.
“That was our first and every game from now on are going to get harder. We have things to fix and hopefully we can fix them for Wales and for New Zealand and onwards.
No messing around
“I think it (my five tries) reflects how well my team-mates were able to set it up for me, so the forwards did their jobs of pulling Hong Kong in and then the backs did their job of moving and flowing the ball and I just happened to be on the receiving end of those tries.
“It was very exciting to see that we were able to keep going for 80 minutes, that said we are also aware that we are in a tough pool. We just want to put all the odds on our side, so the more points we score the better it is for us and the harder it is for teams to catch up to us. We are just going to keep rallying those points.”
Canada and Wales have not met on the Women's Rugby World Cup stage since 1994, when the Welsh ran out 11-5 winners, three years after the sides drew 9-9 at the inaugural tournament, and Harvey knows Wales will pose a sterner challenge than tournament debutants Hong Kong.
“I think Wales are more of a technical team and a bigger team too, so it is going to be more of a physical game and we have to bring it to them so they know we are not messing around either,” admitted Harvey, who turns 27 next Wednesday.
“It is a World Cup, every team will do what it takes to get to where they want. In my case I find that we have a huge chance of winning this World Cup and we have just got to keep playing as a team and keep getting better every game.
“I think (to win this time) it is just focusing on the process. There is no magic recipe, but if everyone does their job and just focuses on their job and doesn’t worry about the outcome then the outcome will come on its own.”
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