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Canada beats England at Women's rugby Nations Cup

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The Canadian Press
7/31/2013 2:02:04 AM
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DENVER -- Magali Harvey scored her second try late in the game to lift Canada's rugby team over England 29-25 in the opening match at the IRB Women's Nations Cup on Tuesday.

With England leading 25-24 and time running out, Harvey found open space to rally Canada for the win.

It was Harvey's second try of the game. Elissa Alaire also had two tries for Canada, while Cheryl Phillips added one.

"We are pleased with the result, but we know we have a lot to work on this week," said Francois Ratier after his first match as head coach of the Canada fifteens program.

Alaire opened the scoring for Canada early in the match and Phillips added a second score before Alaire once again found herself on the end of a series of offloads by Canada's backline.

Andrea Burk added a pair of conversions to take Canada into the half with a 19-13 lead.

Having lost Arielle Dubissette-Borrice to injury, Jessica Dovanne took over at outside-centre.

England struck first in the second half, but Canada answered back with a score from Harvey.

England camped on the Canada goal-line for more than 15 minutes before finally breaking through the defence.

"We played well at times, but also know that we must work on our defence and our line-out before our next match," Ratier.

"Overall, I am pleased with the start the team has made at this tournament, and I know the players are looking forward to the challenges that are to come."

The result comes on the heels of an undefeated performance by the Canada's U20 women at the Junior Nations Cup.

Following the game, Canada's Back's Coach Collette McAuley presented 10 new caps to players making their first appearance for the senior team.

Canada will now face hosts the United States on Saturday.

Magali Harvey (Photo: Rugby Canada)

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