ANTIGONISH, N.S. - Amanda Thornborough scored three tries Thursday as the top-ranked St. FX X-Women romped past the Queen's Gaels 53-10 in their first match of the Canadian university women's rugby championship.
Thornborough, from Brandon, Man., opened the game with a try in the 13th minute before adding two more in the second half.
Magali Harvey of Quebec City added 13 points on a penalty goal and five converts for the X-Women (1-0), who led 21-3 at halftime.
"The first ten minutes we were a little shaky, it took us a few minutes to adjust," said Emma Taylor of Scotsburn, N.S., who was named player of the game for St. FX.
"Once we got a hang of what we were doing, we came out on fire and didn't stop until the last minute."
Waterloo, Ont., native Bronwyn Corrigan's penalty goal and a try by Claragh Pegg of Barrie, Ont., in the 66th minute were all the offence the Gaels (0-1) could manage.
Meanwhile, the defending national champion Guelph Gryphons cruised past the Acadia Axewomen 45-7.
Britt Benn of Napanee, Ont., scored three tries for the Gryphons (1-0), who allowed only a penalty try by Acadia (0-1) in the 19th minute.
Benn, a fifth-year centre, was playing one day after being named the Canadian university women's rugby player of the year.