Women's Rugby World Cup - Semi Final Day

The semi-final day of the Women's Rugby World Cup is today. If you have photos from any of the days, please add them to this flickr group. Women's World Cup

Format It takes place over five days. Day 1 took place on Friday 20th August. Day 2 was Tuesday 24th August, Day 3 was the 28th. These were the pool games and are all played at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Today, the 1st of September is the semi final, and the final is on the 5th September. These games are played at the Stoop (with playoffs at Guildford).

On saturday, France beat Canada, leaving Canada on 10 points. Ireland didn't put nearly as many points away against Kazakhstan as they needed to, and Australia started to score against Wales, so Australia qualified ahead of Ireland and Canada on points difference. Australia were on +49, Ireland on +17 and Canada on +42 - very close to my prediction of a Canadian team in the final four.

Pools

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3
Australia England Canada
New Zealand Ireland France
South Africa Kazakhstan Scotland
Wales USA Sweden

Results So Far

Day 1
12:00 Pool C Canada 37-10 Scotland Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
14:00 Pool A Wales 12-26 Australia Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford
14:15 Pool B USA 51-0 Kazakhstan Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
16:15 Pool A New Zealand 55-3 South Africa Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford
16:30 Pool C France 15-9 Sweden Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
18:30 Pool B England 27-0 Ireland Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford
Day 2
12:00 Pool A Wales 10-15 South Africa Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
14:00 Pool C France 17-7 Scotland Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford
14:15 Pool B USA 51-0 Kazakhstan Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
16:15 Pool A New Zealand 32-5 Australia Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford
16:30 Pool B USA 12-22 Ireland Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
18:30 Pool B England 82-0 Kazakhstan Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford
Day 3
12:00 Pool C Scotland 32-5 Sweden Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
14:00 Pool A New Zealand 41-8 Wales Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford
14:15 Pool C France 23-8 Canada Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
16:15 Pool A Australia 62-0 South Africa Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford
16:30 Pool B Ireland 37-3 Kazakhstan Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
18:30 Pool B England 37-10 USA Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford

Ireland 37 - 3 Kazakhstan

Tables

Pool A
Team W D L PTS
New Zealand 3 0 0 15
Australia 2 0 1 10
South Africa 1 0 2 4
Wales 0 0 3 1
Pool B
Team W D L PTS
England 3 0 0 15
Ireland 2 0 1 10
USA 1 0 2 5
Kazakhstan 0 0 3 0
Pool C
Team W D L PTS
France 3 0 0 13
Canada 2 0 1 10
Scotland 1 0 2 5
Sweden 0 0 3 1

France 23 - 8 Canada

Fixtures today

14:00 9th Place Semi Canada - Sweden Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
14:14 9th Place Semi Wales - Sweden Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford
16:15 5th Place Semi Canada - Scotland Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
16:30 5th Place Semi Ireland - USA Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford
18:00 Semi Final New Zealand - France The Stoop
20:15 Semi Final England - Australia The Stoop

England 37 - 10 USA

Coverage

Day 1 was a little drizzly, and parking was difficult. I had to park in the University pay and display (over six quid!).

Day 2 was done by train and bike. This was cheaper, and my return to the main station was very fast.

Day 3 was a pleasant day, though with two of us at the tournament, we really noticed that there wasn't quite enough space for everyone to watch the final game of the day.

Today, we've allocated seating (at the Stoop), so that shouldn't be a problem.

My predictions for the day

  • I'm not fussed about places 5 to 12, England are in the Semi finals, but, I expect wins from South Africa, Wales, Canada and (the toughest call), USA.
  • Assuming the above predictions are correct, I expect final placings to be. 5. Canada, 6. USA, 7. Ireland, 8. Scotland, 9. Wales, 10. South Africa, 11. Sweden, 12. Kazakhstan
  • Tonight, I expect New Zealand to beat France, and England to beat Australia
  • In the final, assuming the above predictions are correct, I want England to beat New Zealand, but I think that New Zealand will be victorious. I hope I'm wrong, the Ferns have won the world cup in 1998, 2002 and 2006. The tournament has only run since 1991. The last two finals have been New Zealand vs. England.
  • England have been runner-up in three world cups, except in 1994 held in Scotland, when they won, and 1998, held in the Netherlands, where they came third
  • I expect France to win the third place play-off. The last two finals have been France vs. Canada, and France has come third in every world cup, except 1998