Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 Predictions: Semi-Finals

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Ireland vs England

The first semi-final sees Ireland, who brought New Zealand’s dominance of this tournament to a shuddering halt in that fateful game in round two, take on Six Nations rivals England. The Irish have been superb this tournament – gritty when they’ve needed to be, but not afraid to play with flair, either. They lacked for cohesion in their final pool game against Kazakhstan, but with their first team regulars returning for this game they will be back to their best.

England stumbled to a draw against Canada in round three, which was all they needed to finish top of their pool thanks to their vastly superior points difference, but really they had an off day from Canada’s kicker Magali Harvey to thank for not losing that game. They will need to be significantly better against Ireland, who have been equal to them in the Six Nations in the past couple of years. The squad has been rotated again, but it looks a strong team that coach Gary Street has named.

This is Ireland’s first time in the semi-finals, and in tournaments as tight as World Cups, experience is usually vital. For that reason, I’m backing England to edge this one. England by 3.

France vs Canada

Hosts France have been nothing short of sublime so far this tournament. Sure, they have probably emerged from an easier pool than the rest of the semi-finalists, but the flair that they have shown in dispatching the likes of South Africa and Wales was great to watch, and has really rallied the home crowd. When they needed to grind out a win against Australia, they did that too. The home support has been fantastic, and nobody wants this party to end just yet.

Canada should have beaten England in the final game in their pool. Their stock has steadily been rising on the world scene in recent years, and a semi-final here is no less than this team deserves. They have some genuinely flair players in the likes of Magali Harvey and Mandy Marchak, while Kelly Russell has been one of the unsung heroes of the tournament. On their day they can beat anyone, but do they have the belief to beat France on home soil?

Home advantage makes the French favourites for this one, but really it’s incredibly difficult to call. France by 2.

Of course the beauty of the Women’s World Cup is that there are still knockout fixtures for the rest of the sides not in the semi-finals – nobody is on their way home yet. Here are our SuperBru predictions for the rest of the fixtures:

South Africa vs Samoa: South Africa by 10
New Zealand vs Wales: New Zealand by 25
Spain vs Kazakhstan: Spain by 35
Australia vs USA: USA by 5

How do you see the first round of knockout fixtures going?

By Jamie Hosie
Follow Jamie on Twitter: @jhosie43

8 thoughts on “Women’s Rugby World Cup 2014 Predictions: Semi-Finals

  1. The first time I have been completely different to your picks Jamie. Pretty much the only thing we’ve agreed on is the Ireland/England score, and that’s the one I was most uncertain of. Could make for an interesting day.

    England by 4
    Canada by 8

    Samoa by 10
    NZ by 35
    Spain by 12
    Australia by 5

    1. Interesting! It’s a proper cliché, but both semi-finals really could go either way. They should both be absolute corkers.

      Some of the others are debatable, and I admit the USA to win is a bit of a bold call – but they’ve got much more history in the women’s game than Australia, and were unlucky not to beat Ireland in Round 1.

  2. Ireland by 5, they’ve been outstanding so far
    France by 8

    Samoa will end up with a red card, enough to leave South Africa leading by 1
    NZ will go hard, Wales have not managed to show a strong side so far – NZ by 40
    Spain by 29
    USA by 4

  3. I’ve also gone the route of Aus, made my picks earlier today. SA by 8, NZ 25, Spain by 16, Eng 3, Aus by 10 and backed Canada by 5 ( wasn’t sure about that one )

  4. So we have the predictions but where is the write up on the semi finals and congratulations to England and Canada reaching the final? Come on you lot pull your fingers out!

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