Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017: Semi-Final Predictions

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England versus France and New Zealand versus United States are top of the bill at the semi-final stage of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup.

Here are the predictions for the knockout phase of the tournament, which starts on Tuesday.

9th PLACE SEMI-FINALS

Italy v Japan
Queens University, Belfast
KO 12:00

Italy fell to a disappointing 8-22 loss to Spain in their final group match which consigned them to three defeats from three Pool B games.

The Azzurre and Japan are both still searching for an elusive first victory. But while the Italian challenge seems to have faded, the Japanese have improved as the tournament has gone on.

Despite a heavy opening defeat to France, the Sakura 15 will be confident of finishing strongly after giving Ireland a fright before going down fighting 15-29 to Australia in their Pool C clashes.

Prediction: Italy by 6

Spain v Hong Kong
Queens University, Belfast
KO 14:30

Spain pulled off a morale-boosting win over Italy in their last group game to take third spot in Pool B following heavy reversals against England and the United States.

Las Leonas will hope to end their tournament on a high by making the 9th Place Final, which will guarantee them a top 10 finish in Ireland.

Hong Kong lost all three of their Pool A matches, but scored their first World Cup points in a 15-39 defeat to Wales and will look to make more history before the competition concludes.

Prediction: Spain by 24

5th PLACE SEMI-FINALS?

Ireland v Australia
Kingspan Stadium, Belfast
KO 14:00

Ireland saw their semi-final hopes ended by an impressive France as they went down 5-21 in the Pool C decider on Thursday.

The hosts must now regroup for facing off with Australia again, whom they edged 19-17 at the group stage, in the knockout rounds as they seek a fifth place finish at their own tournament.

The Wallaroos defeated Japan 29-15 to restore some pride following a heavy 0-48 beating to the French and will look to avenge their narrow opening loss to the Irish.

Prediction: Ireland by 8

Canada v Wales
Queens University, Belfast
KO 17:00

Canada suffered a 5-48 beating by a ruthless New Zealand to miss out on winning Pool A and also on making the semi-finals.

The 2014 finalists won their first two group matches without conceding any points, but paid a heavy price for their big loss and will finish outside the top four places.

Wales won against Hong Kong to record their first tournament win following two battling defeats and will hope to push the Canucks closer than their 0-15 group loss to the same opposition.

Prediction: Canada by 20

SEMI-FINALS

New Zealand v USA
Kingspan Stadium, Belfast
KO 17:00

New Zealand were in awesome form as they signalled their intent on recapturing the World Cup title with an earth-shattering eight-try victory over Canada to win Pool A.

The Black Ferns will now look to reach their fifth tournament final by overcoming three-time competition finalists the United States, who will be contesting their first semi-final since 1998.

The USA battled to claim a four-try bonus in their 26-47 loss to England, which earned them a place in the last four as the best pool runners-up.

Prediction: New Zealand by 30

England v France
Kingspan Stadium, Belfast
KO 19:45

Defending champions England wrapped up Pool B as expected after seeing off the United States with seven tries including a penalty try in their decisive group clash.

The Red Roses, who led 33-7 at half-time, cruised to their eighth consecutive World Cup semi-final where they will play an equally-impressive France.

The French, who defeated Ireland to claim Pool C, are competiting in their seventh semi-final and will be hoping to finally reach their first final by knocking out the holders.

Prediction: England by 12

By Aron Hegarty

3 thoughts on “Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017: Semi-Final Predictions

  1. Guess the predictions will go to or nr form. Hope the author’s right about the NZ Canada game. Prob about the England France game too, although Jones of S. Times reckons all bets are off for the latter match!?

  2. Whatever happened to the likely lad/s & his/ their Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017: Final & The Rugby Championship 2017: Round 2 Predictions? Due a yellow card for dereliction of duty?

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