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Women’s World Cup Final 2010

It’s been a fun competition, and I’ve been there for essentially all of it. I’ve seen most of the games (not the 5-12th playoffs, and I missed some games in Guildford) – but essentially I’ve seen the whole thing. Live. This is something I could not hope to say about the Rugby World Cup – it’s been great.

New Zealand 45 - 7 France

The idiot-produced banner was wrong. There has been some excellent Rugby, New Zealand have been on top form, often scoring at will (unfortunately, it has made their games one-sided). The England vs. Australia game was excellent. It can be viewed online – have a look at Holly Waterman’s run in the 41st minute (2nd half), it’s brilliantly nimble, and closely followed by some great work from Maggie Alphonsi. There were some really good saves – when Fiona Pocock made a brilliant break for the Australian line, in the 18th minute, the Australian, Nicole Beck, put in a huge hit and prevented the score. Unfortunately Pocock was injured in the process, and had to be stretchered off. Both women showed great skills.

There are games at Guildford to decide places 5-12, but the main event is at the Stoop. There are two games, France vs. Australia (the third place playoff) and the main event, the final – New Zealand vs. England.

Martin Johnson sat just behind us at the Women's Rugby World Cup

New Zealand have a history in this competition, having won it for three tournaments on the trot (out of a total of five tournaments). To be honest, they seem to have been scoring at will against so many opponents, they look so strong, I’d be thrilled if England beat them, and a little surprised.

England 15 - 0 Australia

England haven’t been shabby, though – they’ve had some great performances, both individually and collectively. I hope they can rise to the situation.

Though I wouldn’t bet against New Zealand, I really hope to be proved wrong. I’ll be cheering for England…. C’mon England, it’s a home world cup!

The venue for 2014 is has yet to be announced. I’m hoping for Kazakhstan, it’d be an interesting reason to see a new country!

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

Women’s Rugby World Cup – Day 3

The third day of the Women’s Rugby World Cup starts today. If you have photos from any of the days, please add them to this flickr group.

Canada 40 - Sweden 10

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

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

Tackle on the try line (Ireland scored)

Tables

Pool A
Team W D L PTS
New Zealand 2 0 0 10
Australia 1 0 1 5
South Africa 1 0 1 4
Wales 0 0 2 1
Pool B
Team W D L PTS
England 2 0 0 10
USA 1 0 1 5
Ireland 1 0 1 5
Kazakhstan 0 0 2 0
Pool C
Team W D L PTS
Canada 2 0 0 10
France 2 0 0 8
Sweden 0 0 2 1
Scotland 0 0 2 0

New Zealand 32 - Australia 5

Fixtures today

12:00 Pool C Scotland – Sweden Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
14:00 Pool A New Zealand – Wales Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford
14:15 Pool C France – Canada Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
16:15 Pool A Australia – South Africa Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford
16:30 Pool B Ireland – Kazakhstan Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
18:30 Pool B England – USA Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford

Coming in for (another) try

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.

Monica will be with me today, so we’ll probably use the car.

I’ve really enjoyed the first two days – it’s been a great atmosphere. I kept finding myself chatting to the ever-present representatives from the DC Furies – the media loved these gals, especially when USA were playing. One of my favourite memories from Day 2 was the Furies, realising the USA were behind started to chant ‘Yes we can!’, and the Irish contingent launched into ‘Bob the Builder!’.

The Furies won’t be there on Saturday as they’re returning to the states for the first fixture of the season (though their website needs updating!) – good luck to them.

The weather was very changeable, going from rain (never too heavy) to clear blue skies.

My plan for the day

  • The opening game is played for honour, neither Scotland or Sweden have a hope of progressing. I’ll probably miss this as I’ve a commitment until 1pm elsewhere.
  • In New Zealand vs. Wales, New Zealand should dominate, they only need a losing bonus to be sure to finish top of their group – and they’ve shown no sign of doing anything less than be dominant. I expect them to win, with a four try bonus.
  • France vs Canada is much more interesting and will be the game I prioritise. If the TV companies are doing more than look at the names, I would hope that they’ll ask the tournament organisers to swap this pitch 2 game with the New Zealand game on pitch 1 – all the cameras are set up for pitch 1. The winner of this game will take pool C. Ireland and USA supporters will be supporting Canada.
  • Australia vs. South Africa is likely to be of academic interest as far as the pool winner is concerned, but the highest scoring second place side qualifies, so Ireland and USA will both be hoping for a decisive South African victory
  • Ireland vs. Kazakhstan should be a high scoring game for Ireland, and they’ll need it to be if they are to qualify – they will be relying on other games to get through. I’ll watch a little of the Australia game, and then transfer to this.
  • England vs. USA should be a belter. England just need to get a losing bonus, and USA need to totally dominate with a four try win, and deny England the losing bonus. It should be an English victory, but ‘just need a losing bonus’ are dangerous words! In the worst case scenario for England, if the USA do pull it off, then England could still qualify if France loses to Canada, if Australia doesn’t dominate South Africa and if Kazakhstan don’t let Ireland run away with it. Of course, as the only game on at the time, this’ll be what’s watched.

It should be a good day, but for the most part, the pools are decided – though there is always the chance of an upset. I expect that New Zealand, Canada, England, and probably France will qualify (that last one is least certain) – but even New Zealand cannot be 100% sure of this (though admittedly the Ferns having a meltdown would be a shock).

Women’s Rugby World Cup – Day 2

The second day of the Women’s Rugby World Cup starts today. If you have photos from any of the days, please add them to this flickr group.

France 15 - Sweden 9

Format
It takes place over five days. Day 1 took place on Friday 20th August. Day 2 is today, Day 3 is a week saturday. These are the pool games and are all played at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford. Following that, on the 1st September is the semi final, and the final is on the 5th September. These games are played at the Stoop (with playoffs at Guildford).

Pools

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

Results So Far

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

USA 51 - Kazakhstan 0

Tables

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

New Zealand 55 - South Africa 3

Fixtures today

12:00 Pool A Wales – South Africa Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
14:00 Pool C France – Scotland Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford
14:15 Pool C Canada – Sweden Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
16:15 Pool A New Zealand – Australia Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford
16:30 Pool C USA – Ireland Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 2), Guildford
18:30 Pool B England – Kazakhstan Surrey Sports Park (Pitch 1), Guildford

England 27 - Ireland 0

Coverage

  • The tournament will be on Sky Sports (I’ll be watching it in person!), and later will be online. Some matches will be streamed line today.
  • Tickets can be printed off at home. Note that on Day 1, tickets were sold out and they were turning people away, so if you plan on coming later in the day, I recommend getting the ticket online
  • The Tournament Twitter feed is here
  • Scrumqueens will likely have updates

Day 1 was a little drizzly, and parking was difficult. I had to park in the University pay and display (over six quid!) – so today it’ll be bicycle. The day was really enjoyable, a lot of Rugby, though! Some games were hopelessly mismatched (New Zealand owned South Africa) – but when it was good, it was very, very good.

My plan for the day

  • I’ll probably miss the start as I’m really trying to make headway on an Open University essay, but for Wales vs. South Africa, I’ll probably support South Africa, they were so dominated by New Zealand it was silly!
  • I’ll probably go for Canada vs Sweden next. Canada beat Scotland convincingly and France beat Sweden, but that could have gone the other way – I think this should be closer than France vs Scotland.
  • Then I’ll watch the opening of New Zealand vs Australia (I expect New Zealand to win) – and will probably transfer over to USA vs. Ireland. As the latter match is in the same group as England, I’ll be supporting Ireland
  • England vs. Kazakhstan is the finale. If England don’t win convincingly here it’ll be a travesty (having seen USA vs Kazakhstan and England vs Ireland).

Women’s Rugby World Cup – Day 1

My photos from Day 1 of the Women’s Rugby World Cup are on flickr. There is a group for anyone to add their own pictures.

England 27 - Ireland 0

I won’t write a full report today – there were six games, after all! Sufficed to say, I had a really good time. If you can get to day 2, I recommend doing so. (Note, parking is an issue, easy, but expensive if you use designated area – Tesco is nearby, but they may get uppity for an all day park. For Day 2 I plan to either cycle, train and walk or train and cycle).

Enjoy the pics!