With Match Day 2 almost upon us I thought it would be an opportune time to have a look at how the other teams fared during Match Day 1 and how the results to date affect Ireland’s chances of progression.
For those not familiar with the competition the JWC 2011 features teams from 12 countries split into three groups of 4. The teams in each group play each other once with the group winners going through to the knock out stages together with the highest placed runner up from the three groups. These knock out games decide the places 1 – 4.
The remainder of the teams are seeded according to their pool placement and compete in their own knock out matches for places 5 – 8 and 9 – 12.
After Day 1 Ireland are seeded No. 7 and would therefore be involved in the 5 – 8 play offs where they would be up against France, Wales and Fiji. It’s unlikely this middle ranking section will change too much, unless there are some extra-ordinary results, the only likely change being Argentina forcing their way into this group at the expense of Fiji.
Both Ireland and Wales would prefer to avoid France having lost to them during the 6 Nations, but you never know with our Gallic friends and they may be totally disinterested by that stage having lost out on a top 4 finish. Despite a stuttering opening quarter against England, Ireland have improved considerably since the Six Nations and would certainly fancy their chances against Wales and would relish another crack at the French.
We;ll keep you up to date on likely knock -out opponents after Match Day 2 tomorrow.
The pool results and current standings are as follows.
Day 1 Results:
|Argentina||8 – 34||Wales|
|Italy||7 – 64||New Zealand|
|Australia||54 – 7||Tonga|
|France||24 – 12||Fiji|
|England||33 – 25||Ireland|
|South Africa||33 – 0||Scotland|