The girls are still having problems getting connected but we hope to make progress today. While we’re waiting for them to get through I thought I’d bring you up to date on where Ireland stand on qualification for a top four finish.
The 12 teams are split into three groups of four teams with the winner of each group and the highest placed runner up going through to the top four play offs.
Ireland can’t win their group after their defeat by England but they do stand a realistic chance of going through as the highest placed runner up if they have a bonus point win over Kazakhstan – however their fate depends on results in the other groups.
First up Ireland need Canada to beat France which on current form would seem likely – even though he French will be fighting for survival, and have yet to come good, I still think the impressive Canadians will have too much composure for the temperamental French.
Assuming Canada win then it’s a two horse race between Australia and Ireland as to who gets that forth spot and at the minute things couldn’t be closer with the Aussies marginally ahead having scored four more points than Ireland.
However Australia’s opponents, South Africa, have an outside chance of qualifying and should give the Aussies more problems than Ireland’s opponents Kazakhstan who should be pretty demoralised after two resounding defeats already in their group. The other bonus is that the Aussie game kicks off 15 minutes before the Irish one so Ireland will know exactly what they have to do to go through which could prove crucial if having to decide to go for a last minute try or penalty.
So at the minute the odds are slightly in Ireland’s favour but it all comes down to the Canadians doing us a favour earlier in the day.
I’m sure the Irish girls would relish a rematch with England in the Semi Finals.