Match Day 2 brought more disappointment for Ireland in the IRB 2011 Junior World Cup. Ireland’s failure to pick up a losing bonus against England and South Africa leaves Ireland needing a bonus point win against Scotland to be certain of progressing into the 5th – 8th place play offs.
The results from the Tuesday (below) see Ireland currently seeded in 8th place behind Wales, France and Argentina. Argentina’s ranking is unlikely to improve as they face New Zealand in the final round of pool matches so in reality any win will do for Ireland against Scotland. Whether they finish 7th or 8th should depend on how big a hammering Argentina take and the result from the Fiji v Tonga match.
At the moments their 8th place ranking would see Ireland up against France in the play offs and a 7th place finish would see the more inviting option of Wales though with France to play Australia, Wales to play Italy and England to play South Africa a lot could change in the positioning of the top six.
Despite the two narrow defeats Ireland have been playing much better than they did in the recent 6 Nations and should be targeting a 5th place finish – though there are still some quality sides to play between now and then.
Day 2 did see some cause for celebration for Ireland as wing Andrew Conway moved into equal second place on the all-time JWC try-scoring list. His two in the defeat by South Africa took him to eight, level with Julian Savea of New Zealand and Japan’s Ryuhei Arita and behind All Black Zac Guildford (10).
On top of that Ulsterman James McKinney moved into the top 10 all-time points scorers in Ireland’s loss to South Africa. The fly half landed four penalties and a conversion to bring his overall JWC tally to 60, putting him in eighth place behind top scorer Tom Homer of England (118).
Both youngsters will have a few more chances to add to their scoring records in the matches to come!
Results to date – click on the score for the IRB Match Review.
|10 Jun, 18:10||Argentina||8 – 34||Wales||Stadio Plebiscito, Padova|
|10 Jun, 20:10||Italy||7 – 64||New Zealand||Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso|
|14 Jun, 18:10||New Zealand||92 – 0||Wales||Stadio Mario Battaglini, Rovigo|
|14 Jun, 20:10||Italy||3 – 27||Argentina||Stadio Mario Battaglini, Rovigo|
|10 Jun, 18:10||Australia||54 – 7||Tonga||Stadio Mario Battaglini, Rovigo|
|10 Jun, 20:10||France||24 – 12||Fiji||Stadio Mario Battaglini, Rovigo|
|14 Jun, 18:10||Australia||50 – 25||Fiji||Stadio Plebiscito, Padova|
|14 Jun, 20:10||France||27 – 14||Tonga||Stadio Plebiscito, Padova|
|10 Jun, 18:10||England||33 – 25||Ireland||Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso|
|10 Jun, 20:10||South Africa||33 – 0||Scotland||Stadio Plebiscito, Padova|
|14 Jun, 18:10||England||39 – 18||Scotland||Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso|
|14 Jun, 20:10||Ireland||26 – 42||South Africa||Stadio Comunale di Monigo, Treviso|