Only England, New Zealand, Canada and France remain in the hunt for the trophy at the 2021 Rugby World Cup. This week we’ll quickly recap the quarter-finals and then will share our match previews and predictions for the semi-finals.
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France faced Italy in the first QF of the weekend and won 39-3. They continued their impressive defensive campaign only allowing 20 points in 4 matches.
The second QF saw New Zealand dominate Wales 55-3. Portia Woodman led her side to victory scoring twice and officially became the record holder for the most scored tries (20) in Rugby World Cup history (woman or man).
Up next England faced Australia with the Red Roses extending their winning streak to 29 winning 41-5. The torrential rain for most of the match didn’t stop England as they held 66 percent possession, 59 percent territory and made 12 entries into the Australian 22.
The last QF of the weekend saw familiar foes Canada and USA face off in a rematch. USA came out with a fast start but Canada weathered the storm with an astonishing 128 carries and 87 of them over the gainline.
Canada vs England – Nov 4 10:30 PM CST / Nov 5 4:30 PM NZST
1st ranked England will see 3rd ranked Canada in the first semi-final of the weekend. The Red Roses are on a 29 winning streak while Canada has won 8 in a row. The Maple Leafs have flown under the radar quietly topping their pool with three wins and three bonus points. They’re embracing being the only non-professional team, their underdog title and looking to have the first upset of the tournament.
We predict England will win by 20 points.
New Zealand vs France – Nov 5 1:30 AM CST / Nov 5 7:30 PM NZST
2nd ranked New Zealand will face 4th ranked France in the second semi-final. New Zealand had has an easier path to the semi-final while Les Bleus had a tougher pool with England. The Black Ferns boast the most conversions, offloads, cleanbreaks, and runs in the tournament while France is third or fourth in each of the same categories. France has reached the semi-finals in almost every World Cup but have never made it to the big dance. Will this be their year or will the defending champs be victorious?
We predict New Zealand will win by 15 points.