Rugby World Cup 2011 Quarter-Finals: Prediction & Preview – Part 1

Well done everyone, we have made it to the quarter-finals! It has not always been easy, waking up before 9am on weekend mornings should be illegal but it has been well worth it.

The top 8 teams in the world have made the knock out phase of the RWC2011 and with the exception of France and possibly England, all of the teams deserve to be there. The IRB will be jizzing in the collective pants at the NH vs SH road to the finals but will it rob us of a quality final? Time will tell. In other news,  massive Maverick thumbs up to Tonga for putting in a passionate, inspired and history making performance in beating the French team (even though it is one in massive disarray).

tonga world cup history beating france

Perhaps Samoa could learn from this game and realise that you don’t have to resort to ‘off the ball’ antics to beat the top nations. That, and whining and bitching about the ref and IRB will not change the result of the game. Douche bags.

Let’s move on up to the quarter-final predictions for the first two games. Set excitement levels to awesome.

RWC2011 Quarter-final 1 Prediction: Ireland vs Wales

Ireland have been the surprise package in this Rugby World Cup having been woefully out of form in the build up to the event, with 4 losses on the trot in the warm up games. They looked undercooked against a fired up USA but then dominated the Aussies in their most important pool game to clinch top spot and secure a relatively easier passage to the finals.

Wales were very unlucky to lose to the Bokke in their first game and although a bit lucky themselves to snatch a victory over Samoa, they have really turned it on with impressive victories over Namibia and Fiji. Captain Sam Warburton has been a revelation so far and has lived up to the high praise of coach Warren Gaitland. George North on the wing and No. 8 Toby Faletau have been in fine form and are players to watch.

Wales rwc quarter final vs ireland

Hope that gum guard is RWC2011 approved…

For Ireland, (belive it or not) O’Gara recently played an instrumental role in the final pool game against Italy and will be key once again. Old man river, Brian O’Driscoll remains a potent force in the midfield and his partnership with Gordon D’Arcy will be one the Welsh will need to contain. The Irish scrum may well have a slight edge over the Welsh with Ian Cealy doing very well recently against the over-hyped Italians but I see the Welsh having the edge at the breakdowns.

Gosh darn it,  this is hard to predict. A lot may depend on the weather as a dry day will favour the Welsh but it is Wellington…

Kick-Off: Saturday 8th Sept at 7:00am (SA time)

Venue: Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington

Prediction: Ireland by 1-7

RWC2011 Quarter-final Prediction – England vs France

England have had a mixed bag so far in this RWC. I believe they had one of the easier pools and it would have been interesting to see them against some of the Pacific Island teams, especially Samoa. That is neither here nor there though as they snatched a victory at the death against Scotland to top their pool.

They have been plagued with numerous side shows, which I guess you come to expect from the English, whose media love nothing more than a good scandal. Dwarf tossing, illegal ball changing, hotel staff molesting and whatever the firetruck Tindall got up to aside, they will be happy facing a pretty crappy looking French side.

Mike Tindall Rugby World cup england antics

The French have seemingly been at war with their coach for this entire tournament. They looked like they almost wanted to lose the game against Tonga or at least didn’t give two shitake mushrooms either way. France do have some quality players in their ranks with Vincent Clerc, Dimitri Yachvilli and of captain Thierry Dusautoir all capable of quality play. France do have the players and dare I say it even the coach to beat this average looking English side but they will need to play better than they have all tournament.

It is hard to predict what the French will do on the day but their scrum can dominate the English and this will give them a shout. Whether they have the team to come back should they fall behind on the scoreboard is the question. It will be interesting to see if Johnny Wilkinson plays as he has been a shadow of his former self so far.

Expect an ugly game with England pipping the French to (unbelievably) once again reach the RWC semi-finals.

Kick-Off: 9:30am

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

Prediction: England by 5-12


~ by bowlphilosophy on October 4, 2011.

9 Responses to “Rugby World Cup 2011 Quarter-Finals: Prediction & Preview – Part 1”

  1. Agree mostly. I have put wales in ahead of Ireland. I hope France take England but instinct says like cockaroaches the poms will push through. I think they have figured by being mediocre for the inbetween years they almost guarantee a final place!!

  2. is there a bowl Superbru pool?

  3. I too was close to saying Wales over Ireland but I have my doubts about Sam Warburton in a pressure cooker to the max enviroment. Either way should be a cracka lacka game

  4. Would love France to beat England with Ashton breaking a leg in the process. However I think England will probably win by simply boring the French to death and playing their usual negative thug game.

    For the other game, think I’ll back the Irish as the weather’s likely to be kak.

  5. I agree with you Rich, England know how to grind out knock-out victories, but France tend to have one dazzling game per tournament. Will saturday be that day Le Coq Sportif do the funky chicken dance, let’s hope so.

    Wales vs Ireland, great, great game in store. I’m losing sleep over the Bok vs Wallaby game.

  6. Wales over Ireland … and England over France

  7. Where’s the predictions for Sunday!!!

  8. Right here:

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