The Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan this week will decide who will reach the quarter-finals. While some of the favorite players have a leg up in the knockout rounds, others will still have to fight hard for it.
As a reminder: out of groups of five, only the first two make it to the quarterfinals. This is the starting position in the 4 groups before the last game (one team per group still missing 2 games):
- Group A: host Japan Great rugby in Asia causes excitement. “Cherry Blossom” Only 1 point is missing after 3 winsTo reach the quarterfinals for the first time. With Ireland and Scotland (only two games) behind them fighting for second place, the Irish have the better cards. Because: In a straight duel, the form-strong co-favorite beat the Scots.
- Group B: Two crown favorites New Zealand (14 points) and South Africa (10) match Italy (10) triathlon, The “All Blacks” have the best start as leaders and will also decide the fate of the Southern Europeans in the duel against Italy. It is easy for South Africa, who will take on the winner of Canada on Tuesday.
table before quarter finals
|Group A||Group B||Group C||group d|
|1. Japan (3/14)||1. New Zealand (3/14)||1. England (3/15)||1. Australia (3/11)|
|2. Ireland (3/11)||2. South Africa (3/10)||2. France (3/13)||2. Wales (2/9)|
|3. Scotland (2/5)||3. Italy (3/10)||3. Argentina (3/6)||3. Fiji (3/7)|
|4. Samoa (3/5)||4. Canada (2/0)||4. Tonga (3/1)||Georgia (3/5)|
|5. Russia (3/0)||5. Namibia (3/0)||5. USA (2/0)||5. Uruguay (3/4)|
|Final matches: Scotland vs Russia, Ireland vs Samoa, Japan vs Scotland||Last matches: South Africa – Canada, New Zealand – Italy, Namibia – Canada||Last matches: Argentina – USA, England – France, USA – Tonga||Final matches: Wales vs Fiji, Australia vs Georgia, Wales vs Uruguay|
- Group C: it’s the same thing here already decided, England and France are on top after 3 wins and do not give any chance to the other teams to advance. Still, it will be exciting on Saturday when the two meet in a top-notch fight.
- Group D: These 5 teams present themselves most balanced, Only 7 digits separate the first and last, there are 14 more in other groups. is still a trio best chance, Co-favorites Australia (11 points) lead the last game against Georgia at the top. Wales (9) is playing 2 more games and progress is in his own hands. Secret favorite Fiji (7) will be looking to stop it with the last force in a straight duel – even if it is difficult due to the point difference.
The final week of the group stage will begin on Tuesday at 12:15 pm with games South Africa – Canada. The final decision will be made with Japan-Scotland on Sunday at 12:45 pm.
Broadcast context: Mittagsbulletin, Radio SRF 1, 6.10.19, 12:40 pm.
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