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    The road to the quarter-finals

    The road to the quarter-finals

    (Rugby News Service) Monday 24 September 2007

    PARIS, 24 September - Five nations will see their dreams of an IRB Rugby World Cup quarter-final dashed over the weekend as the pool stages draw to a close.

    South Africa, Australia and New Zealand are already assured of quarter-final berths as the winners of Pool A, B and C respectively, but 10 nations still have a chance of joining them.

    Pool A:

    * Tonga are guaranteed to finish as runners-up behind South Africa with a win or draw against England at Parc des Princes in Paris on Friday.
    * Defending champions England will finish as runners-up if they beat Tonga.
    * The runner-up will play Australia in the first quarter-final in Marseille on 6 October.

    Pool B:

    * Wales will finish as runners-up behind Australia if they avoid defeat against Fiji in Nantes on Saturday as in the event of a draw they have a far superior points difference.
    * Fiji need to beat Wales to be guaranteed a quarter-final place as runners-up.
    * The runner-up will play South Africa in the third quarter-final in Marseille on 7 October.

    Pool C:

    * Scotland are guaranteed to finish as runners-up behind New Zealand with a win or draw against Italy in Saint-Etienne on Sunday.
    * Italy need to beat Scotland if they are to reach their first RWC quarter-final.
    * The runner-up will play the Pool D winner in the fourth quarter-final in Saint-Denis on 7 October.

    Pool D:

    * France need a win against Georgia to guarantee them a spot in the quarter-finals.
    * Argentina with a win or draw against Ireland are guaranteed to win the Pool.
    * Ireland are guaranteed to qualify for the quarter-finals if they beat Argentina with a bonus point for scoring four tries and deny the Pumas a bonus point.
    * Theoretically Georgia can still make the quarter-finals, but would need to beat both Namibia and France to stand a chance.
    * Whoever finishes as Pool D runner-up will play New Zealand in the second quarter-final in Cardiff on 6 October.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs
    * Ireland are guaranteed to qualify for the quarter-finals if they beat Argentina with a bonus point for scoring four tries and deny the Pumas a bonus point.
    based on their form thus far in the RWC they might struggle to do that

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    IF they beat Argentina.
    IF they score 4 tries
    IF they beat Argentina by more than 7 points.

    Three IF's - hardly a 'guarantee', more like a wish list to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopep
    IF they beat Argentina.
    IF they score 4 tries
    IF they beat Argentina by more than 7 points.

    Three IF's - hardly a 'guarantee', more like a wish list to me.
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