The RWC 2011 draw was brought to you live last night and now that the dust has settled it seems as if the Springboks have received a very favourable draw for the RWC 2011 in New Zealand.
For the pool stages that is. Thereafter it becomes a little more difficult though. A lot more than just a little difficult actually.
Pool A: New Zealand, France, Tonga, Americas 1, Asia 1
Pool B: Argentina, England, Scotland, Europe 1, Play-off winner
Pool C: Australia, Ireland, Italy, Europe 2, Americas 2
Pool D: South Africa, Wales, Fiji, Oceania 1, Africa 1
The Springboks should not find it to difficult to ensure they finish at the top of pool D after the pools stages of the RWC 2011. Thereafter they will in all likelyhood have to beat New Zealand and Australia in New Zealand if they have any hope of walking away as the victors.
Let’s surmise that the teams will finish the pool stages as follows with only pool B really being up for grabs.
Pool A: 1. New Zealand 2. France
Pool B: 1. England 2. Argentina
Pool C: 1. Australia 2. Ireland
Pool D: 1. South Africa 2. Wales
This will give the Springboks a pretty much near impossible task of retaining the trophy and if they do manage it there will be no doubt about who the best team in the world is.
QF 1: England v France
QF 2: Australia v Wales.
QF 3: New Zealand v Argentina
QF 4: South Africa v Ireland
The SANZAR nations should all come through the quarter finals unscathed with the result between England and France being a toss up.
SF 1: England / France v Australia
SF 2: New Zealand v South Africa
Is this where our tournament will stop or will we manage another away win over New Zealand to go on and play the final against Australia?Tweet