With the pool stages of the competition completed, betting sites are predicting who will advance to the quarter-finals of the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
England, Canada, and New Zealand all advanced from the group stage with perfect records, and they are joined in the last eight by Australia, France, Italy, the United States, and Wales.
England maintains its lead in the race for global glory.
Most betting apps see England as the team to beat despite being pre-tournament favorites.
The best rugby betting sites are currently offering odds of 4/9 on the Red Roses winning their third World Cup title, following their previous triumphs in 1994 and 2014.
Australia, who finished second to defending champions New Zealand in Pool A, will face them in the last eight on Sunday at Waitakere Stadium in Auckland.
Australians Defeat Red Roses as Outsiders
Given that Jay Tregonning’s charges were defeated by their southern hemisphere rivals by a score of 41-17 in their opening World Cup game, it is easy to see why they are heavy underdogs to reach the tournament’s last four for the first time since 2010.
The Aussies are 20/1 with William Hill to pull off a surprise victory in the weekend’s match. A draw is an even more unlikely outcome, with the same bookmaker pricing it at 33/1.
A handicap of -36.5 on England, on the other hand, is available at odds of 4/5. This may serve as an illustration of the chasm that exists between the two teams.
To their credit, Australia rebounded from their loss to New Zealand with morale-boosting victories over Scotland and Wales.
They also have an effective player in winger Bienne Terita. After scoring two tries against New Zealand, she added a crucial five-pointer in a 14-12 comeback victory over the Scots.
There is a reason why their upcoming opponents have won the last four Women’s Six Nations Championships, and they set the tone with consecutive Pool C victories over Fiji, France, and South Africa.
While Claudia MacDonald, Rosie Galligan, and Connie Powell made hay in easy wins over Fiji and South Africa, Emily Scarratt demonstrated her long-term value to the English cause by scoring every single point in a 13-7 victory over the French.
New Zealand is still very much in contention.
It may seem strange that New Zealand is only second favourites at 9/4 to win the World Cup when they have five titles to their name, but there have been problems behind the scenes with the Black Ferns since the 2017 finals in Ireland.
However, under vastly experienced head coach Wayne Smith, they appear to be presenting a unified front and have convincingly topped Pool A with three consecutive victories.
Portia Woodman, who recently became the first female rugby player to score 200 tries in the World Sevens Series, has carried that form into this World Cup, scoring five tries in just two appearances.
Wales is ranked second ahead of their rematch with the Black Ferns.
Because of the way the ranking system works, the Black Ferns will face Wales for the second time in this World Cup on Saturday at the Northland Events Centre in Whangrei.
On October 16, the tournament hosts defeated the tournament guests 56-12 in their pool match in Auckland.
With this in mind, it’s no surprise that Wales is 66/1 to pull off a giant-killing against New Zealand. BetVictor is offering a handicap bet of -44 at odds of 17/20 for the latter.
Sioned Harries is Wales’ leading try-scorer at this year’s World Cup, with five-pointers against New Zealand and Australia.
The Scarlets No. 8 will need to be at her best if Wales is to reach their second World Cup semi-final, and their first in 28 years.
The French are expected to reach the semi-finals.
France, the third favourites for World Cup glory at 10/1 with bet365, face Italy in the only quarter-final clash between non-group winners.
Their meeting in Whangrei will take place before the match between New Zealand and Wales on Saturday at the same venue.
Despite their frequent clashes in the Women’s Six Nations Championship, France are the clear favorites in this match.
The odds on France winning are 1/40, while the odds on Italy winning their first knockout World Cup game are set at 18/1.
Draws are uncommon in the women’s edition of this global spectacle, as evidenced by the 50/1 odds on a share of the spoils.
The clash between Canada and the United States is full of intrigue.
Geographically, the match between Canada and the United States in the final quarter-final at Waitakere Stadium on Sunday is the most intriguing of them all.
In addition to finishing second in 2014, the Canadians finished fourth in 1998, 2002, and 2006.
The Maple Leafs finished fifth in Ireland five years ago, but they accumulated three bonus point wins in Pool B and are the fourth favourites for World Cup success at 20/1 with 10Bet.
Despite playing in the front row, hooker Emily Tuttosi has been one of the most prolific performers in this World Cup, scoring six tries in two appearances.
Like the games against New Zealand and Wales, their upcoming match against the United States will be a quick re-acquaintance.
With two wins each, the North American rivals faced off in Auckland last Sunday for the right to top Pool B.
While Mikiela Nelson’s stoppage-time try added some gloss to the final score, Canada won this game by 15 points (29-14).
This was the US’s second loss of the pool (they also lost 22-10 to Italy), but a subsequent win over Japan was enough to put them in the running for one of the two best third-place teams.
Nonetheless, Canada is expected to win its second game against the United States in seven days.
888sport has odds of 1/10 on Kévin Rouet’s side advancing to the last four, and while the US has odds of 6/1, it would take a major turnaround from Rob Cain’s team to achieve this result.
If you like the idea of a draw, there is a 14/1 chance that this game will end all square.
After this weekend’s action, we should have a better idea of where the World Cup trophy will rest for the next three years.
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