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Australia vs Canada
2017 Women's Rugby League World Cup, November 22
|Southern Cross Group Stadium, Cronulla, NSW, Aus|
Australia have qualified for the semi-finals of the Women’s Rugby League World Cup, but will be wary of Canada, who have already pulled off one upset. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the Jillaroos’ final group game from 4pm (AEDT).
The Australians have had two commanding wins and are well on the way to setting up the expected final with New Zealand, who are topping Group B.
After posting a 58-4 win over the Cook Islands on the first day of the tournament, they romped to victory in somewhat surprising circumstances against England.
The English were supposed to put up a much greater fight, after beating Papua New Guinea in their opening match, but Australia again held their line, running out 38-0 winners.
Not conceding a point sums up Australia’s tournament so far, the Jillaroos having not let their guard down for a moment.
Their attack, led by halves Maddie Studdon and Ali Brigginshaw, has also been dangerous, their decision-making having been almost perfect across the 160 minutes of play so far.
Canada faced a tough opening to the tournament, going down as expected to New Zealand 50-4. This being the crossover game though, leaves them with plenty of incentive after they pulled off a shock upset over Papua New Guinea last time out.
Because it’s their turn for the crossover match, for the Ravens to miss the semi-finals, they will need to not only lose to the Jillaroos (which is likely) but also have the Orchids beat New Zealand (which isn’t likely).
So, with the Ravens essentially having qualified – barring a miracle – they can chance their hand in this game. Halves Stevi Schnoor and Michelle Helmeczi combining with Irene Patrinos is their best chance to put points on the Australians, but even then, the forward pack probably aren’t going to be able to match the Jillaroos, led by Ruan Sims.
Australia should record a reasonably easy victory, but don’t expect this to be as ugly as their opening match of the tournament.
Australia by 24.
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