GUILDFORD, UK – The fifth place play-off will be a North American affair after both USA and Canada stormed past Ireland and Scotland respectively, scoring plenty of tries in the process.
IRELAND v USA
By Nathaniel John
USA gained revenge for their defeat in the pool stages with an emphatic 40-3 defeat of Ireland at Surrey Sports Park on Wednesday to guarantee a top six finish at Women’s Rugby World Cup 2010.
Victoria Folayan and Amy Daniels both scored a brace of tries with Vanesha McGee also touching down to set up a fifth place play-off with North American rivals Canada on Sunday after they came through against Scotland.
With Ireland, who had come out on top 22-12 in their Pool B encounter on day two, controlling the early exchanges, USA managed to score a try with the first real attack by their backs through wing Folayan. The ball being spread wide to the powerful wing, who outpaced two Irish defenders before handing off a third on her way to the line.
The try instilled confidence into the USA, who scored their second midway through the first half following a scrum deep into the Irish 22. From the scrum, the Women Eagles set up a rolling maul which Ireland brought down illegally, allowing referee S