Samoa defeat Germany to qualify for 2019 Rugby World Cup

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Samoa have qualified for the 2019 Rugby World Cup

Samoa have qualified for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan after winning the second leg of the Oceania/Europe play-off against Germany 42-28 in Heidelberg on Saturday.

The hard-fought victory, combined with the 66-15 first leg win in Apia, confirmed a 108-43 aggregate win and a place in Pool A alongside Ireland, Scotland, Japan and Russia.

Germany were competitive at home, leading by one point at halftime and by two until the 69th minute when Samoa fullback Ahsee Tuala crossed and converted to tie things up at 28-28.

Six minutes later, right wing Ed Fidow walked in his second try of the match, before former Tuala – the former Counties Manukau representative – sprinted in for his double in the 80th minute, converting that and Samoa’s five others for a personal haul of 22 points.

The Samoans have played at the last seven editions of the event, and their best result was the quarterfinals, at their first two, in 1991 and 1995.

Germany, 12 places behind their opponents in the World Rugby Rankings, will take great heart from a spirited performance that will give confidence ahead of their participation in the Repechage in Marseille in November.

In what promises to be a fascinating tournament, Germany will meet Canada, Hong Kong and the Rugby Africa Gold Cup runner-up in a round-robin format contested over three match days on November 11, 17 and 23.

Congratulating Samoa on his twitter account, World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “Congratulations to Samoa on Rugby World Cup 2019 qualification and a place in Pool A. Germany will be encouraged by a strong performance as they look ahead to November’s Repechage.”

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Hong Kong confirm place in repechage for Rugby World Cup 2019

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Hong Kong have defeated the Cook Islands

Asian champions Hong Kong beat Cook Islands 77-3 on aggregate to become the second team confirmed for the Rugby World Cup 2019 global repechage tournament in November.

Hong Kong ran out comfortable 51-0 winners in their Asia/Oceania play-off second leg at the Hong Kong Football Club on Saturday to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for Rugby World Cup 2019.

The Asia Rugby Championship 2018 winners will now take their place alongside Canada, the loser of the Samoa v Germany play-off – the Pacific Islanders won the first leg 66-15 last weekend – and the Rugby Africa Gold Cup runners-up in the four-team global repechage in November that will determine the 20th and final qualifier for Japan 2019.

While Hong Kong only needed to avoid a loss of more than 23 points to advance, having won the first leg 26-3 in Rarotonga last weekend, coach Leigh Jones had predicted that more was to come from his charges, and they duly delivered with a six-try shutout of the Cook Islands at home.

After the game Jones said: “Our defence was superb. I can’t single anyone out, but as a whole, to keep two clean sheets, especially away in the Cook Islands, was really difficult to do.”

Looking ahead to the repechage and Hong Kong’s bid to reach a first-ever Rugby World Cup, Jones believes that his side has sent a message to the opposition this November.

“I think we sent a real strong message now. If you look at the Cook Islands, with so many players playing in top rugby competitions around the world, it is going to take a good side to beat us now.”

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Kenya too good for Uganda in Rugby Africa Gold Cup

Alex Broun 8/07/2018
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Kenya's Felix Ayange charges to the try line against Uganda

Kenya have beaten near neighbors Uganda 38-22 to bag their third win of the Africa Gold Cup and keep them on course for qualification for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The Simbas scored five converted tries and one penalty against the Cranes four tries and one conversion. For the win, Kenya picks four points in the Africa Gold Cup to stay second with 12 as Namibia leads with 15.

Kenya’s five tries were scored by winger Jacob Ojee, captain Davies Chenge, half-back Samson Onsomu, winger Felix Ayange and prop Moses Amusala with Mukidza Darwin converting all.

For Uganda Kabras Sugar winger Philip Wokorach scored two tries with centre Michael Wokorach and fly-half Ivan Magomu also getting on the score-sheet.

Returning winger Ojee got things going for Kenya with his first try of 2018 with vice-captain Mukidza converting to ensure a perfect start for the home side.

Captain Davies Chenge scores Kenya's second try in thew win over Uganda

Captain Davies Chenge scores Kenya’s second try in their win over Uganda

Wokorach, who plays his professional rugby with Kenyan side Kabras Sugar, gave Uganda their first try but he sent the conversion wide only for Kenyan captain Chenge to double Kenya’s lead.

Scrum-half Onsomu and Ayange’s back to back tries saw Kenya lead 28-5 at the break.

Uganda got life going in the second half scoring through Magomu to move the score to 17-31 with Wokorach adding his second to reduce the deficit to 22-31.

A late try from substitute Amusala ensured Kenya picked up the win over the Cranes whose chances of qualifying for Rugby World Cup 2019 now hang in the balance.

Uganda coach John Duncan admitted as much after losing their second game with focus now set to turn to the global repechage.

“That (qualifying for the Rugby World Cup) was obviously one of the goals,” he said, “we control our destiny we didn’t get there but we are still a good team.

“It’s a pleasure to coach these boys but the end of the day it’s not the result we wanted.”

“If you play a good team and allow them to get 38 points it’s going to be a tough challenge.

“I am very proud of the boys for fighting the way back to the challenge, they stuck to the plan which am very happy about.”

Kenya assistant coach Murray Roulston was pleased with the win against a strong Ugandan side.

“Uganda played very well in the second half,” he said, “it’s a big week just like last week against Zimbabwe but we got a good start in the first half.”

“We improved the game from last week and there is still more but we are very happy with the boys and we look forward to the next round of matches.”

Uganda’s next game will be against Tunisia on August 4 in what will be their first home game of the season.

The Kenyan side will await Tunisia to arrive from Uganda to host them on August 11 before heading out to Namibia for season finale – in a match that could well decide the winner of the Gold Cup and which second African nation will be joining South Africa in Japan.

Africa Gold Cup Standings as of July 7
1.Namibia 15
2.Kenya 12
3.Tunisia 4
4.Morocco 3
5.Zimbabwe 3
6.Uganda 0

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