With an outstanding 42-28 win over Germany, Samoa have secured their participation the 2019 edition of the Rugby World Cup to take place in Japan.
Samoa were 15-14 down at the break despite two converted tries. Germany were ahead through two tries, one conversion and a penalty.
The Samoans returned for the second half with gusto and scored a try to put them ahead. No sooner had they scored than the Germans replied with a try of their own. Disciplinary issues hit the Samoans and Germany made them count with two well take penalties to lead 28-21 with 25 minutes of the game to play. Samoa drew level in the 70th minute after a beautiful display of team work. They would go on to topple the German with two tries in the last ten minutes to win 42-28. A brace of tries each from Ah See Tuala, Melani Matavao and Ed Fidow and six conversions from Tuala were enough to do the job against Germany.
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 of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and join Grand Slam Six Nations champions Ireland, Scotland, Russia and the hosts, Japan. Germany, on the other hand, drops to the repechage tournament that is set to happen in November with the winner of this tournament set to take up what will be the last spot in Group B.
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.”
Germany are the third team to confirm participation in the repechage tournament, alongside Hong Kong and Canada. Hong Kong booked their place after beating Cook islands 77-03 while Canada’s loss to Uruguay condemned them to the repechage tournament. The fourth team in the tournament will be the runners up in the Rugby Africa Gold Cup which comes to an end on 18th August.
This tournament will comprise of four teams and will be played in round robin format over three game days to determine the winner. The teams will compete on Sunday 11th November, Saturday 17th November and Friday 23rd November 2018 at the Stade Delort in Marseille.
The winner of this tournament will fill the last spot in Group B, joining reigning champions New Zealand, African giants and 2007 champions South Africa, Italy and the Rugby Africa Gold Cup champions.