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Japan secured a spot on the 2019 Men’s World Rugby’s ten-city, Sevens circuit by beating Germany 19-14 on the final play at the recent Hong Kong Sevens qualifier. Twelve teams started the event with Japan, Ireland, Germany, and Chile moving into the semifinal rounds.
In the semis, Japan beat Ireland in overtime 12-7. In this match, an unusual play occurred when Ireland squib kicked through. The ball hit the goal post padding and bounced back. The Irish player dove for the ball in the try zone but knocked on.
Germany displayed improved sevens skills against Chile, most noticeably a kick pass to the wing who caught the ball on the fly and walked in for a try.
In the quarterfinals, in addition to the final four, appeared Uganda, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, and Uruguay.
Japan continue to rise above their second-tier status both in fifteens and now, in sevens. Germany. which also lost in the Hong Kong qualifier finals last year, have produced better rugby results at sevens than fifteens. The country runs an Octoberfest 7s in Munich.