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Samoa, as predicted, qualified for the Rugby World Cup 2019 by defeating Germany away 42-28. Samoa won both matches, achieving a 108-42 points total.
Germany led at the half, but Samoa rallied in the second period.
In the November repechage tournament to be played in Marseille, France for the final slot, three nations are confirmed: Germany, Canada, Hong Kong, with the fourth spot to be filled by the second-place finisher in an August, Africa qualifying event (probably, Kenya).
Samoa had lost in the Oceana tournament to Fiji and Tonga and needed to win this Europe/Oceania two-game contest to avoid the repechage. Samoa played in seven of eight World Cups, not qualifying in the first one in 1987. They have reached past RWC quarter final rounds twice, in 1991 and 1995. They show a 12-14 RWC record, including two wins over Wales.
In the current format of four RWC pools of five teams each, a country like Samoa needs a major upset over a higher-ranking nation to go 3-1 in preliminary pool play and advance into the eight team quarters. However, in RWC 2015 when Japan went 3-1, they failed to move forward as South Africa and Scotland both attained a similar 3-1 pool result with a higher point differential.
Germany advanced further than ever before in RWC qualification, a positive result for confidence building in the future.