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Spain, which have not participated in the Rugby World Cup since 1999, made great strides to advance into the Europe 1 slot by defeating Romania 22-10, the other contender from the second tier, European Championship. The win represented Los Leones first win in six-years against the Oaks. Fans by the hundred ran onto to the Madrid pitch after the contest.
Effectively, Spain moved one point ahead of Romania to fill that European 1 slot. Whoever wins will play in Pool A in Japan 2019.
Spain scored two tries from prop Benat Auzqui and the other score from Sebastien Ascarat. Brad Linklater booted four penalties.
Georgia whitewashed an underperforming German fifteen, 64-0, making it two games in a row without ceding a point. Los Lelos scored three-tries in the last seven-minutes. For Germany, the game against Belgium should determine which nation is relegated next year.
Russia kept their slim hopes alive for Europe 1 RWC slot with an easy win against Belgium 48-7. The path to the RWC 2019 for the Bears is to beat constant rival Romania, and hope Spain falter. If this outcome does not occur, Russia will meet Portugal in a playoff round with a chance to secure one of remaining RWC placements.