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Monday Nov 12, 2018

Canada and Germany claim early honours as Rugby World Cup 2019 final place tournament kicks off

Germany has made big strides in their quest to be at Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan after they upset top seeds Hong Kong 29-6 in Marseille on Sunday. Earlier, Canada made light work of Kenya in their quest to attend yet another RWC.

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The Repechage is the last-chance opportunity for teams to make it to the world cup, as four sides play in a round-robin format tournament. Hong Kong, Canada, Germany and Kenya are the four sides competing.

The overall winner will join Pool B at the world cup, alongside New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and Namibia.

A powerful second-half display saw Germany triumph over a side who were ranked eight places higher than them in the World Rugby Rankings going into the match.

“That was an extremely intense 80 minutes. The first 40 was a bit equal and then I think maybe our fitness got us towards the end, the last 20. Our subs came on and put in a massive effort. It was 100 per cent fight, as well as a little bit of belief and probably preparation,” said Germany captain Michael Poppmeier.

Canada also made a winning start to the tournament as they bid to preserve their record of having appeared in every Rugby World Cup, scoring 10 tries in a 65-19 defeat of Kenya in which winger DTH van der Merwe scored the first hat-trick of his Test career.

The action continues next Saturday, when Hong Kong will look to bounce back against Kenya at 13:00 local time (GMT+1) and Canada tackle Germany in a battle of the unbeaten teams at 16:00.

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You can watch the full match replay of Germany vs Hong Kong here and Canada vs Kenya below that

Canada vs Kenya

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credit: worldrugby

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