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Canada moves closer to World Cup after second win
By Raga House | Sat 17 Nov, 2018 20:32

Canada moved a step closer to the Rugby World Cup on Saturday with a 29-10 win over Germany at a last-chance qualifying tournament.

Canada, ranked 21st in the world, can book its place at 2019 World Cup in Japan with a win or tie against No. 24 Hong Kong in the repechage finale Nov. 23.

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"We still have one more (game)," said captain Phil Mack. "So again just like last week, we've got to reflect on this, carry on and then hopefully we'll get a trip to the World Cup."

The Canadian men top the four-team round-robin with 10 points after their second straight bonus-point win while Hong Kong has five points, Germany four and Kenya none. Saturday's loss eliminated the 26th-ranked Germans, who can finish with no more than nine points.

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point (scoring four tries or losing by fewer than eight points) to move into first place.

The first tiebreaker in the event of a tie is the result between the two tied teams.

No. 29 Kenya is also out of the running after losing 42-17 to Hong Kong earlier Saturday at Stade Delort.

The repechage winner will complete the World Cup field, slotting into Group B at the 2019 tournament in Japan alongside top-ranked New Zealand, No. 5 Australia, No. 13 Italy and No. 22 Namibia.

Lucas Rumball and Tyler Ardron also scored tries for Canada, which led 10-7 at the half. McRorie kicked a penalty and added three conversions.

Dasch Barber scored for Germany. Raynor Parkinson booted a conversions and a penalty.

Canada has never missed a World Cup.

-www.tsn.ca

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