Fiji qualifies for RWC 2015, Kenya shock Namibia

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Fiji confirmed their spot at the 2015 Rugby World Cup with a brutal 108-6 demolition of the Cook Islands in the decisive Oceania qualifier in Lautoka on Saturday. They will join England, Wales, Australia and the yet to be determined Repechage winner in Pool A.

Somewhat surprisingly, the Cook Islands took a 6-5 lead shortly before the half hour mark, but Fiji roared into the lead shortly thereafter adding three tries, and were out of sight in no time, heading into the break 29-6 to the good.

In the second half the gulf continued to get bigger with the Fijians adding a further 79 points and 12 tries to book their place at rugby’s showpiece event in style.

Elsewhere, Kenya shocked Namibia in the opening round of Confederation Africaine de Rugby Division 1A matches in Antananarivo, Madagascar on Saturday, to take a step towards their first ever World Cup. They won 29-22, while Zimbabwe, who have not featured at the event since 1991, also overcame Madagascar 57-22.

Namibia and Madagascar now face an uphill battle to qualify, but with two rounds remaining they have plenty of time. The winner will join New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia in Pool C, while the runner-up will play Russia for a place in the Repechage final.

The game in Fiji coincided with the World Cup trophy tour, where the Webb Ellis Cup has spent the last few days. The trophy travelled across the island visiting schools, clubs and communities accompanied by former Fijian internationals Viliame Satala and Alifereti Doviverata who ran coaching sessions for locals.

9 thoughts on “Fiji qualifies for RWC 2015, Kenya shock Namibia

  1. No surprises with Fiji then but I hope that Kenya qualify for the good of growing the game as a international sport, I have nothing against Namibia but they have always been also rans and it would be good for another nation to have exposure at the highest level.

  2. I would love to see Madagascar qualify. Rugby is massive over there, in fact I believe that it is their national sport.

    1. The Repechage winner will be one of Uruguay, Hong Kong, Russia or the second-placed team from the above-mentioned African qualifying tournament. That side will play Russia in the Repechage play-off, and the winner will play the winner of Uruguay vs Hong Kong in the other leg. Whoever wins that game will be in Pool A.

      Does that make sense?!

      1. Ok got it!

        Is that the same situation with all the other groups? That the fifth seeded teams are yet to be placed?

        Also – when do all these qualifying games finish?

  3. it was a quite expected win for Fijji. Cook Islands show some spirit in starting and create a little chance but after that fijji beat them messivly. Great win for fijji.

  4. AFRICAN QUALIFYING UPDATE

    Kenya 34-0 Madagascar

    Zimbabwe 20-24 Namibia

    played won drawn lost for against difference bp pts
    1 Kenya 2 2 0 0 63 22 +41 2 10
    2 Zimbabwe 2 1 0 1 77 46 +31 2 6
    3 Namibia 2 1 0 1 46 49 ?3 1 5
    4 Madagascar 2 0 0 2 22 91 ?69 0 0

    So Kenya are still in the driving seat to qualify into the Africa 1 birth in 2015, they need to beat Zimbabwe to qualify or failng that loose by less than 10 points and hope Zimbabwe don’t get a bonus point or that Namibia win by a massive margin if they loose and Zimbabwe fail to get a bonus point. Obviously if they do loose by 7 points or less and stop Zimbabwe getting the try bonus point they also qualify.

    I hope for the good of the game Kenya qualify but Namibia look like they have it all to do to go into the Repechage.

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