Samoa qualified for next year's Rugby World Cup after beating Germany 42-28 for a second time in their playoff in Heidelberg yesterday.

Samoa won the first leg 66-15 in Apia two weeks ago, making qualification on aggregate virtually inevitable.

Germany were competitive at home, leading by one point at halftime and staying ahead until the 69th minute, when Samoa fullback Ah See Tuala crossed and converted to level the match at 28-28.

Six minutes later, right wing Ed Fidow walked in his second try of the match and Tuala sprinted in his second try in the 80th, converting that and Samoa's five other tries for a personal haul of 22 points.


Samoa will join Ireland, Scotland, Japan and Russia at the Cup in Japan in September-October next year.

The Samoans have played at the last seven tournaments, with their best result being the quarter-finals at their first two in 1991 and 1995.

Germany still have a chance to qualify for the first time, advancing to the repechage in November in Marseille.

They will play off against Canada, Hong Kong and the runner-up in the ongoing Africa Gold Cup. The winner will fill the 20th and last qualifying spot.

- AP