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Germany stay in hunt for RWC berth

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Update: 1:42PM Germany remain in contention for a 2015 Rugby World Cup place after Saturday's 45-20 win over Sweden with Saracens' ex-junior Springbok Justin Melck scoring on his debut.

Having been released from Saracens' 46-6 Heineken Cup semi-final win over Clermont to play for Germany, Cape Town-born Melck, 31, crossed for a try soon after coming off the bench for the second-half in Stockholm.

The former Western Province captain and Stormers flanker then fell foul of the referee when he picked up a yellow card, but in his absence Germany pulled away to a convincing win.

The bonus-point win confirms Germany's promotion to Division 1A of the European Nations Cup, the tier below the Six Nations, and keeps the minnows in the hunt for a maiden place at next year's World Cup in England.

The Germans now face a play-off against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on May 10.

Should they win that, Russia await them in a second play-off match on May 24 for a place in the repechage section against sides from Asia, Africa and South America later this year with the winner going into Pool A.

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