Samoa Claims World Cup Spot While Germany Goes to Repechage with Canada and Hong Kong: Full Match Video and Evaluation of German Team
Germany lost the series by a wide margin but they were very competitive in the home game this weekend. They led throughout most of the match and it was only the last 10 minutes where Samoa pulled away with two tries for the win.
Summary of 2nd match
Samoa scored 27 seconds in with a clever grubber from the flyhalf through the charging German defence. It bounced up perfectly for the winger and was touched down in the corner. Germany equalized 7 minutes later with a strong and patient build up by the forwards as they inched their way to the goal line and eventually over.
Germany went ahead at 18 minutes with an intercept by their blindside flanker, Sebastian Ferreira. He was tackled short of the line but a couple of phases later the tighthead prop Samy Fuchsel dove over the line for a 12-7 lead.
Samoa struck back 5 minutes from half with a line break by the loosehead prop Logovi Mulipola who offloaded to the scrum half, Melani Matavao, 10 metres out for a score under the posts, 14-12 in Samoa's favour.
Germany get a penalty before the break and go into the half 15-14 ahead.
Six minutes into the second half the Samoan scrum half sees no defensive coverage around the ruck and jinks his way 5 metres into the try zone, 21-15. Germany strike right back 2 minutes later with some good support and offload play, their #8, Jarid Els, is the one to cross the line and it's Germany in front 22-21. All three German tries this game were from the forwards.
The game was all tied up with 10 minutes left, Germany with two penalties went ahead 28-21 before Samoa scored a converted try at 68 minutes to put the scoreline at 28-28. It was all Samoa in the last 10 minutes and they won 42-28 to win the series comfortably 108-43 on aggregate.
Full Match Video
Evaluation of German Team
They're a patient team that can string multiple phases together and control possession. They have a good set of forwards and their flankers might even rank higher than Canada's at the present time. Their blindside, Sebastian Ferreira, is from South Africa and has played at Currie Cup level and trialed with English Premiership sides, his bio posted below. Their scrum was a bit creaky against Samoa but they were able to get the ball out on most occasions. They have a nice support and offload game when given space and it led to one of their best tries. Samoa found space out wide and outscored the Germans 6 tries to 3.
Sebastian Ferreira blindside flanker
He attended Paarl Boys' High School, where he was first selected to represent local provincial union Western Province at the Under-16 Grant Khomo Week in 2010.
After the 2014 season, Ferreira went to England to have trials with Newcastle Falcons, English Premiership side . He was named on the Saracens bench for their match against Ospreys in the 2014–15 LV Cup
Ferreira returned to South Africa to join the Eastern Province Kings for the duration of the 2016 Currie Cup Premier Division.
Fereira made his international debut for Germany against Uruguay in August 2016, he qualifies to play for Germany through virtue of his German mother.