Russia will take on Uruguay for a final place during a 2015 Rugby World Cup after a dual sides emerged as winners from their particular repechage semi-finals.
Russia were initial to secure their place in a final, defeating Zimbabwe 23-15 in Saturday’s initial semi-final. Uruguay afterwards warranted a right to face them in a shoot-out with a hard-fought 28-3 feat over Hong Kong.
In a Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia’s Yuri Kushnarev kicked a chastisement in a third notation though could not supplement to his nation’s total following Igor Klyuchnikov’s try. Denis Simplikevich afterwards put Russia in authority as he dived over for a second try after 23 minutes.
Trailing 13-0, Zimbabwe collected their initial points of a compare by Lambert Groenewald’s try. Guy Cronje, who had progressing missed his initial try during goal, converted as Zimbabwe trailed by 6 points during half-time.
Zimbabwe sealed a opening to 3 points during 13-10 when Cronje scored a chastisement in a 48th minute, though Russia scored another try by Victor Gresev to boost their advantage.
Kushnarev put Russia serve transparent with a penalty, and notwithstanding Tafadzwa Chitokwindo’s try for Zimbabwe towards a finish Russia hold on to strech a final.
In a Saturday’s second semi-final, Uruguay were forced to work tough to overcome Asia’s second-ranked side in front of a 5,000-strong throng in Montevideo.
Hong Kong some-more than hold their possess in a initial 40 minutes, going into a half-time mangle only 6-3 down. But a second-half saw a visitors concur chastisement after penalty, with arbitrate Federico Anselmi promulgation column Leon Wei Hon Sum and captain Nick Hewson to a impiety bin after 51 mins and 67 mins respectively.
Uruguay valid widespread in a scrum, though they were forced to rest on a chastisement count to measure their points for a infancy of a game. That altered in a 72nd notation when fly-half Felipe Berchesi dived on a grubber flog to hold down in a corner, putting a measure during 23-3.
Rubbing salt into Hong Kong’s wounds, Uruguay afterwards opted to flog a late chastisement to a corner. They won a following line-out and worked by a phases before promulgation flanker Diego Magno barrelling over for a final measure of a match.
The final will be played over dual legs, with a dates for both fixtures announced in a nearby future.