Namibia thrashed Madagascar 89-10 on Sunday to qualify for the 2015 World Cup, while Zimbabwe, who beat Kenya 28-10, go to the Repechage.
Needing to win their final match by 53 points, the Namibians produced an inspired performance to claim a place alongside New Zealand, Argentina, Tonga and Georgia in Pool C.
At the beginning of a gripping day, the Namibians were outside hopefuls at best, but Zimbabwe’s win over Kenya, denying the Kenyans a losing bonus point, while failing to secure a bonus point of their own, left the door ajar for the seasoned World Cup campaigners.
Zimbabwe and Kenya endured a torrid 80 minutes watching from the stands while the destiny of the qualification place was played out in front of them as the Namibians ran riot.
As the dust settled in Antananarivo, Zimbabwe emerged as the team who will progress to the Repechage where they will play Russia for a place in the Repechage final.
Kenya looked certain to progress at least to the Repechage at the beginning of the day, having defeated Namibia earlier in the round-robin competition, but were left to rue what might have been.