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Rugby World Cup – Wales top pool with win over Uruguay


It was not pretty but they did the job as Wales bet Uruguay on Sunday by 35-13.

It was a real stop start match and just too many handling errors by Wales and some poor decision making.

It was a struggle for Wales early on to get pass Uruguay defence as they setup camp in Uruguay twenty two.

Uruguay was lucky not to give away a yellow card in this period giving away penalty after penalty in the red zone but it was Nicky Smith that powered over for Wales first try of the match.

This gave Wales a 7-0 lead after 17 minutes into the game.

Uruguay then had a good period with ball in hand and only a slight forward pass prevented them to score their first try but they did get a penalty which Felipe Berchesi kicked over.

Wales got over for the second try but was called back by the TMO for a forward pass which kept the score at 7-3.

Wales were not able to keep ball in hand with Uruguay keeping up with their in-your-face defence. It was Uruguay who had the last say when Berchesi kicked over another penalty to make it a 1 point game at the break.

One thing that Uruguay did well in that first half was their ability to exit their half and massive kicks like this for Santiago Arata did help a lot.

The second half saw Wales making the game a bit faster and had the opportunity to extend the lead but  Leigh Halfpenny missed the kick which kept the scores at 7-6.

Wales kept the pressure on Uruguay and the finally kept the ball in hand to send Josh Adams over in the corner for their second try.

Wales were playing all the rugby but was frustratingly making as many handling errors as attacks.

With Uruguay receiving a yellow card Wales had the extra man and forced then a penalty try from a driving lineout. This took their lead to 21-6.

It wad Uruguay who scored next putting some massive phases together for German Kessler to power over the line.

Wales answered back immediately with a great break by Leigh Halfpenny for Tomos Williams to get their bonus point try.

Non of the teams wanted to end the game as they played on long after the hooter sounded and with a quick take from Gareth Davies, he ran in the last try for Wales from a penalty.

This gave Wales a bonus point win and a date with the French in the Quarter Finals next week.


Wales: Tries – Nicky Smith, Josh Adams, Penalty Try, Tomos Williams, Gareth Davies Conversions – Leigh Halfpenny(4)

Uruguay: Tries – German Kessler Conversions – Felipe Berchesi Penalties – Felipe Berchesi(2)

What was said after the match