Uruguay jolt Fiji in Kamaishi shock

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Uruguay delivered a initial dissapoint of a Rugby World Cup with a overwhelming 30-27 feat over an error-prone Fiji in a Pool D compare during a Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium on Wednesday.

The South Americans, mostly amateurs, led 21-12 during halftime on a behind of converted tries from scrumhalf Santiago Arata, series 8 Manuel Diana and centre Juan Manuel Cat as good as a chastisement from Felipe Berchesi.

Flyhalf Berchesi kicked dual some-more penalties in a second half to keep a scoreboard ticking over as a Fijians fought to get behind in a diversion and Los Teros hold on to explain their third feat in 12 World Cup matches.

The wins leaves Fiji’s hopes of reaching a World Cup quarterfinals for a initial time given 2007 in rags after they also mislaid their opening compare to Australia on Saturday.

Uruguay, ranked 19th in a world, were a some-more orderly and trained side via a compare in a tiny Japanese coastal town.

“I’m unequivocally unapproachable of my country, we’re not a biggest, we’re not a tallest … I’m unequivocally unapproachable of my country,” pronounced a weeping Uruguay captain Juan Manuel Gaminara. “You saw a passion, we saw a courage…I don’t wish this to end.”

Fiji, who had been relaxing during a beach to redeem from a detriment opposite Australia, looked all during sea in a match.

Things started well, with a neat lineout pierce returning a round to harlot Mesulame Dolokoto to open a scoring in a seventh notation though Arata pounced on an blunder from Fiji series 8 Leone Nakarawa to juke his approach underneath a posts 4 mins later.

Fiji, who didn’t play with a swashbuckling vitality they had displayed opposite Australia, returned to a forwards for their second try and column Eroni Mawi dived over from one scale out on 18 minutes.

Having missed his initial kick, flyhalf Josh Matavesi slotted a extras and Fiji looked like they would engine divided from opponents they kick 68-7 final year.

However, Uruguay had other ideas and tries from Diana and Cat rocked their fanciful opponents and give their tiny rope of travelling fans hopes of an upset.

Berchesi, who kicked 4 kicks from 4 in a initial half, combined another chastisement shortly before a break.

Fiji responded with a try from close Api Ratuniyarawa, who barged over a line 7 mins into a second half nonetheless their kicking problems continued with Matavesi blank a acclimatisation and another penalty.

Regular flyhalf Ben Volavola was brought on to solid a boat though it was Uruguay who continued to press home a advantage, with Berchesi fluctuating their lead to 10 points with 20 mins remaining following some-more Fijian indiscipline.

Fiji finally started to play some teeming rugby and were rewarded when surrogate scrumhalf Nikola Matawalu crossed over.

However, Fiji’s kicking problems continued as Volalova dragged a acclimatisation wide.

Uruguay’s prevalence during a relapse – they incited a round over 12 times to Fiji’s 6 – forced another chastisement and Berchesi separate a uprights again to extend their lead to 8 points with 5 mins remaining.

Berchesi’s 15 points on a day was a many ever by a Uruguayan during a World Cup and, notwithstanding Matawalua’s late try, they were adequate to secure his nation a famous victory.

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© Thomson Reuters 2019.

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