Rugby World Cup: France gets off to a flying start against New Zealand in the opening match
France saved their opening night victory against New Zealand with a very entertaining 27-12 victory against Uruguay like the inspired Rugby World Cup The underdogs made the second-row hosts work desperately for their points while scoring two fine tries.
Uruguay stunned their home fans when Nicolas Freitas collected a loose ball to score the first try after six minutes. Although Antoine Hastoy and the boot of Melvyn Jaminet allowed France to break clear, they were fortunate to lead 13-5 at halftime after a second. Felipe Etcheverry’s visitors’ try was harshly ruled out for obstruction.
Thirteen minutes after the break, Baltazar Amaya scored a brilliant try which Etcheverry converted to bring Uruguay, playing with remarkable confidence, to within one point.
France, struggling with discipline all evening, responded quickly with a try from Peato Mauvaka but still could not take command and managed only one more, for Louis Bielle-Biarrey, meaning she missed out on a four-try bonus point and will hope to perform better in the remaining Pool A matches against Namibia and Italy.
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France scares at Rugby World Cup with Uruguay minnows
But Uruguay pushed them all the way, denying the hosts a four-try bonus point, and without a charging try they could have looked for the winning score in the final moments of the match.
Luc BoulangerSeptember 14, 2023 10:23 p.m.
Maggie Alphonsi analyzes Uruguay’s performance
ITV pundit Maggie Alphonsi gives her take on Uruguay’s courageous performance tonight
Luc BoulangerSeptember 14, 2023 10:10 p.m.
FULL TIME! France 27-12 Uruguay
France fought their way to victory but what a performance from Los Teros. Here are the biggest moments from the second half.
Luc BoulangerSeptember 14, 2023 10:02 p.m.
FULL-TIME France 27 – 12 Uruguay
Uruguay fought until the end and were brilliant throughout the match, but France did enough to hold on. Two victories for France now, but none in the way one might have expected.
Imogen AinsworthSeptember 14, 2023 9:55 p.m.
France 27-12 Uruguay 78 minutes
Time is running out, but Uruguay can get a lot out of it, certainly the livelier of the two teams.
Imogen AinsworthSeptember 14, 2023 9:51 p.m.
NO TRY! France 27 – 12 Uruguay 75 minutes
Macalou scores after a quick break at half court as the ball escapes from the counter-ruck. He was certainly one of the standout players for the home side today, but he’s penalized for kicking the ball through the ruck and it’s disallowed. .
Imogen AinsworthSeptember 14, 2023 9:47 p.m.
TO TRY! France 27-12 Uruguay 72 minutes
Bielle-Biarrey is the scorer from the corner, it must be a feeling to score at a World Cup at home at 20 years old! France are now approaching bonus point territory, despite Uruguay’s impressions. Jaminet’s conversion from the sideline is good.
Luc BoulangerSeptember 14, 2023 9:42 p.m.
France 20-12 Uruguay 70 minutes
Uruguay loses the ball and France quickly recovers.
Imogen AinsworthSeptember 14, 2023 9:39 p.m.
France 20-12 Uruguay 69 minutes
And Uruguay now benefits from a penalty for a French forward after the lineout! It’s scrum time again. Uruguay are undoubtedly the more impressive of the two teams today, these French certainly do not have the best rendering of themselves despite the score,
Imogen AinsworthSeptember 14, 2023 9:38 p.m.
France 20-12 Uruguay 67 minutes
Another scrum penalty… this time again, it’s in favor of France. Lots of scrum pens tonight. France returns to the field and Uruguay defends again.
Imogen AinsworthSeptember 14, 2023 9:36 p.m.