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Hosts France inches closer to quarters

Host nation France surged to a 27-12 victory over Uruguay 27-12 in their second Pool A match to get an inch closer to the quarterfinals of the 2023 Rugby World Cup on Friday.

Les Bleus made a quick start to the match in the second minute thanks to Melvyn Jaminet’s penalty for a 3-0 lead.

However, three minutes later, close to 49,000-crowd were stunned into silence as Uruguay winger Nicolas Freitas caught Felipe Etcheverry’s cross-kick to score in their first appearance of the tournament but the conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

France’s fervent atmosphere was rewarded when they responded with a try to Antoine Hastoy from a set-piece move.

Jaminet converted and booted a penalty for a 13-5 lead in the 16th minute before they were reduced to 14 players when lock Romain Taofifenua was sent to the sin bin on his 33rd birthday for a high tackle on Uruguay’s Santiago Arata, which was not upgraded by the bunker before the break.

France could have again made an early start but Jaminet missed a penalty while Uruguay made a strong comeback in the match when full-back Baltazar Amaya crossed and Etcheverry’s conversion made it 13-12 with 26 minutes to play.

The Los Teros’ aspirations of a shock result was short lived, when France’s substitute hooker Peato Mauvaka restored their breathing space and Jaminet converted to further their lead to 20-12.

With eight minutes left, Bielle-Biarrey dived over in the corner to ensure France the win and Jaminet slotted the conversion before the TMO denied Sekou Macalou what would have been a bonus-point try with three minutes to play.

Romeka Romena
Romeka Romena
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