Rugby World Cup , Pool A - Milton Keynes, 6 October 2015, 20:00 local, 19:00 GMT
Fiji (26) 47 - 15 (10) Uruguay (FT)

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Fiji XV: Murimurivalu, Tikoirotuma, Goneva, Botia, Nadolo, Volavola, Kenatale; Ma'afu, Koto, Atalifo, Ratuniyarawa, Nakarawa, Waqaniburotu, Qera (captain), Matadigo.

Uruguay XV: Mieres, Gibernau, Prada, Vilaseca, Silva, Duran, Ormaechea; Corral, Arboleya, Sagario, Vilaseca (captain), Zerbino, Gaminara, Beer, Nieto.

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1

Fiji in white, Uruguay in blue...

And we're underway! Fiji kick us off.

Andddd, we've already got the penalty of the evening for a Uruguay offside. Volavola kicks for the lineout.

2 7 - 0

And we think we've already had the first try of the evening courtesy of Fiji's Botia. TMO!

PENALTY TRY!
Uruguay's Ormaechea has been sin binned after tackling with no arms, taking out Botia on the line. Nice build up from Fiji for the resulting try with a lovely assisting offload. Straight away Fiji finding holes in the Uruguay line, though.

4

Fiji penalty along half way after Uruguay's No.7 failed to release on the deck.

5

The Pacific Islanders have kicked for the lineout.

7 12 - 0

Fairly sticky start so far. Uruguay continuing to give away the penalties with another just then as Sagario failed to bind properly in the scrum... Reset.

8

FIJI TRY!
Fiji scrum do extremely well and wheel away the Uruguayans and Kenatale's not on their radar. He sneaks down the right flank and the only man in blue to barge over is Duran, who is clearly not experienced at defending in his left corner and it shows as the Fijian drives past.

11

Big, big mismatch this scrum. Fiji much stronger. Uruguay continuing to give away the penalties and while they're showing committing, they need to get control or this could be a very long night for the South Americans...

12

Uruguay have just about managed a penalty in their own 22 and have a chance to release the pressure.

13

And they've managed another! They're going for the kick here, which Duran makes!

14 12 - 3

A Duran - penalty goal

15

And another! This time it's too deep for the kick at the posts but they've kicked well up the pitch and got the lineout in a decent position. Fiji penalised for a tackle in the air on Uruguay's Mieres.

16 12 - 8

URUGUAY TRY!
Nice try from the Teros! Arboleya scores his fourth international try, and Uruguay's first World Cup try since 2003!

The men in blue battered their way through a seemingly weak Fijian defence, with try scorer Arboleya given the ball just three metres out. He still had work to do though, as multiple incoming white bodies flung themself at him but he just about made the line, just to the left of the posts! Great stuff.

17 12 - 10

Ormaechea - conversion

21

For a game that's had three tries, it's still been pretty slow. We've got another scrum now, with Fiji to feed.

22

Ormachea pinches it from the scrum - good work on the floor! Fiji scrum is completely destroying the South Americans, but lack of control their from the Pacific Islanders there and Uruguay's scrum half was just the quicker to react. Can they make anything of it? They're in a decent position to build, inside the Uruguayan half...

24

Penalty after penalty here. Uruguay have made 11 while Fiji have made three. Stop and start first half isn't the greatest watch, which is surprising considering the fact we've already seen three tries...

25

And another! Uruguay concede the penalty deep in their 22 for offside. We're awaiting the scrum...

26 17 - 10

PENALTY TRY - FIJI!
Fiji pack completely romp through the Uruguay pack again deep in the 22. Nadolo converts.

27 19 - 10

Nadolo - conversion

29

And we almost have another try courtesy of Nadolo on the left flank, but he drifts out of play as he loses balance. Perhaps due to the rain.

31

Another penalty, but this time in Uruguay's favour. The Teros had the lineout on half way, but Nakawara pushes Zerbino in the air when both went up to collect. Uruguay's kicker Duran is fancying his luck here, as he lines up another kick...

32

Very wide...

33

Probably three kicks each back and forth before Nadolo lumps it with his left boot and it goes into touch. Uruguay lineout on half way.

34

Fiji collect from the lineup but they're soon penalised for the knock on. Scrum it is.

35

Fiji win - again - and Kenatale's little chip through down the left flank just can't find Nadolo. Nice idea.

36

Uruguay penalty now, and they kick up field again for the lineout. Chance for attack, maybe?

37 24 - 10

For once Uruguay aren't beaten in the driving maul from the lineout. Duran receives at the back end and boots up field. Kicking seems to be Uruguay's only weapon at the moment.

38 26 - 10

FIJI TRY
Nadolo heavily involved again. Drifts across, literally picks what Uruguayan defenders he wants to split before offloading. Nakarawa still had a bit of work to do but navigates past Mieres with relative ease in the end. 20 metre run unchallenged towards the line one he had dealt with the South Americans fullback.

40

40+1

HALF TIME ANALYSIS

ESPN's Rob Barlett had this to say:

"The night looked an ominous one for Uruguay when the first warm-up lineout was dropped. Add to that the pouring rain, two early Fiji tries, a yellow card for scrum-half Agustin Ormaechea and a mounting penalty count and things looked horrific after only 15 minutes. However, Carlos Arboleya's superb diving try provoked passionate cries of "URUGUAY!" around the vociferous Stadium MK - it marked their first try of the tournament and first World Cup try since current head coach Pablo Lemoine grounded against England in 2003. It was a wonderful, heart-warming moment for a nation with only a handful of professional players in their side. Their error count continued to rise, though, late in the first half as Fiji regained control with a third and marvellous fourth try - but the loudest cheer of the night had long passed. "

40+2

40

We're back underway!

42

And we've already got the first penalty of the game in favour of Uruguay. In their half though, and they've kicked for the lineout.

43

Uruguay take successfully from the lineout well but Fiji steal it back soon after. Uruguay just can't get the driving maul rolling.

45

Another penalty in favour of Uruguay due to Atalifo's high tackle. Similar scenario to the one a moment ago, kicked into touched...

46

Taken well again in the lineout and this time they don't surrender the possession to Fiji, they've even progressed well into the Pacific Islanders 22 here - could we be on the end of another South American try?

48

Nope! The incoming Uruguayan attack is easily nullified by Fiji and they're back to attacking themselves. Penalty count is up to 20 now, Fiji chucking in their fair share too. Uruguay called out for being offside and Volavola kicks into touch for the lineout.

50

Fiji pressure looks like it's about to play before Volavola's little offload back to the storming Nadolo is dropped. Fiji steal from the deck and kick up field. Fiji's Murimurivalu collects in the air and we're back to a Fiji attack...

52

54

Not a lot going on at the minute besides some poor Fijian handling and more penalties from both sides. Uruguay have conceded another for tackling off fee just then, and Fiji's usual tactic - chucking it into touch for the lineout - isn't paying much right now for Pacific Islanders.

57 26 - 15

We have another URUGUAY TRY!

Well, well, well. Some more poor Fijian handling leads to Uruguay securing their second World Cup try thanks to Ormaechea. The ambitious pass from Goneva can't find his teammate and Uruguay's men on their left flank are within close proximity and toe poke the ball up the field. They collect well once they arrive at the balls destination well within the Fijian 22 and when they thought they wouldn't make it, a couple of nifty offloads around the try line make the space for their scrum half to guide home the try. Very nice stuff from the Teros.

62

Uruguay give away another penalty - well within kicking range - but Volavola kicks out for the lineout from five metres out.

63 31 - 15

Fiji have worked the ball just under the sticks here and we're moments away from a try...

64 33 - 15

...and we're there. FIJI TRY!
Fiji managed to work the lineout well. Their forwards did a lot of the hard graft to open the space for the backs before eventual try scorer Cavubati managed to find his way through and ground for five points. Nadolo added the extras, too.

65 40 - 15

Murimurivalu - try
Nadolo - conversion

66

FIJI TRY!!!
Great catch from Botia in the air deep in his 22 along the left flank. The centre bombs past a couple Uruguayans before offloading to Qera, who then finds Waqaniburotukula, and then Murimurivalu. Great counter attacking move and Murimurivalu can thank the rain for his try - pretty big slide towards the try line!

67

A bit of afters on after the try line has seen Ormaechea sent off for back chatting while Ma'afu is also in the bin. Tut tut.

69

Fiji's No.14 could've joined his team mate in the bin then for tackling without the ball - similar to Owen Farrell's yellow from the weekend - but he's lucky. Just a penalty this time, kicked into touch.

70

Uruguay move the ball well, right to left, but they just can't break the Fijian line. They've made little to no progress in terms of going forward but do hang onto the ball.

71

Scrum now for a knock on. Fiji to feed.

72

Break by Tikoirotuma down the left nearly results in something worthwhile but his offload is intercepted. Uruguay back to attacking now, which isn't something I've said often in this World Cup, if at all.

73

75

Fiji scrum just outside their own 22...

76

Oooo, so nearly! What are Fiji doing here! Uruguay's stand in scrum half steals the ball from Fiji's and toe pokes it towards the try line. He very nearly makes it but he's just about caught out by Nadolo and co. Close call from the Pacific Islanders.

78 45 - 15

FIJI TRY!!!
Nadolo scores at last! Uruguay are all over the place and he's the last man you want to see running at you with the ball in that scenario. He bursts through the Uruguayan line with ease and makes it seven tries for Fiji on a far from perfect evening despite the result.

79

Nadolo converts!

80 47 - 15

Nadolo - conversion

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FULL TIME ANALYSIS

ESPN's Rob Bartlett had this to say:

"After an enthralling, warming and extremely enjoyable opening 60 minutes at Stadium MK, this match descended into a chaotic, ugly and ill-tempered affair. Like buses, World Cup tries apparently come in twos as once again the crowd erupted as Ormaechea finished cleanly for Uruguay. However, his night would end prematurely; referee JP Doyle had warned both the Uruguayan scrum-half and Fiji's Campese Ma'afu numerous times to stay away from each other and, shortly after Tevita Cavubati's 63rd-minute try produced a couple of feisty scuffles, the evening took a turn for the worse. When Kini Murimurivalu bundled over the line for Fiji's fifth try, all hell broke loose. Ormaechea and Ma'afu had clearly decided to ignore Doyle's warning and the referee had no choice but to award two yellow cards - which, combined with Ormaechea's early sin-bin, meant he became the first player to be shown a red card at this World Cup. A sour end to an otherwise fantastic - and largely good-spirited - encounter."

Timeline

Time Fiji  Score  Uruguay
0 start of first half start of first half
2 penalty try
Nadolo - conversion
7 - 0 Ormaechea - yellow card
7 Kenatale Ranuku - try 12 - 0
14 12 - 3 A Duran - penalty goal
16 12 - 8 Arboleya Sarazola - try
17 12 - 10 Ormaechea - conversion
26 penalty try 17 - 10
27 Nadolo - conversion 19 - 10
37 Nakarawa - try 24 - 10
38 Nadolo - conversion 26 - 10
40 end of first half end of first half
40 start of second half start of second half
Corral - sub off
Sanguinetti - sub on
55 Matadigo - sub off
Talei - sub on
Ratuniyarawa - sub off
Cavubati - sub on
57 26 - 15 Ormaechea - try
60 Seniloli - sub on
Kenatale Ranuku - sub off
63 Cavubati - try 31 - 15
64 Nadolo - conversion
Goneva - sub off
Nagusa - sub on
33 - 15 - sub on
A Duran - sub off
- sub off
O Duran - sub on
Palomeque Castro - sub on
Zerbino - sub off
65 Murimurivalu - try
Nadolo - conversion
Ma'afu - yellow card
40 - 15 Ormaechea - red card
66 Ravai Kovekalou - sub on
Waqaniburotukula - sub off
68 Matavesi - sub on
Volavola - sub off
69 Beer Vuco - sub off
- sub on
74 - sub off
Koroi - sub on
Koto Vuli - sub off
Veikoso - sub on
- sub on
Gaminara - sub off
Gibernau Arredondo - sub off
Bulanti - sub on
77 Waqaniburotukula - sub on
Ma'afu - sub off
78 Nadolo - try 45 - 15
80 Nadolo - conversion
end of second half
end of half
47 - 15 end of second half
end of half
0
80 Nadolo - conversion 47 - 15

Notes

 
Result Fiji won by a margin of 32 points
Rugby World Cup points Fiji 5 (1 try bonus), Uruguay 0
 
Ground name stadium:mk, Milton Keynes (neutral venue)
Attendance 30048
 
Referee JP Doyle
 
Fiji Test debuts none
Uruguay Test debuts none

Teams

Fiji Uruguay
Tries Penalty try (2, 26), Kenatale Ranuku (7), Nakarawa (37), Cavubati (63), Murimurivalu (65), Nadolo (78) Tries Arboleya Sarazola (16), Ormaechea (57)
Cons Nadolo (2, 27, 38, 64, 65, 80) Cons Ormaechea (17)
Pens none Pens A Duran (14)

Match stats

Fiji   Uruguay
7 (2 penalty try) Tries 2
6 from 7 Conversion goals 1 from 2
0 from 0 Penalty goals 1 from 2
86.0% Kick at goal success 50.0%
0 Dropped goals 0
Kick/pass/run
28 Kicks from hand 27
137 Passes 72
108 Runs 85
530 Metres run with ball 242
Attacking
54% (52%/55%) Possession (1H/2H) 46% (48%/45%)
63% (63%/62%) Territory (1H/2H) 37% (37%/38%)
9 Clean breaks 3
27 Defenders beaten 17
10 Offloads 7
69 from 73 (94.5%) Rucks won 54 from 63 (85.7%)
3 from 4 (75.0%) Mauls won 8 from 10 (80.0%)
15 Turnovers conceded 12
Defensive
69/17 Tackles made/missed 105/27
80.0% Tackling success rate 80.0%
Set pieces
9 won, 0 lost (100.0%) Scrums on own feed 2 won, 4 lost (33.3%)
12 won, 3 lost (80.0%) Lineouts on own throw 16 won, 2 lost (88.9%)
Discipline
10 Penalties conceded 15
1/0 Yellow/red cards 1/1

Fiji stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Murimurivalu 1/0 5 3/3/5 65 1 1 0 1 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
W Tikoirotuma 0/0 0 1/10/11 43 1 0 0 0 5/1 0/0 1 0/0
C Goneva 0/0 0 1/5/8 11 0 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0 0/0
C Botia Veivuke 0/0 0 0/4/8 82 4 6 3 3 3/1 0/0 1 0/0
W Nadolo 1/1 17 2/5/8 83 3 4 0 5 0/1 0/0 1 0/0
FH Volavola 0/0 0 13/19/4 15 0 2 0 2 1/1 0/0 0 0/0
SH Kenatale Ranuku 1/0 5 5/51/1 9 1 1 0 1 5/1 0/0 0 0/0
P Ma'afu 0/0 0 0/3/4 5 0 0 1 0 3/1 0/0 0 1/0
H Koto Vuli 0/0 0 0/2/4 13 0 0 0 0 4/1 0/0 1 0/0
L Ratuniyarawa 0/0 0 0/0/1 0 0 0 0 0 5/0 1/1 1 0/0
L Nakarawa 1/0 5 0/9/8 62 1 3 2 1 7/4 9/0 1 0/0
F Waqaniburotukula 0/1 0 0/2/7 35 1 0 0 0 5/2 1/0 0 0/0
F Qera 0/0 0 0/9/14 51 2 5 3 0 3/1 1/0 0 0/0
N8 Matadigo 0/0 0 0/1/7 36 0 0 0 1 7/0 0/0 2 0/0
(H) Veikoso 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Ravai Kovekalou 0/0 0 0/0/2 3 0 0 0 0 2/1 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Koroi 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(L) Cavubati 1/0 5 0/0/4 6 0 2 0 0 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
(N8) Talei 0/0 0 0/4/5 5 0 1 0 1 4/0 0/0 0 0/0
(SH) Seniloli 0/0 0 0/7/1 0 0 0 0 0 1/0 0/0 0 0/0
(FH) Matavesi 0/1 0 3/3/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0 0/0
(C) Nagusa 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 3/0 0/0 0 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

Urug stats

Pos   T/A Pts K/P/R MR CB DB OL TO Tack LO Pen Y/R
FB Mieres Valente 0/0 0 1/6/10 60 0 3 4 1 2/0 0/0 0 0/0
W Gibernau Arredondo 0/0 0 0/5/4 11 1 0 0 0 5/3 0/0 0 0/0
C Prada Flores 0/0 0 0/3/8 38 1 4 1 2 3/1 0/0 1 0/0
C Vilaseca Hontou 0/0 0 0/0/4 17 1 3 0 0 6/2 0/0 0 0/0
W Silva Pisano 0/0 0 3/9/4 7 0 1 0 1 5/1 0/0 0 0/0
FH A Duran 0/0 3 7/8/3 16 0 1 0 0 1/3 1/0 0 0/0
SH Ormaechea 1/1 7 15/23/8 17 2 3 0 1 7/2 1/0 2 1/1
P Corral 0/0 0 0/0/1 0 0 0 0 1 1/0 0/0 4 0/0
H Arboleya Sarazola 1/0 5 0/7/6 14 0 0 1 1 8/3 0/0 1 0/0
L Vilaseca 0/0 0 0/1/8 9 0 0 0 0 13/1 5/0 0 0/0
L Zerbino 0/0 0 0/0/1 0 0 0 0 0 5/0 4/0 1 0/0
F Gaminara 0/0 0 0/5/7 11 0 1 0 1 11/2 0/0 2 0/0
F Beer Vuco 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 6/2 1/2 0 0/0
N8 Nieto Serra 0/0 0 0/1/10 15 0 0 0 3 9/1 2/0 0 0/0
(P) O Duran 0/0 0 0/0/1 3 0 0 0 0 3/1 0/0 0 0/0
(P) Sanguinetti 0/0 0 0/1/3 2 0 0 1 1 4/2 0/0 0 0/0
(L) Palomeque Castro 0/0 0 0/0/3 15 0 0 0 0 2/1 0/0 0 0/0
(W) Bulanti 0/0 0 0/0/0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 1 0/0
Key T/A Tries / Try Assists Pts Points scored
K/P/R Kick / Pass / Run MR Metres Run with ball
CB Clean Breaks DB Defenders Beaten OL OffLoads TO TurnOvers
Tack Tackles made / missed LO LineOuts won on throw / stolen on opp throw
Pen Penalties conceded Y/R Yellow / Red cards

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