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Following Up: Rugby World Cup Day Ten

29th September 2019

One great performance makes a statement. Two in a row suggest a change is coming


Georgia 33-7 Uruguay

One great result on the world stage tells us a team can lift themselves and seize their moment when the chance presents itself. Two great results in a row tell us that team is hungry for more and aiming higher. Uruguay’s win over Fiji last Wednesday was a landmark for a country making its fourth appearance in the Rugby World Cup group stages. Today Los Teros had the chance to follow it up, but after a hard fought first half they capitulated to a Georgia team that dominated set pieces and ran in five tries to Uruguay’s one. This result doesn’t diminish the quality of Uruguay’s performance against Fiji, but it does suggest that a country where rugby has been played for over 150 years still isn’t ready to challenge consistently at the highest level.


Like so much of South America, Uruguay is a Spanish-speaking country but the influence of Italian communities can be heard in regional dialects and vocabulary. Immigrants from Genoa first came to Uruguay 500 years ago and in Paysandu, Uruguay’s third largest city, 65% of people are of Italian descent.


Georgia (12) 33

Tries: Todua, Giorgadze, Chilachava, Bregvadze, Kveseladze

Cons: Abzhandadze (4)

Uruguay (7) 7

Try: Vilaseca

Con: Berchesi


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