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RWC: FIJ v URU (Milton Keynes), Pool A: Mon 6 Oct

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
REF: JP Doyle
ARs: Jaco Peyper, Leighton Hodges
TMO: Graham Hughes

Kickoff: 6:00 AM AEDT; 8:00 PM BST

FIJI
1. Campese Ma'afu 2. Sunia Koto 3. Leroy Atalifo
4. Api Ratuniyarawa 5. Leone Nakarawa
6. Dominiko Waqaniburotukula 7. Akapusi Qera (captain) 8. Masi Matadigo
9. Nemia Kenatale 10. Ben Volavola
11. Nemani Nadolo 12. Lepani Botia 13. Vereniki Goneva 14. Asaeli Tikoirotuma
15. Kini Murimurivalu

Replacements
16. Vili Veikoso 17. Peni Ravai 18. Taniela Koroi 19. Tevita Cavubati 20. Netani Talei 21. Henry Seniloli 22. Josh Matavesi 23. Timoci Nagusa

URUGUAY
1. Alejo Corral 2. Carlos Arboleya 3. Mario Sagario
4. Santiago Vilaseca (captain) 5. Jorge Zerbino
6. Juan Manuel Gaminara 7. Matias Beer 8. Alejandro Nieto
9. Agustin Ormaechea 10. Alejo Duran
11. Rodrigo Silva 12. Andres Vilaseca 13. Joaquin Prada 14. Santiago Gibernau
15. Gaston Mieres

Replacements
16. German Kessler 17. Oscar Duran 18. Mateo Sanguinetti 19. Mathias Palomeque 20. Franco Lamanna 21. Juan De Freitas 22. Jeronimo Etcheverry 23. Francisco Bulanti
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Well, that didn't take long. About 3 minutes after the Cibi, the Uruguayan SH Ormaechea is penalized for trying to tackle Fijian center Botia with nothing but his shoulder below the knees in order to stop a certain try.

Yellow card and penalty try, 7-0 to Fiji.
 

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Colin Windon (37)
And Fijian SH Kenatale scores a quick try on the blindside of a scrum -- no one marking him. Missed conversion, and it's 12-0 Fiji in the first 10 minutes.
 

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Colin Windon (37)
Duran slots a penalty for Uruguay, bringing it to 12-3. On the kickoff, a Fijian defender runs into the Uruguayan receiver when he's in the air, penalty to Uruguay. They take the scrum, play with a bit of tempo, the forwards actually clean out a ruck, Uruguayan hooker Arboleya trucks it up, and

URUGUAY SCORES ITS FIRST TRY IN THE WORLD CUP.

After the conversion, it's 12-10 Fiji.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
A second penalty try to Fiji puts them up 19-10.

Nadolo on the march, but gets nudged into touch. Nudged. No one "tackles" Nadolo.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Just before the half, and Fiji did what Fiji does, tossing the ball around over others' heads like they're big-brothering the entire other team -- Nadolo to Nakarawa and over for the try. Nadolo converts, and it's 26-10 Fiji.
 

waiopehu oldboy

Jason Little (69)
Just seen a replay of the early YC, could easily have been a Red & should cop a lengthy suspension (Tuilagi just got five weeks for kneeing a bloke in the SAM v JAP match, this is at least as bad IMO).
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Uruguay resort to association football AND SCORE ANOTHER TRY. Completely caught Fiji unawares, and Ormaechea scoops it off the ground once Fiji catches them up and takes it over.

Conversion would win the crossbar challenge, but doesn't go over -- 26-15 Fiji.
 

waiopehu oldboy

Jason Little (69)
Yup, the 9 who tried to take out the Fijian's legs with what the leaguies call a cannonball tackle. Very, very dangerous & needs to be treated as such, a guy could easily have his leg(s) broken.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Cavubati punches it over from short distance to score another Fiji try, but the Uruguayans aren't having it and try to get their hands under it. Small scuffle ensues, but it's 33-15 Fiji.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Whew -- Fiji worked up now, and go full on 7s on the kickoff, taking it all the way for another try. And another fight breaks out as Ormaechea shoves Ma'afu over after the score. Second yellow for Ormaechae puts him out with a red, and Ma'afu who got involved in the melee also sits down for 10. With 14 minutes left, it's 40-15 Fiji.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Yup, the 9 who tried to take out the Fijian's legs with what the leaguies call a cannonball tackle. Very, very dangerous & needs to be treated as such, a guy could easily have his leg(s) broken.

Isn't the cannonball tackle that low shoulder into the legs from behind? I was never quite clear on that.

Thoughts on the chop tackle? That's the Lydiate Special, tackling just below the knees. Lydiate tries to wrap, but low shots like that always bring some risk. I had LCL reconstruction once after something similar in wrestling practice.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
This game is getting a bit scrappy and ugly now, as Tikoirotuma tackles Prada without the ball. Just a penalty, though.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Uruguay determined not to let Fiji get its offload game flowing, forcing a few knock-ons. This is one intense group of students and doctors.
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
If Uruguay can score 26 points in the final 5 minutes, their game against England could be a RWC 2019 qualification decider. #Counterfactuals
 

mxyzptlk

Colin Windon (37)
Uruguay cleaning out a ruck, knock one Fijian over another already on the ground, and another scuffle ensues. One Fijian simply tosses a Uruguayan aside like a child.

They all need to sit down for a nice bowl of kava after this.
 
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