The Wallabies faced off against Uruguay at Oita Stadium and came up trumps with a win of 45-10.
Australia scored seven tries with two each to Dane Haylett-Petty and Tevita Kuridrani, who was named player of the match.
Haylett-Petty scored the first try after Uruguay were penalised for being offside. Christian Lealiifano converted.
Felipe Berchesi put Uruguay’s first points on the board after Uruguay were awarded a penalty for a Michael Hooper high tackle. Adam Coleman was then sent to the sin bin for a high tackle.
It was then 19-year-old Jordan Petaia time to shine on his test debut scoring for the Wallabies in the 24th minute. He made a run down the left wing but was pulled up metres short. Minutes later he positioned himself on Kurtley Beale’s inside shoulder, got the ball and scored becoming the youngest ever Wallabies player to score at a Rugby World Cup.
Coleman returned to the pitch and within two minutes Lukhan Salakia-Loto was sent off for a high tackle.
In the 30th minute it was Pataia again. He made a great run before passing the ball to Tevita Kuridrani to put it under the posts. Lealiifano missed this conversion and Australia went into half-time with a lead of 19-3. Tomas Inciarte of Uruguay had a try ruled out just before half-time for an earlier infringement.
Jordan Petaia had made his mark and Adam Ashley-Cooper came on in his place in the second-half.
From a lineout on Uruguay’s 10 metre line Kuridrani scored his second try of the match.
Jack Dempsey moved past three defenders before passing to Will Genia to score. 10 minutes later Haylett-Petty went over the line for his second try.
James Slipper, Australia’s prop, made his first test try next in his 94th test appearance for the Wallabies.
Uruguay refused to give in and scored a late try, their first against a first tier team. Manuel Diana went over the line three minutes from time, earning himself a standing ovation. Uruguay may now be out of RWC 2019 but they fought to the end.
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