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Wallabies Crush Determined Uruguay Side

Australia have taken another step towards the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a second win in Pool D

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The Wallabies have secured a bonus-point 45-10 victory over a tough Uruguay team in Pool D of the Rugby World Cup in Japan earlier this morning. 

Two tries each from Dane Haylett-Petty and Tevita Kurindrani, along with touchdowns from Jordan Petaia, Will Genia and James Slipper sealed a bonus-point win for the men in green and gold.

The Aussies got off to a flying start with winger Haylett-Petty getting over in the right-corner after some nice play from the back-line. Fly-half Christian Lealiifano hit a perfect conversion from the touchline to make it 7-0 in five minutes. 

Uruguay responded well and cut the deficit within a couple of minutes from a penalty kick, with Felipe Berchesi sending the kick over from in front of the posts. 

Moments later and the Wallabies were down to 14-men as lock Adam Coleman was sin-binned after a high-tackle. 

However, it was Australia that hit the next score through 19-year-old Petaia was on the end of a lovely move, bursting through two tackles before spinning around a tackler on the line to touchdown, becoming the youngest try scorer for his country at a World Cup. Again Lealiifano hit the extras to push the Wallabies 14-3 in front. 

Just after Coleman returned to the fray the Wallabies were down a man once again as Lukhan Salakaia-Loto was yellow carded for another high-tackle. 

Although once again it was the Wallabies that struck with Petaia showing great feet and sent a lovely pass to Kuridrani, who sprinted over for his side’s third try. The extra two were missed this time but they went in 19-3 at the half-time whistle. 

The Wallabies took little time to get going after half-time as Kuridrani burst through the defence and raced over for his second and Australia’s fourth to seal the bonus-point. Lealiifano slotted over from the tee to stretch the lead out to 26-3. 

Seven minutes on and substitute Genia was sent over by Jack Dempsey who showed great power to hold off a couple of defenders before passing to the scrum-half, who simply had to touch the ball down over the whitewash, with the two being added by Lealiifano. 

Just after the hour mark and Slipper barged over for his side’s sixth try of the game and his first for the Wallabies in his 94th test, and Lealiifano made no mistake with the conversion to make it 40-3. 

With twelve minutes remaining Haylett-Petty latched onto a brilliant grubber kick through to get another try in the right-corner. The extras were missed this time around. 

Despite being well over as a contest minnows Uruguay made a late push and were rewarded with a try as Manual Diana barrelled over the line from close-range to a roar from the crowd that were delighted to see them score a deserved try. Berchesi knocked over the extras in what was the final score of the game as it finished 45-3 in favour of the Wallabies. 

The win momentarily puts the Wallabies at the summit of Pool D having played a game more than Wales, and they will hope to secure a place in the last eight of the tournament when they take on Georgia on Friday. Meanwhile, Uruguay will finish up their time in Japan with a clash against Wales next Sunday.

Wallabies Player Ratings

Starting XV: 

James Slipper (7), Folau Fainga’a (6), Allan Alaalatoa (7), Rob Simmons (7), Adam Coleman (6), Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (5), Michael Hooper (7), Jack Dempsey (8), Nic White (7), Christian Lealiifano (7), Jordan Petaia (8), Matt To’omua (7), Tevita Kuridrani (9), Dane Haylett-Petty (8), Kurtley Beale (7)

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Jones Makes Spy Claims After England Training

England head coach Eddie Jones has made some big claims following his side’s training session earlier today

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England head coach Eddie Jones has claimed that someone was spying on his team’s training session earlier today in Japan.

Jones’ England are preparing for the biggest game of their Rugby World Cup campaign so far as they face the All Blacks on Saturday. However, Jones has made a claim that someone was filming his side during training but that he has nothing to hide. 

“There was definitely someone in the apartment block (across from the training ground) filming, it might have been a Japanese fan. You just don’t need to do it anymore. You can watch everyone’s training on Youtube. There’s absolutely no value in that anymore. Don’t care, mate. Don’t care. We knew from the start that they were filming and it doesn’t change anything we do. We have two security guards – Prince Harry’s… and the ex-Prime Minister’s. Only those two. Lovely blokes,” he said. 

The Aussie also admitted that he used to spy on team’s years ago but that he doesn’t see the point anymore. 

“We used to do it [secretly film opposition training sessions]. I haven’t done it since 2001. There’s no need. Everyone knows what everyone else does. There are no surprises in world rugby anymore,” he added. 

In a press conference filled with madness from Jones he also stated that most of New Zealand’s media reporters are “fans with keyboards”. 

Jones is known for playing mind-games before matches and has heaped the pressure on the All Blacks saying that his side have nothing to lose while their opposition have the weight of the world on their shoulders and it will be tough for them to be mentally prepared. 

“We don’t have any pressure, mate. No one thinks we can win. There are 120 million Japanese people out there whose second team are the All Blacks. They [the All Blacks] have got to be thinking, they’re looking for a third straight World Cup, so there will be pressure there. I don’t think they are vulnerable but the pressure is real. The busiest guy for them will be Gilbert Enoka. They will be talking about it the whole week. It’s potentially the last game for their greatest ever coach (Steve Hansen), and for their greatest ever captain (Kieran Read),” he finished. 

England and Jones will need to play the perfect game on Saturday when they take on the All Blacks on Saturday as the Kiwi’s are chasing a third successive Rugby World Cup title and it looks as though Jones will be trying to unsettle them before a ball is even kicked.

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Hansen Explains Read’s Absence at Training

All Blacks captain Kieran Read was nowhere to be seen during the team’s training on Tuesday but head coach Steve Hansen has explained the situation

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All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has confirmed that captain Kieran Read did not train with the rest of the squad today as a precaution to an injury he picked up against Ireland on Saturday.

New Zealand are preparing for their Rugby World Cup semi-final showdown with England on Saturday and while the rest of the squad were training Read was absent with concerns growing over his availability but Hansen insists that the back-rower will be fit for the last-four clash. 

“There is no issue. You didn’t see him train because he was in the gym on the bike. He got a tight calf from the game the other day and we didn’t want to put him out on a wet track today. Yeah, 100 per cent,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Hansen has admitted that replacement forward Matt Todd will definitely not be available this weekend due to injury but should be in contention for next weekend. 

“He is making good progress but not fast enough so he won’t be available (for the England game). He should be right if we are lucky enough to play another game next week,” he added. 

With the game seeing two of the games best coaches line-up against each other in Eddie Jones and Hansen, the latter thinks that it would be stupid not to expect his opposite number to have a few tricks up his sleve ahead of the game. 

“We got the same question from the Irish last week. You’ll be naïve as a coach not to expect the opposition to do something different. That is their job. You practise it and you implement it. If it works, you are a superstar and if it doesn’t you’re an idiot. It’s a fine line we live, us coaches,” he finished. 

New Zealand are looking to make it to yet another World Cup final with victory on Saturday as they continue their quest to win three Webb Ellis Cup’s in a row. However, they know that it will be no easy task against an English side in full flight and fans will be hoping their star captain will be available when the teams are announced later in the week.

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Officials Confirmed for RWC Semi-Finals

World Rugby have announced the officials that will take charge of this weekend’s Rugby World Cup semi-finals

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World Rugby have confirmed that Nigel Owens and Jerome Garces will be the referees for this weekend’s Rugby World Cup semi-finals at the International Stadium Yokohama in Japan.

Following yesterday’s controversy surrounding South African referee Jaco Peyper, where he was pictured posing with Welsh fans and appeared to be mocking the sending off of France forward Sebastien Vahaamahina, World Rugby confirmed that he was not considered for selection. 

That means that Wales’ Owens will take charge of England’s clash with reigning back to back World Cup holders the All Blacks on Saturday, with French duo of Romain Poite and Pascal Gauzere as his assistants. While South Africa’s Marius Jonker is the TMO. 

Meanwhile French referee Garces will be the man in the middle of Wales’ last four showdown with the Springboks on Sunday, with England’s Wayne Barnes and New Zealand’s Ben O’Keeffe as his assistants. Fellow Kiwi Ben Skeen will take to role of TMO. 

Speaking on the appointments chairman of World Rugby Sir Bill Beaumont congratulated those selected explaining they are the best in the business. 

“I would like to congratulate Nigel and Jérôme, the assistant referees and TMOs on their selection for the semi-finals. These are the best of the best, supported by a superb team, and we now look forward to compelling semi-finals at International Stadium Yokohama over the weekend,” he said. 

The officials were selected after a review of their performances so far in the tournament as well as making it a neutral selection for each game. As for Peyper it remains to be seen what his full punishment will be following an investigation by World Rugby.

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