A new week of action began in the Rugby World Cup and the first confrontation was for Group A of the France 2023 World Cup: Uruguay defeated Namibia 36-26 at the Olympique de Lyon stadium and achieved the fourth victory in its history in the highest competition of the discipline.
The match started with the South American team somewhat distracted and two errors cost them tries from the Africans. First it was Gerswin Mouton intercepting a pass in the build-up to the play and then JC Greyling received a pass near the flag to enter the goal for the second time. With the scrum as the main weapon, it was Baltazar Amaya who managed to score for Uruguay, which reduced the score to 14-5 in the first moments of the match.
A penalty once again distanced Namibia but Los Teros once again bet on the formations and through a maul that was generated in a line, they managed to support the hands of German Kessler with a subsequent conversion by Felipe Etcheverry. However, another infringement was taken advantage of by Tiaan Swanepoel who scored another three points to make the score 20-12.
The second half started with Uruguay determined to win the match and quickly managed to score a new try, again in the hands of Baltasar Amaya. The South Americans took advantage of the moment of confidence and struck twice, but this time it was an excellent individual play by Santiago Arata who scored almost under the sticks to turn the score around.
Namibia’s fatigue began to show on the field of play and they resorted to constant infringements that ended up costing them two yellow cards and a red card for Desiderius Sethie for hitting Arata’s head with his shoulder. For several minutes, Los Teros were left with two extra players on the playing field. Using the width of the field, Uruguay scored the try that knocked out the African team: a kick to the right corner for Bautista Basso to capture the ball and score inside the goal.
The happiness of Los Teros after lifting a game that started difficult in the first minutes (Photo: Reuters)
The Teros came into the duel against the Africans as candidates for victory and the captain of the South American team highlighted this in the preview. “Uruguay has only won three games in its history in the Rugby World Cup and this perhaps adds some pressure on our team,” said Andrés Vilaseca. The other victories that the South American country achieved in the history of the World Cup were 27-15 against Spain in 1999, 24-12 over Georgia in 2003 and 30-27 against Fiji in the 2019 edition.
After the good debut against the French that ended in defeat (12-27), the Uruguayans aimed to strike against Italy. But despite an encouraging start, the European team took advantage of its greatest international exposure and took the 38-17 victory. The Teros will play again next Thursday, October 5 at 4 p.m. (Argentina time) against a sporting power like New Zealand.
On the Namibians’ side, they lost all 26 games they played in the history of the World Cup, including the three heavy losses in the 2023 edition: against New Zealand (71-3), Italy (52-8) and France (96 -0). The salient fact in the African team is that its captain Johan Deysel received six dates of suspension after the blow he dealt to Antoine Dupont, star of the Blues.
The history of crosses between both teams shows that this was the sixth head-to-head between the two. In the five previous occasions, Uruguay won four times, including a friendly they won in August before the World Cup (26-18).
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