Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 12 November 2019

Rugby World Cup: Wales set up quarter-final against France after topping Group D

Uruguay put up a brave fight as Welsh sweep a group for the first time since 1987

Wales' scrum-half Gareth Davies scores a try during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool D match against Uruguay at the Kumamoto Stadium. AFP
Wales' scrum-half Gareth Davies scores a try during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool D match against Uruguay at the Kumamoto Stadium. AFP

Wales will play France in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals after battling past Uruguay 35-13 to top Pool D. Coach Warren Gatland gave 11 Wales players their first starts in the tournament, but very few impressed in a display plagued by errors.

In the face of Uruguay’s resolute defense, Wales only managed four legitimate tries and received a penalty try.

Two more tries were ruled out on video review. The sloppy effort meant Uruguay were in the match at halftime, trailing only 7-6. While the Teros never looked like winning, they managed to humble the Welsh by scoring their only try while down to 14 men.

The Welsh swept a pool for the first time since 1987. Their win meant Australia will play England in another quarterfinal.

Updated: October 13, 2019 02:33 PM

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