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Rugby World Cup: The Breakdown

Published 20/09/2015

Cory Allen sprints clear for Wales against Uruguay
Cory Allen sprints clear for Wales against Uruguay

Quote of the day: "It's a game where the humble usually succeed, you know what I mean?" - Australia coach Michael Cheika responds to Japan shocking the world by beating South Africa, hinting at a possible blasé attitude from the Springboks.

Tweet of the day: "Ranked 13 in the world, Japan would not have qualified for cricket's shrinking, ponderous World Cup. ICC decision defies logic" - BBC cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew @Aggerscricket.

Moan of the day: Once again, over-use of the Television Match Official (TMO) wound up players and fans alike. Referee Romain Poite referred the decision on Cory Allen's first try for Wales against Uruguay to TMO Ben Skeen. The score was duly confirmed without fuss, with Skeen telling Poite, "Romain, you may award the try. Poite replied: "Okay, thank you, I agree with you." Given Poite is paid to make judgements based on his opinions, his need to lean on the TMO as a crutch only fuelled the already-burning frustrations over needless reliance on technology.

Stat of the day: Every member of the Uruguay line-up made their World Cup debut in the Pool A clash at the Millennium Stadium, with the South American nation having not qualified since 2003.

Image of the day: PA-24172964.jpg: Wales centre Cory Allen races in for one of his three tries against Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium, before limping out of his side's 54-9 victory.

What to look out for on Monday: Teams will take stock of a breathless three-day opening to the tournament, with the first rest day where there will be no matches. Early heroes Japan will be desperately battling to complete recovery sessions from Saturday's shock victory over South Africa and gear up for Wednesday's clash against Scotland at Kingsholm.

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