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Fiji 47-15 Uruguay: Fiji end Rugby World Cup campaign on a high as Uruguay break try drought

Published 06/10/2015

Fiji's scrum half Nemia Kenatale (C) hands off Uruguary's fly half Alejo Duran to score a try during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 6, 2015. Getty Images
Fiji's scrum half Nemia Kenatale (C) hands off Uruguary's fly half Alejo Duran to score a try during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 6, 2015. Getty Images
Uruguay's Agustin Ormaechea passes the ball during the World Cup match at Stadium:MK, Milton Keynes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 6, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Fiji. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Fiji's Akapusi Qera (left) and Uruguay's Matias Beer (right) during the World Cup match at Stadium:MK, Milton Keynes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 6, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Fiji. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Fiji's Akapusi Qera (centre) is tackled by Uruguay's Matias Beer (right) and Rodrigo Silva (left) during the World Cup match at Stadium:MK, Milton Keynes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 6, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Fiji. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Fiji's Nemani Nadolo in kicking action during the World Cup match at Stadium:MK, Milton Keynes. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 6, 2015. See PA story RUGBYU Fiji. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Strictly no commercial use or association without RWCL permission. Still image use only. Use implies acceptance of Section 6 of RWC 2015 T&Cs at: http://bit.ly/1MPElTL Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further info.
Fiji's flanker and captain Akapusi Qera (C) is caught by Uruguary's prop Carlos Arboleya (R) during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's wing Nemani Nadolo converts a try during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Uruguary's wing Rodrigo Silva (C) tackles Fiji's wing Nemani Nadolo during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji's scrum half Nemia Kenatale (L) hands off Uruguary's fly half Alejo Duran to score a try during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Sakiusa Matadigo of Fiji blocks a kick by Agustin Ormaechea of Uruguay during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Nemani Nadolo of Fiji evades Santiago Gibernau of Uruguay during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Nemani Nadolo of Fiji is tackled by Santiago Gibernau of Uruguay during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Akapusi Qera of Fiji is tackled by Juan Manuel Gaminara and Agustin Ormaechea of Uruguay during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Akapusi Qera of Fiji is tackled by Juan Manuel Gaminara and Agustin Ormaechea of Uruguay during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Nemia Kenatale of Fiji holds off Alejo Duran of Uruguay as he scores their second try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Santiago Gibernau of Uruguay is tackled by Asaeli Tikoirotuma and Lepani Botia of Fiji during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Carlos Arboleya of Uruguay scores thier first try during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Fiji's centre Lepani Botia (top) is tackled by Uruguary's scrum half Agustin Ormaechea by the try line to receive a penalty try during a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 6, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Fiji supporters smile before a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji supporters look on before a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Fiji supporters pose before a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE, NO USE IN LIVE MATCH TRACKING SERVICES, TO BE USED AS NON-SEQUENTIAL STILLSADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Joaquin Prada of Uruguay is tackled by Lepani Botia of Fiji during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Lepani Botia of Fiji is loses the ball in a tackle from Agustin Ormaechea of Uruguay, but a penalty try was awarded due to an illegal tackle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Lepani Botia of Fiji is loses the ball in a tackle from Agustin Ormaechea of Uruguay, but a penalty try was awarded due to an illegal tackle during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Uruguay players line up in front of their fans prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Uruguay players line up in front of their fans prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Uruguary's prop Mario Sagario warms up before a Pool A match of the 2015 Rugby World Cup between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes, north of London, on October 6, 2015. AFP/Getty Images
Uruguay fans show their support prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Fiji and Uruguay at Stadium mk on October 6, 2015 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Uruguay waited 12 years for a Rugby World Cup try and two came along on one night in a 47-15 defeat as Fiji bowed out of the tournament with victory in Milton Keynes.

Hooker Carlos Arboleya crossed for Uruguay's first World Cup try since 2003, when Pablo Lemoine, now the head coach, touched down in a 111-13 loss to England in Brisbane.

Agustin Ormaechea also scored for Uruguay, was sent off for two yellow cards and was named the official man of the match in an eventful evening for the scrum-half.

But Fiji had too much pace and power for their amateur opponents, scoring through two penalty tries, Nemia Kenatale, Leone Nakarawa, Tevita Cavubati, Kini Murimurivalu and Nemani Nadolo, who finished with a 17-point haul in front of a record stadium attendance of 30,048.

Fiji lost to England in the opening game - one of three games in 13 days, with defeats to Australia and Wales following - and Uruguay face the already-eliminated hosts in Manchester on Saturday.

Uruguay were the only team in the tournament not to have scored a try prior to the contest.

And, despite the wet ball being the proverbial bar of soap, both sides ran at every opportunity.

Nakarawa's fine offload set up Levani Botia to go over in the corner.

The pass looked forward, but the Television Match Official adjudged Ormaechea to have committed an illegal tackle and a penalty try was awarded, with the scrum-half sent to the sin-bin. Nadolo converted.

Fiji's forwards were dominant, shunting on from a scrum five metres out, with Kenatale simply handing off Duran to score on the blindside.

Alejo Duran kicked a penalty and then hooker Arboleya crashed through the attempted tackle of Dominiko Waqaniburotu to score, sparking jubilant celebrations, not least from Lemoine. Ormaechea converted.

Fiji scored a second penalty try, again converted by Nadolo, after Uruguay's scrum collapsed.

Nadolo, who was suspended for last Thursday's match with Wales, was a destructive force on the left wing.

One Nadolo run was followed by a pass inside to Nakarawa, who showed grace which belied his size to sidestep and dummy his way to a fine try. Nadolo converted.

Fiji were looking for a fifth score, but a long pass went to ground and Uruguay hacked through.

Andres Vilaseca was unable to show the required footballing skills to gather, but Uruguay retained the ball and Ormaechea crashed over. His conversion attempt rebounded off the bar.

Cavubati next charged through to score from close range. The replacement took exception to the Uruguay reaction, sparking a scuffle.

Nadolo again converted before Fiji ran in another from the kick-off, with Murimurivalu completing a move which saw fine interplay between backs and forwards.

Again a skirmish followed and Fiji prop Campese Ma'afu and Ormaechea received yellow cards, ending the Uruguay number nine's game. Nadolo converted once more.

Asaeli Tikoirotuma caught Joaquin Prada and was fortunate not to also be sent to the sin-bin before Nadolo crossed in the corner for Fiji's seventh try.

He converted himself as Fiji finished on a high.

 

Fiji (26) 47 Uruguay (10) 15  summary

Fiji

Tries: Penalty 2, Kenatale, Nakarawa, Cavubati,

Murimurivalu, Nadolo. Cons: Nadolo 6.

Fiji: Murimurivalu, Tikoirotuma, Goneva, Botia, Nadolo,

Volavola, Kenatale, Ma'afu, Koto Vuli, Atalifo, Ratuniyarawa,

Nakarawa, Waqaniburotu, Qera, Matadigo.

Replacements: Nagusa for Goneva (74),

Matavesi for Volavola (69), Seniloli for Kenatale (62),

Veikoso for Koto Vuli (79), Koroi for Atalifo (80),

Cavubati for Ratuniyarawa (58), Ravai for Waqaniburotu (69),

Talei for Matadigo (57).

Sin Bin: Ma'afu (67).

Uruguay

Tries: Arboleya, Ormaechea. Cons: Ormaechea.

Pens: A. Duran.

Uruguay: Mieres, Gibernau, Prada, A. Vilaseca, Silva, A. Duran,

Ormaechea, Corral, Arboleya, Sagario, S. Vilaseca, Zerbino,

Gaminara, Beer, Nieto.

Replacements: Bulanti for Gibernau (80),

Etcheverry for A. Duran (80), Sanguinetti for Corral (41),

Lamanna for Beer (71).

Not Used: Kessler, O. Duran, Palomeque, De Freitas.

Sin Bin: Ormaechea (3).

Sent Off: Ormaechea (67).

Att: 23,048

Ref: JP Doyle (RFU).

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