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France beat Uruguay in a tough encounter

Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | France 27:12 Uruguay

France secured their second win in the Rugby World Cup, defeating Uruguay 27-12 at Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille. In a match where France made 12 changes to their starting lineup following their impressive victory against New Zealand, expectations were high for a straightforward French win.

However, the game did not go entirely as planned. Uruguay managed to score the first try, with Felipe Etcheverry’s clever grubber kick leading to Nicolas Freitas touching down. France quickly responded with a try of their own as Maxime Lucu and Antoine Hastoy combined to level the score.

France faced adversity when Romain Taofifenua was sent to the sin bin for a collision with Santiago Arata. Uruguay appeared to capitalize with another Etcheverry try, but it was disallowed due to obstruction by Tomas Inciarte.

Uruguay didn’t give up, and Baltazar Amaya’s try brought them within one point. However, Peato Mauvaka’s quick thinking and a try by Louis Bielle-Biarrey secured the win for France.

Despite the scare, France managed to maintain control and emerge victorious. The victory sets up France for their upcoming match against Namibia, while Uruguay will face Italy and Namibia in their next fixtures.

Match Summary

Pool A | France 27:12 Uruguay

France Scores:

TRIES Antoine Hastoy (11′), Peato Mauvaka (55′), Louis Bielle-Biarrey (73′)
CONV Melvyn Jaminet (13′, 56′, 74′)
PENS Melvyn Jaminet (4′, 16′)

Uruguay Scores:

TRIES Nicolas Freitas (6′), Baltazar Amaya (53′)
CONV Felipe Etcheverry (54′)


Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille


Ben O’Keeffe

Man of the match:

Maxime Lucu (France)


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