Rugby World Cup 2019, Australia vs Uruguay: live score and latest updates from Oita

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An early run of high-tackle offences, and a dogged effort by Uruguay, were not enough to stop Australia from scoring seven tries in a 45-10 win in Oita, as the Wallabies strengthened their bid to make the quarter-finals ahead of their final pool fixture against Georgia.

Centre Tevita Kuridrani and wing Dane Haylett-Petty finished with a brace of tries each, and debutant Jordan Petaia impressed during his 40-minute cameo, scoring his first Test try before being tactically replaced at half-time. 

This was a chance to let off some steam after the frustrations of last Sunday’s defeat against Wales, the harshly-penalised incident involving Samu Kerevi, an unused replacement here, in particular.

The stage also felt set for Petaia to shine on his Australia debut. He is just 19 years old but already touted as one of the brightest prospects the country has had for some time.

Australia’s maul, a potent weapon this year, laboured against Wales and it was a similar story here, but Uruguay ran out of numbers out wide following a bizarre moment when a clearance kick ricocheted off Kurtley Beale and almost left the full-back with a clear run-in.

The bounce evaded him, but Australia recycled and went wide, where Haylett-Petty was waiting to go over untouched.

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