Alun Wyn Jones Rugby World Cup: Wales have 240 more minutes to ‘achieve something special’ after ugly Uruguay win

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2019 Rugby World Cup
Venue:Oita Stadium, Oita PrefectureDate:Sun, 20 OctoberKick-off:08:15 BST
Coverage:Full commentary on every Wales game across BBC Radio Wales and Radio Cymru, BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app.

An ugly job completed in the beautiful surroundings of the Kumamoto Stadium and now onto the World Cup knockout stages. That is what Wales will take from their laboured 35-13 win over Uruguay.

In pure statistics, it was a fourth successive win for Wales to top Pool D and set up a World Cup quarter-final against France in Oita.

Forensic analysis about how this shadow Welsh side squandered so many chances will be kept to a minimum. Five try-scoring opportunities missed and multiple mistakes were made by a side showing 13 changes.

The Rugby World Cup is a moving feast and Wales will have to move on from Uruguay quickly.

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Wales coach Warren Gatland said beforehand there were places up for grabs in the quarter-final, but not many would have enhanced their prospects with this stuttering showing.

So fitness permitting the starting side that featured against Georgia, Australia and Fiji will return en masse next Sunday,

That should include key men Dan Biggar and Jonathan Davies, who will recover from head injuries and knee problems respectively according to Gatland.

Wales will be keen to reflect on what they have achieved so far and what that will mean for their ambitions of winning the World Cup.

The victory represented a third bonus-point win in four games and topping Pool D is no mean feat for a group that included Australia and Fiji.

Since backs coach Rob Howley was sent home for an alleged betting offence just before the tournament started, everything has seemed seamless for

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