In the opening game of the Rugby World Cup, France got off to a good start against New Zealand. As the hosts for the second time, France rallied and secured a very entertaining 27-12 win over Uruguay. Uruguay, who had won their opening game against New Zealand, played with determination and scored two excellent tries. They surprised the home fans when Nicolas Freitas scooped up a loose ball and scored the opening try. Despite Uruguay’s efforts, France led 13-5 at half-time after Felipe Echeverry’s second try was ruled out. Uruguay showed surprising confidence and brought the score to within a point with a wonderful try by Baltazar Amaya, converted by Echeverry. France struggled with discipline all night, but managed to hit back with a try from Pete Mauvaca. Louis Vier Bialley also scored a try, giving France a bonus point. While they missed four tries, expectations will be high for their remaining matches against Namibia and Italy in the pool.
In the full-time score of 27-12, France emerged as the victors, but Uruguay fought hard until the end. It was a great performance from both teams, with France holding up well against Uruguay’s efforts. With two wins, France’s journey in the World Cup has not been as expected. In the 78th minute, both teams continued to showcase lively energy. Makalu had a chance to score after a quick break, but was penalized for kicking the ball past the ruck. Biel Bialley scored a corner kick in the 72nd minute, adding to France’s points. Despite Uruguay’s impressive play, France was closing in on bonus points. As the clock ticked, both teams continued to give it their all. There were scrum penalties and moments of pressure on both sides as they fought for dominance on the field.