Uruguay draws 0-0 with the All Blacks at the close of the group stage of the Rugby World Cup

Uruguay fights against the power of the All Blacks (Photo: Reuters)
Uruguay fights against the power of the All Blacks (Photo: Reuters)

The Teros They open the fifth week of activity, the last in the group stage, in a historic confrontation against the All Blacks for the fourth day of Group A of the Rugby World Cup France 2023. The match is played in the OL Stadium of Lyon, with the arbitration of the Englishman Wayne Barnes and television of Star+.

The captain of Uruguay, Andres Vilaseca, did not hide his happiness at facing the three-time world champion team and classified it in a special way: “It is the most beautiful thing that can happen to you as a rugby player.” And he added about the Oceania team: “You grow up watching the All Blacks on television. Except in World Cups, I doubt I know of an opportunity like that. For me, they are the best team in the world for a long time. Being in front of the haka is going to be quite an experience.”

The reality is that the Uruguayan team still has a mathematical chance of reaching the quarterfinals, but for that they will have to beat New Zealand with the offensive bonus (four tries or more), by 80 difference and hope that France defeats Italy. A combination that sounds difficult to carry out.

On the other hand, the All Blacks need a victory with an offensive bonus to ensure their place in the quarterfinals and put the pressure on the hosts, who this Friday clash with the Azurri. “We are playing against a team that basically had the same score against France as us. And that was in the last month. I’m not trying to talk to you falsely, but they lost to France by the same score as uss. That deserves a lot of respect and if you watch that game, these guys, I love their attitude. “I think they are a really passionate rugby team and if we are not at home, then we are going to have difficulties,” the coach analyzed. Ian Foster at a press conference.

And he added with positive words to The Teros: “Uruguay represents some pretty significant challenges in many areas of the game for us and we may have to improve in the future, anyway. It is an ambitious team. We know that we are going to achieve it. They have to be alive defensively because they are going to want to take advantage of opportunities when they can. We also know that They are very combative in decisive moments”.

In the books there is a precedent between Uruguay and New Zealand: It was in 1976, at the Army General Command stadium, on Bulevar Artigas.. That match ended in a 63-3 New Zealand victory.

It is worth remembering that the first two of the Group A will be measured against those who leave B, who for the moment are South Africa and Ireland waiting for the last clash between the Clovernumber one in the world ranking, and Scotland.

Probable formations

New Zealand: 1- Ofa Tuungafasi, 2- Codie Taylor, 3- Tyrel Lomax, 4- Samuel Whitelock, 5- Tupou Vaa’i, 6- Shannon Frizell, 7- Sam Cane (C), 8- Luke Jacobson, 9- Cam Roigard, 10- Richie Mo’unga, 11- Leicester Fainga’anuku, 12- Jordie Barrett, 13- Anton Lienert-Brown, 14- Will Jordan and 15- Damian McKenzie. Coach: Ian Foster.

Substitutes: 16- Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17- Tamaiti Williams, 18- Fletcher Newell, 19- Scott Barrett, 20- Ethan Blackadder, 21- Finlay Christie, 22- Beauden Barrett and 23- Caleb Clarke.

Uruguay: 1- Mateo Sanguinetti, 2- Germán Kessler, 3- Diego Arbelo, 4- Ignacio Dotti, 5- Manuel Leindekar, 6- Manuel Ardao, 7- Lucas Bianchi, 8- Manuel Diana, 9- Santiago Arata, 10- Felipe Etcheverry, 11- Nicolás Freitas, 12- Andrés Vilaseca (C), 13- Tomás Inciarte, 14- Gastón Mieres and 15- Rodrigo Silva. Coach: Esteban Meneses.

Substitutes: 16- Guillermo Pujadas, 17- Matías Benítez, 18- Ignacio Péculo, 19- Juan Manuel Rodríguez, 20- Santiago Civetta, 21- Agustín Ormaechea, 22- Felipe Berchesi and 23- Juan Manuel Alonso.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England).

Hour: 16.00 from Argentina / 21.00 from France

Stadium: OL Stadium, Lyon

TV: Star+

This is the table of Group A

The fifth week of activity begins
The fifth week of activity begins

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