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Uruguay left Fiji on the brink of exiting the Rugby World Cup in the pool point as they pulled off a triumph in Kamaishi.
Because Uruguay came from behind to lead through tries from Manuel Diana Santiago Arata and Juan Manuel Cat At a hectic first half , Fiji were left stunned.
Api Ratuniyarawa decreased the deficit for Fiji while Nikola Matawalu touched to give them a bonus point.
Fiji stay fourth in Pool D but languish behind Australia and Wales.
Fiji came into the match away from the back of a defeat but they began in Kamaishi since Mesulame Dolokoto crossed in the corner on.
A win could have got their championship back on course after Arata reacted for Uruguay and they led through Eroni Mawi, but the Fijians were impressed with a Los Teros side.
Uruguay, who played their first game of the year’s tournament, maintained because they comfortably led most of the match them frustrated and looked unfazed by Fiji.
Felipe Berchesi’s penalty just placed Uruguay 12 points forward and abandoned Fiji with a mountain.
Fiji could have clawed the gap had Josh Matavesi’s kicking been on goal, but the Newcastle Falcons fly-half missed a second-half penalty and two conversions before Ben Volavola missed the extras from the score of Matawalu.
A crucial tie against Georgia on Thursday, 3 October (06:15 BST) now expects Fiji, whereas Uruguay confront Australia in Oita on Saturday, 5 October (06:15 BST).
Uruguay captain Juan Manuel Gaminara:
“I am very pleased with my nation. We’re not the greatest, we are not the tallest, but we came here to win.
“We’ve been preparing for it for four years so I am quite proud.
“We have been operating since we qualified with this and we never take anything for granted and you also watched the fire. It is inside all of us we had to go there and fetch it today and deliver it through.”
Fiji trainer John McKee:
“You have to pay tribute to Uruguay for the way they played together with the mindset and approach to this game.
“They got a great outcome. For us, we were off the speed and errors that are crucial talented them attempts and we didn’t have the mental toughness to get back into the game.
“They scored three attempts off our errors and we were focusing too much on keeping the ball and not turning it all over.
“We must recoup today as we have got Georgia in eight days time and it’s a enormous game for us.”
Fiji: Veitokani; Nakosi, Radrada, Vatubua, Goneva; J Matavesi, Seniloli; Mawi, Dolokoto; Saulo, Ratuva, Ratuniyarawa, Waqaniburotu (capt), Voka, Nakarawa.
Replacements: Vugakoto, Ma’afu, Atalifo, Cavubati, S Matavesi Matawalu, Volavola, Botia.
Uruguay: Mieres; Freitas, Cat, Vilaseca, Silva; Berchesi, Arata; Sanguinetti, Kessler, Arbelo, Dotti, Leindeker, Gaminara (capt), Civetta, Diana.
Replacements: Pujadas, Gattas, Rombys, Lamanna Ormaechea, A Ormaechea, Etcheverry, Inciarte.
Referee: Pascal Gauzere (Fra).
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