In the Rugby World Cup France Round 1 match between Italy and Uruguay in Pool A, Italy won 38-17 to extend their points tally to 2.
The world No. 12 Italy, who comfortably beat Namibia in their first match, and the world No. 17 Uruguay, who lost to host France in their first match, have faced each other in four rounds, each of which Italy has won. This is the first time we have faced each other in the World Cup.
In the match held in Nice, Italy opened the scoring in the seventh minute of the first half with a try from winger Lorenzo Pani from a scrum that broke out from the scrum.
However, when an Italian forward was shown a yellow card, Uruguay scored a penalty try in the 4th minute and winger Nicolas Freitas scored a try in the 7th minute. Stand-off Felipe Echeverri scored a drop goal to give Uruguay a 27-37 lead in the first half.
Italy went on the offensive in the second half, counterattacking with a try from captain Michele Ramaro in the 17th minute, and regaining the lead with a try from winger Montana Ioane in the 7th minute. Italy continued to attack with their physical strength, holding Uruguay scoreless in the second half to win 6-12.
Italy won their second consecutive match in the first round, scoring five tries and earning five points, including a bonus point.
On the other hand, Uruguay took the lead in the first half with their convoluted attacks, but in the second half, they were conspicuously pushed by Italy, who were ahead of themselves, and did not win their first match against Italy, losing their first match in the first round for the second time in a row.
In Pool A, Italy lead Pool A with 38 points, France are second with 17 points and New Zealand are third with 1 points.