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Italy vs Uruguay LIVE: Rugby World Cup result and final score

Italy moved to the top of Pool A with after a 38-17 victory over Uruguay

Michael Jones
Wednesday 20 September 2023 19:35 BST
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Italy weathered a storm in Nice to record a second victory at the Rugby World Cup when they defeated Uruguay 38-17. Kieran Crowley’s men wanted to start quickly and did, going over for the opening six minutes into the game after Felipe Etcheverry missed the chance to put Los Teros ahead.

From there Italy imploded. A penalty try was awarded to Uruguay after Danilo Fischetti illegally held up the ball before two players were sin binned. With a two man advantage, Uruguay went over for a second try and extended their lead to 10 points thanks to a drop goal on the stroke of half-time.

Things changed massively in the second half. As Uruguay tired, Italy gained momentum and the upperhand. 31 points came without reply as they showed off skill and composure to overcome the deficit before stretching out a comfortable lead. In the end they were too good for the tier two side but now look to sterner tests against New Zealand and France.

Relive all the action from the Stade de Nice below. Plus get all the latest Rugby World Cup odds and tips here.


Italy 7-17 Uruguay, 43 minutes

Yellow card! Andres Vilaseca is in trouble. He stands upright as he goes in for a tackle on Lorenzo Pani and hits the Italian on the chin with his shoulder.

It’s direct contact with the head so he’s sin binned and the TMO is called to review the incident.

Mike Jones20 September 2023 17:59

Second half! Italy 7-17 Uruguay

Back underway at the Stade de Nice. Can Italy find a way back into this match?

Mike Jones20 September 2023 17:54

HT Italy 7-17 Uruguay

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Mike Jones20 September 2023 17:51

HT Italy 7-17 Uruguay

Harry Latham-Coyle summing up the first half from the Stade de Nice: "An ugly strike from Felipe Etcheverry but the Uruguay fly half won't care.

“Those feel like a valuable three points just before the interval, with Italy looking punctured as they dragged themselves off.

“Italy have looked a threat ball in hand each time they've had it but that hasn't been often enough, with a couple of moments of petulance and profligacy allowing Uruguay to take a ten-point advantage down the tunnel."

Mike Jones20 September 2023 17:46

Half-time! Italy 7-17 Uruguay, 41 minutes

What a first half in Nice for Uruguay.

They showed against France that they were in this World Cup to challenge and win games and they could be on the brink of an upset here.

Italy have imploded a bit. They know they need to win here to get out of the Pool and have plenty of work to do in the second half.

Mike Jones20 September 2023 17:41

DROP GOAL! Italy 7-17 Uruguay, (Felipe Etcheverry, 41 minutes)

Drop goal! Right on the brink of half-time Felipe Etcheverry decides to add a few more points onto Uruguay’s total and pings a drop goal effort towards the sticks from quite a way out.

He connects wonderfully and knocks the ball over the crossbar! Uruguay lead by 10.

Mike Jones20 September 2023 17:39

TRY! Italy 7-14 Uruguay (Nicolas Freitas, 37 minutes)

There it is! Uruguay switch up tactics and decide against running the ball. They work it over to Felipe Etcheverry, who sharply offloads the ball to Nicolas Freitas allowing the winger to dive over the line right in the left-hand corner.

Etcheverry then smokes over the conversion to increase the lead as well.

Mike Jones20 September 2023 17:34

Italy 7-7 Uruguay, 35 minutes

Lineout Uruguay with just a few metres left to earn a try. Los Teros try to push through the defence and inch ever closer to the try line.

Can they get over?

Not yet. Italy stand firm as the phases begin to mount...

Mike Jones20 September 2023 17:32

Italy 7-7 Uruguay, 32 minutes

Niccolo Cannone is still four minutes away from returning to the field for Italy who need to keep their composure until half-time. They’ve been drawn into a battle and Uruguay are determined to make their advantage pay.

Italy kick the ball away whenever it comes into their half. They’re not interested in the running game at present.

Mike Jones20 September 2023 17:28

Italy 7-7 Uruguay, 29 minutes

Harry Latham-Coyle at the Stade de Nice: "It's turning into a pretty hostile atmosphere in Nice, with both teams (and sets of supporters) crying out at each contentious moment.

“Italy are down to 13 men after that penalty try, and just seemed to be losing their composure a bit. Experienced fly half Tommaso Allan took charge, calling the troops together and reminding them to keep their cool."

Mike Jones20 September 2023 17:24

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