Fiji lost their opener to Australia but Simon Mail expects them to claim a convincing first win in their game against Uruguay...
"Fiji have won all three games against Uruguay with the most recent victory underlining the gulf between the teams. Uruguay were beaten 68-7 last November and Fiji will be expected to claim another convincing win in Kamaishi."
Fiji v Uruguay
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Fiji scare Wallabies early on
Fiji gave Australia a scare in their opening match on Saturday but the Wallabies fought back to win 39-21. It was a promising performance from John McKee's side but they were eventually outgunned by Australia. Peceli Yato was exceptional for Fiji but the flanker, who scored a try, was injured during the game and will miss the Uruguay match.
Waisea Nayacalevu scored in the second half as Fiji led 21-12 but the underdogs could not keep out the 2015 finalists as Australia turned the contest around. Their second match marks the start of a run of games Fiji will believe are winnable as they bid to challenge Wales for a place in the knockout stage. Fiji won five of their six games prior to the start of the World Cup including a victory in France at the end of last year.
Uruguay deemed huge outsiders
Uruguay will be competing at their fourth World Cup and the South Americans will be looking to claim a rare victory in the competition. Ranked 19th in the world, Uruguay are one of the least fancied teams in the tournament and were beaten 41-21 in their most recent match against Spain. Head coach Esteban Meneses has a tough job on his hands although expectations are realistically low.
Fiji have won all three games against Uruguay with the most recent victory underlining the gulf between the teams. Uruguay were beaten 68-7 last November and Fiji will be expected to claim another convincing win in Kamaishi. This looks a mismatch, regardless of Fiji playing twice in the space of four days, and it is no surprise to see such a disparity in the betting for this match.
Renowned as the great entertainers, Fiji have the ability to score plenty of tries through players such as Semi Radradra and their attacking flair was on display against Australia. Their last two wins over Uruguay have been by at least 32 points and another dominant win is anticipated. The handicap is set at 30 points and Fiji, who have freshened up their team with 12 changes, are worth backing to lead by at least 15 points at the end of the first half.
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