Uruguay threw the cat amounts the pigeons in Pool D as they beat Fiji 30-27 in a historic game at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium.
Los Teros two previous RWC wins come against Spain in 1999 and Georgia in 2003, but today's win over two-time quarter-finalists will be monumental for Uruguayan rugby.
Fiji outscored the Uruguayans five tries to three, but they only managed to convert one of their five conversions. Felipe Berchesi was the game’s top scorer with 15 points, and he also picked up 300 Test points in the game.
Uruguay has only four days before their next match, but here are our winners and losers of this match:
Winner: Felipe Berchesi
The 28-year-old put in a Man of the Match performance today, as he kicked his side into the history books.
11 Carries 🏃♂️— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) September 25, 2019
25 Running metres 🔥
1 Defender beaten 🕺
3 Penalties 🏉
3 Conversions 🙌
86% Kicking success 🎯
Felipe Berchesi guided Uruguay to a historic win and was named man of the match for his efforts 👏#RWC2019 #FIJvURU pic.twitter.com/r6FJ93DsfV
This result has all but killed any chance of Fiji making the quarter-finals at this year's tournament. The Pacific Nation will have Georgia and Wales in their next two games, which is likely to seem them only win one of them. In this encounter Fiji conceded 27 turnovers and missed 5/6 kicks in the match.
"Credit to @RugbyUruguay, the way they played this afternoon, the attitude that they brought to the game..."@fijirugby head coach John McKee gives credit to Uruguay after his sides 30-27 loss at #RWC2019#FIJvURU #RWCKamaishi pic.twitter.com/qPQKgjFHxH— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) September 25, 2019
The South American’s got their Japan moment and boy this will do wonders for the sport in the country. The played with passion, discipline and resilience for a full 80 minutes.
Losers: Josh Matavesi and Ben Volavola
Both fly halves had games to forget this morning, combined they missed five out of six kicks. Matavesi kicked one out of three attempts while Volavola finished on zero out of two.