Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Wales Rocked by Injuries after Bonus Point Victory over Uruguay

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Wales Rocked by Injuries after Bonus Point Victory over Uruguay

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Gareth Davies scores for Wales WALES claimed an expected bonus-point victory over World Cup minnows Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium - but injuries again rocked them to the core.

Just a fortnight after seeing star pair Leigh Halfpenny (knee) and Rhys Webb (foot) ruled out of the tournament, Wales head coach Warren Gatland anxiously looked on as centre Cory Allen, full-back Liam Williams and prop Paul James all made early exits during a 54-9 triumph.

Allen, who became the fifth Wales player to score a World Cup try hat-trick, appeared to be the worst of the trio, and prop Samson Lee's comeback following a long lay-off ended at half-time, although that seemed like a precautionary move.

Lee, wing Hallam Amos, scrum-half Gareth Davies (2) and flanker Justin Tipuric also scored tries, while fly-half Rhys Priestland kicked seven conversions and Uruguay posted three Felipe Berchesi penalties, but Gatland will now once again be sourcing medical bulletins just six days before a crunch Pool A clash against England at Twickenham. …

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