In a bonus-point triumph over sloppy Namibia on Wednesday in Lyon, fullback Baltazar Amaya scored twice as Uruguay overcame a halftime deficit to upset the African team 36-26 and send them home empty-handed from yet another Rugby World Cup.
Having played four games in 19 days, the most demanding schedule of any side in the competition, Namibia had a 20-12 lead at the half after scoring tries through wings Gerswin Mouton and JC Greyling. However, they were unable to maintain the challenge.
Uruguay appeared energetic throughout the Pool. They competed and scored tries from hooker German Kessler, scrumhalf Santiago Arata, and winger Bautista Basso as they won their fourth World Cup in history. On October 5, they will play New Zealand.
Namibia’s record World Cup losing run extended to 26 games as prop Johan Coetzee and captain Tjiuee Uanivi received yellow cards in the second half, and substitute front row Desiderius Sethie received a red card.
Due to the exposed tackle method used by both teams, Uruguay also saw the flanker Eric Dosantos get a yellow card.