LONDON: Wales claimed a bonus point as they opened their World Cup campaign with a stuttering eight-try win over battling Uruguay at the Millennium Stadium. Wales won 54-9
Cory Allen scored a hat-trick as Wales opened a 28-9 half-time lead.
But the Blues centre limped off in the second half, after full-back Liam Williams and prop Paul James departed in the first half.
Uruguay fly-half Filipe Berchesi impressed and for 14 minutes his kicks gave Los Teros an early 6-0 lead.
However, six days before facing England at Twickenham, Warren Gatland’s team were not convincing, despite completely dominating the forward exchanges.
Wales lacked composure behind the scrum, while Uruguay were dogged and courageous opponents who refused to capitulate even after Wales reached the 40-point mark on the hour.
Eight tries, the bonus point secured and Wales head to the top of Pool A on points scored against England. But there are causes for concern.
The injuries to Liam Williams (dead leg), Paul James (calf), Dan Lydiate (unspecified but he limped off near the end) and Cory Allen (hamstring) are at the top of that list, while there were some basic skills lacking in execution. Uruguay leave the Millennium Stadium with their heads held high after a solid defensive performance. They even led 6-0!