Australia vs Uruguay
6:15am Saturday 5th October
Michael Hooper insists Australias Rugby World Cup attention hasnt yet been distracted by refereeing rows.
The Wallabies have been in the centre of controversy together with trainer Michael Cheika expressing his bemusement in the refereeing from the tournament and the rules.
Cheika maintained hedidnt know the rules anymore later Samu Kerevi was penalized for a first-half crash together with Rhys Patchell during Australias 29-25 Pool D conquer to Wales.
Last weekends post-match outburst came after wing Reece Hodge had been mentioned and prohibited for a dangerous tackle in the opening group match against Fiji of Australia.
Cheika responded to the suspension of Hodge by stating the Wallabies did not require the World Rugby framework to tell his players the way to handle.
Yeah, there has been a great deal of stuff said but we can not control this, said captain Hooper, that was criticised in certain quarters for questioning referee Romain Poites determination to award a penalty against Kerevi in the Patchell incident.
weve been focusing on what we could control and thats been the point of the week. You cant spend your time thinking. You have got to narrow your focus, particularly after a loss
Australia aim to rebound in Oita on Saturday out of this Wales defeat against Uruguay.
The Wallabies should bag five points, but have to rely on Wales slipping upward in their two matches against Fiji and Uruguay to prevent a conflict with England.
On Australias training this week, Hooper stated:The amount was likely a bit higher as far as contacts sooner in the week than usual.
The guys wanted to get their hands right back into a football game – which couldnt come round fast enough. I really wanted to win that (Wales) game… and yeah, I am frustrated.
I still thought about lots of those minutes through the week, but we are 24 hours off from enjoying this second one I have moved on, totally.
Uruguay shocked Fiji in their opening game in losing but the South American minnows came down to earth last Sunday.
Uruguay assistant trainer Joaquin Pastore said:We came to the World Cup to jolt the entire world.
We havent actually written history by simply beating Fiji since previously weve competed and beaten other nations.
But were here to play our game and show the world that rugby, on earth, has grown at least a degree to compare teams such as Australia and Wales.
Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Jordan Petaia, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White; 1 James Slipper, 2 Folau Faingaa, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 4 Rob Simmons, 5 Adam Coleman, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 8 Jack Dempsey.
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 David Pocock, 21 Will Genia, 22 James OConnor, 23 Adam Ashley-Cooper.
Uruguay: 15 Rodrigo Silva, 14 Federico Favaro, 13 Tomas Inciarte, 12 Andres Vilaseca (c), 11 Nicolas Freitas, 10 Felipe Berchesi, 9 Agustin Ormaechea; 1 Juan Echeverria, two Kessler, 3 Diego Arbelo, 4 Franco Lamanna, 5 Manuel Leindekar, 6 Manuel Ardao, seven Juan Diego Ormaechea, 8 Manuel Diana.
Replacements: 16 Guillermo Pujadas, 17 Joaquin Jaunsolo, 18 Juan Pedro Rombys, 19 Ignacio Dotti, 20 Juan Manuel Gaminara, 21 Santiago Arata, 22 Felipe Etcheverry, 23 Agustin Della Corte.