Brazil had home advantage against Uruguay on Friday. The match was a second round fixture in the 2018 ARC and saw two sides looking to back-up from winning in round one.
Brazil benefitted greatly from playing in São Paulo. They also gained from Uruguay’s tired players not yet having recovered from the RWC qualifying series against Canada.
Uruguay was forced to dig deep after Brazil produced an outstanding opening half performance. The class of Los Teros stood the test of the 80 minutes as they were able to come back from 15 points behind to win without their European-Based players.
The RWC 2019 bound Uruguayans are notably better positioned than was the case for RWC 2015. The same is true of their two earlier campaigns – RWC 2003 in Australia and RWC 1999 in Scotland.
Now back home in Uruguay, Los Teros are preparing to play host to the Argentina XV in Punta del Este. The third round ARC match will be played on Saturday. Brazil face Canada in Langford, British Columbia.
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