Rugby World Cup 2015: LatAm teams played well but lost

Wales 54-9 Uruguay and New Zealand 26-16 Argentina, Theses results don't show how well these teams played

Reigning champions New Zealand were shaken to the core by Argentina in their World Cup opener, but weathered the storm to secure a gritty victory. Earlier 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.

Uruguay leave the Millennium Stadium with their heads held high after a solid defensive performance. They even led 6-0! Being its first appearance in a World Cup, Uruguay is regards as one of the weakest teams this year. Still a strong defensive game and a lot of heart for the "Charruas" gave them a incredible first game. Although loosing by a large margin they never ease up and made Wales play for every centimeter.

With fly-half Berchesi a lively playmaker and their defense determined to cut down anything in a red shirt, Uruguay started with purpose and were 6-0 up in nine minutes. Wales hit back with their pack dominating and Lee touching down from a driving line-out.

It was a recipe which troubled the South Americans all afternoon, though the Welsh backs play was less impressive. But it was Allen who profited most, taking advantage of Rhys Priestland's chip to score the first of his three tries.

His third, on the stroke of half-time, was the pick with Tipuric and Amos combining superbly as Wales claimed their bonus point.

Wales' driving line-out was their main weapon, but this was not a vintage display. Uruguay's mix of full-time Europe-based professionals and home-grown part-timers deserved their lap of honor and the warm applause.

Then Came time for the All Blacks-Pumas game, and it was a great one.  For the first half Pumas dominated, and took the lead in the score board.  A all offensive tactic pushed back the mighty All Blacks.

Magic man Hernandez
Knowing they did not have the size to match the All Blacks through the middle, Argentina instead used the width of the pitch intelligently and kept the ball alive, light-fingered centre Juan Martin Hernandez typifying their approach.

There was also some bullocking defense from the Pumas, one tackle by winger Santiago Cordero on All Blacks number eight Kieran Read drawing a huge roar from the crowd.

With Argentina assailing New Zealand's try-line shortly before half-time, Conrad Smith was shown a yellow card for hands in the ruck and when Sanchez increased Argentina's lead to 16-12 shortly after the restart, it looked like another almighty upset might be on.

Although both teams lost their games, they have a lot to look for in this years World Cup.  We'll keep you posted

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Sources:   BBC Sports,  Espn Latam

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