Uruguay and Russia go head to head for Rugby World Cup qualification

The 2015 Rugby World Cup is surely going to be one of the toughest competitions till date among the various nations of the world. This is especially clear from the fierce rivalry that the fans are getting to witness in the qualification campaign. Two new teams have emerged as major powers in the early stages which include Uruguay and Russia. Russia beat Zimbabwe in the Repechage semi final in Krasnoyarsk with a score line of 23-15. The Bears received huge support from the home crowd each time their players were in possession of the ball. The atmosphere was electrifying as flay half Yuri Kushnarev kicked a third minute penalty but failed to capture the extra points. The second try provided the hosts with the much needed 13-0 lead. Guy Cronje was the star performer for Zimbabwe in the fly half position but a number of easy misses in the penalty area led to their downfall. Even though Russia was a man down for a major part of the second half, they provided a resilient performance much to the delight of the fans.
Uruguay kept alive their hopes for qualifying into the final rounds of the Rugby World Cup for the third time in a row. Their win came against Hong Kong with a score line of 28-3 which does not quite reflect the tension in the match. It was only in the final quarter that the Los Teros managed to score two tries and increase the lead to such an extent. Jack Delaforce and Phillipe Berchessi were the most impressive players on the pitch throughout the match. The two evenly matched teams will be for booking a berth in Pool A of the Rugby World Cup along with England, Fiji, Australia and Wales and it is tipped to be an exciting encounter by the experts.