KUMAMOTO, Japan, Oct 13 (Reuters) - A scrappy Wales were made to work hard for victory against Uruguay but prevailed with a bonus point 35-13 win in Kumamoto on Sunday to top Pool D and set up a quarter-final with three-times finalists France.
Wales clung to an eight-point lead with seven minutes left until a strong carry by Leigh Halfpenny scattered the Uruguayan defence and opened up a hole for Tomos Williams to settle the matter with the bonus-point try.
Coach Warren Gatland was a picture of discontent for much of the evening as his team were denied four tries, including two from forward passes.
A moment of silence was held before the game for victims of Typhoon Hagibis, which pounded into Japan’s main island of Honshu on Saturday.
Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Toby Davis