Refereeing mars Australia's Rugby World Cup win over Uruguay

Dane Haylett Petty scores for Australia in the opening five minutes
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Dane Haylett Petty scores for Australia in the opening five minutes Credit AFP

The rugby world is divided after yet another referee decision that cost Adam Coleman 10 minutes in the bin in the first half against Uruguay.

A minute later, Australia were down a man, when Coleman was given a yellow card for also going high on fullback Rodrigo Silva.

Again, Australia brushed off the setback, with the powerfully built Petaia bursting through on the left wing and offloading to Kuridrani for a try on the half-hour mark.

Australia have dispatched Uruguay, despite having two players sent to the sin bin in the first half of their Pool D match on Saturday night.

It was a fast start for the Wallabies as they scored the opening try within five minutes to Dane Haylett-Petty after an earlier penalty that Uruguay did well to stop initially but Matt Toomua found the space out wide for Haylett-Petty.

Uruguay battled back, with Felipe Berchesi slotting a penalty when captain Michael Hooper put a high tackle on Nicolas Freitas as the winger darted toward the line.

Uruguay were doing their best to slow down the ball at the breakdown and frustrate the Wallabies and with a one-man advantage even managed a tighthead from a five-metre scrum after Michael Hooper was earlier held up over the line. The work from the Wallabies forwards was a bit suspect as the Uruguayans managed to get the shove on and get themselves out of trouble.

The Australians led 19-3 at halftime despite twice being a man down with players yellow-carded for high tackles.

But many thought the Wallabies hand not learned from previous games where players were being binned for any contact to the head.

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STORY: An untimely lapse in off-field discipline robbed Kurtley Beale of the chance to wear the Wallabies' indigenous jersey at Twickenham previous year but the veteran fullback will don it with pride at the World Cup against Uruguay on Saturday (October 5).

Aboriginal Australian Beale, along with fellow back Adam Ashley-Cooper, was forced to miss the England test past year after the pair breached team protocols.

Petaia did not return for the second half but Kuridrani wrapped up the bonus point six minutes after the restart, exploiting a gap in the Uruguay defence to race for the line.

Dempsey, selected to play at No. 8, will wear the No. 6 jersey.

With the game looking more comfortable, the Wallabies tightened the screws on Uruguay as Genia started to control the ruck with smart game management.

Jack Dempsey bounced through two tackles to tee up replacement Will Genia for Australia's fifth, before James Slipper scored his first Wallabies try in his 94th Test.

Haylett-Petty bagged his double and the Wallabies seventh of the game with 13 minutes to go to stretch the margin to beyond 40.

It was a tough day for Uruguay, desperate to impress the powers of global rugby, but they were rewarded with a late try to Manuel Diana in the final minutes.

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