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Australia vs Uruguay: Michael Hooper not distracted by referee row

Australia vs Uruguay
World Cup
6:15am Saturday 5th October

Michael Hooper insists Australias Rugby World Cup focus has not been diverted by refereeing rows.
The Wallabies have been at the centre of much controversy together with trainer Michael Cheika expressing his bemusement in the refereeing from the tournament and the rules.
Cheika maintained hedid not know the rules anymore after Samu Kerevi was punished for a first-half crash with Rhys Patchell during Australias 29-25 Pool D defeat to Wales.
Last weekend outburst came after wing Reece Hodge had been cited and banned for a dangerous tackle in the opening group match against Fiji of Australia.
By stating the Wallabies didnt need the World Rugby framework to tell his players the way to handle cheika reacted to Hodges suspension.
Yeah, there has been a good deal of stuff said but we cant control this, said captain Hooper, who was criticised in certain quarters for questioning swimmer Romain Poites decision to award a penalty against Kerevi from the Patchell incident.
weve been focusing on that which we could control and thats very much been the purpose of this week. You cant invest your time considering everything. Youve got to narrow your focus, especially after a loss
Australia aim to rebound in Oita on Saturday from that Wales defeat Uruguay.
The Wallabies ought to bag five things, but must rely upon Wales slipping upward in their two games against Uruguay and Fiji to prevent a probable quarter-final conflict.
On Australias practice this week, Hooper said:The level was likely a bit higher as much as contacts sooner in the week than normal.
The men wanted to get their hands right back into a rugby match - which couldnt come round fast enough. I truly needed to win that (Wales) match... and yeah, Im frustrated.
I thought about lots of those minutes throughout the week, but today we are 24 hours away from playing this next one Ive moved on, totally.
Uruguay stunned Fiji in their opening game to win 30-27 and create one of the best upsets in World Cup history, in losing 33-7 into Georgia however the South American minnows came back to earth last Sunday.
Uruguay assistant coach Joaquin Pastore said:We came back into the World Cup to shock the entire world.
We have not actually written history by just beating Fiji since in the past we have competed and defeated other countries.
But were here to play our game and also show the world that rugby, on earth, has developed at least to a level to compare against teams like Australia and Wales.
Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Jordan Petaia, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White; 1 James Slipper, 2 Folau Faingaa, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 4 Rob Simmons, 5 Adam Coleman, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, seven Michael Hooper (c), 8 Jack Dempsey.
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 David Pocock, 21 Will Genia, 22 James OConnor, 23 Adam Ashley-Cooper.
Uruguay: 15 Rodrigo Silva, 14 Federico Favaro, 13 Tomas Inciarte, 12 Andres Vilaseca (c), 11 Nicolas Freitas, 10 Felipe Berchesi, 9 Agustin Ormaechea; 1 Juan Echeverria, 2 Kessler, 3 Diego Arbelo, 4 Franco Lamanna, 5 Manuel Leindekar, 6 Manuel Ardao, 7 Juan Diego Ormaechea, 8 Manuel Diana.
Replacements: 16 Guillermo Pujadas, 17 Joaquin Jaunsolo, 18 Juan Pedro Rombys, 19 Ignacio Dotti, 20 Juan Manuel Gaminara, 21 Santiago Arata, 22 Felipe Etcheverry, 23 Agustin Della Corte.

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