AUSTRALIA 65 URUGUAY 3
Australia warmed up for their eagerly-anticipated clash with England with a 65-3 demolition of Uruguay at Villa Park.
The Wallabies have nine points alongside Wales at the top of Pool A and victory over England at Twickenham next Saturday could end the hosts’ hopes of a knockout place at their own tournament.
Wales, who beat England on Saturday, lie in wait a week later at the same venue for an Australia side who waltzed past minnows Uruguay, scoring 11 tries in a match which was far removed from what awaits next.
‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ was sung by the Villa Park crowd as a reminder of what is to come for Australia, whose tries came from Ben McCalman, Drew Mitchell, Sean McMahon (all two), Joseph Tomane, captain Dean Mumm, Henry Speight, Matt Toomua and Tevita Kuridrani.
Quade Cooper was successful with five from 11 kicks at goal and was sin-binned after 15 minutes after needlessly man-handling Uruguay scrum-half Agustin Ormaechea.
On this evidence - and in spite of some sublime skill in attack - the enigmatic fly-half is unlikely to be trusted for the big games to come.
Australia head coach Michael Cheika is likely to revert to his first-choice line-up after making 14 changes in Birmingham from the opening win over Fiji, when they missed out on a potentially crucial bonus point.
The bonus was secured inside 30 minutes this time against a Uruguay side which started with a 54-9 defeat to Wales.