For France, the challenge trophy quarterfinal has become much more familiar this season than the nation would hope. Through five tournaments, the French have only broken into the cup round once. But, France has also managed to claim two Challenge Trophies this season, indicating that the French are knocking on the door. For Uruguay, the match is primarily an opportunity to gain experience in advance of the Series qualifier in Hong Kong.
The first scoring opportunity was for Uruguay as a perfect kick behind the French defense looked destined to end in points. But the chaser’s teammates failed to come in support, giving France the ball. That possession directly led to pints the other way when Tavite Veredamu crossed the pitch and cut the corner for a try up the right wing. Jean Pascal Barraque slotted the two-pointer.
France extended the lead with a sixth-minute try from Gabin Villiere. Again, the French conversion was successful through the boot of Barraque. And Paul Bonnefond, capping off a run by Veredamu made it three converted tries for the first half.
In the second half, France continued to pour it on, with a converted try by Pierre Gilles Lakafia. A fifth try came from Pierre Sayerse, this time unconverted, making it 33–0. And a sixth French try came when Lakafia completed his brace. The conversion was tacked on by Thibauld Mazzoleni.
Beaten but not broken, Uruguay managed to avoid a shutout with a full-time try coming from Joaquin Alonso. The conversion made it 40–7, France the winners.