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 hasnt yet been distracted by refereeing rows.
The Wallabies are in Japan at the centre of much controversy, together with coach Michael Cheika expressing his bemusement in the refereeing in the tournament and the rules.
Cheika claimed hedid not know the rules anymore after Samu Kerevi was penalized 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 mentioned and banned for a tackle in Australias opening group match against Fiji.
Cheika responded by saying the Wallabies did not need the World Rugby frame to tell his players to handle.
Yeah, there has been a lot of stuff said but we can not control that, said captain Hooper, that was criticised in certain quarters for questioning referee Romain Poites decision to award a penalty against Kerevi in the Patchell incident.
We have been focusing on that which we can control and that has been the stage of the week. You can not spend your time thinking. Youve got to narrow your focus, particularly after a loss
Australia aim to rebound from this Wales defeat against Uruguay in Oita on Saturday.
Five things should be bagged by the Wallabies, but must rely on Wales slipping up in their final two games from Uruguay and Fiji to avoid a battle with England.
On Australias training this week, Hooper said:The level was likely a bit higher as much as contacts sooner in the week than normal.
The guys wanted to get their hands back into a football game – which could not come round fast enough. I really wanted to win this (Wales) game… and yeah, I am frustrated.
I thought about lots of those moments through the week, but we are 24 hours off from enjoying this next one I have moved on, totally.
Uruguay stunned Fiji in their match to win 30-27 and produce one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history, in losing but the South American minnows came down to earth last Sunday.
Uruguay assistant coach Joaquin Pastore said:We came back to this World Cup to jolt the entire world.
We havent really written history by simply beating Fiji since in the past weve competed and defeated other nations.
However, we are here to play our game and show the world that rugby, on earth, has developed at least to a degree 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, two Folau Faingaa, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 4 Rob Simmons, 5 Adam Coleman, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 7 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 German Kessler, 3 Diego Arbelo, 4 Franco Lamanna, 5 Manuel Leindekar, 6 Manuel Ardao, seven 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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