Wales secured their place in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup with a battling display in their 29-17 win over Fiji in their Pool D encounter. They could face England in the last eight if Eddie Jones' men fail to overcome France in their last pool match, although a more likely outcome for the Six Nations runners-up is Australia.
A difficult build-up to the World Cup for Wales with the scandal surrounding backs coach Rob Howley has been followed up by some mature performances. However, the victory over Fiji came at a cost with Dan Biggar, Josh Adams and Jonathan Davies succumbing to injury. Biggar was removed from the field after a horrible collision with team-mate Liam Williams and he will sit out the meeting with Uruguay.
Despite trailing in many areas of the game against Fiji, such as possession where they only managed 40% and making less metres (398), the most important thing is that they managed to come through a tricky assignment.
Warren Gatland's men will hope to come through unscathed in their last pool clash against Uruguay and with the pressure off, they can really turn it on and wrap up this part of the tournament in style.
Wales currently head their group and they have won each of their three games at the Rugby World Cup, something they haven't done since 1987. Uruguay's race in Japan is run and Wales are the heavy favourites against Uruguay. They are currently at a very short 1/200 to win with leading bookmakers, while the shortest odds on a Uruguay victory is 50/1.
While the victory over Fiji required arguably more grit than perhaps the free flowing rugby they are accustomed to, one highlight was the fourth try when Gareth Davies offloaded to Williams which enabled him to score the try that gave his side a bonus-point win.
Uruguay on the other hand have had little to show for their efforts and will probably be hoping they aren't humiliated. With one win and two losses and a points difference of -58, they will be trying to ensure their World Cup campaign doesn't end in a thrashing.
Wales may have to play a bit of a waiting game on the injury front with Adams and Davies doubts. Flanker James Davies and Ross Moriarty replaced Justin Tipuric and Aaron Wainwright in the back row for the win over Fiji. Cautious about preventing more injuries, Gatland will unleash his fringe stars for their final Pool D game. However, one area of concern for defence coach Shaun Edwards is that Wales missed 31 tackles.
Fiji gave Wales a lot to think about it, but Gatland was pleased with his side's character and believes the result will stand them in good stead for the rest of the tournament.
He said: "It was tough. From 10-0 down I would've taken a bonus-point win. We showed some real character to get back into that.
"They have some incredible individual athletes, we showed some character to fight back, I'm pleased with that performance and result.
"It was a little bit different to the first two games, hopefully it'll set us up nicely going forward."
When asked on Biggar's chances of being considered for selection on Sunday, Gatland said: "Dan didn’t do a HIA. He was just removed from the field.
“It means that he won’t be in consideration for Sunday and he will have to go through protocols.
“We’ll probably get someone to look at him as well.”
While Uruguay shocked Fiji, it has been an unmemorable World Cup campaign for them. They are unlikely to change tack at this point. Of course, the weather could be problematic for both teams with Super Typhoon Hagibis set to find its way to Japan for the weekend. If that were the case, then the match would be cancelled and declared a 0-0 draw.
Wales to win by 41-50 points - BET NOW
Against Fiji, Wales were far from flawless although there were elements of their performance that pleased Gatland. Nevertheless, there are still areas that they need to improve on if they are going to go deeper in the World Cup.
Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones touched upon in his post match interview after the Fiji game, as he said: "We probably started slow out the blocks, we knew if Fiji got their tails up we'd be in for a hard day at the office.
"Full respect to Fiji, we saw the best of them today and it's difficult to play against. We did the job but there's plenty to work on.
"We had to show some character in both halves, turning the deficit, but there are things we can tighten up."
As far as reaching the last eight of rugby's showpiece event goes, Gatland said: "We’re delighted. I think everyone’s fear is to get out of your pool and if you do that you have to take it one game at a time.
"We’ve played in games where we’ve dominated and played in games where we’ve come from behind and showed some great composure.
"It will be knockout stages after Uruguay but we can’t start thinking about the quarter-finals.
"We’ve got a job to do on Sunday and stake a claim for a quarter-final berth or potentially later on in this tournament."
Wales winger Adams was the pick of the players against Fiji with his treble and he will be vital for their prospects going forward. They have previously reached the semi-finals twice and they will be looking to send out a big statement to their rivals against Uruguay albeit with a second string XV.
For the fringe stars, it will give them a real opportunity to impress Gatland and perhaps make a serious case to show why they should start in the quarter-finals. Wales will have no trouble against Uruguay. A bonus-point victory is on the cards and they should run out comfortable winners by a margin of more than 40 points.
Sign up to Easyodds to use our odds comparison service for all your betting choices!
You can grab any new customer offer in our free bets section to place a wager on these markets. Thank you for reading and good luck betting today!
Get all the best Rugby World Cup odds at our extensive rugby union betting centre.