- Re-cap four enthralling matches in tweets
- Social media offers entertaining angle on quarter-finals
As ever, social media offered up some amusing and insightful reaction to the Rugby World Cup action this weekend.
With the tournament at its quarter-final stage, the stakes were high. Here is a run-down of our favourite tweets from each game.
South Africa 23 Wales 19
A truly phenomenal defensive effort from Wales, epitomised by the relentless Dan Lydiate, received due praise from the media:
How can Wales hang on. I've never seen such commitment!!! #comeonwales— Matt Dawson (@matt9dawson) October 17, 2015
But an exceptional score from Fourie du Preez, manufactured by Duane Vermeulen’s superb offload, put South Africa ahead with five minutes to go.
Watching on in India, the Proteas – South Africa’s cricket team – really enjoyed it:
Wales captain Sam Warburton is among the most magnanimous ambassadors in this sport. This snap of him just minutes after the final whistle, embracing Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer, is a wonderful image:
New Zealand 62 France 13
A breathtaking all-round display from the All Blacks received a lot of love. Wing Nehe Milner-Skudder was in the mood to drop jaws early on...
...although it was Julian Savea, going past the great Jonah Lomu onto 39 Test tries, who picked up the official man-of-the-match award:
As a player, it must have been a special occasion to be involved in...
Well that was a good night out..— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) October 17, 2015
Argentina 43 Ireland 20
This reaction from Colin Moran, as the Pumas stormed into an early advantage, really tickled us. Who doesn’t enjoy an Evita reference?
Don't Try for me Argentina, any more. #IREvARG— Colin Moran (@CollieMoRugby) October 18, 2015
However, as Ireland battled back to reach half-time 20-10 down, the official Leinster account attempted to gee them up by flashing back to the 2011 Heineken Cup final, when Jonny Sexton engineered a wonderful comeback against Northampton Saints in the same stadium:
But following a try for Jordi Murphy, Argentina pulled away again and Marcos Ayerza was left to nurse the aches of victory:
Sore body this morning but very happy for everyone involved with Argentina Rugby. Thanks for all the messages of support as always.— Marcos Ayerza (@miayerza) October 19, 2015
Australia 35 Scotland 34
Sunday at Twickenham produced the most dramatic, controversial finish of the weekend. Brian Moore was quick to salute a Scotland side that was pipped at the death:
Brave, very brave Scotland. Commiserations.— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) October 18, 2015
And Harry Potter author JK Rowling added her heartfelt sympathies:
You were magnificent. You did us proud. https://t.co/B7rCIGIDSq— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) October 18, 2015
Ultimately though, Australia march on. Though he was forced to sit out through injury, David Pocock articulated the Wallaby relief perfectly: