Argentina v Australia: Rugby World Cup semi-final


Daniel Hourcade is in floods of tears. He’s far from the only one on the Argentinian dream, as their magnificent World Cup comes, as far as anything meaningful goes, to an end.

Australia are worthy winners and worthy finalists (despite what Craig Joubert Death Enthusiasts may think). They survived a battering in the scrum and saw off Argentina with a magnificent display at the breakdown, where Fardy, Hooper and Pocock worked in tandem to secure a dozen or so turnovers and suffocate their opponents.

Thanks for reading, for all your emails and for all your tweets. Sorry I couldn’t use everything. Join me again next weekend for the big one: remarkably, for the first time ever, New Zealand v Australia in the World Cup final!