Rugby World Cup Quarterfinals: Joy and Despair in Dramatic Knockout Games

         

Summary: Surprising results in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals as top-ranked teams Ireland and France are knocked out. Argentina, England, New Zealand, and South Africa advance to the semifinals.

The Rugby World Cup quarterfinals delivered unexpected results as top-ranked teams Ireland and France were knocked out of the tournament. Ireland, the top-ranked team in the world, suffered a 28-24 loss to New Zealand, ending their hopes of reaching the semifinals once again. France, the host nation and ranked second in the world, faced defending champion South Africa in a thrilling contest that ended in a narrow 29-28 victory for South Africa. Other quarterfinal matches saw Argentina defeat Wales with a 29-17 come-from-behind victory, and England outlasting Fiji in a close encounter.

These results showcased the fine margins between joy and despair in knockout games, as the difference in points was only four in the Ireland-New Zealand match and a single point in the France-South Africa game. Ireland’s captain, Jonathan Sexton, leaves international rugby with a series of records but without the ultimate prize. France, with standout players like Damian Penaud, Thomas Ramos, and captain Antoine Dupont, also fell short despite their impressive performances throughout the tournament.

The semifinals are now set, with New Zealand facing Argentina and England taking on defending champion South Africa in a highly anticipated rematch of the 2019 final. Notably, three out of the four teams in the semifinals are from the southern hemisphere, highlighting the region’s dominance in the Rugby World Cup. This challenges the expectation of a strong performance from the northern hemisphere teams. The tournament has proven to be full of surprises and intense competition, captivating fans worldwide.

Tags: Rugby World Cup, quarterfinals, upsets, semifinals, Ireland, France, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, England

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