Have you ever seen a happier Man of the Match?
This is Joe Launchbury, the English rugby player who was made Man of the Match during last night’s showdown with Australia.
But things might not be all as quite as it seems.
In case you missed it, Joe’s England side were dumped out of the World Cup as Australia went on to thump the English and go through to the quarter finals. Despite Joe’s best efforts, he couldn’t stop the Aussie juggernaut pissing on the English parade. Outstanding play from Australians Bernard Foley and Michael Hooper among others, saw their side eventually beat England 33-13.
Launchbury himself left the field on the 69th minute, to be replaced by George Kruis. So when Launchbury was announced as the Man of the Match, there were a few puzzled expressions at Twickenham, including the man himself.
The answer could lie with Twitter.
Mastercard, sponsors of the game’s Man of the Match, put the vote out to Twitter users. Many on Twitter suspect that it was AUSTRALIAN fans who voted for Launchbury to rub salt into the wounds.
One Twitter user wrote:
“Dear @MasterCardUK, with your MOTM tonight going to Launchbury, you’ve clearly been trolled by #Aus supporters taking the piss.”
Will we ever know?