How Social Media Reacted to a weekend of European Rugby

How Social Media Reacted to a weekend of European Rugby

European quarter-finals weekend is always a special one on the calendar, and this year was no different, with Leinster and Munster keeping the Guinness PRO14 flame alive after a thrilling round of Champions Cup action.

The reigning PRO14 and Champions Cup winners edged out Irish rivals Ulster in a thriller, while Munster held off Edinburgh Rugby in a tightly-fought affair to set up semi-finals against Toulouse and Saracens respectively.

It was the Glasgow Warriors who fell to the Premiership side to set up their final-four clash against the Munstermen, while in the Challenge Cup, Connacht – the last Guinness PRO14 outfit remaining in the competition – were beaten by Sale Sharks.

Here’s how it all unfolded on social media

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Reaching the semi-final stage of Europe for a 14th time 👊#SUAF 🔴

Saracens v Munster match details > https://t.co/lVQ4Um6nB9 pic.twitter.com/fZ5tGhXgy9

— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) March 31, 2019

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Defeats are always tough but we can be proud of how we represented this city. Thank you for your brilliant support. 👏 Onwards and upwards! #AlwaysEdinburgh pic.twitter.com/5KDYcILTyU

— Edinburgh Rugby (@EdinburghRugby) March 30, 2019

Gutted about yesterday not the performance we were after. However can’t fault the amazing away support, you guys were Awesome as always. Back to the Pro 14 this week and a big game on Friday. Hope to see you all there 💪🏻 #warriornation

— Zander Fagerson (@ZanderFagerson) March 31, 2019

Toughest of games yesterday against Ulster and always an honour to represent Leinster 💙
Thanks for the huge support as always 👊🏾 pic.twitter.com/kY1vCxOCTH

— Adam Byrne (@adamsbyrne) March 31, 2019

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Our European dream has ended – certainly not what we were planning on. We’ll definitely learn/grow & be stronger for it. A huge THANK YOU to our supporters – you guys are awesome 👏🏼. Onto Zebre away next week #StrongerInGreen https://t.co/OQvHArLCYW

— Andy Friend (@andyfriend2011) March 30, 2019

How the media reacted

What a game of rugby that was. Ferocious for 80 mins. Never let up. Tip of the cap to both sets of players. #LeinVUls

— Brian O’Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) March 30, 2019

I’m going for a lie down.

Sensational weekend of rugby. We’ve been absolutely spoiled.

— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) March 31, 2019

What a game! Some key moments, some of the Ulster players had the game of their lives! Ross Byrne stepped up when it mattered. Gutted for the Ulster boys but a few big weeks ahead and still silverwear out there for the taking!

— Tommy Bowe (@TommyBowe14) March 30, 2019

Applause for the great Keith Earls when Munster players and supporters came together after the game. The bond remains as close as ever. Fantastic travelling support today #EDIvMUN pic.twitter.com/Pig8cO9U9p

— Alan English (@AlanEnglish9) March 30, 2019

A stupendous encounter. Match of the season at the Aviva, or probably anywhere else for that matter. Ulster died with their boots on and made Leinster did deeper than they’ve had to do all season. Bench, savvy, going to their line-out maul, got them there. Atmosphere stunning.

— Gerry Thornley (@gerrythornley) March 30, 2019

“I know what you want me to say and I’m not going to say it… there’s not that many people in the world that can beat that many players to get into the position to get the ball down. I’m proud of Jacob.”

– Ulster head coach Dan McFarland

— Pat McCarry (@patmccarry) March 30, 2019

What the fans are saying…

A Munster fan turned to me at full time and said ‘we got out of jail, you guys were better.’

To be honest Munster are clinical and their defence was outrageous. Well done!

Munster come out on top and even as gutted as I am, I have no complaints. #ALWAYSEDINBURGH

— Richard Gray (@ramboliwa) March 30, 2019

Even though yesterday didn’t go to plan, it had been a good European season for @GlasgowWarriors. It shows us what level we need to get to if we want to be lifting the pro14 title later in the year. #WeAreWarriors

— Johnny Sim (@johnnysim5) March 31, 2019

Ulster won’t want to hear it right now, but that was one of the best performances I’ve seen from them for years. Absolutely outstanding, test match quality game #LEIvULS

— Three Red Kings (@threeredkings) March 30, 2019

Ready to join the roar! C’mon Leinster #JoinTheRoar pic.twitter.com/7deu5MloFw

— Laura Herangi (@lherangi) March 30, 2019

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President Donald Trump and his allies have zeroed-in on an attack against Joe Biden, going after the presumptive Democratic governmental nominee’s mental physical fitness in a coordinated effort using smears and innuendo to paint him as ill-quipped to be President of the United States.

Trump for months has questioned the mental skill of the opponent he calls “Drowsy Joe.” Trump last week described Biden as “a sleepy person in a basement of a home,” and he has actually repeatedly recommended that Biden did not personally write declarations issued by his project criticizing Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

His project and the Republican National Committee have progressively focused its attacks on Biden’s tendency for on-camera verbal stumbles in recent weeks, as it looks for to define Biden after he emerged triumphant from the Democratic primary.

One example came previously this month, when Trump’s campaign launched an ad comparing Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, which closed with the line: “At least Bernie remembers his positions.”

https://twitter.com/parscale/status/1247928262036258816

The attacks are an early demonstration of how Trump will utilize the full Republican politician Celebration apparatus to run a scorched-earth campaign based upon personal insults and unwarranted insinuations– a heightened variation of his playbook from 2016, when Trump and his allies, without proof, called into question Hillary Clinton’s health. They have actually become a daily occurrence from Trump’s campaign, assistants and Republican allies throughout every medium possible– on social media, in campaign e-mail blasts and videos and on Trump-aligned media companies like Fox News.

Biden’s advisers and Democratic allies mention that Trump is guilty of many of the same verbal tics he is attacking Biden over, and often lies and embraces conspiracy theories.

As one Biden ally put it: “Has Trump taken his own guidance and downed a gallon of bleach yet?”

The attacks weaponize Biden’s propensity to stumble over words, utilize the wrong word or interrupt himself in the middle of long answers by stating, “anyhow,” and altering course. To fans of a former vice president who in December 2018 called himself a “gaffe maker,” those long-time spoken tics have always belonged to Biden’s public persona. They are made more forgivable to his advocates by Biden’s openness about conquering a stutter.

Aside from periodic jousts amongst assistants on Twitter, Biden’s project has mostly neglected the Trump project’s attacks.

Biden-world’s view is that the political and media landscape has actually shifted because 2016, when every Trump attack on a rival was treated as novel and took command of the project narrative on social media and cable news.

His consultants pointed to Trump’s stopped working efforts to guide the political discussion in the 2017 Virginia governor’s race, when he and his GOP allies cautioned of the MS-13 gang, in addition to the 2018 midterms, when Trump’s message concentrated on caravans of refugees approaching the US-Mexico border.

” The misapprehension that whatever Trump wishes to speak about is inherently efficient and that he gets to act as the media’s at-large task editor has actually been closed,” a Biden consultant said.

As Biden has adapted to marketing in the age of coronavirus– knocked off the campaign path and rather transmitting occasions and interviews from a transformed rec room in his basement in Delaware– Trump’s project is seizing on every on-camera miscue, with conservative Trump allies such as Fox News host Sean Hannity then magnifying them.

” His sharpness, or absence thereof is on screen every day, every time he talks,” Trump project spokesperson Tim Murtaugh informed CNN in response to concerns about the technique. “His failure to keep a train of thought going is obvious.”

Biden frequently looks down at his notes, which Trump’s allies have actually mischaracterized as Biden dropping off to sleep. Trump’s boy Eric Trump tweeted a seven-second video from Biden’s online broadcast with Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, along with the hashtag “#SleepyJoe.”.

https://twitter.com/EricTrump/status/1255213748811374596.

Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign supervisor, said Trump “always projects his biggest weakens on his challenger in an attempt to deflect criticism from himself.”.

” What is very clear is the White Home thinks his presidency will be evaluated on how properly he is managing coronavirus, so it makes ideal sense that he is now attempting to accuse his challenger of incompetence, which is ridiculous.”.

The attacks resemble how Trump’s campaign pursued Clinton in 2016, Mook noted. Trump and his campaign frequently cast the former secretary of state as sick or unhealthy, a technique that was further elevated after Clinton stumbled after a September 11 occasion in New York due to concealed pneumonia.

” I simply see a pattern regularly from 2016 all the way through now, which is, he attempts to predict his most significant issues onto his opponents so he gives the media a false equivalence to attempt to muddy the water,” Mook stated. “Part of the factor he was so obsessed with calling Hillary Clinton dishonest is because he is probably the most deceitful individual to win the White Home.”.

Biden advisers argue that Trump’s efforts to caricature Biden won’t overcome the same qualities that insulated him in the Democratic primary: After 5 decades in the public eye and eight years as President Barack Obama’s No. 2, voters feel like they know him.

Biden frequently expresses distaste for attacks on his rivals’ character. His aides say that by questioning Biden’s mental capability, the President is guiding the project toward concerns of character and fitness.

” This is asinine to tee up– since it’s 10,000 times even worse for him,” a Biden adviser stated.

As an example of how easily Trump could be parodied, Biden’s assistants indicated a video from The Daily Show in which Fox News hosts and analysts’ comments about Biden’s mental skill were interspersed with videos of Trump’s own verbal flubs.

Biden spokesman Andrew Bates tweeted The Daily Program’s video, which has been seen 3.6 million times on Twitter, on March 25, in action to Trump spokesperson Matt Wolking tweeting: “When is the last time Joe Biden was lucid?”.

https://twitter.com/AndrewBatesNC/status/1242886701002960896.

” Triggering voters to assess prospects’ mental states is a devastating proposal for Donald Trump, so we’re never going to prevent him from going there,” Bates said.
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Trump’s 2020 attack strategy: Smear Biden over mental fitness By Eric Bradner, Ryan Nobles and Dan Merica, CNN President Donald Trump and his allies have zeroed-in on an attack against Joe Biden, going after the presumptive Democratic governmental nominee’s mental physical fitness in a coordinated effort using smears and innuendo to paint him as ill-quipped to be President of the United States. Trump for months has questioned the mental skill of the opponent he calls “Drowsy Joe.” Trump last week described Biden as “a sleepy person in a basement of a home,” and he has actually repeatedly recommended that Biden did not personally write declarations issued by his project criticizing Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. His project and the Republican National Committee have progressively focused its attacks on Biden’s tendency for on-camera verbal stumbles in recent weeks, as it looks for to define Biden after he emerged triumphant from the Democratic primary. One example came previously this month, when Trump’s campaign launched an ad comparing Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, which closed with the line: “At least Bernie remembers his positions.” https://twitter.com/parscale/status/1247928262036258816 The attacks are an early demonstration of how Trump will utilize the full Republican politician Celebration apparatus to run a scorched-earth campaign based upon personal insults and unwarranted insinuations– a heightened variation of his playbook from 2016, when Trump and his allies, without proof, called into question Hillary Clinton’s health. They have actually become a daily occurrence from Trump’s campaign, assistants and Republican allies throughout every medium possible– on social media, in campaign e-mail blasts and videos and on Trump-aligned media companies like Fox News. Biden’s advisers and Democratic allies mention that Trump is guilty of many of the same verbal tics he is attacking Biden over, and often lies and embraces conspiracy theories. As one Biden ally put it: “Has Trump taken his own guidance and downed a gallon of bleach yet?” The attacks weaponize Biden’s propensity to stumble over words, utilize the wrong word or interrupt himself in the middle of long answers by stating, “anyhow,” and altering course. To fans of a former vice president who in December 2018 called himself a “gaffe maker,” those long-time spoken tics have always belonged to Biden’s public persona. They are made more forgivable to his advocates by Biden’s openness about conquering a stutter. Aside from periodic jousts amongst assistants on Twitter, Biden’s project has mostly neglected the Trump project’s attacks. Biden-world’s view is that the political and media landscape has actually shifted because 2016, when every Trump attack on a rival was treated as novel and took command of the project narrative on social media and cable news. His consultants pointed to Trump’s stopped working efforts to guide the political discussion in the 2017 Virginia governor’s race, when he and his GOP allies cautioned of the MS-13 gang, in addition to the 2018 midterms, when Trump’s message concentrated on caravans of refugees approaching the US-Mexico border. ” The misapprehension that whatever Trump wishes to speak about is inherently efficient and that he gets to act as the media’s at-large task editor has actually been closed,” a Biden consultant said. As Biden has adapted to marketing in the age of coronavirus– knocked off the campaign path and rather transmitting occasions and interviews from a transformed rec room in his basement in Delaware– Trump’s project is seizing on every on-camera miscue, with conservative Trump allies such as Fox News host Sean Hannity then magnifying them. ” His sharpness, or absence thereof is on screen every day, every time he talks,” Trump project spokesperson Tim Murtaugh informed CNN in response to concerns about the technique. “His failure to keep a train of thought going is obvious.” Biden frequently looks down at his notes, which Trump’s allies have actually mischaracterized as Biden dropping off to sleep. Trump’s boy Eric Trump tweeted a seven-second video from Biden’s online broadcast with Hillary Clinton on Tuesday, along with the hashtag “#SleepyJoe.”. https://twitter.com/EricTrump/status/1255213748811374596. Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign supervisor, said Trump “always projects his biggest weakens on his challenger in an attempt to deflect criticism from himself.”. ” What is very clear is the White Home thinks his presidency will be evaluated on how properly he is managing coronavirus, so it makes ideal sense that he is now attempting to accuse his challenger of incompetence, which is ridiculous.”. The attacks resemble how Trump’s campaign pursued Clinton in 2016, Mook noted. 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His aides say that by questioning Biden’s mental capability, the President is guiding the project toward concerns of character and fitness. ” This is asinine to tee up– since it’s 10,000 times even worse for him,” a Biden adviser stated. As an example of how easily Trump could be parodied, Biden’s assistants indicated a video from The Daily Show in which Fox News hosts and analysts’ comments about Biden’s mental skill were interspersed with videos of Trump’s own verbal flubs. Biden spokesman Andrew Bates tweeted The Daily Program’s video, which has been seen 3.6 million times on Twitter, on March 25, in action to Trump spokesperson Matt Wolking tweeting: “When is the last time Joe Biden was lucid?”. https://twitter.com/AndrewBatesNC/status/1242886701002960896. ” Triggering voters to assess prospects’ mental states is a devastating proposal for Donald Trump, so we’re never going to prevent him from going there,” Bates said. – CNNPolitics.

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