The best reactions from Saturday

England ended their wait for a win over South Africa, Wales held on for a dramatic victory over Argentina, Ireland downed Canada and Scotland came agonisingly close against Australia. [more]

The best reactions from Saturday

England ended their wait for a win over South Africa, Wales held on for a dramatic victory over Argentina, Ireland downed Canada and Scotland came agonisingly close against Australia.

It was a busy second weekend of the autumn internationals across the four home nations.

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Jonny May, Courtney Lawes, George Ford and Owen Farrell all crossed for tries for England as they beat the Springboks at a wet and windy Twickenham. 

Liam Willams and Gareth Davies were the try scorers for Wales as they bounced back from their defeat to Australia last weekend by beating the Pumas in Cardiff. 

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Huw Jones scored a magnificent double for Scotland but Tevita Kuridrani's last-gasp try and Bernard Foley's conversion gave the Wallabies a dramatic 23-22 win up in Edinburgh. 

And Ireland rounded off Saturday with their eight-try victory over Canada – Tiernan O'Halloran bagging a double. 

But the weekend began with the Maori All Blacks match-up with Munster on Friday night at Thomond Park and a fitting tribute to Anthony Foley

? An incredible picture – Maori @AllBlacks captain Ash Dixon presents Anthony Foley's children with a jersey before their match with Munster

— British&Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) November 12, 2016

Then we head to Twickenham where Courtney Lawes scored a try – his first for his country – on the occasion of his 50th cap: 

A proud day for me and my family ?? Massive thank you to everyone that's supported me throughout my career ?? #50

— Courtney Lawes (@Courtney_Lawes) November 12, 2016

That performance drew special praise from his teammate and positional rival Maro Itoje who is currently out injured with a broken hand: 

Good work today @EnglandRugby . Big Congrats to @Courtney_Lawes for the big 50 ????????

— Maro Itoje (@maroitoje) November 12, 2016

There were other milestones to mark at Twickenham as Nathan Hughes, Ben Te'o and Kyle Sinckler all came off the bench to make their Red Rose debuts. 

Thank you for all the support guys means so much. Made a life long Dream come true today and glad we got the win ??thanks guys xxx

— Kyle Sinckler (@KyleSinckler) November 12, 

And while Joe Launchbury was the official man of the match, scrum-half and 2013 Lion Ben Youngs produced a stellar showing – that drew special praise for his brother Tom.

@EnglandRugby @benyoungs09 ???? ?

— Tom Youngs (@TomYoungs87) November 12, 2016

But while England were downing South Africa in south west London, Scotland were making inroads against the Wallabies up north.

Huw Jones' double, plus a score from Jonny Gray, looked like being enough to give them a famous victory and JK Rowling could not hide her nerves.

#AsOne #AsOne #AsOne

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 12, 2016

Eventually the Wallaby pressure told and they held on for a one-point victory, much to 2013 Lion Stuart Hogg's disappointment. 

Gutted with the result yesterday. Huge effort from everyone. Incredible support & atmosphere at BT Murrayfield. Big week ahead @Scotlandteam

— Stuart W Hogg (@StuartWHOGG_) November 13, 2016

But there was some consolation to take from Zander Fagerson and Allan Dell who both made impressive showings in the front row. 

Tough game yesterday,gutted with the result but chuffed for @AllanDell_ on his first and fordy on his ? thanks for all the support ??

— Zander Fagerson (@ZanderFagerson) November 13, 2016

Over the Severn Bridge in Cardiff Wales were made to fight every step of the way by the Pumas but Liam Williams and Alun Wyn Jones were the stand-out players in their narrow victory. 

Nice to be back on the field yesterday and back to winning ways! Great shift @AlunWynJones ???

— Liam Williams (@SanjayWills) November 13, 2016

However, the best moment of the game belonged to three-time Lion Gethin Jenkins, the loosehead prop showing all the skills of a back with a delightful little chip to the corner. 

How many other loosehead props could do this? Gethin Jenkins showing off his kicking skills… ???#UASeries #WALvARG

— Welsh Rugby Union ? (@WelshRugbyUnion) November 12, 2016

Over in Ireland, Joe Schmidt shuffled his pack and handed eight new players their debut as they beat Canada 52-21 at the Aviva Stadium.

And one legendary Lion was impressed by what he saw: 

Well done to the 8 new @IrishRugby caps this evening. A great day for you and your families. Hard work rewarded!

— Brian O'Driscoll (@BrianODriscoll) November 12, 2016

And here you can take a look at what happened in the tunnel during a hard-fought clash. 

IRTV: Behind the scenes in @AVIVAStadium in our exclusive #TeamOfUs Tunnel cam from Ireland v @RugbyCanada

— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) November 13, 2016

Next up for Ireland is a re-match with the All Blacks, and Steve Hansen's side warmed up for that clash by putting ten tries on Italy in Rome. 

And one man was there to represent Great Britain and Ireland: 

Thanks all for ur kind messages. Really means a lot. Time to swap the MBE for a whistle now. Game head on Italy v Nz

— Nigel Owens MBE (@Nigelrefowens) November 12, 2016

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