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Twitter lights up for South Sydney NRL Grand Final victory

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southstwitter2South Sydney won the NRL Grand Final and also dominated Twitter with fans flooding online to share their joy and celebrate the club’s first premiership in 43 years.

Twitter lit up last night before, during and after the NRL decider.

South Sydney defeated the Bulldogs to claim its first premiership victory since 1971.

If you weren’t live at ANZ Stadium or watching on live TV, you could have easily tracked the game through the thousands of tweets being shared.

The most tweeted moments were:

1. Full-time: Souths win!

2. Greg Inglis try

3. Adam Reynolds try

4. James Graham and Dave Tyrell head clash

The most mentioned players were:

1. Sam Burgess

2. Greg Inglis

3. George Burgess

The most used hashtags were:

1. #NRLGF

2. #NRLGrandFinal

3. #GoRabbitohs

4. #NRL

5. #Rabbitohs

South Sydney even won the hashtag battle over the Bulldogs:

#GoRabbitohs – 78 per cent

#Unleash – 22 per cent

Twitter Australia’s head of sports Jonathan Simpson said the NRL Grand Final was one of the biggest nights on the social media platform.

“TV and Twitter go hand in hand and live sport on TV always goes off,” he said.

“My favourite tweet came through from Cathy Freeman.

Cathy Freeman's tweet with Souths star Greg Inglis after South Sydney's first premiership in 43 years

“She had a photo with Greg Inglis and the premiership trophy and she said “what a night – this is the best sporting moment of my life”.

“Seeing Cathy Freeman tweet that after winning an Olympic gold medal – that shows how amazing the NRL Grand Final was.

“We often say about Twitter – it connects fans to the inner sanctum – making them feel closer to their team.”

LISTEN TO THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH TWITTER’S JONATHAN SIMPSON IN EPISODE 117 OF THE TECH GUIDE PODCAST

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