Sunday Social: All Blacks crowned champions, some joy for Worcester and Owen Farrell shows his class

Dylan Coetzee
Sunday Social 25 September.

It is time for Planet Rugby’s Sunday Social, your quirky recap of the serious and not so serious talking points from the past week’s action.

New Zealand are the Rugby Championship winners. Impressive stuff, given the pressure the team and coach Ian Foster were under. However, it goes to say that one must underestimate New Zealand at your own peril.

The All Blacks had the last laugh after social media had torn them apart all season. Excellent finish to the Rugby Championship from New Zealand, who showed real grit.

The much-spoken boomerang response from Australia was on show again as the All Blacks performed the haka. But, unfortunately, the Wallabies’ bravery did not show in their performance as the New Zealanders put them to the sword in the final round.

Wallaby Harry Wilson takes on the run-it-straight challenge, only for Ethan de Groot and Ardie Savea to flatten him like a newly tarred road.

Argentina’s Juan Martin Gonzalez leaves Willie le Roux looking for coins on the floor. Outrageous step from the big man!

Juan Imhoff cops a Frans Steyn clearance straight in the face. Pretty sure the wing would have preferred anyone else in world rugby to kick that ball. Send him in for an HIA.

The Springboks’ clash against Los Pumas was not a good advertisement for rugby. There was lots of frustration at the stop-start nature of the game and penalties aplenty throughout.

Shared culture is a cornerstone of rugby union’s ethos. Here Los Pumas have a braai in Durban ahead of their Test against the Springboks.

Defending URC champions, the Stormers, got their season off to a flyer with this stunning try loaded with slick handling. A try of the season contender, without a doubt.

Financial struggling Worcester Warriors managed to claim a big win over Newcastle this weekend, much to the delight of boss Steve Diamond. He has been incredible for the club during this tricky period.

Young Worcester fans celebrate the win. Heartfelt stuff and huge credit must go to everyone who has stayed by the club’s side during this period of difficulty.

Owen Farrell doing Owen Farrell things. Once again, a hero for Saracens in the final play against Gloucester. Composure personified.

Former Racing 92 and France star Virimi Vakatawa receives an emotional farewell at the La Defense Arena after being forced to retire due to a medical condition. Touching moments.

How has he done that? This player sticks his hand out to complete an outrageous take at full tilt. Sensational handling.

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