Sunday Social: A classy gesture and a unique situation

Date published: December 5 2021 - Planet Rugby

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.

We begin in England, where Exeter Chiefs’ players celebrated Saturday’s Premiership victory over Saracens by having a beer with their supporters straight after the match.

Earlier in the week, Newcastle and England back-row Mark Wilson revealed that Falcons’ players chipped in to serve the supporters at their club, who were without the services of some bar staff due to Storm Arwen.

Staying in England, where Semi Radradra’s first touch, after his return from a lengthy injury, was a definite highlight for Bristol during their loss to Gloucester at Kingsholm.

After that match, Radradra showed that apart from being a great rugby player, he is also a fantastic human being with this classy gesture.

Over in South Africa, an outstanding performance from Springbok centre Lukhanyo Am in the Sharks’ United Rugby Championship win over the Bulls earned him special praise from Squidge.

Am scored a well-taken try, after intercepting a pass from Morne Steyn, which had SuperSport’s Xhosa commentators in raptures.

It was also a memorable game for Bongi Mbonambi, who made his debut for the Sharks, and afterwards he celebrated the result with some familiar faces in fellow Springboks Am, Siya Kolisi and Makazole Mapimpi.

Kolisi and another Bok, Sbu Nkosi, led the celebrations in the men from Durban’s dressing room after their victory.

Earlier, Mbonambi and Bismarck du Plessis was given a dressing down by referee Jaco Peyper after things got too heated between the duo as well as the match officials in that match.

Meanwhile, Ugo Monye had to endure some teasing from fellow BT Sport pundits Nick Mullins and Ben Kay after his recent appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.

Elsewhere, there was cause for celebration for Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper, who recently passed his Australian citizenship test. Well done, Quade!

While in Ireland, this spectacular finish from Mack Hansen was a highlight for Connacht during their URC loss to Leinster.

And finally, if you thought you’ve seen everything on a rugby field, check out this unique – and somewhat bizarre – passage of play during Japan’s pool match against South Africa at the Dubai Sevens.