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.
Look away, All Blacks fans. This does not make for pretty reading as New Zealand slumped to their third biggest margin of defeat. Head coach Ian Foster would have woken up in a sweat this morning.
Biggest NZ losses:
21 points v AUS 1999, 2019
17 points v SA 1928, ENG 2012
16 points v AUS 1980, SA 2022
— Russ Petty (@rpetty80) August 6, 2022
Theft in broad daylight! Malcolm Marx was sublime at the breakdown in his 50th Test for the Springboks as they downed the All Blacks 26-10 in Nelspruit. A brilliant take on his performance in this one!
— Josh Gardner (@joshgardner) August 6, 2022
Another good one on Marx’s performance here. Picking fruit at will was the hooker against a lacklustre All Blacks. The New Zealanders will take a while to live this one down.
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) August 6, 2022
Meanwhile, brilliant acting from the Springboks in this funny commercial as the game freezes for the supporter’s Wifi to catch up. South Africans will know this feeling far too well!
The Boks aren't just a winning act on the field, as showcased in this hilarious commercial. pic.twitter.com/aCOWWKIjBp
— SA Rugby magazine (@SARugbymag) August 6, 2022
Class from former England captain Will Carling as he commends Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper for his courage to prioritise his mental health by withdrawing from the Argentina tour. Strength to the Australian legend during this time.
Australian captain Michael Hooper heads home, not in the right mindset to put the team first & fulfill his role. Brave and honest man. Very few people can understand how incredible it is to capt your country, but also how draining. This honesty reflects a hugely impressive leader
— Will Carling (@willcarling) August 6, 2022
Later on Saturday, the commentator for the Argentina clash against the Wallabies did the game no good. Monotone and could have been a sleep-aid podcast.
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) August 6, 2022
Brutal! The commentary has been taken apart again. Hard to argue as a proper spectacle was ruined by a real lack of spirit and experience in front of the mic.
Full time in Mendoza & Australia have defeated Argentina.
But the real loser is everyone with ears. #ARGvAUS
— Graham Love (@glove931) August 6, 2022
Analyst Squidge Rugby joins the discussion underlining the power of commentary in sport. There have to be changes for next week’s game.
If anyone ever questioned the power of commentary, I watched that with the Australian coverage and thought it was one of the most enjoyable games of the year. Yet all anyone who watched it on Sky Sports is discussing is how bad the commentary was, and unable to focus on the game.
— Squidge Rugby (@SquidgeRugby) August 6, 2022
Step aside, Tom Brady. Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper takes the crossbar challenge to different heights with this crazy overhead throw. A multi-talented individual indeed and it was sad to see him injured in Mendoza.
🪄 Magic tricks with @QuadeCooper
— Wallabies (@wallabies) August 2, 2022
Elsewhere, a solid keep-up effort from the Harlequins lads in the pool as they build toward the new Premiership season. It looks like a great way to recover and get the spirits lifted.
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) August 5, 2022
Logivi’i Munipola looks at home around the fire as the Samoan international takes on the team chef role for the Newcastle Falcons. The Gordon Ramsey of rugby, if you will.
We’re in safe hands. Today’s team chef is @logoviimulipola
— Newcastle Falcons (@FalconsRugby) August 5, 2022
Life after rugby is not going so badly for former Wales captain Sam Warburton, who uses his muscle memory from jackalling to dig holes at the beach! Something you never lose indeed. Good on you, Sam.
You never lose it 🙅 pic.twitter.com/K96LQBPZ0I
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) August 5, 2022
Finally, poetry in motion. This big lad absolutely nails the drop goal from far out. Further proof that it is a props world, and we are just living in it.
— Rugbydump.com (@Rugbydump) August 3, 2022