Sunday Social: Awesome All Blacks and Kremer vs Kremer

Date published: August 15 2021 - Colin Newboult

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, of course, start with the action from the Rugby Championship on Saturday and the All Blacks’ impressive victory over Australia. They played some outstanding rugby and scored several superb tries, but this 59-metre penalty from Damian McKenzie was equally excellent.

This was one of New Zealand’s brilliant tries as Brodie Retallick finished off a sweeping move.

Retallick also received plenty of praise for his performance. The lock is still finding his feet after returning from Japan and is gradually getting back to his best.

Despite New Zealand’s dominance, one player particularly stood out for the Wallabies and that was, as ever, their captain Michael Hooper.

There was plenty of sympathy for Hooper, who was once again fighting a lone battle.

Onto the other game in the Rugby Championship between the Springboks and Argentina and there was one very funny moment when Marcos Kremer fell over when trying to confront Cobus Reinach.

Continuing with the Springbok theme and South African great Bryan Habana showed off his language skills after working for Welsh channel S4C during the Lions tour.

Elsewhere, cross-code great Sonny Bill Williams gave an interesting demo about off-loading and how to be effective at it.

Someone not known for his off-loading ability is England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler, who has evidently enjoyed the off-season.

Marler is never short of a word or two either, particularly when it comes to responding to trolls on social media, and Wales international Willis Halaholo followed his example with this brilliant comeback.

Finally, we enjoyed this game from Racing 92 with the players testing their reactions.