Sunday Social: Box-kick anger and Scottish rivalry

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 week’s action.

We start off with the funniest moment from the weekend and, of course, it had to come from the loquacious Joe Marler, who threw this jibe towards Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Nic White as he prepared to box-kick. It is an area which has become a blight on the game and Marler merely said what everyone is thinking.

Never change Joe….

Marler has also made headlines for other reasons recently and received plenty of plaudits for his support of the LGBT community, and the prop had his say on the Israel Folau controversy in the ‘House of Rugby’ podcast.

Those words were evidently heeded in France as love was in the air on Saturday, according to Lyon number eight Carl Fearns.

Meanwhile, it was derby day in the PRO14 and Glasgow Warriors produced an outstanding performance against rivals Edinburgh to claim top-spot in Conference A. They have been baited a few times by Richard Cockerill and the hosts’ victory, which condemned the visitors to the Challenge Cup next season, gave Glasgow an opportunity to respond.

It was unfortunately deleted but here is the screenshot for your enjoyment.

Onto southern hemisphere action and Jordie Barrett produced an outstanding effort against the Chiefs, scoring two tries in the Hurricanes’ dominant 47-19 Super Rugby triumph. Here is the pick of them.

It wasn’t the best try of the weekend, however, with that honour going to the USA, who scored a stunner against the Barbarians.

Finally, on this day in 1888, the British and Irish Lions played their first game.

It also gives us an excuse to include this brilliant moment from the 2013 tour, which was reposted during the week.