Sunday Social: Dramatic scenes, paying respects and the beautiful game

Date published: June 12 2022 - Dylan Coetzee

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.

Firstly in the Premiership, Welford Road’s adopted son Ellis Genge speaks on leaving the club and his last game at home before he moves to Bristol. Emotional times for Leicester Tigers fans. What a player and what a leader he has been this season.

It was a similar situation for Saracens front-row Vincent Koch, who played his last game for Sarries at the StoneX Stadium – ahead of his Wasps move – in Saturday’s semi-final win against Harlequins.

A lovely moment – ahead of the Leicester‘s semi-final against Northampton – where the Welford Road crowd paid tribute to Tiffany Young, wife of club legend Tom, after she tragically passed away following a lengthy battle with cancer. Condolences to the Youngs family during this challenging time.

Premiership players comment on the teams in the semi-finals. Brilliant to see some of the answers when the rivalry kicks in. It is an interesting concept. Shots fired indeed.

Meanwhile in South Africa. EPIC SCENES! The Cape Town crowd erupts as fly-half Manie Libbok kicks the Stormers into the final of the United Rugby Championship. It is a pleasure to see fans showing their passion in the stands again.

Elsewhere, after pipping tournament favourites Leinster in Dublin against the odds, the Bulls are ready for the traditional North v South South African derby for a massive prize.

Look at what it means to the lad. 20-year-old Sacha Mngomezulu made his Stormers debut as a replacement after four minutes to play out of position in the quarter-final against Edinburgh and performed brilliantly. Remember the name.

You got to love seeing a professional player on a club rugby sheet! All Black Dane Coles returns to rugby with an appearance for his local club side Poneke.

It was all smiles from Coles after Poneke’s victory over arch rivals Marist St Pats.

Meanwhile, All Blacks and Crusaders prop Joe Moody took time to train with a local team of players with disabilities and vulnerabilities in Christchurch. The amount of smiles in joy in this one is absolutely brilliant to see. Good on you, Joe!

Try of the season! A heartwarming moment, with Robert Croy injured before the tournament, the team subs him on and gets the try. Rugby is a unique sport.

And finally, it is terribly sad that life in Ukraine is still being adversely affected. Massive credit to this team for continuing training! Top-level commitment.

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