Sunday Social: Heroes, villains and debates

Date published: January 9 2022 - 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 start with the enthralling Premiership clash between Harlequins and Exeter Chiefs, where Marcus Smith was once again the toast of the Twickenham Stoop in the 14-12 triumph.

Exeter battled valiantly but couldn’t hold onto the win, unlike Munster, who managed to defeat Ulster despite having Simon Zebo sent off for this poor tackle.

There was also plenty of Top 14 action and the funniest moment came when Demba Bamba had his shirt ripped off but continued playing on by getting back into the defensive line.

Meanwhile, London Irish did a Jordan Belfort-style video to announce the re-signing of their hooker Agustin Creevy.

Creevy has already been on top form this week after securing the title of World Rugby’s fastest darts player on Monday when he defeated fellow hooker Jamie George by five seconds.

Elsewhere, Welsh home games in the 2021 Six Nations are set to be played behind closed doors due to Covid restrictions and Louis Rees-Zammit was not best pleased.

Fellow Welsh international wing Josh Adams was swift to back up his team mate. Sadly, the only other option for Wales at the minute is to move their home games to England where they would be allowed a crowd – the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is rumoured to be in the mix for this.

Down in the English Championship, a strange but dull phenomenon occurred. Jersey Reds’ clash with Bedford Blues saw a stretch of play following a kick-off where there were 17 (yes 17) back-to-back kicks before play went dead after a knock on. Credit is due to those fans who stayed awake for the affair.

Sharks (SA) team owner, Marco Masotti, voiced his confusion at why Sale Sharks share the name shark and designed them an odd new logo. Perhaps ‘Tuna’ may not be the most logical substitute due to the lack of them in the River Mersey!

Masotti then put aside his grievance to wish the team good luck in their upcoming fixture.

During Sale’s game with Bristol on Friday, history was made as Wayne Barnes took charge of his 250th Premiership game, the first person to ever reach that feat. Congratulations Wayne!

On the other side of the world in Japan, Bernard “the ice man” Foley lived up to his nickname once more after nailing a place kick using a makeshift snow tee.

Rugby songs can be heard in most winning changing rooms across the world to celebrate, but Moana Pasifika have found a better use for them – to motivate the team before a big lifting session.

Finally, Blues player Caleb Clarke reacted the same way the fans did to the news that they had signed Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. The code-switching star will look to break into the All Blacks team having captained their rugby league equivalent before making the change.