Sunday Social: Rassie’s rant and an aerial challenge

Date published: August 1 2021 - News Desk

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 begin in Cape Town where this aerial challenge from Cheslin Kolbe on Conor Murray was the big talking point in the second Test between the Springboks and British and Irish Lions. Murray’s former Ireland and Munster team-mate Simon Zebo feels Kolbe was lucky not to receive a red card. What do you think?

Tensions were running high throughout that game and the citing commissioner could be busy this week after watching this incident between Lions second-row Maro Itoje and Bok centre Damian de Allende.

Meanwhile, the Boks’ replacement prop, Trevor Nyakane, came on in the second half and delivered a powerful scrummaging display to the delight of his daughter, Skylar, who was watching the game at home.

It was a different story after the first Test and this Lions supporter took a shot where it where it hurts, from one of his kids, while celebrating the famous touring team’s victory.

Earlier in the week, much was said and written about Bok director of rugby/water boy Rassie Erasmus’ rant against the officiating in that first Test and Graham Love believes this type of cap would suit South Africa’s fans.

While this Lions supporter felt the guys from Location, Location, Location would be helping the tourists’ head coach, Warren Gatland, after watching Erasmus’ meltdown.

Love also went the reality show route, using Come Dine With Me as a reference point to help illustrate how Erasmus lost the plot with his rant.

Meanwhile, prop life at Edinburgh is not always as simple as it looks on matchdays.

Elsewhere, it was a great week for Fiji at the Tokyo Olympics as their Men’s team defended their title while their Women’s side left the Games with a bronze medal.

Jerry Tuwai was the only member of that Fiji team who also won a gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and his kids sent him this special message while he was in action in Tokyo.

Former Harlequins, England and Lions flyer Ugo Monye’s emotions got the better of him while covering the Olympic Sevens for the BBC.

While the USA Women’s team have a new supporter in their ranks.

And finally, check out this hilarious interview which New Zealand’s Ruby Tui gave during the Olympics.