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 British and Irish Lions’ victory over Sigma Lions as the tourists eased to a comfortable 56-14 triumph in Johannesburg. Hamish Watson was given the man of the match award and he received plenty of praise online following his performance.
Hamish Watson was so good. So good.
— David Flatman (@davidflatman) July 4, 2021
There was a common theme to the posts about Watson on Twitter, given all the pre-tour comments.
Too small. He’ll never make it. Actually microscopic. I can’t even see him. Where is he #LIOvBIL
— Three Red Kings (@threeredkings) July 3, 2021
Non – Scots Media: Hamish Watson is too small for the Lions
Hamish in the first half today: pic.twitter.com/HKmNyzpWlr
— All Blaze No Glory (@AllBlazeNoGlory) July 3, 2021
— Archie 🇭🇷(Earl of Dumbfarton) (@stfuarchie) July 3, 2021
Finn Russell started his first game for the Lions, lining up alongside Owen Farrell in the 10-12 axis, and a Scotsman had this idea.
“I’m gonna make every ball to Owen a crash or just miss him out all together” pic.twitter.com/2HPS76tTAb
— Graham Love (@glove931) July 1, 2021
Wayne Barnes was one of the assistant referees for Saturday’s encounter and hopefully he suffered less than during his training session before the game.
Here in South Africa training at altitude never gets much easier!
If I can get my breath back. pic.twitter.com/sZpi1d5NNY
— Wayne Barnes (@WayneBarnesRef) July 1, 2021
His wife, Polly, wasn’t very impressed, however, and she had these words for her husband…
Are you sure you didn’t just walk up some steps, my love? https://t.co/fMDPnmMD68
— polly barnes (@pollybarnes_) July 2, 2021
Before the match people were not happy with this supporter as they saw which hand he was drinking from…
— BuffaloWatch (@WatchBuffalo) July 3, 2021
Elsewhere, South Africa stepped up their preparations ahead of the Lions series as they beat Georgia in their first Test since the 2019 World Cup. Rassie Erasmus is no longer coaching the squad but he is still doing his bit for the team on the field.
Rassie Erasmus vs Georgia
Sensational stats for the Director.
— #RugbySouthAfrica (@RugbySpringboks) July 3, 2021
Continuing in South Africa and check out this incredible finish from Evan Roos.
— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) June 30, 2021
Meanwhile, there were several Test matches on Saturday with the best of the action coming in Dublin. Ireland ended up securing a 39-31 triumph but Japan lit up the occasion by playing some outstanding rugby, as shown by this Yu Tamura assist.
This was simply glorious by Yu Tamura. pic.twitter.com/HvkTAnlJz8
— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) July 3, 2021
It was far more one-sided in Cardiff as Wales thrashed Canada 68-12, but much of the focus was on Leigh Halfpenny, who unfortunately suffered a nasty knee injury. Get well soon Leigh!
This is horrible, but nobody can ever take Leigh Halfpenny’s 100 caps, 3 Lions tours, 827 points, or more importantly how much much he is loved by the whole of Wales away from him. How much noise a limited crowd was able to make for him just proved that.
— Squidge Rugby (@SquidgeRugby) July 3, 2021
That wasn’t the biggest margin of victory at the weekend, though, with Tonga shipping over a century of points to New Zealand. Many agreed that more needs to be done to support the tier two nations.
Proud rugby nations like Tonga deserve more than this 🇹🇴🇹🇴🇹🇴 pic.twitter.com/C0PKwm7nuR
— Daniel Leo (@danleo82) July 3, 2021
The result was perhaps inevitable, however, judging by this remarkable statistic.
In 2000, Todd Blackadder captained the All Blacks in a test match for the first time. The opposition was Tonga and the All Blacks won 102-0. 21 years later, Ethan Blackadder has made his All Blacks debut in another 102-0 win over Tonga. #NZLvTGA #AllBlacks @AllBlacks pic.twitter.com/qHSUYohEbv
— Tom Vinicombe (@TomVinicombe) July 3, 2021
Moving away from the weekend’s action and there was plenty of entertainment in the rearranged U20 Six Nations. Italy particularly impressed, thrashing Scotland 43-3, and they scored this outstanding length-of-the-field try.
— Guinness Six Nations (@SixNationsRugby) July 1, 2021
Joe Marler was also in fine form, telling this classic story.
PSA: WE FOUND JOE
Thanks to everyone who got involved in #WhereIsJoe x
— The Joe Marler Show (@JoeMarlerShow) July 1, 2021
Finally, John Kirwan teased Black Caps bowler Tim Southee, who has remained loyal to the Chiefs.
— Gallagher Chiefs (@ChiefsRugby) July 1, 2021