Sunday Social: Wonderful Watson and out of breath Barnes

Date published: July 4 2021 - 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 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.

There was a common theme to the posts about Watson on Twitter, given all the pre-tour comments.

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.

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.

His wife, Polly, wasn’t very impressed, however, and she had these words for her husband…

Before the match people were not happy with this supporter as they saw which hand he was drinking from…

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.

Continuing in South Africa and check out this incredible finish from Evan Roos.

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.

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!

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.

The result was perhaps inevitable, however, judging by this remarkable statistic.

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.

Joe Marler was also in fine form, telling this classic story.

Finally, John Kirwan teased Black Caps bowler Tim Southee, who has remained loyal to the Chiefs.