Sunday Social: Borg technology, piano man and downing beers

Sunday Social Jan 8 Credit: Alamy
Sunday Social Jan 8 Credit: Alamy

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.

Andrew Forde, who runs a popular YouTube compilations channel, shared this suggestion from an American viewer, who believes that rugby should no longer use the word ‘try’ for a five-pointer but rather use the word ‘succeeds’.

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An awesome blast from the past for Jason Leonard, who relives England’s World Cup triumph in 2003 through preserved newspapers. Such a lovely gift and a welcome trip down memory lane.

Leinster dug into the community chest and came up with a get-out-of-jail-free card in their United Rugby Championship clash with Ospreys. The Irish province struggled to contain the Welsh outfit’s scrum and trailed 10-0 until the 16th minute. They managed to level the scores by half-time before the likes of Ross Byrne, James Ryan and Josh van der Flier came off the bench to steer them to a 24-19 victory.

Like a cement truck without a reverse gear. It is not often you see a Leinster scrum being driven back like that. Outstanding from Ospreys.

Staying with Leinster, and Ireland, has the IRFU’s secret tactic to prolong Johnny Sexton’s career been leaked? Borg technology is certainly believable, considering the performances he produces at the age of 37. World-class.

Lewis Ludlam is renowned for enforcing on the rugby pitch, but this time it was Darth Vader who used the force on him. Surely the only explanation for that lateral height?

Absolute scenes in the changing rooms as Newcastle Falcons celebrate snapping a four-year winless run against defending Premiership champions Leicester Tigers, courtesy of a Mateo Carreras hat-trick.

Swiss army knives or just extremely talented players? A quick look back at some of the best moments where players played out of position at the Rugby World Cup, including Victor Vito running a superb line off the wing to score.

Meanwhile in France, Dillyn Leyds is living his best life by chugging a beer after La Rochelle snapped an eight-game losing streak against French giants Toulouse. The Springbok has been sublime in France and showed his promise again on the weekend.

From showing versatility on the pitch, to a soft touch off it. Turns out that when Rohan Janse van Rensburg isn’t flattening opposition defenders and scoring tries for the Sharks, he is showing off his musical talents.

On a completely different note, when it comes to sporting lineage in New Zealand, many fans would point to all three Barrett brothers playing for the All Blacks. However, the Whitelocks may just have the Barretts beat.

Sam Whitelock appeared on the Good, the Bad and the Rugby podcast recently and provided a full rundown of his family’s links to the All Blacks and sport in New Zealand.

The DRAMA! Smash and grab from Benetton. Such little time left, one point behind and a player down. Up stepped Rhyno Smith for a match-winning penalty and had to use the backboard to sink it. A fantastic win against Ulster.

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