Sunday Social: Champions Cup controversy, England’s Grand Slam triumph and Super Rugby Pacific’s Culture Round

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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 off with the Champions Cup semi-final clash between Leinster and Toulouse. The Irish province were exceptional, securing their place in the showpiece event with a 41-22 triumph, but there was also plenty of controversy as many felt Andrew Porter should have been yellow-carded for this tackle.

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One loosehead prop who was sin-binned was Toulouse’s Rodrigue Neti for this moment of madness as he ‘headbutted’ Leinster’s Josh van der Flier.

However, opinion was split on whether Neti should have been yellow-carded with as many stating the officials were correct…

…as those who thought they were wrong in sin-binning the front-rower.

Away from the Champions Cup, England claimed yet another Grand Slam in the Women’s Six Nations, and this speech from former captain Gill Burns stirred the emotions before the match.

The Red Rose were evidently inspired by Burns as they got the ball rolling with this stunning team try.

That score was just one of many great moments in what was a thrilling encounter against France. England dominated the first half, but the visitors threatened an incredible comeback as Les Bleues were edged out 38-33 in front of a world-record attendance for the women’s game.

It was also a fitting way for Simon Middleton to end his time in charge as England head coach. He has enjoyed remarkable success since taking the role in 2015, which includes five Grand Slams, two World Cup finals and a record 30-match winning run.

There was also plenty of Super Rugby Pacific action on Friday and Saturday during the Culture Round, with the Highlanders doing a special haka to mark the occasion.

Most of the standout moments from that encounter in Sydney came via the Waratahs, however, from Michael Hooper’s 50:22…

…to Izaia Perese’s ridiculous finish, where he remained on his feet, shrugged off several would-be tacklers and touched down.

Finally, check out this showreel from one of the best camera operators around, Andrea Scialpi, who went viral earlier this year after capturing a brilliant Lions try against Benetton.

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