Sunday Social: Munster delight in Dublin as United Rugby Championship semi-finals captivate fans

Sunday Social Credit: Alamy
Sunday Social 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.

Where else to begin than with that incredible Leinster v Munster clash in Dublin where Jack Crowley’s drop-goal sealed a 16-15 victory for the visiting side.

His celebration after coolly knocking over the key points led many to have Ronan O’Gara flashbacks, with the finger in the air bringing back ROG memories.

Understandably it was a rollercoaster ride for the coaching team with some jubilant while others couldn’t move after what was a pulsating 80 plus minutes.

Indeed, it’s been quite a ride for Graham Rowntree’s team and one player, veteran Keith Earls, has had a torrid time with injury which made this extra sweet.

Of course Munster‘s supporters were thrilled as they celebrated the victory and we imagine the party went on long into the night as Leinster were finally bested.

They face the Stormers in the final on May 27, with the Capetonians defeating Connacht earlier. It was great to see Irish fans making the trip for that semi.

But the province just couldn’t live with the quality of the Stormers, particularly Manie Libbok, who was again outstanding in a player of the match showing.

That results in back-to-back United Rugby Championship finals for the Stormers, with Munster’s win in Dublin meaning that DHL Stadium hosts the match.

Elsewhere in the world, it was a great week for Bath centre Ollie Lawrence, who finished a turbulent season by picking up the Premiership’s best player gong.

Staying in the Premiership and Saracens booked their place in the final at Twickenham after defeating Northampton in Jackson Wray’s final game at home.

In Super Rugby Pacific, the game of the round saw the Crusaders face the Blues and this moment summed up the chaos. Agonisingly close for Beauden Barrett.

There was also a birthday in Scotland to celebrate as Glasgow Warriors team-mates Ali Price and George Horne have to share that as well as the nine shirt.

Finally, we have not seen this backline move before. Check this one out from a match in South Africa! We are not sure it will catch on but it worked this time.

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