Every Monday we will be taking a look at the weekend’s rugby action around the world in both codes to show you what and who has stood out to ourselves at Lovell Rugby.
The finals all the Aviva Premiership, RaboDirect Pro 12 and Top 14 were all played out on Saturday whilst there was also a full roster of Super Rugby and NRL fixtures played down under. On Friday, the Quade Cooper-less Queensland Reds ended a six match losing streak with his half back partner Will Genia stealing the show. Saturday was a day for doubles with both Northampton Saints and Toulon adding to their trophy cabinets for the season. On Sunday, the England rugby union team were in attendance to see Sam Tomkins in action for the New Zealand Warriors.
Queensland Reds debut their new Indigenous shirt with a win
Will Genia marked his 100th Super Rugby appearance by helping the Reds to a 38-31 win over the Highlanders. Genia was impressive throughout and found himself on the scorecard after being given the honour of kicking a point-blank conversion after Jake Schatz’ winning try late on in the game.
This limited edition Indigenous Replica Shirt has a striking red design on the front while indigenous art has been incorporated over the sleeves and side panels.
Waller seals the deal for Saints
Northampton Saints picked up their second piece of silverware for the season on Saturday afternoon, defeating Saracens 24-20. Trailing by 3 points in the final play of extra time, replacement prop Alex Waller crashed over to give Saints their first ever Premiership title.
Wilkinson lands 15 points as Toulon do the double
It was a fairytale ending for former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson as Toulon completed a domestic and European double on Saturday evening. Four penalties and a trademark drop goal were Wilko’s contribution whilst Delon Armitage added a long distance penalty late on in a 18-10 victory.
The release of the third generation adidas Predator Incurza is imminent but Wilkinson opted to stay in the Black/Red/Blue Incurza II that have served him so well in recent weeks.
Sam Tomkins cross the try line against the Knights
With a number of the England rugby union squad in the stands, Sam Tomkins showed us why he has been linked with a cross-code switch. He made a whopping 236 metres with the ball in hand and also bagged an opportunistic try. His New Zealand Warriors team ran out 38-18 winners against the Newcastle Knights.
Tomkins was sporting a pair of the revolutionary TruSox. A simple concept, the socks are designed to provide footwear stability and stop your feet from sliding in your boots.