Best of social: The Championship is back!

Duhan van der Merwe was the talk of social media after a phenomenal display at Twickenham saw Scotland defeat England 29-23.

Duhan van der Merwe was the talk of social media after a phenomenal display at Twickenham saw Scotland defeat England 29-23.

The Scotland winger scored one the greatest ever Guinness Six Nations tries before finishing off another cracker late in the second half to ensure Scotland defeated England for the third time in as many years.

It was a Calcutta Cup to savour, with seven tries scored on a thrilling afternoon that also saw Ireland lay down their title defence with a 34-10 win over Wales at Principality Stadium.

With the Championship finally returning, we look at the best of social media on a momentous day of Guinness Six Nations rugby.


Van der Merwe’s first try really was a thing of beauty – you could just watch it over and over again!

Game recognises game, with former England and British and Irish Lions winger Ugo Monye clearly impressed.

And with Van der Merwe then going on to score the winning try he earned comparisons to a certain superhero with a canny resemblance.

It was not just the Scotland winger who was on fire though, with some other outstanding tries on show, including Max Malins getting on the end of Marcus Smith’s cross kick.

And England’s nemesis Huw Jones, with five tries in five games against Steve Borthwick’s men got proceedings underway.

Ollie Chessum put in a performance to remember in his Guinness Six Nations debut.

It proved to be a highly enjoyable game for all, but perhaps better enjoyed by the neutral as it right went down to the wire!

And in the end it was Scotland and not England who were celebrating, with an historic third consecutive win.

It was a game nobody would have wanted to miss, especially a Scotland fan, but commentator Andrew Cotter will have to watch the replay after commentating on proceedings in Cardiff.

The victory for Scotland did not dampen two England legends enjoyment of the game, with Maggie Alphonsi and Jason Robinson both heaping praise on both sets of players.

And that it was such a good game was fitting, in the first Championship since losing one of the game’s favourite people – Doddie Weir.


Before Scotland extended their run over England, Ireland managed to end a hoodoo of their own, winning in Cardiff for the first time since 2013.

They would eventually secure their bonus point through Josh van der Flier, but it was his back row colleague Caelan Doris who scored the first points of the 2023 Championship as Ireland made their early dominance pay.

Wales looked on the brink of scoring themselves but a phenomenal defensive read from James Lowe ensured it was Ireland extending their lead and not Wales getting one back.

This was the moment Ireland secured that all important bonus point – could that be the difference come the end of the Championship?

Despite not being among the scorers, full-back Hugo Keenan was awarded Player of the Match – rewarding his fantasy managers with 15 points in the process!

They may have been opposing each other today, but it was a day two British and Irish Lions teammates etched themselves further into Guinness Six Nations folklore.

There were plenty who put on a good show for Ireland, but Ireland legends Shane Horgan and Rob Kearney were particularly excited by the performance of Dan Sheehan.

It had been a long time coming, Ireland’s win at Principality Stadium, with ten years passing since that 30-22 win, but maybe they have found themselves a new good luck charm?

Another Ireland legend Niamh Briggs was also delighted with the victory, particularly with the second half defending.

It was not just former Ireland players who enjoyed the win though, with Micheal Martin ecstatic.

And as the players celebrated finally winning in Cardiff, Jack Conan may have got a little over excited at the expense of a camera lens!