Alberts lay-off extended once more

22 Sep 14 14:29 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 22 Comments

Willem Alberts, who was withdrawn on the eve of the Bok tour to Argentina due to a nerve problem in his back, has had to undergo an operation and will thus play no part in the team’s 2014 Rugby Championship campaign. [...]


Well done, under 21s!

22 Sep 14 14:19 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 11 Comments

The Sharks under 21 side held out for a famous victory over their table-topping Lions counterparts at Ellis Park on Friday afternoon, a truly astounding, if unexpected result, given the way their season has gone so far. [...]


Boks back future stars

22 Sep 14 11:32 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 27 Comments

Heyneke Meyer has invited three young players, who have performed well on this year’s Currie Cup stage, to train with his squad in Cape Town this week. [...]



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Sharks player ratings v Blue Bulls

22 Sep 14 09:50 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 10 Comments

Let’s have a look at the individual performances after the game against the Blue Bulls, which resulted in four valuable points at Loftus for the Sharks. [...]


Power second half secures Sharks Loftus success

20 Sep 14 18:54 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 52 Comments

The Sharks have recorded a 26-15 victory over the Blue Bulls at Loftus, thanks to a strong second-half showing that shut their hosts out. [...]


ABSA Currie Cup: Blue Bulls v Sharks

20 Sep 14 15:50 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 140 Comments

Kick-off at Loftus is at 5:05pm today. [...]


Under 21s looking for the magic

19 Sep 14 10:05 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 23 Comments

Sharks under 21 coach Deon Kayser seems to be turning to his under 19 stars of 2013 in a desperate hope that this year’s terrible season might be turned around. Kayser has made sweeping changes to the backline for this week’s clash against the Lions, reuniting the three-quarter line that performed so well in an unheralded Sharks under 19 side last year. [...]



New Joubert starts Sharks journey

19 Sep 14 09:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 33 Comments

When the Sharks (then known as Natal) enjoyed their first heyday, back in the mid-90s, many of their most memorable victories (including that famous win against Transvaal in the 1996 Currie Cup final) were spearheaded by the phenomenal Rolls Royce of fullbacks, one Andre Joubert. [...]


ABSA Currie Cup Preview – Round 7

18 Sep 14 15:12 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 18 Comments

The Sharks cling to fourth spot on the table, but face a very interesting challenge against the Blue bulls at Loftus this week. With neither team able to afford another loss, it should again be a cracker of a match. [...]


Backline changes – not popular in my book

18 Sep 14 12:45 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 32 Comments

While I’ll not slate the Sharks for the one change to the starting pack this week, I have to raise my voice against the decision to once again fiddle with the backs, to no good purpose. [...]


Blow to Loftus hopes as Lewies ruled out

18 Sep 14 11:17 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 45 Comments

It seems I was a little premature in my hopes of the Sharks being able to enjoy rare continuity in the second row this week, with lock Stephan Lewies’s ongoing knee tendon issue ruling him out of action ahead of Saturday’s must-win clash at Loftus. [...]


No Stegmann for Bulls

18 Sep 14 09:26 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 7 Comments

Blue Bulls captain and flanker Deon Stegmann has copped a rather fortuitous one-match ban after being shown a red card against the Kings last week. [...]


Sharks tour late in 2015

18 Sep 14 08:24 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 39 Comments

While there may be some rather significant obstacles in the path of the Sharks, who will seek to finally capture a Super Rugby trophy in 2015 – the last year before the competition as we know it disappears – should they fail to do so, they won’t be able to use their draw as an excuse. [...]


Wholesale changes for Kings

17 Sep 14 18:28 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 55 Comments

Coming off a 28 – 13 loss against the Vodacom Blue Bulls, Eastern Province Kings Head Coach Carlos Spencer decided to make wholesale changes, some forced through injury other purely rotational, for their first cross-conference match against the Free State Cheetahs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. [...]


A rare opportunity

17 Sep 14 09:36 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 74 Comments

For almost the first time this season, the Sharks are in the fortunate position of being able to name a virtually unchanged starting team for this weekend’s match against the Blue Bulls. [...]


Bok casualties mount

17 Sep 14 09:22 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 41 Comments

Francois Louw is the most recent victim of the Springboks’ bruising defeat to the All Blacks on Saturday, with the Bath flanker ruled out for around two months due to a pinched nerve in his neck. [...]


Mvovo bolsters Sharks options

16 Sep 14 15:14 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 21 Comments

The Sharks have confirmed via Twitter that Bok winger Lwazi Mvovo has been released to train and play with the squad this week. [...]


No joy in Bloem – at any level

16 Sep 14 09:34 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 23 Comments

Neither the Sharks under 19 nor the under 21 team managed to pick up the win they sorely needed in Bloemfontein this weekend, with results against their Cheetah counterparts adding further pressure to the already embattled outfits. [...]


Do you see what I see?

15 Sep 14 15:38 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 33 Comments

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. [...]


Odwa the only concern

15 Sep 14 15:01 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 6 Comments

The Sharks have returned from Bloemfontein boasting a mostly clean bill of health, with only one new casualty to report. [...]