Quarter final time

20 Jun 19 13:03 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 159 Comments

Rob Jr starts at 10, but this time Rob Sr has no choice as Fassi is out with a shoulder injury. Bosch comes back in the team at fullback.

Burden went along on the flight to Australia, but Cullen Collopy will have to make the step up from club & SRC level to a Super Rugby QF should Kerron van Vuuren need replacement.

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Sharks team for the Stormers

13 Jun 19 13:44 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 158 Comments

Two injury hit teams will fight each other for the privilege to travel to Christchurch or Argentina. Sharks will be without Curwin Bosch and Ruan Botha (plus JLDP, PvdW, Akker, Burden) whereas the Stormers will miss Kolisi, PSDT, Etzebeth and Jantjies. This should probably make the Sharks favourites for this match.

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Random thoughts on Super Rugby

11 Jun 19 18:55 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 20 Comments

The home quarter final spots are by now pretty much cast in stone – Crusaders, Jaguares, Brumbies, Hurricanes. There is still a small chance for the Brumbies to overtake the Jaguares, but I don’t see the Sunwolves winning in Argentina.

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Team for the Jaguares

6 Jun 19 12:19 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 135 Comments

Rob Jr starts at 10, Bosch moves back to 15 and Fassi back to the bench.

JLDP back home with a MCL niggle – so Paul takes his place and Stringer back on the bench. Hopefully Burden can stay fit until the match this time – otherwise the Sharks will have no reserve hooker. Andrews swaps places with Van Heerden in the starting team. Ward takes over as back line replacement from Van Wyk.

The Sharks ideally need to win this, or at least gain a losing bonus point.

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Touring squad for Argentina

4 Jun 19 14:40 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 8 Comments

Akker, Beast and now Wright out injured. Burden (hopefully we can see him in the game), Makhabela and Ward added to the squad

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Jostle for the quarters

4 Jun 19 07:35 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 3 Comments

This year the dog fight for quarter final places seem more intense than usual. The SA conference is especially crowded with (apart from the Jaguares who will definitely qualify for a QF spot) there is 5 points separating the top and bottom South African teams.

I tried my hand at forecasting using the very scientific Monte Carlo simulation method based on my very unscientific probability guestimates for the outcomes of the coming games:

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3 changes in the squad for Canes

30 May 19 10:43 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 122 Comments

Philip vd Walt is out injured and replaced by Jacques Vermeulen. Tyler Paul moves back into the squad. Craig Burden is bracketed with Cullen Collopy as the reserve hooker – hopefully he can make it to the game this time. Thomas du Toit swap places with Jonny Meyer on the bench.

I would assume the tactics against the Canes will be the same as last week – defend like demons, kick for position / contestable’s, maul (we could have used more against the Lions), use turnover ball, take the penalty’s and any intercepts the Canes may throw our way.

A critical last home game to win before two tough away games.

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Sharks team for Lions

23 May 19 10:54 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 130 Comments

Rob Sr has made a few changes to the team against the Chiefs. Mzamo Majola (who impressed against the Chiefs) starts in place of the injured Thomas du Toit with Juan Schoeman taking his place on the bench. Dan moves back to 8 and PvdW shifts back to 6. Andre Esterhuizen takes back his 12 jersey. Dylan Richardson will probably get his first Super Rugby cap of the bench.

Lions like to play the game at pace and with width. I would not have mind a Stringer coming on as a reserve to add some pace to our loose trio, but Vermeulen does get through a mountain of work.

The Sharks are sitting in 7th spot on overall log (and 4th on the SA conference log). We cannot afford to drop too many (if any) of the remaining 4 games – so this is a must win game. I don’t think this game will be a repeat of the Ellis Park game – so we best not underestimate these Lions.

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Team for the Chiefs

9 May 19 10:11 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 336 Comments

Rob Sr bringing in a couple of fresh players into the squad makes a lot of sense – that defensive display against the Crusaders would have emptied a lot of tanks. Dan, Van Heerden and Esterhuyzen deservedly all get a rest. Van der Walt gets a chance at 8 with Vermeulen at 6. Kerron is fortunately available to start, but Akker has been dropped (can’t be rested – so I assume an injury?) from the squad with Mbatha taking his place. Louw will run at 12.

I would have liked Wright to get another chance to start and would not mind seeing a starting trio of Stringer, JLDP and PVDW.  I am also not a fan of the Andrews / Botha lock combo – both too similar, but all in all still a strong Sharks squad.

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Remains of the season

6 May 19 09:23 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 71 Comments

The first objective for Super Rugby teams is to finish top of their conference in order to get a home quarter final (unless you end up playing the quarter final in your own country). The next objective would be to finish at the top of the log (or at least at position #2) to increase your chances of a home semi and final. So lets have a look at the SA conference to see where we at so far:

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Sharks vs Crusaders

3 May 19 08:29 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 227 Comments

The Crusaders did not select Ryan Crotty, Sam Whitelock, Richie Mo’unga and David Havili, but this is still a formidable team. Can the Sharks of 2019 emulate the Sharks 2014 to beat the Crusaders at home?

My wish is for the Sharks to just go out and play as a team to the best of their abilities. Attack when its on, and be awake to switch to defensive mode immediately when needed.

Do yourselves proud



Beast out with knee injury

30 Apr 19 16:11 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 70 Comments

Thomas du Toit starts at loosehead in place of Beast who reportedly flew home with a knee injury. Schreuder starts at 9 and captains the side, with Ruan Botha swapping places with Hyron Andrews (who has clocked up the second highest playing time after Dan du Preez). Mzamo Majola and John-Hubert Meyer come into the squad to deputize at loosehead and tighthead respectively.

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Changes at halfback for Waratahs

25 Apr 19 12:53 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 193 Comments

Cameron Wright gets a rare start for the Sharks. Hopefully he can convince Rob Sr to afford him a few more over the remainder of the season. Bosch moves to 10 with Fassi taking the 15 jersey. Ruan Botha and Akker will be back in action from the bench. Beast captains the team with Schreuder on the bench.

Am and Mapimpi should add a bit of guile and finishing to the backline. A loose trio of Van der Walt and the Dup twins get their first start, although I do think the Sharks will miss the speed that Stringer adds to combination.

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Sharks team vs Reds

17 Apr 19 20:48 by Udo Lütge (pastorshark) | 327 Comments

The Sharks have made five changes to the side that embarrassed themselves – and their supporters!! – by copping a whallop from the Jaguares last weekend.

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Sharks team to face the Jaguares

11 Apr 19 11:06 by Jan Dyman (JD) | 276 Comments

Ok so the Cell C Sharks’ team to face the Jaguares at JONSSON KINGS PARK on Saturday afternoon at 15h05 was announced.

With the announcement some of the”missing” players have emerged with Jean-Luc du Preez and John-Hubert Meyer both named on the bench. [...]



Teichmann to bow out in September?

7 Apr 19 16:28 by Udo Lütge (pastorshark) | 28 Comments

The rumour mill has churned out this one: Gary Teichmann will not renew his contract as CEO when it comes to an end in September.

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Hail the Beast!!

6 Apr 19 10:47 by Udo Lütge (pastorshark) | 55 Comments

Some people say legends are born and others that they are made by the sweat of their brow. I’m not going to debate that and I’m not going to pick a side…I am, however, going to pay tribute to someone I consider a living legend: The Beast!

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Sharks hit high in a “puppet on a string” season

6 Apr 19 09:24 by Udo Lütge (pastorshark) | 45 Comments

“Love is just like a merry-go-round
with all the fun of a fair
One day I’m feeling down on the ground
Then I’m up in the air.”

Sandie Shaw sang the ditty “Puppet on a String” – featured in the movie “Apocalypse Now” – that contains these words. They sure could be a Sharks Supporters anthem!! The Sharks completely outplayed the Lions at Ellis Park last night to thump them 42-5!!

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Sharks team to face the Lions

2 Apr 19 15:32 by Jan Dyman (JD) | 227 Comments

The Cell C Sharks team to face the Emirates Lions in Johannesburg (on Friday night 5 April at 19h10) shows minimal changes to from the side that narrowly lost to the Bulls. [...]



Akker out for three weeks

1 Apr 19 18:09 by Udo Lütge (pastorshark) | 50 Comments

Akker van der Merwe received a three week ban for his role in the fisticuffs in Durban on Saturday, leaving the Sharks very thin at hooker.

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