Super Rugby 2017: Cheetahs v Sharks

25 Mar 17 16:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 188 Comments

Kick-off time at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein is at 17h15 for these two sides, both seeking redemption after disappointing in their previous outings. [...]



Sharks XV head to Kokstad

23 Mar 17 16:37 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 26 Comments

Odwa Ndungane will be the old man amongst youngsters when he leads the Cell C Sharks XV out against Border in a friendly at Kokstad Rugby Club on Saturday afternoon. [...]



Cheetahs’ captain back in action

23 Mar 17 13:24 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 27 Comments

The Sharks will face arguably the biggest challenge yet of their midfield defensive structures this week, as Francois “Swys” Venter returns from off-season ankle surgery to take his place in the Cheetahs number 13 jersey. Venter will also assume the captaincy mantle, while reuniting a dangerous attacking partnership with inside centre Nico Lee. [...]




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Curwin steps up for Sharks

23 Mar 17 12:12 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 34 Comments

Rob du Preez has named his Sharks team to face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday, with the return to fitness of fullback Clément Poitrenaud paving the way for Curwin Bosch to start in the number 10 jersey. [...]



Super Rugby 2017: Round 5 Predictions

23 Mar 17 11:08 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 19 Comments

Let’s see how the next round of Super Rugby actions is going to pan out. [...]



Peyper to add further breakdown challenge

22 Mar 17 10:13 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 99 Comments

After a lacklustre performance in this area against the Reds in their opener, 2017′s Super Rugby Sharks went on to build a good platform for victory in their next two games by dominating the contact points and ensuring quick ball from the breakdwon. With forwards hitting hard and accurately, it was the Sharks who won that crucial mini-battle at the tackle and the results followed. Saturday’s sloppy showing against the Kings, however, can in no small part be attributed to a big step backwards and this is something the Sharks simply have to rectify against the Cheetahs this week. [...]



Left, right or straight ahead?

21 Mar 17 09:58 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 91 Comments

Rumours would indicate that there was a distinct blue haze hovering a few feet above KP2 after yesterday’s Sharks training sessions, with coach Rob du Preez, a passionate man who likes to uphold ihgh standards, not leaving his team in any doubts about what he thought of Saturday’s performance against the Kings. [...]



Kings run Sharks close as wheels come off

20 Mar 17 10:28 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 99 Comments

Some days you’re the pigeon and other days you’re the statue, as the old saying goes and Rob du Preez will have felt very much like the latter on Saturday night as his highly- fancied Sharks outfit produced enough guano to cover even the ancient Colossus of Rhodes. [...]



Super Rugby 2017: Sharks v Southern Kings

18 Mar 17 18:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 92 Comments

The Sharks’ second home game of the season is against the Kings at Kings Park tonight. Ironically. [...]



Odwa goes second, Lourens reaches 50

17 Mar 17 12:43 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 20 Comments

Sharks winger Odwa Ndungane will achieve an impressive feat when he takes the field against the Kings; currently tied on 131 Super Rugby caps with Bismarck du Plessis, the dread-locked warrior will become the second most-capped Sharks Super Rugby player of all time. [...]



Super Rugby 2017: Round 4 predictions

16 Mar 17 16:55 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 22 Comments

Well, will you believe it? I got a clean sweep of results last week. That’s right – I wasn’t wrong about anything – other than the margin of victory for the Cheetahs over the Sunwolves. Having set the bar impossibly high, this week is bound to be a disaster, but I feel I must at least try. [...]



Cronje returns to Kings Park

16 Mar 17 14:04 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 15 Comments

The Kings have named a team to face the Sharks this weekend containing five changes from the unit that went down to the Stormers in their previous fixture. Flyhalf Lionel Cronje, a man who is no stranger to Durban having played for the Sharks in Super Rugby two years ago, will spearhead the challenge and look to get one over younger rival Ben Janse van Rensburg. [...]



Deysel off to Munster for three months

16 Mar 17 13:06 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 14 Comments

The Sharks have confirmed that veteran loose forward Jean Deysel has been released to join Irish provincial side Munster on a short-term deal. [...]



Benhard Janse van Rensburg to start for Sharks

16 Mar 17 10:23 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 34 Comments

Rob du Preez has named a team to face the Kings this weekend that features seven changes in the starting line up, driven by a combination of injury and the need to rest players after Saturday’s bruising win over the Waratahs. 20-year-old flyhalf Benhard Janse van Rensburg will become the 239th Sharks Super Rugby player when he takes the field in the number 10 jersey and he’ll have a big task ahead of him if he hopes to replicate the feats of Curwin Bosch in that channel just a week ago. [...]



Parisienne Walkouts

15 Mar 17 12:25 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 13 Comments

“I remember Paris in ’16…. two strong clubs taking to fields of green.” Something like that, anyway. [...]



A retrospective team announcement

14 Mar 17 15:26 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 25 Comments

I don’t usually do things in this order – announcing a team after the game has been played! There has been a fair amount of interest in the lineup for the Sharks XV side that narrowly went down to the Bulls in Saturday’s curtain raiser, though. [...]



Seconds, van der Westhuizen swap roles

14 Mar 17 12:24 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 3 Comments

Rookie ref Egon Seconds will be in charge when the Sharks take on the Kings in Durban on Saturday night. [...]



Bosch to wear 15 against Kings?

14 Mar 17 11:54 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 19 Comments

The signs are well and truly out there that the Sharks will field a significantly changed (and much younger) outfit against the Kings this weekend. Rob du Preez’s hand will be forced to an extent by injuries, but he’ll also take the opportunity to rest some of his Springboks and other senior players, a plan that would have been put into place even had Pat Lambie and the others not cried off. [...]



Blow as Pat ruled out

13 Mar 17 17:51 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 83 Comments

The Sharks injury report from the weekend is a bad one indeed, with the feared news coming indeed – Pat Lambie will miss up to two months of the campaign. [...]



Du Preez hints at changes

13 Mar 17 13:39 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 23 Comments

Rob du Preez has expressed satisfaction with the big win over the Waratahs in Durban on Saturday. despite lamenting a few missed opportunities in a tighter second half. [...]