Currie Cup 2016: Round 4 preview and predictions

25 Aug 16 14:12 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 3 Comments

Well, it could never last…. and my perfect record really saw its ass in round three, with only two of the four results going the way I predicted. I’m going to predict, though, that I wasn’t the only one to get the Griquas-Lions result wrong! [...]

Sharks close to full strength for Bulls

25 Aug 16 11:21 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 50 Comments

The timely return of Lwazi Mvovo, Jean-Luc du Preez and Lukhanyo Am means Robert du Preez has bee able to pick a very capable-looking line-up for Saturday’s vital Currie Cup clash against the Bulls at Kings Park. [...]

Single change for Boks

24 Aug 16 13:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 29 Comments

Vincent Koch moves up from the bench to replace the injured Julian Redelinghuys at tighthead in the Springbok team named to face Argentina in Salta on Saturday. [...]

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Bulls named for Sharks clash

24 Aug 16 11:45 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 46 Comments

Loose forward Arno Botha will captain a strong Bulls side in Saturday’s Currie Cup clash against the Sharks in Durban. [...]

Sharks need to be clinical

23 Aug 16 12:55 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 74 Comments

The first three weeks of the Currie Cup have been very successful ones for the Sharks, but with only minnow opposition faced, they’ve not been properly tested. All that is about to change. [...]

No Tera, Claassens for Bulls game

23 Aug 16 10:21 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 41 Comments

The Sharks have confirmed, via an injury report, that neither Tera Mtembu nor Michael Claassens will be considered for Saturday’s Currie Cup clash against the Bulls. [...]

Juniors succeed in Potch

22 Aug 16 16:34 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 6 Comments

Both Sharks age-group teams recorded much-needed bonus point wins against their Leopards counterparts in Potchefstroom on Saturday afternoon. [...]

Taute set for Ireland

22 Aug 16 12:50 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 17 Comments

Western Province is set to lose the services of fullback Jaco Taute to Munster. [...]

Advantage: Sharks as Lions stumble

22 Aug 16 10:15 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 22 Comments

While Friday’s decent win against Boland in Wellington was good news for the Sharks in itself, later results in the competition this weekend played into the Durban side’s hands too. [...]

Adriaanse gets tour nod as Redelinghuys ruled out

22 Aug 16 09:45 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 62 Comments

Unlucky Julian Redelinghuys is unlikely to add to his test cap tally during this year’s Rugby Championship, with the Lions tighthead having ruled himself out of action for roughly six weeks in injuring his hamstring against los Pumas on Saturday. [...]

Rugby Championship 2016: South Africa v Argentina

20 Aug 16 16:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 115 Comments

The first Rugby Championship test for the Boks takes place at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Kick-off is at 5pm. [...]

Three from three for Sharks

19 Aug 16 16:44 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 31 Comments

The Sharks have scored a bonus point 41-20 Currie Cup win over the Boland Cavaliers in Wellington. [...]

Currie Cup 2016: Boland Cavaliers v Cell C Sharks

19 Aug 16 13:28 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 94 Comments

Kick-off in Wellington is at 3pm. [...]

Changes as under 21s seek redemption

19 Aug 16 10:51 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 4 Comments

Let’s hope that last week’s rather unexpected loss against the EP Kings was just the wake up call that the Sharks under 21s needed. Michael Horaks’ team travel to Potchefstroom for a must-win game against the Leopards on Saturday afternoon. [...]

Currie Cup 2016: Round 3 preview and predictions

18 Aug 16 16:22 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 50 Comments

Look, not to brag, or anything, but we’re two rounds in and I’ve yet to call a result wrong. That’s the kind of record that is bound to tumble soon. [...]

The Golden Goose returns

18 Aug 16 14:12 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 101 Comments

Johan Goosen has been selected to play at fullback for this weekend’s encounter between the Springboks and Argentina. This marks a comeback from the French wilderness for the young back, who last played for the Springboks in 2014. [...]

Positivity equals Confidence, or does it?

18 Aug 16 10:48 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 3 Comments

Positivity and confidence are great things when it comes to rugby. Positivity creates confidence and confidence creates an element of positivity. Positive rugby generally leads to positive results and in turn creates positivity amongst the fans. Positive fans have confidence in the team. [...]

Du Preez makes four changes

17 Aug 16 14:17 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 52 Comments

The Sharks team that runs out against Boland in the Currie Cup on Friday afternoon features four changes to the starting XV that took on Griquas the week before. [...]

Regan Hoskins stands down

17 Aug 16 11:50 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 23 Comments

SARU President Oregan Hoskins this morning tendered his resignation after 10 years at the helm of the national union. [...]

No Lewies for Wellington trip

17 Aug 16 09:50 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 31 Comments

The Sharks team to play Boland on Friday will only be announced later today, but coach Rob du Preez has confirmed that he will take the opportunity to rotate and freshen up his pack a little – particularly given a run of four games against stronger opposition to come. [...]