Silver lining to Andre’s sabbatical?

26 Jul 17 12:12 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 11 Comments

You guys will know that I’m not a fan of Japanese sabbaticals for players and in a perfect world would like the practice to end altogether. [...]

Sharks could go full strength for Pumas

25 Jul 17 10:02 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 27 Comments

We spoke yesterday about the need for the Sharks – coaches and players alike – to channel their rage into a good Currie Cup campaign and for Rob du Preez and his squad, that all starts on Saturday with a match against the Pumas. [...]

Bounce back and hit them HARD

24 Jul 17 11:34 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 100 Comments

I went on a bit of a rant on Twitter this weekend, pointing out that while the Sharks clearly have big match temperament in spades, it’s the lack of “small match temperament”, a phrase I am about to copyright, that has really stymied them this year. [...]

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Young Sharks take a pounding

23 Jul 17 17:24 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 10 Comments

Caretaker Currie Cup coach Paul Anthony was brave in defeat on Friday night and managed to take a number of positives out of his side’s 48-12 defeat at the hands of the reigning champion Cheetahs in round 1. SA Rugby’s somewhat bizarre decision to overlap these opening Currie Cup rounds with the Super Rugby finals series was always going to put sides like the Sharks and Lions at a disadvantage and this indeed proved the case, to nobody’s great surprise. [...]

Sharks pipped at the death once more

23 Jul 17 09:47 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 130 Comments

Rob du Preez asked his Sharks for a big effort ahead of yesterday’s Super Rugby quarter-final clash in Johannesburg and that’s exactly what he got from the players, who lost 21-23 in controversial circumstances after a pulsating game that threw up a number of questionable refereeing decisions. [...]

Super Rugby 2017 Quarter-final: Lions v Sharks

22 Jul 17 13:57 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 214 Comments

Go Sharks Go! [...]

Currie Cup 2017: Cheetahs v Sharks

21 Jul 17 17:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 85 Comments

It’s a young Sharks team – let’s see what they can do in a game when they are really likely to be facing steep odds. [...]

A fairytale 27 years in the making

21 Jul 17 09:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 33 Comments

Here’s a little-known fact (courtesy of Afrikaans writer Hannes Nienaber on The last time a Natal team featured in the main Saturday afternoon match at Craven week was back in 1990! [...]

Bosch asked to step up in Joburg

20 Jul 17 12:15 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 83 Comments

Just like he did the last time the Sharks faced the Lions in Johannesburg, 20-year-old Curwin Bosch will wear the number 10 jersey for Saturday’s crunch quarter-final clash against the high-riding Lions. [...]

Daniel leads Sharks in Currie Cup opener

19 Jul 17 12:53 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 25 Comments

There will be plenty of new faces on show when the Sharks take on the Cheetahs in Friday night’s Currie Cup opener, although the veteran pair of Keegan Daniel (captain) and Odwa Ndungane will be there too to lend some experience and continuity to an otherwise very young squad. [...]

A cunning plan?

17 Jul 17 10:17 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 99 Comments

Well, at least now we’ll start as underdogs, right? [...]

Super Rugby 2017: Sharks v Lions

15 Jul 17 15:54 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 265 Comments

Spicy…. I’ll just leave it at that. [...]

A challenge of epic proportions

14 Jul 17 09:56 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 26 Comments

Here’s a little fly in the ointment – has anyone else noticed that the Sharks’ opening Currie Cup game, against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, takes place next Friday night? [...]

50 and out?

14 Jul 17 09:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 20 Comments

This article is two things in one – it’s a post of congratulations, but also a desperate plea. Starting with the former, a big well done to the incredible Stephan Lewies on the upcoming milestone of 50 Super Rugby caps for the Sharks. [...]

Super Rugby 2017: Round 17 predictions

13 Jul 17 14:25 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 40 Comments

Yeah baby – it’s the last one of these I’ll have to do – at least, at this scale. From next week, there are just four matches as we head into the knock-outs, but this week marks a significant occasion: this is THE LAST TIME we will ever be subjected to NINE mostly-rubbish games in a single weekend. Hallelujah. [...]

April at pivot for Lions clash

13 Jul 17 12:18 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 36 Comments

Sharks coach Rob du Preez welcomes back a number of regular starters this week for Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Lions at Kings Park. [...]

What a fan wants, what a fan needs…

12 Jul 17 11:07 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 29 Comments

This week, the column inches are being taken up by talk of permutations (as is normal at the end of a round robin phase). The wise men who fill the back pages have branded Saturday’s crunch match between the Sharks and the Lions as somewhere between a completely dead rubber, a must-win for the home side and a must-definitely-not-win for the home side (or is that the away side?). If you think you’re confused, read on. [...]

Reinforcements for Sharks

11 Jul 17 11:06 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 14 Comments

There’s good news for the Sharks ahead of Saturday’s final Super Rugby conference game against the Lions, with a number of key backline resources fit for selection. [...]

Sharks bid 3 farewell

10 Jul 17 09:54 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 20 Comments

Saturday’s home fixture against the Lions will mark a Sharks Super Rugby swansong for three players, all of whose contributions will be marked on the day. [...]

Kings of the Fortress

10 Jul 17 09:33 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 13 Comments

The Southern Kings silenced the Loftus faithful on Saturday when they beat the three time Super Rugby champions, the Bulls, with a penalty kick on full-time to a clinch a memorable 31 – 30 win in Pretoria. [...]