Sharks team announced after Covid delay

12 Nov 20 12:42 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 118 Comments

The Sharks team announcement for the Kwas game had to be delayed due to a player testing positive for Covid. The player and two others who had close contact are in isolation, and we wish him/them well to recover fully from the virus.

Anthony Volminck gets a chance for his new union by starting in the 15 jersey with Manie Libbok moving to the bench. Dan Jooste and JJ van der Mescht swap starting places with Kerron van Vuuren and Ruben van Heerden respectively, and Dylan Richardson drops to the bench with James Venter taking the 6 jersey. Kwezi Mona may also make a debut for his new union  and Cameron Wright covers the 9 from the bench. Thembelani Bholi will start in place of Henco Venter who misses out on squad selection.


Am out for 4 weeks

5 Nov 20 12:11 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 30 Comments

Injuries to Lukhanyo Am (hand) and Sbu Nkosi (slight niggle) has required Sean Everitt to make some changes to the side that beat the Pumas. Jeremy Ward takes over the 13 jersey while Yaw Penxe will feature in the 14. Sikhumbuzo Notshe makes a welcome return on the bench with Werner Kok covering the back line along with Grant Williams. Henco Venter will captain the team in Am’s absence.

The Cheetahs are playing excellent rugby and will be a formidable opponent in Durban on Friday. The Sharks will need to continue the progress made last weekend.


Team for the Pumas

29 Oct 20 16:32 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 31 Comments

Thomas du Toit, James Venter (ankle) and Sikhumbuzo Notshe (hamstring strain) are all not available for Saturday’s away game against the Pumas. Dylan Richardson moves to open side and is replaced at hooker by Dan Jooste. Jonny Meyer takes over the tight head with debutant Michael Kumbirai moving onto the bench.


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Nkosi back to wing it at Loftus

22 Oct 20 21:20 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 37 Comments

Sbu Nkosi makes a welcome return for the Sharks along with Kerron van Vuuren and Henco Venter on the bench. Yaw Penxe will make his debut for the Sharks should he come on as a replacement.


JPP on the wing against the Lions

7 Oct 20 17:03 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 54 Comments

Sean Everitt has selected 13 players that featured in the Springbok Green vs. Gold match for Friday’s game against the Lions. The match definitely did the Sharks no harm, as a couple of these players who were very rusty against the Bulls looked a lot sharper in the Bok game.


Lukhanyo Am captains the Springbok Gold team

1 Oct 20 11:26 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 3 Comments

Lukhanyo Am will captain the Springbok Gold team in Saturday’s trial match. He will be joined by fellow Shark Sikhumbuzo Notshe in the starting lineup with Dylan Richardson, James Venter,  Curwin Bosch and Werner Kok on the bench.

Sanele Nohamba, Hyron Andrews and Ox Nche all start in the Green team captained by Siya Kolisi, with Thomas du Toit, JJ van der Mescht, Manie Libbok, and Jeremy Ward on the bench.


Squad for Loftus

24 Sep 20 17:56 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 54 Comments

James and Henco Venter join the growing injury list and are also not available for Saturday’s game against the Bulls. It will be up to Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Tera Mtembu to guide the young loose forwards in the squad.

Likewise JP Pietersen has been roped in to add some experience in the back three.

The squad includes a number of U/20 Bok players who traveled to Argentina in 2019 – Thaakir Abrahams, Caleb Dingaan Celimpilo Gumede, Jaden Hendrikse, Emile van Heerden plus “old” Sharks hands  JJ van der Mescht, Phepsi Buthelezi and Sanele Nohamba.


Fassi out for 3 months

21 Sep 20 10:00 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 4 Comments

The Sharks have been hit by a number of high profile injuries even before what’s left of the 2020 rugby season kicks off. Aphelele Fassi picked up a shoulder injury during training last week and will be out of action for at least 3 months after undergoing surgery. Really sad news as many of us were really looking forward to again seeing Fassi ghosting through defenses.


Finally local rugby restarts

17 Sep 20 08:42 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 2 Comments

Since the match between the Sharks and Stormers in March, I had to watch a couple of Super Rugby Aotearoa games (high quality games) and even had to resort to watching some Super Rugby AU games (perhaps I chose the wrong games but mostly error ridden affairs). Monster tackles, physical games with teams giving no quarter, great attacking moves – rugby to appreciate. However one element was missing – the tension in the pit of your stomach while edging (more like screaming) YOUR team on  defending their slim lead while the other team is camped on their try line. I miss the elation after winning a crucial match and even the physical pain after losing. Watching rugby as a neutral is more of an intellectual exercise – you can appreciate the great play, but in the end it means nothing to YOU personally.


Roadblock standing in the path of a first Super Rugby final

7 Sep 20 09:52 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 2 Comments

There is a perfect chance for the Western Force to exert an act of perfect revenge on the Melbourne rebels when the arch enemies meet at McDonald’s jones stadium on Saturday. The Rebel needed to defeat the Force by four or more points to pip the NSW Waratah for the third spot and secure a final berth. [...]

Super Rugby restarts ….. in New Zealand

9 Jun 20 08:49 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 21 Comments

The Sharks are getting ready to resume training but supporters will still have to wait a while before seeing our team on a rugby field.

At least there will be some live rugby (with crowds) on TV this weekend. Super Rugby Aotearoa kicks off with the 5 Kiwi franchises playing each other home and away. Whoever tops the log at the end of the tournament wins!

In other news:

Louis Schreuder is reported to have been released from his contract and will be leaving the Sharks with immediate effect

Second in the series from StevieS

2 May 20 10:38 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 20 Comments

Hi, Sharks fans

I hope you enjoyed the first article in the series.

Our second article saw The Sharks taking on the Highlanders.


A suggestion to get some rugby going

2 May 20 10:27 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | Comment?

While the Kiwis have plans for some rugby to be played this year (they have managed the first wave of Covid19 infections down to new cases in the single figures), it looks very likely that South Africans will have to wait quite some time.

StevieS has a proposal (originally published on sarugbymag) on how to get at least one live game on TV. Any other suggestions?


Blast from the past

28 Apr 20 09:02 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 2 Comments

I hope everyone is still doing OK in these trying times. In the absence of any rugby (for that matter any sport apart from Belorussian football and Taiwanese baseball) StevieS has volunteered to create a few articles to keep the conversation going:

Hi, Sharks fans

During these days of lean rugby news, I thought it might be nice to delve into the old match programmes I have lying around to see what our teams looked like in the past and to see which clubs/teams were playing in the curtain raisers and who was playing for those teams. There are some interesting names, some which you may have forgotten. So, without further ado:


Good morning to one and all!!

22 Apr 20 09:02 by Jan Dyman (JD) | 18 Comments

I’m sure I’m not the only one that is missing and longing for things to go back to normal! But as that might take a while and I really need something new on Sharksworld, I have come up with something for us to think about and hopefully discuss a bit: [...]

Consistency for Stormers

12 Mar 20 12:00 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 142 Comments

In a sign of the importance of the local derby against the Stormers, Sean Everitt has selected exactly the same team from last week’s match. In the current Super Rugby format a team will firstly want to top the conference log.

If the ever improving Sharks pack can hold their own against a highly rated Stormers pack, the dangerous Sharks backs and loose forwards can take the chances on offer. The Stormers will be smarting after a shock loss to the Blues at home and will be very motivated for this match. South African derbies are generally hard fought battles of attrition but if the Sharks team can put together the same performance as in the first half against the Jaguares this team should have the ammunition to edge the Stormers.


Guess who’s back….. to face the Jaguares

5 Mar 20 13:02 by Jan Dyman (JD) | 96 Comments

If what is said in the media is true then Saturdays home game at Jonsson Kings Park versus the Jaguares is a very important game for the Cell C Sharks. After a really good tour this game could show us if the team can perform under pressure and deliver a solid performance at home in the Tank!!! [...]

Rotating for the Reds

27 Feb 20 12:19 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 40 Comments

Sean Everitt is clearly not a coach who believes in starting his preferred 15 for every possible match. Lukhanyo Am  is back to captain the team, but Makazole Mapimpi, Tyler Paul and James Venter have all been rested.

Dylan Richardson and Henco Venter takes over the 6 and 7 jerseys and Lwazi Mvovo takes over the 11 jersey. Louis Schreuder and Sanele Nohamba swaps places.

The Reds will be full of confidence after the 10 try 64-5 demolition of the Sunwolves last weekend. Brad Thorn has been quietly building up a strong squad and especially a decent tight five. The Sharks forwards showed much improvement last week, but still need to up their game especially in the lineouts.


Am rested against the Rebels

20 Feb 20 12:59 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 90 Comments

Lukhanyo Am is rested and replaced by Jeremy Ward in the starting lineup.  Andre Esterhuizen will take over the captaincy.

Sanele Nohamba gets a chance to start at 9, after doing exceptionally well as an emergency fly half. Mapimpi has recovered from his head knock and will hopefully get the chance to torment the Rebels with ball in hand.

Thomas and Ox are back in the starting lineup. The Sharks have the backs and loose forwards to cause problems for any opponent, but the forwards will need to start fronting up at scrum and line out time. A repeat of last weeks performance will see the Sharks get zero log points from this game.


Chamberlain starts against the Canes

13 Feb 20 14:41 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 192 Comments

Curwin Bosch had to fly home due a family bereavement and Boeta Chamberlain has been promoted to the 10 jersey. Sean Everitt went with a 6-2 split on the bench with only Sanele Nohamba and Jeremy Ward covering the back line. I would assume in case of Chamberlain needing to be replaced Mohamba could take over the place kicking from 9 and Andre can deputize at fly half.

Dylan Richardson comes in on  the bench as a loose forward replacement.

This is definitely a match the Sharks can win, but the Canes will be the Sharks’ most difficult challenge thus far. The Canes will be back after a hectic travel schedule, but the Kiwi teams do seem to shake off travel fatigue when they arrive back home.