While the Sharks players get to put their feet up a week early, with their somewhat ill-timed second bye falling just before the June International break, they’ll be watching a pair of South African derby games rather closely this weekend – as their somewhat precarious grip on a wildcard play-off spot demands. [...]
If this morning’s reports are to be believed (and I’m afraid there’s little reason not to), it seems Jacques Potgieter is set to “do a Mapoe” on the Sharks and leave Durban without ever pulling on the black and white jersey. [...]
Let’s look at the stats after 7 rounds of Super Rugby. Not a pretty round for the Sharks at all.
Benedict caught up with Renaldo Bothma for a few words. [...]
Let’s look at the stats after 6 rounds of Super Rugby. Wow what a weird round this was.
Let’s look at the stats after 5 rounds of Super Rugby.
The Bulls will have a new flyhalf, lock and prop when they face the Sunwolves in Singapore this Saturday, with coach Nollis Marais opting to use this match to rotate some players. [...]
Morning media reports appear to confirm a story we heard on Friday; Renaldo Bothma is set to join the Bulls on a long term deal and could be available to them for Super Rugby duty in a week or so. [...]
The Sharks ended matters even on points with the Bulls after 80 minutes at Loftus last week, neither side able to deliver the knock-out blow in a 16-all stalemate. Joe Pietersen, who had kicked superbly on the night, unfortunately squandered a straightforward penalty kick on the final whistle, but the seeds of this results (for the sharks) had been sewn long before he lined up that ill-fated shot. [...]
This is Loftus. This is personal. This is war. [...]
Rugby is a team sport, of course and in order to win, every member of the match 23 needs to do their bit and work together. While individual contests between directly opposing players seldom turn out to be quite as important in match situations as you’d think they would be, it is nevertheless interesting to have a look at some of these match ups ahead of tomorrow night’s game at Loftus between the Bulls and the Sharks. [...]
After a particularly dry summer, the proud Republic of Loftus and its surrounding colonies are enjoying a somewhat late downpour of biblical proportions this week. Braais have to be improvised in living rooms and your neighbour’s favourite Steve Hofmeyr album can hardly be heard over the steady precipitation of canines and felines. A welcome comfort then despite the several cases of indoor braai-smoke inhalation reported to date. [...]
As Sharks fans, we tend to have a rosy notion about Loftus Versveld being a happy hunting ground for our team and while this may be the case in Currie Cup rugby, looking at the history between the Sharks and Bulls in Super Rugby, nothing could be further from the truth. [...]
Bulls coach Nollis Marais has opted to give winger Jamba Ulengo his first start for the Bulls against the Sharks this Friday night. Ulengo is the only change to the backline that beat the Rebels in the first half two weeks ago. [...]
It appears to be more good news on the reffing front for the Sharks, with another neutral ref, Kiwi Glen Jackson, to take charge when they play the Bulls at Loftus on Friday night. [...]