Lions coach Johan Ackermann has taken the gamble, sending a complete B squad to Argentina to face the Jaguares on Saturday evening. This has a direct influence on the Sharks schedule for the potential playoffs the following weekend. [...]
The Sharks and Lions face off for supremacy in the Africa 2 conference this afternoon. [...]
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. [...]
The Sharks have two key data points available to them this week as they prepare to take on the Hurricanes in a game that they simply have to win in order to stay within play-off contention. Paying close attention to both and absorbing the necessary lessons should set them up nicely for that crucial victory. [...]
Let’s look at the stats after 7 rounds of Super Rugby. Not a pretty round for the Sharks at all.
The Lions scored two tries to zero in a dominant victory over the Sharks at Kings Park on Saturday; the 24-9 win for the visitors saw them leapfrog their hosts at the top of the Africa 2 conference in Super Rugby and Johan Ackermann’s side must now be favourites for the conference title. [...]
A critical game for both teams at Kings Park today, with interim supremacy in the Africa 2 conference at stake. [...]
Ross Cronje, the last man to lift an age-group trophy in Sharks colours way back in 2008, returns to the Lions team to face the Sharks this weekend in one of two changes to Johan Ackermann’s starting team. Cronje is one of several Lions players with strong links to the Sharks and Durban. [...]
The Sharks, I’m sure, will be rather relived to learn that a completely neutral referee, Australian Angus Gardner, will hold the whistle when they face the Lions at Kings Park this weekend. [...]
Let’s look at the stats after 6 rounds of Super Rugby. Wow what a weird round this was.
After initially being diagnosed with a 3 month lay-off, Elton Jantjies has been bracketed into the team announced to play the Crusaders at Ellis Park this Friday evening. [...]
News filtered through late yesterday of a serious injury to Elton Jantjies, with some reports even going as far as stating the flyhalf will be out of action for up to 3 months. Similarly, reports are surfacing this morning of a neck injury to Jano Vermaak which could rule him out for 3 months. [...]
The Stormers have confirmed some very bad news indeed, with ace young pivot Rob du Preez set to be on the sidelines for up to 12 weeks with a knee ligament strain. [...]
As we wait patiently for the 2016 Super Rugby season to arrive, we have to find things to keep us entertained (hard when your idea for a good time out is watching 100+ kg men fight over a ball). In an endeavor to add a little fun to your assumedly dull lives I have come up with a poll to vote for the best teams Jersey for the 2016 season. [...]
On a day when there was little to celebrate, results-wise, at Ellis Park, the Sharks under 21 side stood up and delivered a great performance to record their second victory of the year over their Golden Lions counterparts. Victors by a single point when these sides clashed in Durban earlier in the year, the Sharks under 21 side extended that margin this time around, winning 27-23 after a late Lions score made the result seem a little closer. [...]