It has been a busy day in rugby news with the following stories not making it to our Morning News thread. We have Lions and Bulls team news ahead of the Currie Cup Semi Finals and SA Rugby nominations for you. [...]
The Sharks suffered a heart-breaking 28-16 defeat against the Lions in Johannesburg on Friday evening, one that saw the team crash out of the Currie Cup top 4 and consigned them to a second successive year of no play-off action in the premier domestic competition. [...]
It all comes down to this. [...]
After the hype surrounding the Sevens team and its chance to win a medal at the Rio Olympics, it seems as if players will once again focus their attention on the 15 man game. [...]
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. [...]