Junior sides announced

24 Sep 15 09:25 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 9 Comments

Michael Horak’s Sharks under 21 side will look to avenge a single-point defeat to the Blue Bulls when the teams met at Loftus earlier in the year, and take advantage of a congested competition log to force their way into knock-out contention this weekend. [...]

Bok changes galore as Meyer swings his axe

23 Sep 15 11:31 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 345 Comments

You can’t accuse Heyneke Meyer of failing to react following his side’s shock World Cup loss to Japan; however, whether the heads that have ended up on the chopping block are the right ones is a point worthy of further debate. [...]

Rest for Marco as Bulls loom large

23 Sep 15 10:39 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 41 Comments

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold has made a somewhat unusual selection call this week, resting captain Marco Wentzel for Friday night’s must-win Currie Cup clash against the Bulls. With the veteran lock having played 80 minutes every week so far, it’s not unexpected that he’d need a bit of a breather, but the timing can perhaps be questioned, given the critical nature of this match. [...]

Battered Boks need to hit the “reset” button

22 Sep 15 10:41 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 122 Comments

A good friend of mine (and I think you know who I’m talking about) likes to talk about team culture a lot – and in particular, refers often to a team having a “default play” or trusted go-to move or style that they know in their sleep and can always count on to get them out of a slump. Heyneke Meyer’s somewhat schizophrenic Springboks have lost their way quite comprehensively over the last 12 months and while it may not be an overly popular suggestion, I feel they need to go back to what has worked for them in the past – and do so quickly. [...]

Well played under 21s!

22 Sep 15 09:22 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 21 Comments

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. [...]

Stormers confirm Jones coup

22 Sep 15 08:56 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 54 Comments

Giant-killing Japanese national coach Eddie Jones – slayer of Springboks and humbler of heroes – will coach the Stormers in Super Rugby from 2016. [...]

Fisher calls time on Sharks

21 Sep 15 11:44 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 61 Comments

Announced late last week was that Junior Springbok three-quarter Tyler Fisher will play for the Pumas from next season. 21-year-old Fisher, a product of Westville Boys High and the Sharks age-group setup, played for South Africa at under 20 level in 2013. [...]

Sharks show spirit – but result remains the same

21 Sep 15 09:29 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 43 Comments

The Sharks rallied late to score two tries and give a little respectability to an 18-26 defeat to the Lions in Currie Cup rugby on Saturday. While the visitors were competitive for much of the match, they again fell well short of the standard set by the log-leading side this year. [...]

Words fail me

21 Sep 15 09:25 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 282 Comments

I think we all know and have by now experienced the feeling, the total and utter shock. 48 hours later and I can still hardly believe what happened on Saturday evening. But it did, and thinking about it now, trying to put words to an article that I never thought I would write, it hurts. And that is what we all feel, forget anger and disappointment. It just really hurts. [...]

What they had to say: Sharks vs Lions, Round 7

21 Sep 15 09:05 by Stephen Smith (StevieS) | 29 Comments

Hi Sharks and Bok fans. I think it’s safe to say we’re at an all-time low. We seem to be lacking proper coaches at both national and provincial level, with Eddie Jones highlighting just how important proper coaching is. Let’s get into the articles… [...]

Rugby World Cup 2015: South Africa v Japan

19 Sep 15 16:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 643 Comments

Hie komme Bokke! Olé, olé, olé, olé! That’s right, fans – it’s time to dust off your Leon Schuster classics CD, because the World Cup is here again. [...]

Currie Cup 2015: Golden Lions v Sharks

19 Sep 15 13:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 88 Comments

It’s the big showdown in Johannesburg between the Golden Lions and the “Golden” Sharks today. [...]

Springboks to feast on Cherry Blossoms

18 Sep 15 14:03 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 292 Comments

The Springboks will face Japan in a historic first match in their Rugby World Cup opener at the Brighton Community Stadium in Brighton on Saturday. [...]

Currie Cup 2015: Round 7

18 Sep 15 07:19 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 81 Comments

With this week set to be dominated (and rightly so) by the start of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, let’s not forget a few critical matches in the good old Currie Cup, the rugby world’s oldest inter-provincial competition. [...]

World Cup Winning Recipe

17 Sep 15 17:17 by Jan Dyman (JD) | 63 Comments

In all the current doom and gloom over the Sharks performances or rather lack of performances I think I may have found the perfect recipe for a Bok World Cup winning team. [...]