Scrums in the spotlight

25 Feb 15 12:55 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 17 Comments

Irony. It’s a misunderstood term. Many would consider it ironic that the Sharks managed to build their victory over the Lions last weekend on a platform of scrum dominance, given just how badly they’d been written off in this very aspect of the encounter in the lead up to the game. [...]

Stick with the game you know

25 Feb 15 10:31 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 69 Comments

I conducted a bit of a mini survey on Twitter yesterday and thought I’d expound a little further on my point here. As fans calling for “exciting rugby”, or the even more vague “traditional Natal rugby”, what did we really think of Saturday’s game against the Lions? [...]

Big ask for Andre

24 Feb 15 12:44 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 58 Comments

Further to my musings regarding rotation earlier today, it looks likely that at least one rotational change in the backline is very much on the cards for Loftus, and has been planned for some time. [...]

Time to turn the screws

24 Feb 15 10:17 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 55 Comments

The win over the Lions was wonderful for the Sharks and I’m sure, as fans, we are all still buzzing after the great wet weather performance that delivered a rather unexpected bonus point. For the Sharks team, though, those celebrations would have been over by Sunday already and all at Kings Park are already fully focused on the next challenge: Saturday’s trip to Loftus. [...]

What they had to say…

23 Feb 15 12:01 by Stephen Smith (StevieS) | 57 Comments

What a great weekend by the Sharks. I’ve seldom seen a more composed display by a number 10 in wet weather, so hats off to Pat Lambie. In saying that, he couldn’t have played the way he did without our forwards putting in a massive effort to outclass the highly rated Lions side. [...]

JP, Frans (finally) done

23 Feb 15 10:45 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 23 Comments

It’s never easy to figure out exactly what’s going on in Japan, but according to my understanding, both Toshiba Brave Lupus and Panasonic Wild Knights should finally be done with their respective seasons. [...]

Player ratings: Good, better, best!

23 Feb 15 10:32 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 62 Comments

What an amazing turnaround from the Sharks, after a lame showing against the Cheetahs in Round 1. Saturday’s 29-12 bonus point win against the Lions was as satisfying as it was surprising, especially given the way it came about – and the treacherous conditions. [...]

Clean bill of health for Sharks

23 Feb 15 10:06 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 64 Comments

Gary Gold seems to have been dealt a near perfect hand, with the news that his squad appears to have come through Saturday’s rout of the Lions pretty much unscathed. [...]

Sharks ruthless in the wet

21 Feb 15 20:57 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 129 Comments

The Sharks played the wet conditions better to record a 29-12, bonus point victory over the Lions at a rainy Kings Park tonight. [...]

Super Rugby 2015: Sharks (29) v Lions (12) F/T

21 Feb 15 17:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 130 Comments

These teams will clash in steamy Durban in a round 2 match that is vital to their respective causes. [...]

Saturday action

21 Feb 15 11:32 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 35 Comments

It’s a bit late (I overslept!) but here are your Saturday kick-off times and line-ups. [...]

Friday Super Rugby action

20 Feb 15 09:17 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 251 Comments

Here are your games and line-ups: [...]

Super Rugby 2015: Round 2

19 Feb 15 13:47 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 55 Comments

We missed out on a proper preview thread last week, which in hindsight was good since it would have been a dog-show anyway! Let’s look at our featured match in detail, while adding predictions for the other clashes too. [...]

Lions reshuffle pack for Kings Park

19 Feb 15 11:09 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 34 Comments

Lions coach Johan Ackermann has resisted making too many changes to his run-on side after Friday’s defeat to the Hurricanes at home and will take on the Sharks with the same backline. A few changes have been made up front, with more still on the bench. [...]

Changes as injuries bite

19 Feb 15 10:14 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 74 Comments

The Sharks have been forced into more changes than they would have liked for Saturday’s clash against the Lions, with two key players in Mouritz Botha and S’bura Sithole joining Beast Mtawarira on the injury list after the pair picked up knocks against the Cheetahs. [...]