A retrospective team announcement

14 Mar 17 15:26 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 25 Comments

I don’t usually do things in this order – announcing a team after the game has been played! There has been a fair amount of interest in the lineup for the Sharks XV side that narrowly went down to the Bulls in Saturday’s curtain raiser, though. [...]

Seconds, van der Westhuizen swap roles

14 Mar 17 12:24 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 3 Comments

Rookie ref Egon Seconds will be in charge when the Sharks take on the Kings in Durban on Saturday night. [...]

Bosch to wear 15 against Kings?

14 Mar 17 11:54 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 19 Comments

The signs are well and truly out there that the Sharks will field a significantly changed (and much younger) outfit against the Kings this weekend. Rob du Preez’s hand will be forced to an extent by injuries, but he’ll also take the opportunity to rest some of his Springboks and other senior players, a plan that would have been put into place even had Pat Lambie and the others not cried off. [...]

Blow as Pat ruled out

13 Mar 17 17:51 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 83 Comments

The Sharks injury report from the weekend is a bad one indeed, with the feared news coming indeed – Pat Lambie will miss up to two months of the campaign. [...]

Du Preez hints at changes

13 Mar 17 13:39 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 23 Comments

Rob du Preez has expressed satisfaction with the big win over the Waratahs in Durban on Saturday. despite lamenting a few missed opportunities in a tighter second half. [...]

Kings spell for Ungerer

13 Mar 17 11:06 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 20 Comments

Best of luck to Sharks scrumhalf Stefan Ungerer, who has been sent to play for the Kings on loan until the end of the Super Rugby season. [...]

Catch-up mode Monday

13 Mar 17 10:03 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 28 Comments

Morning everyone – I hope you’ll all bear with me today as I try hard to catch up on the weekend’s activities after taking a small mid-season break myself. [...]

Super Rugby 2017: Sharks vs Waratahs

11 Mar 17 15:00 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 121 Comments

The Sharks finally get their Home season under way, hosting the Waratahs at Kings Park. It’s the third match against Australian opposition is as many weeks, after completing a reasonably successful tour of Australia. [...]

No Sharks changes

9 Mar 17 11:03 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 34 Comments

Robert du Preez has kept faith in the team that beat the Brumbies in Canberra for Saturday’s first home game. [...]

Super Rugby 2017: Round 3 predictions

9 Mar 17 10:21 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 23 Comments

Fresh off a credible 7 from 9 last week, I’m feeling pretty bullish about my chances in round 3. Let’s see how the games might pan out. [...]

Van der Westhuizen for Kings Park clash

8 Mar 17 10:24 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 8 Comments

The Sharks are at home for the first time this season, when they face the Waratahs at Kings Park on Saturday night. 33-year-old Capetonian referee Marius van der Westhuizen has been handed control of the match. [...]

Breakdown intensity pleases du Preez

7 Mar 17 12:21 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 58 Comments

“Things we wanted to concentrate on were our reaction to the breakdown situations, which was much better this week, our exits were better and we got the bulk of the possession, which helped,” is the somewhat understated reaction of sharks coach Robert du Preez after his charges turned in a significantly better performance against the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday. Early days yet, but I’m sure Rob must be very pleased with the way his charges reacted to some stinging criticism of their first-round malaise in Brisbane. [...]

Was this the same team?

6 Mar 17 13:49 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 26 Comments

I think it was pretty clear, even from the first kick-off, that the Sharks were determined to play a little differently against the Brumbies than they had against the Reds. In Brisbane last week, every kick-off once received went pretty much straight on to the boot of Cobus Reinach. Much was my surprise to see the opening play from the Sharks in Canberra move all the way across the field and back, encompassing around 12 passes before eventually breaking down. [...]

SA Rugby acts to stem the tide

6 Mar 17 11:21 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 39 Comments

It feels a little like we’ve taken a small step, when what’s really required is a giant leap, but SA Rugby has announced a change to Springbok eligibility that is, at least, a move in the right direction. [...]

Two for one deal for first home game

6 Mar 17 10:43 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 16 Comments

The Sharks take on the Waratahs at Kings Park on Saturday evening in their first home game of the season. [...]