Super snaps from Ellis Park

15 Apr 14 10:13 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 9 Comments

Courtesy of ace photographer Kobus Kotze of K&HJ Imaging, we have some exclusive action shots from Saturday’s Super Rugby derby between the Lions and the Cell C Sharks at Ellis Park to share with you. [...]

Bok flyhalf troubles

15 Apr 14 10:01 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 88 Comments

The Springboks kick off their first match of the year in exactly two months, against Wales, and although many would feel it is too soon to speculate the team, the Super Rugby season to date is making the list of suitable candidates shorter by the week. [...]

Stormers injury update

14 Apr 14 16:11 by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD)) | 4 Comments

Having enjoyed a much need bye this past weekend the battered and bruised DHL Stormers camp released an injury update as they prepare for this weekends fixture against the Lions at DHL Newlands. [...]

Silver linings to Sharks injury cloud

14 Apr 14 12:15 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 54 Comments

While many teams would be floored by a serious injury to their second-choice flyhalf just weeks after their first-choice had been ruled out for the year, for the Sharks, Saturday’s unfortunate injury to Fred Zeilinga open up a number of options for the coaching staff, most of which are rather enticing indeed. [...]

Mastering the positional shuffle

14 Apr 14 11:24 by Martin van Niekerk (vanmartin) | 16 Comments

Sharks fans in general balk at the idea of positional player switches and from a historical point of view, with good reason. It’s driven players from the union and resulted in talent being underutilized. It’s prevented players from settling in a position and in some cases even closed the door on promising youngsters close to making the step up to the senior squad. It would of course be remiss not to acknowledge scenarios where players are experienced or competent in playing more than one position or the coach’s hand is forced, injury and lack of squad depth being the usual suspects in these cases. [...]

Sharks XV do the job once more

14 Apr 14 11:16 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 19 Comments

Hats off to Cell C Sharks XV flyhalf Tim Swiel for keeping the scoreboard ticking over during a tough first half, while the rest of his team found his feet during a 40-3 win over the Tusker Simba XV at a sweltering City Park in Cape Town on Saturday. [...]

Injuries mounting

14 Apr 14 10:49 by Maria Delport (Letgo) | 21 Comments

After 9 rounds of Super Rugby, the biggest and most concerning trend is injuries. I don’t know if anyone has kept an eye on the numbers, but according to a list on the website the number has now crept up to 89. That is an average of ten injuries per round. Of the 89 there are 15 season ending injuries, including the likes of Culum Retallick, David Pocock, Pierre Spies, Robbie Robinson, Franco van der Merwe, Patrick Lambie and Pieter-Steph du Toit. Incredibly the Stormers make up a massive 13 of these injuries, 7 of those boasting Bok caps, making those injuries all the more painful for a struggling Stormers side. But they are not entirely alone in this boat. [...]

Sharks player ratings v Lions

14 Apr 14 10:12 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 62 Comments

The Sharks recorded a win over the Lions on Saturday that was ultimately rather convincing, even if it took over an hour for them to finally get more than a score ahead and secure the result. [...]

Mvovo’s magic breaks Ellis Park hoodoo

12 Apr 14 22:17 by Martin van Niekerk (vanmartin) | 40 Comments

A game marking Odwa’s 100th Super Rugby appearence almost started succumbing to the curse of milestone player achievements combined with the Sharks past struggles at Ellis Park.

Sharks take points in Ellis Park scrap

12 Apr 14 21:05 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 24 Comments

A late Lwazi Mvovo try has sealed a 25-12 win for the Cell C Sharks over the Lions at Ellis Park. [...]

Vodacom Super Rugby: Lions (12) v Cell C Sharks (25) F/T

12 Apr 14 18:31 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 171 Comments

It’s Sharks time at last…. after two long weeks. [...]

Vodacom Super Rugby: Toyota Cheetahs (31)* v Crusaders (52)* F/T

12 Apr 14 16:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 34 Comments

Let’s see how the defenceless Cheetahs do against the waning former champs. [...]

Vodacom Super Rugby: Force (28) v Waratahs (16) F/T

12 Apr 14 10:24 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 4 Comments

Things are very tight indeed in the Aussie conference and this game is key, as it will allow the winner to open up a bit of daylight on the loser. [...]

Vodacom Super Rugby: Chiefs (22) v Rebels (16) F/T

12 Apr 14 08:21 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 1 Comment

The Chiefs have picked up a decent haul of points on the road… now they’re at home for only the third time so far this year and will look to pile on some points against the unpredictable Rebels. [...]

Away wins: the Sharks’ mountain to climb

11 Apr 14 15:26 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 16 Comments

I’ve had a bit of a sober look at the Super Rugby log as it stands at the moment and come up with a very sobering thought. The Chiefs, Brumbies and Waratahs, in terms of what they’ve achieved so far are probably a good few steps ahead of the Sharks, despite our team’s lofty log position. Let me elaborate. [...]