Lewies returns to action

16 Apr 15 16:55 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 103 Comments

Ryan Strudwick has again been able to name a very strong Sharks XV side for Friday’s Vodacom Cup match against SWD in George and will be hoping that the big names on paper translate into a much-needed win this weekend. Stephan Lewies returns to action after a long injury absence in one of several changes to bolster the pack. [...]

Strong Bulls announced for Kings Park

16 Apr 15 13:36 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 33 Comments

Handre Pollard returns from his enforced rest to start at flyhalf in the only change to the Bulls backline for Saturday’s game against the Sharks. [...]

Sharks draw the line on foul play

16 Apr 15 12:48 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 42 Comments

In a move that goes even further than what I called for a week ago, the Sharks have passed a board resolution taking a firm “no tolerance” stance on acts of dirty pay on the field. [...]

Time to reclaim the name

16 Apr 15 11:01 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 22 Comments

This week marks the beginning of a cyclical shift back towards something resembling full strength for the Sharks, with Bok props Beat Mtawarira and Jannie du Plessis strengthening the tight five for the clash against the Bulls. [...]

USA goes professional

16 Apr 15 09:37 by Stephen Smith (StevieS) | 66 Comments

Hi Sharks fans. It seems that the sleeping giant that is USA Rugby is finally waking up. [...]

Bok props to face Bulls

15 Apr 15 18:44 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 63 Comments

Springbok props Tendai Mtawarira and Jannie du Plessis return to the Sharks starting lineup this week, in the only changes to the team that went down narrowly in Johannesburg last Saturday. [...]

Venter admits defensive blunder

15 Apr 15 11:39 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 85 Comments

Occasionally in this game you read something that makes everything seem right with the world. I’ve just had such a moment, courtesy of Sharks Technical Director Brendan Venter and the SuperSport website. [...]

Invest in the future

15 Apr 15 09:54 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 53 Comments

One of my most frequent criticism of the Sharks during the Plumtree era – and perhaps the single biggest reason that his untimely demise met with my approval at the time – related to his short term thinking when selecting his teams. Allow me to elaborate… [...]

Total commitment required

14 Apr 15 12:19 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 107 Comments

As Sharks fans distraught at the implosion of yet another Super Rugby challenge continue to seek answers, a key question around planning needs to be addressed, given recent comments from Gary Gold. [...]

Selection dilemmas aplenty for Gold

14 Apr 15 09:44 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 85 Comments

The good news for the Sharks is that a number of players that missed out on last week’s trip to Ellis Park due to injury – as well as a few that picked up niggles in the game – all appear to be fit for selection for this weekend’s game against the Bulls in Durban. [...]

Last word from Micklewood!

13 Apr 15 17:35 by Benedict Chanakira (bchanakira2) | 8 Comments

Most could dub him the greatest College Rovers player of all time. Debatable ? Probably. What is undeniable is that Chris was a true rugby man, a great servant of the game and one who has managed to leave a mark in KwaZulu-Natal Rugby. On the wake of the retirement news, I caught up with Chris on his career. [...]

Time to take action on defence

13 Apr 15 14:11 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 41 Comments

We’ve had a lovely week, full of shouting, apologies, kum-ba-ya’s and any other number of special moments, whether feel-good or otherwise. It’s time to start getting serious, though, about what’s actually going on between the four white lines. [...]

Further heartbreak in Kokstad

13 Apr 15 12:52 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 13 Comments

There was no joy for Sharks fans in any competition this weekend, with the Sharks XV going down badly to Free State in Saturday’s Vodacom Cup fixture in Kokstad. [...]

Mixed Monday emotions

13 Apr 15 09:57 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 78 Comments

Looking at some of the comments after Saturday’s match against the Lions, I think it’s fair to say that the Sharks support base in a house divided, with fans falling into one of two very distinct camps. [...]

What they had to say: Sharks vs Lions, Round 9

13 Apr 15 09:17 by Stephen Smith (StevieS) | 53 Comments

What an encouraging display by our boys in black and white! I know we lost, but I’m happier with the effort and heart shown by our boys. [...]