Heimar ruled out

11 Sep 14 14:04 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 6 Comments

The Sharks have revealed that center Heimar Williams, in his first Currie Cup start of the year, picked up a groin injury against Griquas on Saturday and is now likely to miss up to four weeks of action. [...]

ABSA Currie Cup Preview – Round 6

11 Sep 14 12:50 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 20 Comments

This week, we’ll take an in-depth look at Saturday’s upcoming clash between the Cheetahs and the Sharks, while also making predictions about the other Currie Cup games to be played. [...]

Two changes for Sharks under 19s

11 Sep 14 11:49 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 27 Comments

Sharks under 19 coach James Fleming has maintained good continuity for this weekend’s game against Free State, making just two changes to his side who go in search of a fourth successive victory. [...]

Big ask for under 21s

11 Sep 14 10:26 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 6 Comments

Deon Kayser’s Sharks under 21 side faces a tough challenge this weekend, as they travel to Bloemfontein hoping to overturn a 27-point deficit from the lat time they played the Cheetahs. [...]

Sharks changes – yes, no, maybe?

10 Sep 14 15:45 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 54 Comments

The Sharks have made a fair few changes to their match 22 for this weekend’s outing against the Cheetahs. While many will argue that change is indeed needed after a poor outing against Griquas, there are always pro’s and cons to this sort of selection decision. [...]

Esterhuizen receives the call

10 Sep 14 14:11 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 63 Comments

All talk of playing flank seemingly forgotten, Andre Esterhuizen makes his Currie Cup debut for the Sharks at inside centre against the Cheetahs this week. [...]

Are scrum laws ruining the game?

10 Sep 14 11:47 by Greg Kaos (gregkaos) | 23 Comments

I’m not having a go at refs in this article, despite what I perceived as an exceptionally poor weekend of officiating, but rather musing on the impossible job they have to carry out. There were a few completely wrong calls that should never have happened, considering the technology available, but my main area of concern is around scum time. They say only the front row really understand what’s going on, so why force someone who can’t possibly know exactly what is happening decide who was in the wrong? [...]

EP Kings feel confident ahead of Bulls rematch

10 Sep 14 11:28 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 5 Comments

Eastern Province Kings Head Coach, Carlos Spencer said he has 100% confidence in the team he has selected for this weekend’s return match against the Blue Bulls at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday night. [...]

Anthony speaks some hard truths

10 Sep 14 08:41 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 29 Comments

When I was a young man, going through my school career as a rugby player of no exceptional talent, I was very fortunate to come under the tutelage of one Mr Paul Anthony – affectionately known as “the Lion of Lebanon” – at Pretoria Boys High School. Anthony, aside from having a clearly great rugby brain, could always be counted on to speak plain, leaving us boys under no illusions as to whether our efforts were coming up to standard or not. [...]

Pollard returns for Wellington clash

10 Sep 14 08:22 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 370 Comments

Heyneke Meyer has once again overlooked Sharks pivot Pat Lambie and rather opted to hand Bulls man Handre Pollard a start at flyhalf in Saturday’s Rugby Championship test against the All Blacks in Wellington. [...]

Cheetah changes

9 Sep 14 16:38 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 6 Comments

A combination of injury and form concerns has prompted Cheetahs coach Rory Duncan to significantly overhaul his team for Saturday’s Currie Cup game against the Sharks, a game that neither side can realistically afford to lose if they intend to have any say come the end of the season. [...]

Under 21s romp to victory

9 Sep 14 10:40 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 24 Comments

They may have returned some rather uninspiring results against the real big guns of the competition so far, but at least Deon Kayser’s Sharks under 21 side showed the ability to put one of the weaker sides to the sword, scoring nine tries in a 59-10 demolition of Border last Friday night. [...]

Wanted: a plan, some progress and a whole heap more pride

9 Sep 14 09:55 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 64 Comments

I wrote an article last week, after the unexpected loss to the Pumas, calling for calm and patience given the situation the Sharks find themselves in. [...]

The scrums are not the issue

8 Sep 14 16:54 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 30 Comments

I note with some dismay that Sharks coach Brad Macleod-Henderson has identified scrums as an area of weakness for the team – and one that needs to be worked on ahead of this weekend’s trip to Bloemfontein. [...]

Further second row blow for Sharks

8 Sep 14 14:34 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 10 Comments

The bad news just keeps coming for the Sharks, with new lock Wiehan Hay’s Currie Cup debut against Griquas lasting just 35 minutes before the big man picked up a shoulder injury and had to be replaced. [...]