Currie Cup 2017: Sharks v Pumas

29 Jul 17 15:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 68 Comments

It’s the first home game of the 2017 Currie Cup season and the Sharks will want a decent win for their fans against the solid Pumas. [...]

Interesting selections for Round 2 clash

28 Jul 17 13:57 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 42 Comments

Rob du Preez has certainly named a strong side for Saturday’s Currie Cup clash against the Pumas and potentially also revealed some of his thinking relating to the future direction of the team. Most of what’s been done makes a lot of sense to me and I applaud a number of bold decisions. [...]

Currie Cup squad announced

28 Jul 17 09:52 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 15 Comments

The Sharks have announced a 43 man Currie Cup squad that gives us an idea of the players available to coach Robert du Preez during the next few months. [...]

Sharks named for Pumas

27 Jul 17 12:37 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 41 Comments

Ruan Botha will lead the Sharks against the Pumas at Kings Park this weekend.. [...]

Silver lining to Andre’s sabbatical?

26 Jul 17 12:12 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 24 Comments

You guys will know that I’m not a fan of Japanese sabbaticals for players and in a perfect world would like the practice to end altogether. [...]

Sharks could go full strength for Pumas

25 Jul 17 10:02 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 27 Comments

We spoke yesterday about the need for the Sharks – coaches and players alike – to channel their rage into a good Currie Cup campaign and for Rob du Preez and his squad, that all starts on Saturday with a match against the Pumas. [...]

Bounce back and hit them HARD

24 Jul 17 11:34 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 113 Comments

I went on a bit of a rant on Twitter this weekend, pointing out that while the Sharks clearly have big match temperament in spades, it’s the lack of “small match temperament”, a phrase I am about to copyright, that has really stymied them this year. [...]

Young Sharks take a pounding

23 Jul 17 17:24 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 10 Comments

Caretaker Currie Cup coach Paul Anthony was brave in defeat on Friday night and managed to take a number of positives out of his side’s 48-12 defeat at the hands of the reigning champion Cheetahs in round 1. SA Rugby’s somewhat bizarre decision to overlap these opening Currie Cup rounds with the Super Rugby finals series was always going to put sides like the Sharks and Lions at a disadvantage and this indeed proved the case, to nobody’s great surprise. [...]

Sharks pipped at the death once more

23 Jul 17 09:47 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 130 Comments

Rob du Preez asked his Sharks for a big effort ahead of yesterday’s Super Rugby quarter-final clash in Johannesburg and that’s exactly what he got from the players, who lost 21-23 in controversial circumstances after a pulsating game that threw up a number of questionable refereeing decisions. [...]

Super Rugby 2017 Quarter-final: Lions v Sharks

22 Jul 17 13:57 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 214 Comments

Go Sharks Go! [...]

Currie Cup 2017: Cheetahs v Sharks

21 Jul 17 17:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 85 Comments

It’s a young Sharks team – let’s see what they can do in a game when they are really likely to be facing steep odds. [...]

A fairytale 27 years in the making

21 Jul 17 09:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 33 Comments

Here’s a little-known fact (courtesy of Afrikaans writer Hannes Nienaber on The last time a Natal team featured in the main Saturday afternoon match at Craven week was back in 1990! [...]

Bosch asked to step up in Joburg

20 Jul 17 12:15 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 83 Comments

Just like he did the last time the Sharks faced the Lions in Johannesburg, 20-year-old Curwin Bosch will wear the number 10 jersey for Saturday’s crunch quarter-final clash against the high-riding Lions. [...]

Daniel leads Sharks in Currie Cup opener

19 Jul 17 12:53 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 25 Comments

There will be plenty of new faces on show when the Sharks take on the Cheetahs in Friday night’s Currie Cup opener, although the veteran pair of Keegan Daniel (captain) and Odwa Ndungane will be there too to lend some experience and continuity to an otherwise very young squad. [...]

A cunning plan?

17 Jul 17 10:17 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 99 Comments

Well, at least now we’ll start as underdogs, right? [...]