EP Kings to face Boland

10 Aug 16 14:49 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 3 Comments

Newly-appointed EP Kings Head Coach Barend Pietese has announced his team to face Boland in their first Currie Cup match at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday evening. [...]

Inny starts at ten

10 Aug 16 13:45 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 78 Comments

Robert du Preez has made six changes – two of which are positional – to the team that tasted victory over the Pumas last week as he names his team for Friday’s second-round Currie Cup match against Griquas. [...]

Sharks to the (Kings) rescue. Again!

10 Aug 16 08:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 24 Comments

The poor EP Kings find themselves, once more, dependent on the kindness of strangers as they seek to put together a capable Currie Cup squad at a week’s notice. Fortunately for new head coach Barend Pieterse, the Sharks have joined a number of other provinces in coming to the party. [...]

Something old and something new

8 Aug 16 13:44 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 7 Comments

The term “blend of youth and experience” has become something of a cliche in rugby circles, but I feel that a good balance in the Sharks team this Currie Cup season could lead to success. [...]

Adriaanse gets Bok call up

8 Aug 16 12:26 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 28 Comments

Trevor Nyakane has been withdrawn from the Springbok Rugby Championships squad due to an ankle injury. His replacement will be Sharks prop Lourens Adriaanse. [...]

Still no Lambie as Bok squad named

8 Aug 16 09:12 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 36 Comments

Sharks captain Patrick Lambie is still suffering the after effects of a concussion sustained two months ago and has thus not been considered for selection for the Springbok Rugby Championship squad. Coach Allister Coetzee named a 31-man squad on Saturday for the opening matches of the competition, which starts with a match against Argentina in just under a fortnight. [...]

Sharks scrum to Mbombela victory

7 Aug 16 00:22 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 39 Comments

A dominant display by the Sharks’ Super Rugby-strength pack – particularly in the scrums – laid the platform for a 33-10 victory over the Pumas their opening game on Friday night. The Durban side scored five tries (to one by their hosts) to take maximum log points from the fixture. [...]

Currie Cup 2016: Steval Pumas v Cell C Sharks

5 Aug 16 17:25 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 164 Comments

It’s time for our first game under head coach Robert du Preez. [...]

Currie Cup 2016: Round 1 Preview and Predictions

5 Aug 16 12:28 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 20 Comments

Only three games in this first round, since the Griquas v Kings clash will take place at some later date due to <reasons>… [...]

The Kings are dead…. long live the Kings!

5 Aug 16 09:37 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 35 Comments

So yesterday was a rather momentous day down in the Bay for a number of reasons; it’s not often that a rugby team suffers liquidation of its controlling union in the morning, receives a timely and unexpected cash boost for lunch and then has Currie Cup Premier Division participation confirmed in the afternoon. Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of our Kings. [...]

Willie the Wasp

4 Aug 16 10:44 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 94 Comments

No, this is not an 80s cartoon character that I’m talking about – unfortunately. I think Maya probably did have a friend called Willy, but he was definitely a bee. And a bit of a sad case all round, come to think of it. [...]

Brummer spearheads Puma attack

4 Aug 16 09:49 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 5 Comments

Suoth Africa “A” flyhalf Francois Brummer has been included in the Pumas team for Friday night’s Currie Cup clash against the Sharks, the first time he will represent his new province after an unsettled few years on the provincial scene. [...]

No Leopards…

3 Aug 16 09:51 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 52 Comments

There are a few red faces this morning, I’m sure, at the offices of mainstream media outlets that reported that the Leopards would play in the Currie Cup Premier Division this season. Jumping the gun somewhat, those publications appear to have missed the fact that a SARU President’s Council vote was needed to ratify the inclusion of the Potch-based side. [...]

Flyhalf start for Bosch

2 Aug 16 16:19 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 24 Comments

Robert du Preez has pulled the first big selection surprise of his tenure, in naming 19 year old Curwin Bosch at flyhalf for his side’s Currie Cup opener. [...]

Super team to give Sharks Currie Cup hope?

2 Aug 16 08:05 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 59 Comments

The last few years certainly haven’t been particularly successful ones for the Sharks, with one of the key themes that keeps coming back to trip them up being wholesale personnel changes from campaign to campaign. [...]