Backing April

6 Jul 16 09:32 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 108 Comments

It’s now official that Pat Lambie has been ruled out for at least another week, meaning the Sharks flyhalf jersey for this weekend’s game against the Cheetahs is “up for grabs”. In my view, Garth April is the man who simply has to be backed in that key position, despite an indifferent performance at Ellis Park on Saturday. [...]

Rugby Betting 101 – A Basic Primer

5 Jul 16 11:13 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 8 Comments

Rugby is one of the 3 most popular sports in South Africa, alongside soccer (football) and cricket. It is loved and played by thousands of South Africans and watched by millions. South Africans are also quite keen on betting on sports games, just like they are keen on playing online casino games. A research conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) that the online betting and casino gaming revenues in the country are expected to grow significantly by 2019. Since there is a lot of competition in the field of online casino gaming, casinos are constantly looking for ways to attract new customers and keep the existing ones. This is the latest list of SA and NG casino bonuses that will certainly help you decide if you’re looking for a South African online casino. Furthermore, we will tell you something more about betting on rugby and explain all the basics. [...]

Berry for Kings Park clash

5 Jul 16 09:33 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 3 Comments

Stu Berry will hold the whistle when the sharks take on the cheetahs at Kings Park on Saturday evening in their penultimate Super Rugby pool game for the year. [...]

Three Sharks ruled out

4 Jul 16 15:23 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 48 Comments

Willie le Roux will definitely not play for the Sharks again the Cheetahs in Super Rugby this weekend, the Bok fullback having been ruled out due to a shoulder injury sustained in the third test between the springboks and Ireland at the end of June. [...]

A big loss calls for a big response

4 Jul 16 09:41 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 127 Comments

While they actually played a fair bit better in the second half (and won the meaningless scoreboard contest in those 40 minutes) one cannot hide from the fact that the Sharks, in the opening period at Ellis Park on Saturday, simply weren’t good enough. Conceding a bonus point in the game for the first time this season, a disrupted and disjointed Sharks side simply had no answer to what the Lions brought to the party in that exhilarating opening half and found themselves well beaten by the time the half-time whistle sounded. [...]

Super Rugby 2016: Lions v Sharks

2 Jul 16 16:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 234 Comments

The Sharks and Lions face off for supremacy in the Africa 2 conference this afternoon. [...]

Sharks XV back youth

1 Jul 16 09:57 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 18 Comments

It hasn’t been a great campaign to date, but for me anyway, there is some reason for enthusiasm this week, as Michael Horak goes “back to his roots” in picking a Sharks XV line-up to face the Leopards. Horak had a good amount of success last year with a talented Sharks under 21 side and has included the bulk of that team in the starting lineup this week. [...]

Super Rugby 2016: Round 15 Preview and predictions

30 Jun 16 15:32 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 20 Comments

Well, we’re back and it’s been so damn long, I can’t even remember what the form book looks like. Let’s have a punt anyway. [...]

Cooper joins Shexit

30 Jun 16 12:39 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 35 Comments

According to an article on SuperSport this morning, Kyle Cooper will also leave the Sharks at the end of the current Super Rugby season. [...]

Smith in line for Sharks debut

30 Jun 16 10:45 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 35 Comments

The Sharks have named a strong team to face the Lions at Ellis Park in super Rugby this Saturday, with Beast Mtawarira once again taking over the captaincy as Pat Lambie sits out with concussion. [...]

No Lambie, Sharks confirm

30 Jun 16 09:27 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 22 Comments

The Sharks have released an injury report ahead of today’s team announcement for the Lions clash. [...]


29 Jun 16 09:53 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 83 Comments

While neither move has been officially confirmed by the Sharks, our information is that centre Paul Jordaan and lock Tjiuee Uanivi have both agreed moves to European clubs and will join a number of other Sharks players in leaving Durban at the end of the current Super Rugby season. [...]

Massive challenge for Sharks as Pietersen goes down too

29 Jun 16 09:29 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 67 Comments

News that Joe Pietersen broke his collarbone during the recent World Club 10s tournament in Mauritius has thrown a massive curve ball straight at the head of Sharks coach Gary Gold as he aims to pick a competitive side to take on the Lions at Ellis Park in Super Rugby this weekend. [...]

Come on, Sharks – dispel the gloom!

28 Jun 16 10:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 59 Comments

Anyone remember that heady day back in May when the Sharks piled on the tries and recorded a very satisfying win against the Kings in Durban? It seems like a hell of a long time ago now, but it feels to me, at least, that we were feeling pretty good about our prospects as we headed into the extended international break. [...]

No Willie for Lions clash

27 Jun 16 09:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 92 Comments

The Sharks have been dealt a bitter blow ahead of Saturday’s crucial Super Rugby clash against the Lions at Ellis Park. Ace fullback and key attacking playmaker Willie le Roux will not be able to play in te match. [...]