EOYT 2017: Ireland vs South Africa

11 Nov 17 15:00 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 212 Comments

The Springboks kick off their tour of Europe with what is likely to be the toughest of the four matches against Ireland in Dublin. [...]

Beast, Coenie start against Ireland

9 Nov 17 17:09 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 41 Comments

The Springbok team to face Ireland on Saturday has been announced with very few changes from the team that faced New Zealand in the last match of the Rugby Championship. [...]

Ugly spat over semi-final selection takes gloss off a fine campaign

7 Nov 17 10:13 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 95 Comments

As I’m sure many will be aware, there’s been a bit of a media war-of-words developing over the last few days, regarding Robert du Preez’s decision to not select Bok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle for the Currie Cup semi-final and final. [...]

Sharks snap up Leolin Zas

6 Nov 17 12:01 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 67 Comments

The Sharks have confirmed the signing of winger Leolin Zas from Western Province. [...]

Makazole Mapimpi joins Sharks

3 Nov 17 15:21 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 52 Comments

The Sharks have confirmed that former Southern Kings and current Cheetahs winger Makezole Mapimpi will join the team ahead of Super Rugby next year. [...]

Robert du Preez Junior joins the Sharks

3 Nov 17 10:56 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 22 Comments

The Sharks have now confirmed (somewhat obliquely) that flyhalf Robert du Preez Junior will join the team in time for next year’s Super Rugby competition. [...]

Coenie crowned as Sharks celebrate improved season

2 Nov 17 15:46 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 10 Comments

The Sharks held their end-of-season awards ceremony last night, with likable front-ranker Coenie Oosthuizen perhaps a somewhat unlikely recipient of the coveted “Player of the Year” award. [...]

Botha gets Bok call

31 Oct 17 11:36 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 21 Comments

Sharks lock Ruan Botha has been called into the Springbok touring side to travel to Europe this weekend. [...]

Unlucky break for Jean-Luc

31 Oct 17 10:05 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 16 Comments

It’s been confirmed that Sharks flanker Jean-Luc du Preez suffered an ankle fracture during the first half of Saturday’s Currie Cup Final and will thus be out of action for several months. [...]

Du Preez move a done deal

30 Oct 17 10:56 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 68 Comments

Rob du Preez senior has confirmed a piece of news that has by now been so widely hinted-at that there is nothing left in the bag but a vague lingering smell of cat pee. Rob Junior – flyhalf architect of Western Province’s Currie Cup Final triumph – will return to Durban and play for the Sharks next season. [...]

Trio of uncapped Sharks in Bok squad

30 Oct 17 09:29 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 17 Comments

The Springbok squad to tour Europe in a few weeks’ time has been announced. The team will be led by Eben Etzebeth in the absense of Warren Whiteley. Uncapped Sharks trio Lukhanyo Am, Dan du Preez and Louis Schreuder will once again tag along to potentially earn a first cap. The other uncapped player is Warrick Gelant, who has had an immense season for the Bulls. [...]

Second-half blitz nets WP the Currie Cup

28 Oct 17 17:53 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 49 Comments

After taking a handy 21-10 lead midway through the first half, the Sharks ultimately succumbed to a superior WP display to lose Saturday’s Currie Cup final 21-33 in Durban. John Dobson’s team scored 18 unanswered points in the second half to completely eclipse their hosts. [...]

2017 Currie Cup Final: The Sharks v Western Province

28 Oct 17 14:30 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 153 Comments

It’s game day. Come on Sharks – we know you can do this for us. [...]

The stage is set for a cracker

27 Oct 17 11:23 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 40 Comments

The funny thing about finals is that they are pretty much ALWAYS 50-50 games. It’s a rather unpalatable truth, particularly if your team is the one with the home ground advantage and the favourites tag, but the additional pressure on players, coaches and match officials alike tends to really upset the odds every time a game of this magnitude is played. [...]

One change for Sharks

26 Oct 17 11:23 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 60 Comments

Odwa Ndungane starts for the Sharks at left wing in the only change Robert du Preez has made to the Sharks run-on side for Saturday’s Currie Cup Final. [...]