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. [...]

Player ratings – no dog kicking from me

8 Sep 14 10:24 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 58 Comments

I hope you’ll understand, dear readers, but I’ve opted not to do player ratings this week. [...]

Sharks lose again

8 Sep 14 09:25 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 51 Comments

Captain and flyhalf Francois Brummer scored the crucial points as plucky Griquas stunned the Sharks in Durban on Saturday evening, recording a 21-18 win over their hosts. Locked at 18-all in the final minute, Brummer nailed a tricky drop-goal to hand the visitors a three-point win. [...]

ABSA Currie Cup: Vodacom Blue Bulls (36) v Xerox Golden Lions (26) F/T

6 Sep 14 18:15 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 54 Comments

Off to Loftus we go for the Jukskei derby. [...]

ABSA Currie Cup: Cell C Sharks (18) v GWK Griquas (21) F/T

6 Sep 14 16:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 160 Comments

Both of these teams lost last week, so today will mark a ding-dong battle for all-important log points. [...]

ABSA Currie Cup: Toyota Free State Cheetahs (17) v Steval Pumas (31) F/T

6 Sep 14 14:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 25 Comments

Our first Currie Cup game of the day kicks off in Bloemfontein. [...]

Away win for Sharks u19

6 Sep 14 12:59 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 3 Comments

The Sharks under 19 side recorded a tough 15 – 7 win against the Eastern Province under 19s in Port Elizabeth on Friday evening. [...]

The Castle Rugby Championship: Australia v South Africa

6 Sep 14 10:44 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 65 Comments

We head to Perth, for a shot at redemption for both teams. [...]