ABSA Currie Cup 2014: Round 5 preview and predictions

4 Sep 14 12:43 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 29 Comments

Well, last week wasn’t really much to write home about, with only two correct predictions out of four. Let’s see if Round 5 is any kinder. [...]

Sharks named for Griquas clash

4 Sep 14 11:31 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 57 Comments

Wiehan Hay earns a first start for the Cell C Sharks at lock as they take on the GWk Griquas in Durban this weekend. [...]

The rise and fall of the Cheetahs’ du Plessis-es

4 Sep 14 09:21 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 37 Comments

Ok, so I have no clue how to form a correct plural of “du Plessis”, but bear with me here anyway. [...]

Now Esterhuizen is a centre again….

3 Sep 14 17:27 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 34 Comments

You’ve got to feel for Andre Esterhuizen. So far, his much-talked-of move to the back row has been more theoretical than practical, with a total of around 20 minutes game time in the new position since the switch was first tried. [...]

Bragman to pull under 19 strings

3 Sep 14 17:03 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 40 Comments

Joshua Bragman, a young flyhalf from Hartlepool in the UK, who has played colts rugby for the Newcastle Falcons, will operate in the flyhalf position for the Sharks under 19 side this weekend, as they face the EP Kings down in Port Elizabeth. [...]

Lobberts, Prinsloo return for Griquas

3 Sep 14 15:26 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 7 Comments

GWK Griquas will come to Durban this week boasting a strengthened team, with former Bok hard man Hilton Lobberts in the umber 4 jersey looming large as a danger man up front. [...]

Province change up for Kings

3 Sep 14 15:16 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 2 Comments

Pat Howard will start at wing for DHL Western Province against their neighbours from up the coast, with find of the season Seabelo Senatla vacating the number 11 jersey due to injury. [...]

New Kings midfield for Province clash

3 Sep 14 08:34 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 3 Comments

EP Kings head coach Carlos Spencer has made a few changes to the team that went down 41 – 22 to the Xerox Golden Lions at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. [...]

Wholesale changes for Boks

3 Sep 14 08:26 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 94 Comments

Heyneke Meyer has hauled out his broom in reaction to a poor series against Argentina, opting to make sweeping changes to the Springbok side for Saturday’s Rugby Championship tests against Australia in Perth. [...]

What are we expecting, exactly?

2 Sep 14 12:19 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 61 Comments

I think the title pretty much sums it up. What are our expectations from this year’s Currie Cup campaign, as fans? And are those expectations fair or realistic? [...]

Wins for juniors in Potch

2 Sep 14 11:11 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 6 Comments

Both the Sharks under 19 and under 21 sides recorded reasonable wins against their Leopards counterparts in Potchefstroom on Saturday afternoon. [...]

Back three casualties for WP, Bulls

2 Sep 14 09:46 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 6 Comments

There must be something about the Loftus Versveld turf that makes it particularly hard on ankles – or perhaps the spirit of Achilles lives on in modern rugby players to some extent. [...]

Heartbreak (and hand break) for Franna

1 Sep 14 16:07 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 22 Comments

The Sharks medical team has confirmed the worst, with flank Francois Kleinhans unlikely to play any further rugby this season. [...]

Sharks running out of options

1 Sep 14 12:04 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 76 Comments

We await a detailed injury report after Friday’s massacre against the Pumas, but things are certainly not looking up for the Cell C Sharks. [...]

Sharks player ratings v Pumas

1 Sep 14 10:08 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 104 Comments

It’s sad to admit, but the Sharks appear to be getting worse with each outing this season, which is really the opposite of what we’re hoping to see.
Friday’s performance in Nelspruit was embarrassing and barely warrants much more than a 4/10 for the team. [...]