Pink ribbons and green armbands a poor subsitute

8 Sep 15 11:05 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 143 Comments

I note, with a sort of bitter-sweet emotion, that the Sharks will run out in a special jersey this weekend to commemorate 125 years of a proud tradition of rugby in the KwaZulu Natal province. As a passionate fan for all but the first 100 of those years, I have one very simple request to make to the team. [...]

Sharks fourth at halfway point

7 Sep 15 09:29 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 117 Comments

Five rounds into this year’s Currie Cup competition, the Sharks find themselves in fourth spot on the overall competition log, thanks in no small part to a scrappy, yet dogged, 27-26 win over the Pumas at Kings Park on Saturday. [...]

What they had to say: Sharks vs Pumas, Round 5

7 Sep 15 08:52 by Stephen Smith (StevieS) | 27 Comments

Hi Sharks fans. I can’t say it was convincing, but a win is a win. I had some friends around for the rugby on Saturday and the one guy remarked that he’d prefer we hit rock bottom and lose, just so that there will be changes to coaches, etc. Just interesting to get an independent view. [...]

Currie Cup 2015: Sharks v Pumas

5 Sep 15 14:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 170 Comments

Today’s game kicks off at Kings Park at 3pm. [...]

Currie Cup 2015: Round 5

4 Sep 15 11:48 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 156 Comments

It’s the half way point in the round robin phase of Currie Cup – and those teams who hope to have a say in the knockout phase are running out of time to make their move into the top four. [...]

Claassens, Ndungane not on long-term injured list

4 Sep 15 10:25 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 44 Comments

Sharks coach Gary Gold confirmed at a press conference yesterday that both scrumhalf Michael Claassens and winger Odwa Ndungane would have been available to play this week if needed, but have been stood down as a precautionary measure. [...]

Preview: Sharks vs Pumas

3 Sep 15 17:58 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 27 Comments

The Sharks have been superior against the Pumas over the last four seasons, but the team from Nelspruit has been a thorn in the flesh of the Durban based side in the last two matches, winning both at home. [...]

Koch in Pumas start

3 Sep 15 12:25 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 22 Comments

Bok discard Vincent Koch starts at tighthead prop for the Pumas as they take on the Sharks at Kings Park this weekend. [...]

Reinach returns behind unchanged Sharks pack

3 Sep 15 10:10 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 55 Comments

Gary Gold has made just two injury-enforced backline changes to his team after last week’s laboured win over the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth. Bok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach will start in the number 9 jersey against the Pumas at Kings Park on Saturday. [...]

Patience needed with du Toit

3 Sep 15 10:06 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 51 Comments

Thomas du Toit has been in the spotlight a fair bit so far this Currie Cup season as his tricky conversion to tight head prop plays out at senior level. With the 20-year-old behemoth, perhaps not surprisingly, struggling to adapt to the technical intricacies of the more difficult scrumming position, many have questioned the wisdom of pursuing the move in the first place. [...]

Injured Boks in training

2 Sep 15 06:54 by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson) | 8 Comments

News from within the Bok camp seems to suggest that every member of the 31 man squad announced last week, took part in the field training session yesterday. This should be the norm, but is rather good news considering how many players were hampered with niggles. [...]

Gold happy with team’s character against Kings

1 Sep 15 11:59 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 180 Comments

Sharks head coach Gary Gold said he was happy with the way his team showed character and courage to come back after trailing 0 – 13 for the better part of the first half when they played the EP Kings at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday afternoon. [...]

What we learned at the NMB Stadium

1 Sep 15 11:50 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 53 Comments

While I’m not quite ready to do a full-blown player ratings piece for this work-in-progress Sharks Currie Cup team, I’d like to pick up on a few aspects from the performance against the Kings in PE on Saturday. [...]

Reinach joins Sharks Currie Cup squad

1 Sep 15 11:04 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 55 Comments

Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach, who was informed last week that he would not be part of Heyneke Meyer’s 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, has rejoined the Sharks and will be available for selection for this weekend’s Currie Cup match against the Pumas. [...]

SP’s season over

31 Aug 15 13:10 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 14 Comments

Sharks fullback SP Marais suffered a horror ankle and knee injury in training last week and as such will miss the remainder of the Currie Cup season. [...]