Stormers set the early pace

27 Feb 17 10:14 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 10 Comments

It was a mixed bag, results-wise, for the six South African franchise teams in Super Rugby’s opening weekend. The Stormers, though, were arguably the pick of the bunch with their big win against the Bulls at Newlands on Saturday evening. [...]

Two-week ban for Oosthuizen

26 Feb 17 22:15 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 8 Comments

The Sharks have been dealt a blow, with key lock forward Etienne Oosthuizen to miss the next two Super Rugby games due to suspension. SANZAAR have confirmed a two-week ban after Etienne pleaded guilty to a striking offence during Friday’s opener in Brisbane. [...]

Disappointing start for Kings

25 Feb 17 20:25 by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie) | 8 Comments

The visiting Jaguares set the record straight against the Southern Kings in windy conditions at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, when they met in the opening round of this year’s Super Rugby competition. [...]

Oosthuizen cited

24 Feb 17 14:55 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 14 Comments

SANZAAR have just announced that Sharks lock Etienne Oosthuizen has been cited for an act of foul play during today’s match against the Reds. [...]

Disappointment as Sharks let it slip

24 Feb 17 13:07 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 122 Comments

The Sharks have been forced to make do with a losing bonus point as they conceded a late try to lose to the Reds 28-26 in Brisbane this morning. [...]

Super Rugby 2017: Reds v Sharks

24 Feb 17 09:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 137 Comments

Suncorp Stadium, on the banks of the Brisbane River, is the scene for today’s showdown between the resurgent Reds and the plucky young Sharks. [...]

Experience vital for Sharks – and their opponents

23 Feb 17 17:24 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 25 Comments

In a competition that is seeing increasing numbers of young players making their mark, experience is becoming a rare commodity indeed, particularly for South African teams. As we look to tomorrow morning’s Super Rugby opener against the Reds in Brisbane, it’s that specific injection of experience in Super Rugby that makes the opponents significantly more dangerous in 2017 than they have been for a number of years. [...]

Super Rugby SA Team announcements

23 Feb 17 12:48 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 20 Comments

A few local teams have been confirmed for round 1 – cast your eye over these lineups. [...]

Super Rugby 2017: Round 1 predictions

22 Feb 17 15:21 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 70 Comments

Don’t be caught out, guys – this year, there will be Super Rugby games on THURSDAYS! Be sure to get those predictions in. [...]

Cooper starts for new-look Reds

22 Feb 17 10:47 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 18 Comments

Reds coach Nick Stiles has wasted no time in bringing his big-name off season signings straight into his starting lineup, as the match 23 to face the Sharks on Friday is announced. [...]

Mvovo to earn 100th Super Rugby cap in Brisbane

22 Feb 17 10:17 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 37 Comments

Pat Lambie leads a strong Sharks line-up in Friday morning’s Super Rugby opener against the Reds in Brisbane. Veteran winger Lwazi Mvovo, named to start in his favoured number 11 jersey, reaches an important personal milestone, celebrating 100 appearances in the competition. [...]

Reds boast threats all over the park

21 Feb 17 09:47 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 45 Comments

It will be a completely new-look Reds team that lines up against the Sharks on Friday night (Australian time), with the former champions having embarked on a massive off-season signing spree in the hopes of reclaiming their former glory. [...]

Fresh transfer rumours – and why I’m not too worried about them

20 Feb 17 13:17 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 64 Comments

Tongues are wagging after a number of weekend news outlets reported that Northampton are keen to acquire the services of not only Cobus Reinach, but also Pat Lambie. While I view these reports as little more than speculation at this stage, I’d like to try and put some of this to bed in the interests of focusing on this week’s REAL news – the start of Super Rugby. [...]

Kiwi Briant to blow Sharks opener

20 Feb 17 10:51 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 43 Comments

SANZAAR have revealed referee appointments for the first round of Super Rugby matches this weekend. The Sharks, who face the Reds in Brisbane in a tricky opener on Friday morning (local time) have been given Nick Briant as referee. [...]

Sharks friendly at Rovers tomorrow

17 Feb 17 14:09 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 39 Comments

A Sharks XV side, comprising a mixture of Super Rugby players and age-group stars will take on College Rovers on the Rovers field (KP3) tomorrow afternoon, kicking off at 15h30. [...]