Goodbye Angry Tuesday

8 Apr 15 15:49 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 65 Comments

I think it was Isaac Newton who first postulated that every action has an equal but opposite reaction; I guess in that light it’s only to be expected that a worse-than-usual Sharks performance over the weekend has prompted a rather savage and long-running backlash from the fans. [...]

Props to rest?

8 Apr 15 14:18 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 20 Comments

It’s not something you really want to be reminded of, of course, but SARU’s player management agreement hasn’t gone away and hte Sharks do still have a few Springboks in their midst who are neither suspended nor injured at present. [...]

Four changes for Lions

8 Apr 15 13:58 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 32 Comments

Lions coach Johan Ackermann has made two rotational changes to his pack for Saturday’s clash with the Sharks at Ellis Park, with two further switches amongst the starting backline. [...]

Backing The Youth

8 Apr 15 13:31 by Jean-Jacques Rousseau (JJR) | 14 Comments

The Sharks have experienced a lot of player movement since the new regime took over. Some player movements have been great for the union and others not so great. The squad needs to some stability and continuity going forward, especially considering the post World Cup exodus that is approaching. Backing the talent already on the books and limiting wasteful expenditure is critical to the Sharks becoming the team and brand we know it can be.  [...]

Oh Captain, my Captain….

8 Apr 15 13:09 by Benedict Chanakira (bchanakira2) | 11 Comments

UKZN managed to win their very first Varsity Shield. They faced a Wits side that was yet to taste defeat and it was a tall order. The question now is where to next for the IMPI? I spoke to their humble, driven and courageous leader. Captain Lwazi Ngcungama tells us about the season, building on this piece of history and their Varsity Cup dream! [...]

Swiel off for good

8 Apr 15 11:36 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 108 Comments

In news that is unlikely to really surprise anyone, Tim Swiel has opted to join Harlequins full-time from the start of the new European season. [...]

Alberts back in the mix

8 Apr 15 09:12 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 93 Comments

In a rare bit of good news in this rather bleak week, the Sharks have confirmed, via their website, that Willem Alberts returns to selection contention ahead of the Lions match. [...]

Where is the joy?

7 Apr 15 19:43 by Ryan Quirk (The Quirk) | 23 Comments

I’ve been watching the Cell C Sharks play for the last few years with a sense of dread. It’s a foreboding that I haven’t been able to place. I’ve noted the grim determination on the players’ faces. I’ve noted the dwindling crowds at Kings Park. I’ve noticed how tense the coaching box is becoming. I’ve noticed the lines on players’ faces becoming more furrowed and I’ve noticed frowns take the place of smiles when young stars make their debuts. [...]

Seven Sharks make Junior Bok cut

7 Apr 15 15:22 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 11 Comments

In a frankly staggering return (given the number of contracted juniors) the Sharks have delivered no fewer than seven members of Dawie Theron’s reduced squad of 37 players, from which the final group of 28 for this year’s Junior World Championship will be selected. [...]

Time for zero tolerance on foul play

7 Apr 15 12:18 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 97 Comments

“Consider a building with a few broken windows. If the windows are not repaired, the tendency is for vandals to break a few more windows. Eventually, they may even break into the building, and if it’s unoccupied, perhaps become squatters or light fires inside. Or consider a pavement. Some litter accumulates. Soon, more litter accumulates. Eventually, people even start leaving bags of refuse from take-out restaurants there or even break into cars.[...]

Impi! Obani Bengathinta Amabhubesi?

7 Apr 15 10:29 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 9 Comments

“Who here can touch the lions?” asks Johnny Clegg. When it comes to the UKZN Impi Varsity Shield team, the answer is a resounding “nobody”. [...]

Lambie to miss Sharks tour

7 Apr 15 10:04 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 28 Comments

The captaincy curse has struck the Sharks again, with Patrick Lambie ruled out for six weeks with a neck vertebrae injury just one week into his tenure as leader of the side. [...]

Sevens weeks for Jean Deysel

7 Apr 15 09:44 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 42 Comments

Jean Deysel has been banned from all rugby for seven weeks. The full text of the hearing follows. [...]

A wasted opportunity to do some good

7 Apr 15 09:23 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 29 Comments

The jokes abounded after the Sharks – who had taken the field in special jerseys to commemorate their support for organ donation – took a record hammering from the Crusaders on Saturday. [...]

What they had to say: Sharks vs Crusaders, Round 8

7 Apr 15 09:09 by Stephen Smith (StevieS) | 26 Comments

Hi Sharks fans. I hope you all had a blessed and relaxed Easter Weekend, barring the Sharks game, which looked as if our players were already on holiday, and which did nothing to lower my blood pressure. [...]