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. [...]

TMO changes put refs back in the driving seat

17 Feb 17 11:47 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 13 Comments

SANZAAR have – dare I say “once again” – tinkered with the Television Match Official (TMO) protocol ahead of this year’s Super Rugby competition. This year’s changes appear to be well-intentioned, with the major one being to once again put the onus on the on-field referee to make an initial call. [...]

Confirmed: 45 is the magic number

17 Feb 17 11:07 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 16 Comments

I’ve been wondering a little about the exact, official size of a Super Rugby squad, given that the various South African franchise teams seem to vary a little in terms of the numbers named in their final squads. I took the question to SANZAAR for clarification. [...]

Final Sharks Super Rugby squad named

16 Feb 17 12:45 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 43 Comments

Rob du Preez has done a bit of trimming in order to arrive at a final group of 45 names for this year’s Super Rugby competition. There are few surprises in a squad that posts ample depth, but also has room for several youngsters and newcomers at this level. [...]

Lambie leads exciting tour squad to Australia

16 Feb 17 12:10 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 77 Comments

The die has been cast and Rob du Preez has selected his 27 warriors to contest the first two matches in Super Rugby 2017. Flyhalf Pat Lambie captains the selection that will depart Durban on Salutary, ahead of crucial clashes with the Reds in Brisbane and the Brumbies in Canberra over the fortnight that follows. [...]

Some easy choices, some tougher ones

14 Feb 17 15:09 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 81 Comments

Rob du Preez will confirm his 28-man tour squad on Thursday; this first selection of players will have the responsibility of guiding the Sharks through their opening pair of Super Rugby fixtures, against the Reds in Brisbane on 25 February and then the Brumbies in Canberra a week later. [...]

Mostly clean bill of health for Sharks

13 Feb 17 15:28 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 13 Comments

Rob du Preez has declared himself satisfied with his side’s performance against a Bulls XV in Durban on Friday night and more importantly, the vast majority of the players came through the game unscathed from an injury point of view. [...]

Sharks depart on Saturday

13 Feb 17 10:41 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 36 Comments

It’s hard to believe, but Super Rugby 2017 is just around the corner, with the Sharks playing their first match – against the Reds in Brisbane – in just 12 days’ time. [...]

Injury misery for Stormers backs

13 Feb 17 10:28 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 38 Comments

The Stormers won a high-scoring Super Rugby warm up game against the Lions by 57 points to 40 on Saturday and while coach Robbie Fleck will be pleased with the win, he has two new major injury blows to contend with just a fortnight before the competition proper kicks off. [...]

Sharks trounce young Bulls

10 Feb 17 18:51 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 34 Comments

The Sharks have emerged comprehensive 53-7 victors over a young Blue Bulls XV in a Super Rugby warm up in Durban this evening. [...]

Bulls send young XV to Durban

10 Feb 17 11:16 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 38 Comments

The Bulls have tweeted the names of their “Bulls XV” to face the Sharks at Northwood Crusaders this evening. It’s a young team indeed with few recognisable names. [...]