Jordaan still in the pink

6 Apr 16 09:49 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 14 Comments

Paul Jordaan has won the pink “best defender” jersey for a second week running, after his impressive tackling exploits against the Crusaders over the Easter weekend. [...]

Gardner handed Sharks-Lions

6 Apr 16 09:44 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 106 Comments

The Sharks, I’m sure, will be rather relived to learn that a completely neutral referee, Australian Angus Gardner, will hold the whistle when they face the Lions at Kings Park this weekend. [...]

Impi slain by assegai from behind

6 Apr 16 09:29 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 72 Comments

“Ubani benagathintu amabubhesi? Who here can touch the lions?” That’s how the song goes. After going through an almost flawless Varsity Shield campaign in 2016, UKZN Impi have learned the answer to that question, with tournament organisers finding them guilty of a player eligibility breach and docking an astonishing 12 log points after the fact. For Impi, in other words, there will be no final this year and more importantly, no chance of a promotion play-off against a UCT Ikeys side that would be unlikely to stand a chance against them this year. [...]

Gold sanctioned by SANZAAR

5 Apr 16 16:18 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 50 Comments

Gary Gold has been sanctioned by the Super Rugby governing body for two counts of misconduct after this morning’s hearing. [...]

Sharks XV provisional squad for Currie Cup Qualifying phase

5 Apr 16 10:18 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 29 Comments

The SA Rugby site has been updated with squad lists for the Currie Cup Qualifying phase that kicks off this weekend. While these squads are not always completely accurate, they do often give us a pretty good indication of which players will be in the mix. [...]

SANZAAR hearing for Gary Gold

5 Apr 16 09:50 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 100 Comments

In a somewhat tersely-worded statement, SANZAAR this morning confirmed that Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold will attend a disciplinary hearing relating to his “conduct” during the Crusaders game on 26 March. [...]

Super Rugby 2016: Round 6 Stats

4 Apr 16 21:48 by Seth Aderson (Nostraseth) | 18 Comments

Let’s look at the stats after 6 rounds of Super Rugby. Wow what a weird round this was.

Philip the only Sharks casualty

4 Apr 16 16:15 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 28 Comments

The Sharks have released an injury update comprising mostly good news. [...]

Three Sharks in Junior Bok training squad

4 Apr 16 08:54 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 37 Comments

Dawie Theron has named his 36-man provisional Junior Springbok training squad and as is usually the case, you can’t throw a stick without hitting at least one Blue Bull. Only three Sharks players have made the cut this year, which is perhaps not terribly surprising given the woes of the under 19 side last year. [...]

Sharks take Currie Cup rugby into the community

4 Apr 16 08:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 51 Comments

The Sharks have launched a bold initiative with Durban Tourism that will see three of the side’s home games in the upcoming Curie Cup competition played at stadiums in townships surrounding the East Coast city. [...]

Super Rugby 2016: Round 6 Saturday games

2 Apr 16 11:01 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 88 Comments

Sorry this is a bit late. I think I may have drunk an entire bottle of whiskey last night. Oops! [...]

Club Rugby on the menu at Kings Park tomorrow

1 Apr 16 09:44 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 96 Comments

Please see the below flier for details of the Wahl Bartmann Club Rugby Day to be held at Kings Park tomorrow. [...]

SARU hopes to ratify Bok coach appointment at today’s AGM

1 Apr 16 09:26 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 181 Comments

Committees, eh? Anyone who’s ever been on one will tell you they’re a terrible way to make decisions and get things done. SA Rugby, unfortunately, is no different and as you can imagine, there’s a fair bit of “process-schmocess” that needs to happen before something as significant as a Springbok coach announcement can be made. [...]

Liefling’s Kings Park lifeline – April Fool

1 Apr 16 08:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 22 Comments

Sharks Director of Rugby Gary Gold was dealt a blow earlier this week, with his only experienced flyhalf Joe Pietersen opting to continue his career in Japan. The Sharks have moved quickly to plug the gap and have reportedly offered a contract to the architect of their 2007 Super Rugby demise, former Bulls flyhalf Derick Hougaard. [...]

Super Rugby 2016: Round 6 Friday games

1 Apr 16 07:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 144 Comments

Well, only two games today with a looooooooong gap in-between. [...]