Bismarck starts in Johannesburg

1 Oct 14 12:41 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 48 Comments

Bok coach Heyneke Meyer has restored Bismarck du Plessis to the starting hooker berth in the only confirmed change to his run-on side for Saturday final Rugby Championship test against the All Blacks. [...]

Sharks cannot afford another false start

1 Oct 14 10:54 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 44 Comments

I work in a pretty high-paced and demanding industry, where coping with change is something you have to do on a daily basis. It’s never fun, it’s incredibly stressful and when you’re trying to do your best to provide good service to your customers, changes happening above your head within the organization can often prove an unnecessary distraction. Of these, a change of boss is definitely the most disruptive. [...]

Crucial points for under 19s

1 Oct 14 09:25 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 3 Comments

Flyhalf Innocent Radebe stepped up to kick a last minute penalty to give his Sharks under 19 side a crucial 24-12 win over their Kings counterparts in Durban on Saturday morning. [...]

Hapless Border under 21s routed in fine style

30 Sep 14 15:23 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 14 Comments

Number 8 Louis Hazelhurst scored four of his side’s 16 tries, as the Sharks under 21 team ran out to a rather embarrassing 106-3 victory over their Border counterparts at Kings Park on Saturday. [...]

Lions close to full strength for Sharks trip

30 Sep 14 13:00 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 16 Comments

Aside from the absence of Warren Whiteley, Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann has been able to name a pretty much full strength side for Fridays’ crunch Currie Cup match against the Sharks in Durban. [...]

Key players put pen to paper

30 Sep 14 12:31 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 30 Comments

The Sharks and their CEO John Smit have moved quickly to follow up yesterday’s bombshell with some very good news. A number of key young players, with Bok hero Patrick Lambie chief among them, have signed long-term contract extensions with the Sharks. [...]

Cooper, Swiel in doubt for Lions

30 Sep 14 10:46 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 4 Comments

The Sharks have two injury concerns ahead of Friday night’s crunch Currie Cup game against the Lions at Kings Park. [...]

Sharks environment not “harmonious” under White

30 Sep 14 10:34 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 55 Comments

The Mercury‘s intrepid newshound Mike Greenaway has lifted the lid on Jake White’s sudden departure from the Sharks, bringing into the open a number of topics that had previously only been whispered in secret. [...]

Two fewer Boks for Friday night showdown?

30 Sep 14 10:12 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 7 Comments

While many had reason for dismay during the first hour or so of the Springbok test against the Australians at Newlands on Saturday afternoon, for a pair of opposing Currie Cup coaches, there were some rather direct consequences to the clash. [...]

A little hasty, perhaps?

29 Sep 14 16:40 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 17 Comments

The challenge in doing player reviews – well-meaning though they may be – is that it’s not always possible to see everything in one viewing of a game, or to get every assessment spot on. [...]

So many questions

29 Sep 14 14:32 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 69 Comments

Has the dust settled yet? Hell no, definitely not, but the news of Jake White’s immediate departure as Sharks Director of Rugby is now at least a few hours old and has had a chance to sink in just a little. [...]

Jake White walks out on Sharks

29 Sep 14 12:08 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 197 Comments

The Sharks have just announced that Director of Rugby Jake White is stepping down from his post. [...]

Honouring a legend #JB270

29 Sep 14 10:29 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 11 Comments

Friday night will be a special night at the Shark Tank and we urge all fans to get down to Growthpoint Kings Park, if they can, to see a true legend take the hallowed turf in black and white – possibly for the last time. [...]

Sharks player ratings v EP Kings

29 Sep 14 09:48 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 15 Comments

The Sharks picked up five invaluable logs points in Durban on Saturday afternoon in a 53-24 win over the Kings. Let’s take a closer look at the performances. [...]

Great win for Sharks in Durban

27 Sep 14 16:17 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | 17 Comments

The Sharks scored a bonus point in their 53-24 annihilation of the EP Kings in Durban today. [...]