Mchunu’s front against the Cheetahs

22 Jul 21 12:29 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 109 Comments

Sean Everitt has selected a very mobile loose trio (Venter, Richardson and Buthelezi) for Saturday’s game (14:30). New (old) Shark Lourens Adriaanse will be covering tight head from the bench.

Bosch is back at 10 while Grant Williams takes over from the banned Jaden Hendrikse. Werner Kok continues at 13 with Jeremy Ward on the bench.


Ox starts for Boks

20 Jul 21 15:01 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 20 Comments

Siya Kolisi will captain the Boks while Bongi Mbonambi, Makazole Mapimpi and Ox Nche have also been given the all clear to play after having to isolate.


Sharks part ways with JJ

19 Jul 21 08:21 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 2 Comments

The Sharks have released JJ van der Mescht from his contract with immediate effect. He will be off to France. Apparently the management team has becoming frustrated with JJ not reaching his fitness and weight targets.

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Fassi at 15 for SA A

16 Jul 21 17:13 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 14 Comments

The Bok squad (in the guise of SA A) will play the Bulls on Saturday at 13:00. This will be followed by the BI Lions taking on the Stormers at 18:00

Elton Jantjies captains the team which includes the other squad players yet to feature against Georgia or the Lions.


Am captains South Africa A

12 Jul 21 16:40 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 54 Comments

Rassie has taken over the coaching while Jacques Nienaber is still isolation after testing positive for Covid. He has picked a strong South Africa A side which will feature a number of players guaranteed to start in the test team.

Rassie has also requested that the Stormers game against the Lions be replaced by another game against South Africa A. This makes sense as the scrapping of the second Georgia test leaves the Boks without much match practice before the Lions games start.


Sharks get a second bite at the BI Lions

8 Jul 21 17:23 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 122 Comments

The Sharks will get another chance to play the BI Lions on Saturday being the only provincial team available at short notice (still being restricted to a Covid bubble) to fill in for the Bulls. The Sharks game against the local Lions have been canceled.

The Sharks team has been rejigged with Lionel Cronje at 10, Murray Koster (watch this guy) at 12, Werner Kok at 13 and Marnus Potgieter coming in at 14. Likewise the starting and bench props swap with Dan Jooste coming onto the bench. Cameron Wright should feature from the extended bench which will be finalized by match day.


Once in a lifetime game

5 Jul 21 11:01 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 85 Comments

Due to the 12 year cycle of Lions tours, very few provincial players will get the opportunity to play the British and Irish Lions. Phepsi Buthelezi will lead a pretty unchanged team from the WP game on Wednesday night at Ellis Park.


Ox starts against Georgia

29 Jun 21 15:21 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 46 Comments

Rosko Specman and Aphelele Fassi will make their Bok debuts in Friday’s match against Georgia. Jasper Wiese will probably make his debut some time in the second half.

The team is a good mix of first choice players, Bomb Squad members, players like Ox Nche with his single Bok cap and the newbies.


Bosch back for WP

28 Jun 21 14:39 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 74 Comments

Phepsi Buthelezi (concussion) and Anthony Volminck (injured) will not be available for Wednesday’s game in Cape Town. Mpilo Gumede will start at 8 with Thaakir Abrahams running on in the 11 jersey.

Bosch moves back to flyhalf with Boeta Chamberlain dropping to the bench. Dylan Richardson is back in the squad covering loose forward. Sean Everitt has gone for another forward loaded bench with only 2 back reserves.


Changes to the coaching structure

25 Jun 21 13:05 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 1 Comment

Sean Everitt remains the head coach and will be joined by Noel McNamara (attack) and John McFarland (defense). After the 2022 Sevens World Cup Neil Powell will replace McFarland.


The real Currie Cup kicks off

17 Jun 21 13:16 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 60 Comments

I must be honest. All SA rugby during Covid times feels like one extended Currie Cup, but the real Currie Cup will start on Saturday. At least the Sharks will not only play against WP / Stormers, Lions and Bulls, but also against the Griquas, Pumas and Cheetahs.

The Sharks are taking a pretty strong team to Kimberley with Boeta Chaimberlain at flyhalf and Manie Libbok at fullback. Phepsi Buthelezi has been announced as the captain for the Currie Cup season.


Team for the Bulls

10 Jun 21 21:01 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 113 Comments

Sean Everitt has announced the starting team for the decisive game against the Bulls. Makazole Mapimpi has picked up a calf strain and is replaced by Anthony Volmink with Werner Kok moving to 14.

The Sharks have a very daunting task if they want to win the Rainbow Cup SA. Not only do they have the beat the Bulls while scoring four tries, but also have to prevent the Bulls from ending within 7 points or score more than 3 tries.


Springbok Squad

6 Jun 21 14:26 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 2 Comments

The Bok squad for the Georgia tests, BI Lions Series and SA tour game has been announced.

Nienaber and Rassie have stuck with the stalwarts that won SA the World Cup but added a number of players with Bok caps – old hand Morne Steyn, the du Preez twins, Marco van Staden, Rynhardt Elstadt, Damian Willemse, Marvin Orie, Scarra Ntubeni, Coenie Oosthuizen and our own Ox Nché.


Mapimpi is back

3 Jun 21 13:25 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 123 Comments

Sean Everitt made wholesale changes to the Sharks lineup for the away match against the Lions in Johannesburg. It is probably more of a rotational change to give other members in the squad a chance in the campaign and keep the regular starters on their toes.


Team for the Stormers

20 May 21 16:23 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 100 Comments

Sikhumbuzo Notshe has been ruled out for a few months due to a ruptured patella tendon, so the loose trio has been rejigged with Venter moving to 8 and Bholi coming in at 7. Good to see JJ van der Mescht back in the starting lineup.

Still no sign of Makazole Mapimpi, but Marius Louw replaces Jeremy Ward who drops out completely.

Hopefully we will see 80 minutes of effort from the Sharks, after last week schooling by the Bulls.


Rotating nines for Loftus

13 May 21 15:34 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 83 Comments

Sean Everritt has made just two changes from last weeks squad – Jaden Hendrikse is promoted to start while Grant Williams drops out and Sanele Nohamba moves to the bench.

This will be the Sharks’ toughest match of the competition so far. The Sharks have scored 9 tries vs the Bulls 5, but have conceded 7 vs the Bulls 1.


Lions in the Shark Tank

6 May 21 17:46 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 61 Comments

Sean Everitt has kept an unchanged starting team for the home game on Saturday against the Lions, with only two changes on the bench – Le Roux Roets for JJ van der Mescht and Jaden Hendrikse for Sanele Nohamba.


Rainbow Cup starts – sort of

29 Apr 21 14:33 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 58 Comments

Unfortunately Covid travel restrictions have pretty much killed off the Rainbow Cup in its planned form and South African fans now will have to settle for some more local derbies. The Sharks will take on the Stormers on Saturday in Cape Town with a pretty strong team.

The Sharks have shored up the tight head depth by loaning old Shark Wiehahn Herbst from the Lions.


First start for Siya Kolisi

25 Mar 21 11:43 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 20 Comments

Coach Sean Everitt has brought back some more big guns for the match against the Bulls on Friday evening. Siya Kolisi makes his first start for the Sharks in the open side position. Ox Nche, Ruben van Heerden, Henco Venter and Sbu Nkosi all make their first appearance in the Preparation Series.

Boeta Chaimberlain gets another start at 10 while Anthony Volmink has been given the fullback jersey.

The Sharks have managed over these 4 preparation games to give some game time to quite an extended squad and now has decent depth in most positions (bar tight head IMO). It will be interesting to see which squad the coach picks once the Sharks compete in the Rainbow series.


Shuffles for the Lions

18 Mar 21 13:21 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 39 Comments

Sean Everett is using the Preparation matches to give all players in his extended squad some game time. The starting team is complete reshuffled with only John-Hubert Meyer and Aphelele Fassi remaining from the team that started against the Cheetahs.

Boeta Chaimberlain and Rynhard Jonker will form the new 10-12 combo with Curwin Bosch and Marius Louw on the bench. Lukhanyo Am will captain the team from 13.

It seems Dylan Richardson is earmarked to come on as hooker replacement (after exclusively featuring at open side lately) although it is quite possible that he can deputize at open side and only move to open side should Dan Jooste need replacement.

This should be another high paced entertaining game as the Lions also like to give the ball plenty of air.