Bok team for decider

3 Aug 21 14:23 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | Comment?

Cobus Reinach will start in place of the injured Faf de Klerk, while Franco Mostert will move to flank with Lood de Jager starting in the 5 jersey. The Boks will have no lock cover on the bench and has rather opted to add Morne Steyn to the bench.


Koster at 12 against Griquas

30 Jul 21 10:22 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 80 Comments

Sean Everitt has made a few changes for the home game against the Griquas. Lourens Adriaanse will start at tighthead with Wiehahn Herbst on the bench. Sanele Nohamba and Yaw Penxe start after arriving back from the Bok camp. Promising young centre Murray Koster starts at 12. Jaden Hendrikse makes a return to the bench after serving out his ban, and Henco Venter is back in the squad.


Wiese at 8 for the Boks

27 Jul 21 20:27 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 36 Comments

Jacques Nienaber has kept the backline unchanged with changes in the pack with Jasper Wiese, Frans Malherbe and Steven Kitshoff starting. Ox Nche has not been selected due to a neck niggle.


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27 Jul 21 14:55 by Rob Otto (robdylan) | Comment?

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Three signings to bolster the squad

27 Jul 21 07:57 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | Comment?

The Sharks have signed up former Wallaby centre Ben Tapuai (32, Harlequins), wing Eduan Keyter (25, Griquas) and lock Gerbrandt Grobler (29, Stade Francais).

The United Rugby Championship starting in September will require a fairly large squad – especially when the Boks play in the RC and End of Year Tour.


Mchunu’s front against the Cheetahs

22 Jul 21 12:29 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 110 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.

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.