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.


Cheetahs on a Wednesday

8 Mar 21 13:23 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 21 Comments

Sean Everitt has kept pretty much the same squad that beat the Griquas at home to travel to Bloemfontein to face the Cheetahs on Wednesday.

Jonny Meyer starts at tight head in place of Michael Kumbirai; Manie Libbok and hard working Werner Kok swaps places with Jordan Chait and Thaakir Abrahams respectively.

The last time the Sharks visited Bloemfontein they received a 27-point spanking – so the young Sharks will have their work cut out for them.


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Squad for Griquas match

26 Feb 21 18:15 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 41 Comments

Many of the front line players (including new high profile signing Siya Kolisi) are currently on a conditioning programme – so Sean Everitt has picked a number of next level players for the first preparation match against the Griquas on Sonday at Kings Park.

Murray Koster will get a start in the 12 jersey next to Manie Libbok at flyhalf. Jeremy Ward captains the team from the outside centre position.


More local rugby on the cards

12 Feb 21 10:32 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 6 Comments

In a year where rugby fixture dates have become as reliable as the stock management schedule in a liquor store, there will be another 4 Sharks games to watch starting on the 28th February.

The Currie Cup teams plus the EP Elephants will play a series of games to prepare for the hopefully upcoming Rainbow Cup.


Hendrikse start in the final

28 Jan 21 12:29 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 57 Comments

Sean Everitt picked the same 23 players that won the semi-final in Cape Town with Jaden Hendrikse moving into the starting lineup.

The Sharks pack (apart from getting on the wrong side of the ref in the scrums) stood up well against the highly rated WP pack. We will need more of the same against the Bulls at Loftus.


Semi-final Time!

21 Jan 21 13:17 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 22 Comments

After a two break caused by Covid the Sharks travel to Cape Town for the semi-final against WP. Sean Everrit has selected what must be close to the strongest side the Sharks have on their books.


Sharks vs Griquas

2 Jan 21 12:25 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 60 Comments

The Sharks take on the Griquas at Kings Park and will be desperate to win this game. The Kwas will definitely target the creaky Sharks scrum which has been in turbo reverse against the Lions and Cheetahs. Likewise the Sharks have been vulnerable at the breakdown getting turned over regularly before being able to make use of the possession that comes their way.


Fassi back on the bench

26 Dec 20 14:40 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 67 Comments

Merry Christmas everyone. There is actually a Sharks game this Sunday.

Aphelele Fassi makes a welcome return to the Sharks team that was soundly beaten at Ellis Park. However the Sharks pack will have to front up this Sunday against the Cheetahs for any of the back line players to shine.

Jaden Hendrikse and Jeremy Ward will start at 9 and 12 respectively. Hard working Ruben van Heerden makes a welcome return at 4 and Jonny Meyer will swap the number 3 jersey with youngster Michael Kumbirai (who got a tough schooling from Dylan Smith last week).


Time to face the Bulls again!

11 Dec 20 10:48 by Jan Dyman (JD) | 9 Comments

On Saturday at 19h00 the Cell C Sharks will host the Vodacom Bulls at Jonsson Kings Park. Update kickoff time has changed to 14b00.


Currie Cup Time

26 Nov 20 13:33 by Jan Dyman (JD) | 24 Comments

Friday night is the kickoff of this years Currie Cup (Covid edition)

The Sharks will be captained by Jeremy Ward when they meet the Pumas at Kings Park on Friday 19h00. […]

Sharks team announced after Covid delay

12 Nov 20 12:42 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 118 Comments

The Sharks team announcement for the Kwas game had to be delayed due to a player testing positive for Covid. The player and two others who had close contact are in isolation, and we wish him/them well to recover fully from the virus.

Anthony Volminck gets a chance for his new union by starting in the 15 jersey with Manie Libbok moving to the bench. Dan Jooste and JJ van der Mescht swap starting places with Kerron van Vuuren and Ruben van Heerden respectively, and Dylan Richardson drops to the bench with James Venter taking the 6 jersey. Kwezi Mona may also make a debut for his new union  and Cameron Wright covers the 9 from the bench. Thembelani Bholi will start in place of Henco Venter who misses out on squad selection.


Am out for 4 weeks

5 Nov 20 12:11 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 30 Comments

Injuries to Lukhanyo Am (hand) and Sbu Nkosi (slight niggle) has required Sean Everitt to make some changes to the side that beat the Pumas. Jeremy Ward takes over the 13 jersey while Yaw Penxe will feature in the 14. Sikhumbuzo Notshe makes a welcome return on the bench with Werner Kok covering the back line along with Grant Williams. Henco Venter will captain the team in Am’s absence.

The Cheetahs are playing excellent rugby and will be a formidable opponent in Durban on Friday. The Sharks will need to continue the progress made last weekend.


Team for the Pumas

29 Oct 20 16:32 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 31 Comments

Thomas du Toit, James Venter (ankle) and Sikhumbuzo Notshe (hamstring strain) are all not available for Saturday’s away game against the Pumas. Dylan Richardson moves to open side and is replaced at hooker by Dan Jooste. Jonny Meyer takes over the tight head with debutant Michael Kumbirai moving onto the bench.


Nkosi back to wing it at Loftus

22 Oct 20 21:20 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 37 Comments

Sbu Nkosi makes a welcome return for the Sharks along with Kerron van Vuuren and Henco Venter on the bench. Yaw Penxe will make his debut for the Sharks should he come on as a replacement.


JPP on the wing against the Lions

7 Oct 20 17:03 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 54 Comments

Sean Everitt has selected 13 players that featured in the Springbok Green vs. Gold match for Friday’s game against the Lions. The match definitely did the Sharks no harm, as a couple of these players who were very rusty against the Bulls looked a lot sharper in the Bok game.


Lukhanyo Am captains the Springbok Gold team

1 Oct 20 11:26 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 3 Comments

Lukhanyo Am will captain the Springbok Gold team in Saturday’s trial match. He will be joined by fellow Shark Sikhumbuzo Notshe in the starting lineup with Dylan Richardson, James Venter,  Curwin Bosch and Werner Kok on the bench.

Sanele Nohamba, Hyron Andrews and Ox Nche all start in the Green team captained by Siya Kolisi, with Thomas du Toit, JJ van der Mescht, Manie Libbok, and Jeremy Ward on the bench.


Squad for Loftus

24 Sep 20 17:56 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 54 Comments

James and Henco Venter join the growing injury list and are also not available for Saturday’s game against the Bulls. It will be up to Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Tera Mtembu to guide the young loose forwards in the squad.

Likewise JP Pietersen has been roped in to add some experience in the back three.

The squad includes a number of U/20 Bok players who traveled to Argentina in 2019 – Thaakir Abrahams, Caleb Dingaan Celimpilo Gumede, Jaden Hendrikse, Emile van Heerden plus “old” Sharks hands  JJ van der Mescht, Phepsi Buthelezi and Sanele Nohamba.


Fassi out for 3 months

21 Sep 20 10:00 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 4 Comments

The Sharks have been hit by a number of high profile injuries even before what’s left of the 2020 rugby season kicks off. Aphelele Fassi picked up a shoulder injury during training last week and will be out of action for at least 3 months after undergoing surgery. Really sad news as many of us were really looking forward to again seeing Fassi ghosting through defenses.


Finally local rugby restarts

17 Sep 20 08:42 by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring) | 2 Comments

Since the match between the Sharks and Stormers in March, I had to watch a couple of Super Rugby Aotearoa games (high quality games) and even had to resort to watching some Super Rugby AU games (perhaps I chose the wrong games but mostly error ridden affairs). Monster tackles, physical games with teams giving no quarter, great attacking moves – rugby to appreciate. However one element was missing – the tension in the pit of your stomach while edging (more like screaming) YOUR team on  defending their slim lead while the other team is camped on their try line. I miss the elation after winning a crucial match and even the physical pain after losing. Watching rugby as a neutral is more of an intellectual exercise – you can appreciate the great play, but in the end it means nothing to YOU personally.