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Preview Super Rugby 2018 – Cell C Sharks

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Talking about the Sharks before Super Rugby season starts is like reading the winning numbers of your lotto ticket just to release when you claim your price that you had one number wrong.

Every year for some years now the Sharks have the players to be able to dominate the competition and every year they disappoint their supporters at some stage.

The Sharks have yet again manage to have some real quality players in their squad and added to that they have made the best transfers as well in the off season.

With only two major injury concerns to start the season the Sharks will be looking to go better than last year when they lost against the Lions in the play-offs.

It looks like Coenie Oosthuizen will be out for the whole Super Rugby and Jean-Luc that will only join them in April.

Even with Coenie out of the picture the Sharks have the Beast, Thomas Du Toit, Ross Geldenhuys, Meyer and Majola to show up in the front row.

Add the talent of Akker van der Merwe and Ralepelle at the number 2 jumper you have a great front-row who will be able to compete against the best.

The Sharks have always had some great locks and this year will be no different with Lewies, Botha, Andrew and Koegelenberg to man up in the lineouts.

They did loose Etienne Oosthuizen to Lyon but that should not be a problem for the men in black.

In the loose they have quality with players like Du Preez twins, Daniel, Van der Walt, Vermeulen and Mtembu

The key for the Sharks will be at the back this year if they want to secure a playoff spot. They mostly one dimension play we have seen from them the last couple of years just does not cut it anymore.

There are some excitement among Sharks supporters this year with players like Louis Schreuder, Robert Du Preez, Curwin Bosch, Lukhanyo Am, Andre Esterhuizen, Sbusiso Nkosi, Makezole Mapimpi and Leolin Zas.

All of these players can provide the Sharks with that X-Factor they need to take their game to the next level like the Lions have shown us all.

Sharks coach Robert du Preez is happy where they team is right now as he spoke to Sharks website “The boys worked really hard with a big emphasis on keeping the pre-season a lot more rugby-related. I think the players enjoyed it although we did take them out their comfort zone, so there was no status quo as far as how things have been done in the past.

But they adapted well and they’ve enjoyed their pre-season. The boys then went on a three week break over Christmas before returning to training.”

As far as the players’ conditioning goes, he said he was encouraged by their commitment and hard work.

“I’m very pleased with that aspect, although there is still a lot of work to do. They’ve worked hard, came back nice and refreshed and ready for what we have to do now.

The Sharks have also added some new personal to their coaching bench in Dick Muir and Braam van Straaten.

Robert Du Preez has progress nicely as a coach at the Sharks but he will be under some pressure this year to produce a better performance in the tournament.

With the Sharks having all the qualities on paper to be successful in Super Rugby, their fans will be hoping this year the can bring the quality on paper to the field.

 

Sharks gets Dick for Super Rugby

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In 2017, the introduction of Robert du Preez as the Cell C Sharks Head Coach coincided with the assembling of a young talented squad, which paved the way for a new era at the Cell C Sharks.

A three-year plan was structured and implemented to take us forward and reclaim our winning ways. In year one, there was sufficient growth shown with the Cell C Sharks having qualified for the Vodacom Super Rugby quarter-finals, topped the log at the end of the pool stages of the Currie Cup and contested a home Currie Cup Final. This is just the beginning of where we want to be at, and the focus is now on building on this progress.

To this end, the Cell C Sharks are delighted to announce the appointment of Dick Muir, the former Springbok and Sharks player and coach. He will join the Cell C Sharks coaching team as a consultant responsible for the team’s attack and backline play for the 2018 rugby season.

With a highly successful coaching track record that includes coaching The Sharks to the Final of the 2007 Super Rugby tournament as well as his role as assistant coach of the Springboks from 2008 – 2011, Muir alongside Head Coach Robert du Preez will bring extensive knowledge, experience and grit to the portfolio.

The Sharks CEO, Gary Teichmann said: “Dick’s coaching record and his passion for the game makes him the ideal person for the role. He is passionate about this team, our proud history and helping to take us forward.

“He has a lot to offer in terms of shaping our attack as well as mentoring and guiding our young backline to reach their full potential. After a break, we are happy that he has decided to return to the coaching fore with his expertise and technical astuteness.”

Dick Muir added: “I am very excited to once again be involved with the Cell C Sharks as a consultant, and I look forward to helping them achieve their vision. Together with Gary and Robert and the rest of the management team, our plan is to bring the team back to where they once were.

“Rugby coaching is a passion for me and despite having taken a break from full-time coaching; I never have not been involved at some level of the structures. My role in the Investec International Rugby Academy and with Northwood School has kept me in touch with what is happening in the game and has fueled my passion to be a part of shaping the future of the Cell C Sharks.”

Looking ahead to 2018, du Preez stated: It’s important for us to kick-on from where we left off in 2017. A strong team culture is paramount to success and the basis of our culture centres around a strong work ethic, respect for each other and our jersey.

“We are fortunate to have a loyal group of players who’ve bought into the strong long-term vision that we are working towards. As a coaching unit, we are committed to providing our players with the technical skills and game plan, with which they can develop and eventually stake a claim for higher honours.”

“After a short break, our pre-season training commences on Monday and we are excited to get going. There is a lot of hard work that lies ahead in preparation for the 2018 season and beyond, which we as a team will tackle together”, concluded du Preez.

The Sharks also take this opportunity to acknowledge the invaluable contribution made by Sean Everitt and Ryan Strudwick in their time as assistant coaches of the senior team. As an experienced age-group coach, Sean Everitt will now have the key responsibility of managing a talented group of U/19 players making their way into professional rugby in 2018, whilst Ryan Strudwick will be pursuing other opportunities.

We thank them for their dedication and commitment and we wish them the very best for the next chapter in their coaching careers.

Zas join Sharks

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The Cell C Sharks have snapped up another exciting player for the 2018 Super Rugby Season in Leolin Zas.

Zas are now joining Robert Du Preez and Makazole Mapimpi as backline players moving to Durban next year.

Zas have been an impressive youngster and throughout the juniors have looked like a quality outside back. He impressed for the Stormers in 2016 before he broke his leg in pre-season of 2017.

The injury kept him out for the whole of the 2017 season and he will want to come back next year with the Sharks and make his mark at Super Rugby.

Another great signing for the Sharks

Sharks coach under scrutiny

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The treatment and omission of Springbok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle during the latter stages of the Currie Cup has come under scrutiny at the Sharks.

According to the Sunday Times, Sharks coach Robert du Preez has been accused of poor player management, while questions have been raised over his decision to overlook Ralepelle upon his return to the Durban-based side.

Ralepelle returned to the Sharks after forming part of the Boks’ match 23 for the final two Rugby Championship Tests, but Du Preez opted not to pick him during the Currie Cup playoffs. Instead, Franco Marais started at hooker, with Akker van der Merwe on the bench.

The Sunday Times reports that Ralepelle took up the issue with the coach, and that a high-level meeting took place to address the matter.

There is apparently also unrest over certain aspects of Du Preez’s management style, and the manner in which he addresses players.

In a statement, Sharks communications manager Novashni Chetty said: ‘Chiliboy had concerns about his non-selection for the semi-final and a meeting was set up on management’s request with Chili to engage with him on the matter and address these concerns.

‘At this mentioned meeting Chiliboy was given clear reasons for his non-selection and was given the opportunity to ask any questions he had.

‘The above is exactly what transpired with Chiliboy and the Sharks have nothing to hide. Our policy is always to be open and transparent with our players.

‘Our head coach leads by example and our environment demands a strong work ethic, respect for each other and our jersey.’

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Sharks sign Mapimpi for Super Rugby

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More great news for the Sharks fans came on Friday when the union announced that Makazola Mapimpi has signed for the Cell C Sharks and will join them just in time for the start of the Super Rugby season.

This came after the Sharks also confirmed this week that WP and Stormers star flyhalf Robert Du Preez will make the move to Durban as well.

The in-form wing has been performing superbly for the Cheetahs in the PRO14 this year, and before that he had a stellar season for the Kings in Super Rugby.

The 2018 Super Rugby season will see the tournament go back to 15 teams after the Kings, Cheetahs and Western Force were axed from the competition following the completion of the 2017 season.

Ndungane calls it a day

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Sharks wing Odwa Ndungane has decided to close the curtain on his illustrious career at the end of the 2017 season, reports Sport24

Ndungane, 36, will be honoured in a ‘tribute’ match when the Sharks take on Western Province in Saturday’s final pool game of the Currie Cup tournament in Durban.

The former Springbok joined the Sharks in 2005 from the Blue Bulls, and since then he has become an integral part of the team playing over 100 Super Rugby and Currie Cup games for the Sharks.

“Odwa Ndungane epitomises what it means to be a professional rugby player and over the years his dedication, loyalty and contribution to the team remained unwavering,” Sharks coach Robert du Preez told the franchise’s official website.

“It is fitting that we honour a player that has given so much to the game and those around him with a tribute match that will highlight his tremendous career.

“We encourage our fans to come through to Kings Park on Saturday to celebrate and acknowledge the massive impact he has made during his distinguished career,” said Du Preez.

Ndungane has played nine Tests for the Springboks and was part of the 2011 World Cup squad where he featured in a pool encounter against Fiji.

The Sharks are currently on top of the Currie Cup standings and are favoured to go all the way as a home semi-final victory would secure a final at Kings Park.

Kick-off on Saturday is at 15:00.

Picture by: (Getty)

 

Lambie released from Bok and Sharks contract

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Springbok and Sharks number 10 Ptrick Lambie have been released from his Springbok and Sharks contact and is all set to join Racing 92 to get a fresh start.

Luck is something that have not been on Lambie side the past two years starting with a serious concussion which he got against Ireland last year June.

Rumors even did the rounds that Lambie may retire even from the game but it seems that he has been given another lifeline at French club Racing 92.

Good news is that Lambie will still be considered for Springboks if Coetzee needs him as he has the minimum of 30 test already behind his name.

Lambie amassed over 100 caps for his beloved Sharks, whom he joined straight out of school. He has 56 Bok caps to his name and will be desperate to add to that tally.

Sharks in talks with Muir

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Former Springbok and Sharks player Dick Muir may return to Durban next season as an assistant coach to Robert Du Preez.

Netwerk24 has reported that the Sharks and Muir are discussion the details of his contract.

Muir was in charge of the Sharks for three seasons from 2005-2007. He then became a Springbok assistant coach from 2008 to 2011.

These alleged talks have sparked rumours that current Sharks assistants Ryan Strudwick and Sean Everitt may lose their jobs. Strudwick’s contract comes to an end later this year. Everitt has a year left on his contract and may be reassigned within the Sharks ranks.

Sharks CEO Gary Teichmann refused to comment on the matter.

“Nothing has been finalized. We will make an announcement as soon as there is anything official to report,” he told Sport24.

Muir is currently working as a coach at the Crusaders club in Durban. He is also Northwood High School’s director of rugby and the head of an international rugby academy.

As a player, Muir represented the Sharks and Western Province and played five Tests for the Springboks.

Akker signs with Sharks

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The Cell C Sharks have reeled in a Lions to the Sharks Tank in Akker van der Merwe.

The lively hooker will join the Sharks in a two-year deal and will be available for them immediately. This is a very good signing for the Sharks and a good move for Akkers as he was playing third inline at the Lions.

Springbok hooker Marx and Coetzee has been infront of him in the picking order at the Lions the last couple of years.

Van der Merwe will meet up with his Varsity Cup coach on Monday to start preparing for the Currie Cup match against the Blue Bulls on Wednesday.

Van der Merwe made his Super Rugby debut for the Lions in 2014 and played 50 times for the Johannesburg franchise.

 

Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Current team Lions / Golden Lions XV
Youth Career
2007–2009 SWD Eagles
2010 Leopards U19
2012 Leopards U21
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 NWU Pukke 10 (15)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Leopards XV 6 (10)
2013–2014 Leopards 11 (0)
2014–present Lions 39 (30)
2014–present Golden Lions 18 (25)
2015 → Racing 92 2 (0)
Correct as of 25 October 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2016 Barbarians 1 (0)

Gelant hat-trick sink Sharks in Durban

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The Bulls outscored the Sharks to take their first win away from home when they beat them 30-17 on Friday night. Gelant scored a hat-trick of tries to sink the Sharks in the Shark-tank.

The Sharks and the Bulls started the return to Super Rugby after the June Internationals and kick off the last few rounds in Durban.

With the Sharks certain off a play-off spot and the Bulls just playing for pride it was a game to look forward to and more dangerous for the Sharks than the Bulls as the Bulls had nothing to lose.

Supporters from both side just wanted their sides to show some intend to run the ball and score tries and that is what the two teams tried to do on the night.

It was the Bulls with the better start showing a bit more in the first ten minutes of the match and scored the first try from a mistake from the Sharks at their own lineout.

This gave them a 5-0 early lead in the match.

The game then came to life with the Sharks replying with a try of their own through Thomas Du Toit. This gave them a 7-5 lead.

With the Sharks on the break-out the Bulls turned it around and score from the turnover to take back the lead 12-7 after 20 minutes.

The Bulls did not take long to extend the lead after a Sharks slotted a penalty over with Serfontein showing his class and sending his fullback over for the try.

The Sharks had their chances but Bulls defence hold them and some silly mistakes on attack prevent any points coming from it.

The Bulls kept the lead going into the break and great first half from the visitors.

The Sharks did not had a good start to the second half giving away allot of penalties and got a yellow card for repeated penalties against them.

The Bulls extend the lead with a penalty to 20-10.

It was the Sharks that scored against the run of play after they caught the Bulls asleep with a quick lineout to make the lead only 3 points.

Serfontein was again in the frame sending Gelant over for his third try of the match and a 10-point lead for the Bulls leading the Sharks 27-17 after 60 minutes.

The Bulls extend their lead to 30-17 with a penalty as both teams made more mistakes on attack.

The Bulls kept the lead till the end and got their first away win this season.

Jan Serfontein was again outstanding and my Man of the Match.

Scorers:

Sharks – Tries: Thomas du Toit, Curwin Bosch. Conversions: Bosch (2). Penalty: Bosch.
Bulls – Tries: Nic de Jager, Warrrick Gelant (3). Conversion: Tian Schoeman (2). Penalties: Schoeman (2)

Sharks add three new players

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In a timely boost for the Cell C Sharks ahead of the start of this year’s Currie Cup, Head Coach Robert du Preez has announced the signings of Cameron Wright, Louis Schreuder and Tyler Paul, all of whom have signed two-year contracts.

“Former Stormers and now Kings scrumhalf, Louis Schreuder brings with him a wealth of experience and with the loss of Cobus Reinach to Northampton, Schroeder together with the Michael Claassens will shepherd the scrumhalf responsibilities and  provide the necessary mentorship and guidance to our emerging scrumhalves at the franchise,” said du Preez.

Another scrumhalf who will be joining Schreuder in Durban is KZN born Cameron Wright, who is no stranger to the Cell C Sharks after spending his junior years with our team.

“After a short stint in France, which has aided his personal development, he makes a welcome return home.  Cameron understands our unique culture and team values and everyone is excited to have him back home.”

Voted Kings U19 player of the year in 2013, lock/flank Tyler Paul, 22, is another player who has shone this season.

“His work ethic and drive makes him a perfect fit for our team and we are confident that his move to Durban will prove to be beneficial for both the player’s personal development and for our team.

“Our core emphasis is to retain home grown talent and a lot of effort has been placed on signing the best junior players in our province, some of which we have already announced.

“With the acquisition of these juniors, it is also important to have experience in the mix and due consideration was given to signing players that will fit into the unique culture we have here at The Sharks and the vision we are building towards.  These three players fit that mould and we look forward to them joining our family,” concluded du Preez.

Player Profiles

Cameron Wright

Date of Birth     20 April 1994, Westville
Height 1.81m
Weight 92kg
Position Scrumhalf
School Hilton College, Pietermaritzburg

Louis Schreuder

Date of Birth 25 April 1990, Paarl
Height   1.84m
Weight 82kg
Position Scrumhalf
School Paarl Gimnasium, Paarl

Tyler Paul

Date of Birth            20 January 1995, Duiwelskloof
Height 1.94m
Weight 110kg
Position Lock/Flank
School St Andrews College, Grahamstown

Sharks full value for win over Jaguares

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The Sharks got a vital win over the Jaguares in Argentina when they beat them 33-25 on Saturday

The Sharks had one of their worst games last week against the Rebels and had much to proof this week against the good Jaguares side away from home.

They had a strong start with their forwards taking the ball up and scored the first try to have the perfect start they could have asked for leading 7-0 after just 3 min.

The Jaguares got their first points on the board through a penalty for a late tackle to make the scores 7-3 for the Sharks.

The Sharks looked very god on attack and defence and where able to play a bit more in the Jaguares half to force a penalty and extend the lead to 10-3.

The Jaguares showed some great skill on attack and forced another kickable penalty with the Sharks also getting a yellow card for deliberate slowing the ball down.

This made the lead only 10-6 but the Sharks immediately hit back with a penalty of their own to extend it again to 13-6.

The Jaguares used the extra man to their advantage and scored their first try after some great hands and speed in their backline.

This made it all square at 13 all after 28 min of play.

It was the Jaguares that put themselves in the correct positions of the field to score their second try under the stick and took the lead of 20-13.

The Sharks hit back almost immediately through a great run from deep by Smith to get their second try on the board and get the scores level again at 20 all at the break.

The Sharks were first to break the glass in the second half with the first points through a great try to take the lead again 27-20 after 52 minutes.

The Sharks took the lead to 30-20 but a laps in their defence gave the Jaguares their first try in the second half and reduce the lead to only 30-25.

The Sharks got a final penalty over to take a great win in Argentina with 33-25.

Scorers:

Jaguares

Tries: Joaquin Tuculet, Matias Orlando, Bautista Ezcurra
Conversions: Nicolas Sanchez (2)
Penalties: Sanchez (2)

Sharks

Tries: Phillip Van Der Walt, Etienne Oosthuizen, Thomas du Toit
Conversions: Curwin Bosch (3)
Penalties: Bosch (4)

Esterhuizen gets six weeks ban

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Sharks centre Andre Esterhuizen has been suspended for six weeks for foul play during Saturday’s Super Rugby clash with the Rebels in Durban.

A SANZAAR Judicial Committee Hearing found Esterhuizen guilty of contravening Law 10.4(j) Lifting a Player from the ground and either dropping or driving that Player’s head and/or upper body into the ground whilst the Player’s feet are off the ground, after he was issued with a Red Card during a Super Rugby match at the weekend.

The incident occurred in the 17th minute of the match which ended in a 9-9 draw.

The SANZAAR Judicial Hearing held via video conference on Monday 24 April 2017, 9am(SAST),5pm(AEST), 7pm(NZST) was heard by Michael Heron (Chairman), De Wet Barry and John Langford.

In his finding, Heron ruled the following:

“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Thembelani Mayosi, the Judicial Committee accepted a guilty plea from the Player in respect of Law 10.4(j).”

“With respect to sanction the Judicial Committee deemed the act of foul merited a mid range entry point of 10 weeks. It was deemed to be reckless in nature and placed the opposing player in an extremely dangerous position.”

“In regards to aggravating factors, it was noted that the Player was suspended for a similar offence in 2015 and subsequently one week was added to the suspension period. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s excellent conduct throughout the Judicial process, his on-field apology to the opposing player, his remorse and his early guilty plea, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 6 weeks.”

“The player is therefore suspended for six weeks.”

Sharks squad to tour Argentina

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Cell C Sharks Head Coach Robert du Preez has named a 25-man touring squad, who will depart for Argentina tomorrow, ahead of their return fixture against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

“A strong travelling squad has been announced by du Preez, despite not having the luxury of selecting centre Andre Esterhuizen, due to suspension, and an injured Kobus van Wyk, who was a very late withdrawal from this past Saturday’s match against the Rebels.

The touring squad are:

        FORWARDS                   BACKS
Chiliboy Ralepelle Benhard Janse van Rensburg
Coenie Oosthuizen Cobus Reinach
Daniel du preez Jeremy Ward
Etienne Oosthuizen Johan Deysel
Franco Marais Lukhanyo Am
Jean-Luc du Preez Lwazi Mvovo
John-Hubert Meyer Michael Claasens
Lourens Adriaanse Odwa Ndungane
Philip van der Walt Rhyno Smith
Ruan Botha Sbu Nkosi
Stephan Lewis
Tendai Mtawarira
Tera Mtembu
Thomas du Toit

For a man who has played for this province with distinction and who has such high respect for our jersey, du Preez’s unhappiness with our team performance was evident.

“Our performance was sub-standard and absolutely unacceptable.  We owe everyone associated with our team a more credible showing against the Jaguares.  We will work hard this week on the areas that let us down, with discipline and execution being key.”

Players that were not considered for selection include:
Garth April, Inny Radebe, Keegan Daniel, Kobus van Wyk, Pat Lambie

Sharks struggle past Jaguares

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It was not pretty but the Cell C Sharks did get a win over the Jaguares on Saturday when the beat them 18-13

At first the Sharks and Jaguares were just feeling each other out with no team making really making progress.

With the Jaguares on attack Cobus Reinach ripped the ball on attack from the Jaguares and ran 70 meters for the Sharks first try.

The Jaguares first points came from a scrum penalty to make the scores 5-3 for the Sharks. It took not long for the Jaguares to slot another penalty over to take the lead 6-5.

Not much got really going with both teams making too many mistakes but the Sharks did get a penalty for a shoulder challenge and took the lead back 8-6 after 29 min.

Some poor quality from both sides made the game hard to watch and not much to have cheered about, just too many mistakes.

The Sharks went into the break with a lead 0f 8-6.

The Second half started well for the Sharks as they kept pressure on Jaguares in their twenty-two with Esterhuizen going over for their second try.

That gave them a 13-6 lead early on.

The Sharks did a bit more on attack than the Jaguares and they also played more in their half as well but did not use the ball they got well at all.

The Jaguares received a yellow card for an early tackle when the Sharks was close to the line but were unable to take advantage of the penalty.

The Jaguares found line break with the result them going over the line. Although no evidence shown on replays the referee decided he was happy to be awarded.

That made it a 15-13 lead for Sharks with 63 min gone in the match.

The game went from bad to worst with 82 handling errors at the 76 minute of the match.

Scorers:

Sharks – Tries: Cobus Reinach, André Esterhuizen. Conversion: Curwin Bosch. Penalties: Bosch (2).
Jaguares – Try: Agustín Creevy. Conversion: Felipe Ezcurra. Penalties: Nicolás Sánchez (2).

Lions beat Sharks in a thriller

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We saw on Saturday another classic game of rugby which just show that South African is on the up. The Lions edge the Sharks at the end in a thriller to in the match 34-29.

We expected a fast and frantic game and we got that in the first half with the Sharks dominating most of that half with there hard big pack.

They dominating the contact and using their power to overpower the Lions at the breakdown. They scored a brillint try with Oostuizen going over with a strong run.

The Lions struggled to get going and find the space in the Sharks defense which was brilliant in that first half. Their almost seemed a bit surprise with the power of the Sharks game.

The Lions sgot two penalties over in the first half but it was all Sharks with 39 minutes gone. Bosch did not missed with the boot much and he also slotted a drop goal over.

Just before the break the Sharks got a yellow card for a second dangerous tackle and the Lions opted to go for the lineout.

They got the drive going and Marx got over as the hooter sounded for halftime giving the Sharks only a 16-13 lead at the break.

The second half lived up to even more than what we got in the first as the Lions came back at the Sharks making the game faster and scoring some great tries  in the process. No more important than the 78 min try Kriel scored to give them the lead.

The teams were logged at even stevens for most part of the match and trading penalties for the last ten minutes till the brrilliant break from Kwagga Smith that send Kriel down the line to score the winning try.

The Sharks did never gave up in the match and with the boot from the tlented Bosch kept in the match and the Lions honest throughout the match.

Both teams where brilliant in defense and they did not let up throughout the 80 minutes and both teams wanted to run the ball and score tries.

At the end the Lions hold on and got the win and keeping the winning record at home.

The scorers:

For Lions:
Tries: Marx, Skosan, Kriel
Cons: Jantjies 2
Pens: Jantjies 4
Drop-Goal: Coetzee

For Sharks:
Tries: C Oosthuizen, Van Wyk
Cons: Bosch 2
Pens: Bosch 4
Drop-Goal: Bosch
Yellow Card: E Oosthuizen

Cell C Sharks beat the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein

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The Sharks had to change their game plan in the second half and work hard to get the win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfotein on Saturday. The Cheetahs pushed them all the way but at the end they got the win 38-30.

Sharks started the game full of running and played in the Cheetahs half but did not keep the Cheetahs from running the ball themselves out of their own twenty two early on.

The Sharks immediately got back in the Cheetah half after they took the lead 3-0 and scored a try through Mvovo to get the lead from the Cheetahs 7-3 after 7 min.

With a successful penalty from Bosch the Sharks extended the lead to 10-3 after 16 min.

With the Sharks on attack the Cheetahs received a yellow card for Oupa high tackle and gave the Sharks the oprtunity to score another try.

This took the scores to 15-3 after 27 min.

The Cheethas answered back the only way they know how and scored a brilliant try thorugh their captain Francois Venter.

Jaco Peyper then made one of those stupid decisions saying Oostuizen have hit a player high after the TMO told him it was at best a penalty. He send Oostuizen off with a yellow for that tackle.

The Cheetahs got the penalty over and reduced the lead from Sharks to 15-13 after 36 min. The Cheetahs was not finished and score a great try after the hooter to take the lead at halftime 20-15.

The second half was more Cheetahs than Sharks as they kept ball in hand and Sharks decided to kick more. The Cheetahs forced a penalty and strecth the lead to 23-15 after 45 min.

The Sharks scored their next try after a ball was ripped and they stopped playing with the Sharks picking the ball up and send Van Wyk over to take the lead back to 23-21 after 48 min.

The Sharks took the lead from a penalty by Bosch in the 56 minute 25-23.

The Sharks wwas next to score again with a great drive from a lineout after Blommetjies made a huge mistake close to his hands.

The Sharks extended their lead to 32-23 after 67 min.

The Cheetahs hit back with 1 minto go as they scored a try with Rhule going over after running the perfect line.

This made it a 8 point game Sharks leading 38-30.

This is also how the game ended with the Sharks that took the win

The scorers:

For Cheetahs:
Tries: Venter, Jonker, Rhule
Cons: Zeilinga 2
Pens: Zeilinga 3
Yellow Card: Mohoje

For Sharks:
Tries: Mvovo, Van Wyk 2, D du Preez
Cons: Bosch 3
Pens: Bosch 4
Yellow Card: Oosthuizen

Kings run Sharks close in Durban

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The Southern Kings gave the Sharks a mighty old scare on Saturday when they ran them close by only loosing 19-17 that gave the Sharks the win.

The Sharks put the first points on the ball through a penalty and took an early lead of 3-0 after 6 min.

As last week against the Stormers the Kings did not stand back for the Sharks and were good on defense and took opportunities to get into the Sharks half.

The game did not go anywhere much as both teams where either forcing a pass or forcing a kick to get the edge but too many mistakes being made in the process.

Both teams struggle to get any rhythm going as well and did not keep the ball for long periods of time.

Charged down kick turned into a try for the Kings and gave them the lead 7-3 after 20 min. This was a bit against the run of play.

The Kings scrums have also been solid for them as they got a few penalties from it as well which was a bit of a surprise.

The Kings were penalised a few times in the rucks slowing it down and got yellow card for their trouble after 25 minutes.

That gave the Sharks the extra man and they used it to drive Adriaanse over for the Sharks first try and the lead of 8-7 after 27 min.

The Sharks made a crucial mistake which the Kings took full advantage to score their second try by Makazole Mapimpi.

That gave the Kings the lead again of 14-8 after 33 minutes and that was the halftime score as well.

The second half started with not much quality from both teams but the Sharks did get a penalty over to take the lead to the Kings only 14-11.

The Sharks finally started to play and got a brilliant try putting the ball through the hands. The Kings still leaded 17-16 after 65 min.

The Kings also got Cloete send off with a yellow card after a no arms tackle in the leadup to the try.

The Sharks had enough good ball all night but handling errors stop any momentum they had on attack.

The Sharks got themselves in the lead when Bosch slotted over a 50-meter penalty. With 9 min to go they led the Kings 19-17.

The Sharks were able to hold on to that lead and took the game.

Scorers

Sharks

Tries: Lourens Adriaanse, Kobus van Wyk

Penalties: Curwin Bosch (3)

Kings

Tries: Ruan Lerm, Makazole Mapimpi

Conversions: Lionel Cronje (2)

Penalty: Cronje

Great win for Cell C Sharks over Waratahs

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It was a great return for the Sharks to South Africa when they beat the Waratahs 37-14 on Saturday in Durban.

The Sharks had the perfect start to the game putting the Waratahs under pressure from the start and went through multiple phases to send Tera over in the corner.

That gave them and early 5-0 lead in the game. With some ball in hand the Waratahs did not look bad at all on attack but Sharks defense was great.

Lambie went off early in the game that looks like a groin injury bring Bosch on the field at ten and he quickly kicked over two penalties to stretch the lead to 11-0.

The Waratahs got a few phases together to put some pressure on the Sharks inside their twenty two but Sharks defense was good enough to hold them out.

With the Waratahs on attack it was yet again that man Bosch that read the game and intercept to score for the Sharks again and took the lead to 18-0.

The Sharks were great in the rucks and in the contact areas but did put themselves under pressure which gave the Waratahs the ball to play with and get back into their half.

The Waratsh did hit back with a try through a great kick through and Folua getting the bounch and the try. This made the score 18-7 after 31 min.

The Sharks got an penalty immediately back to take the socreboard to 21-7 after 31 min.

The Sharks kicked another penalty over before halftime and then Van Wyk picked up a loose pass from Waratahs to sprint for another try for the Sharks.

Bosch converted the try and they took a 31-7 lead at halftime over the Waratahs.

The Waratahs started with a bang in the second half  scoring their second try after a kick charged down to take the score to 31-14 after 43 min.

The two teams hold eachother well in the middle part of the the second half with not one team taking control.

With the game not going anywhere the Sharks put some pressure on the scrum and forced a penalty which Bosch happily converted to take their lead to 37-14 after 73 min.

Cobus Reinach had one of his best games he had for a long time controlling the game throughout.

The game ended with the Sharks 37 and Waratahs 14, making it their second win of the season and the perfect return to the Republic.

Stats from Vodacom Rugby

The scorers:

For Sharks:
Tries: 
Mtembu, Bosch, Van Wyk
Cons: Bosch 2
Pens: Bosch 6

For Waratahs:
Tries: Folau 2
Cons: Robinson 2
Yellow card: Dempsey

SR Preview – Cell C Sharks v Waratahs

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The Sharks will be coming to their first home match with their tails up when they host the Waratahs in Durban on Saturday.

Using their “Getting out of jail” free card last week against the Brumbies would have given them much needed believes in their structure and the waa this young team is going forward. How do they say? It was not pretty at the end but bloody effective and that is sometimes all you need in Super Rugby to get in the winning ways.

With one win out of two and the Autralian tour done for the year the Sharks can look forward to get thing going and keep winning. As with the Lions this year they have the easier route in the pool stages not facing any New Zealand teams but you cannot just think you need to pitch up for these games.

The Waratahs are likely to be much improved from last week’s performance at the Lions, which was impacted by the late withdrawals due to injury of second-row Will Skelton and scrum-half Nick Phipps. The latter returns to the starting XV this week.

They were in the game against the Lions for most part of that first half and poor defense eventually let to their downfall. They have a Sharks side this weekend who does the basics brilliant and and like the set pieces so anything less than perfect will see the Waratahs getting their second loss in three weeks.

There are normally not plenty in these games between the Sharks and Waratahs and we can expect a close contest on Saturday. One tend to think that the battle for this win will come from the team who dominate upfront and in the set pieces. Both teams have exciting runners but they tend to play forward domination first before they start throwing the ball around.

With one win out of two on the road, coach Robert du Preez has understandably been pleased with their season start and hailed his players.

“The effort from the guys to pull of the win last weekend was fantastic and showed the character and fighting spirit amongst this special group of players,” he praised. “That win has definitely motivated us, however it is important that we build on that momentum this week.”

“The Waratahs will want to end their tour on a high and will be a difficult prospect,” he added, with the ‘Tahs having won four of their last seven matches in South Africa. “We’re looking forward to playing at home and the support of our fans will give us added motivation.”

Home field will count for something but they Sharks will have to play for it.

Head To Head

Games Sharks wins Draws Waratahs wins Sharks points Waratahs points
Overall: 20 7 1 12 432 536
At home: 9 5 1 3 224 194
Average points scored per game 48.40

Previous matches between these two sides

2010-03-06 Waratahs Sharks 25 – 21 Waratahs
2011-05-28 Sharks Waratahs 26 – 21 Sharks
2012-03-24 Waratahs Sharks 34 – 30 Waratahs
2014-03-29 Sharks Waratahs 32 – 10 Sharks
2015-05-16 Waratahs Sharks 33 – 18 Waratahs

Prediction: Believe these two sides are evenly match and gives it to Sharks just because they are at home by 6 points

Sharks: 15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie (c), 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean- Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Curwin Bosch

Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 David McDuling, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 David Lolohea, 19 Senio Toleafoa, 20 Maclean Jones, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Cameron Clark

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Sharks team for Waratahs named

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The Cell C Sharks ar eback at home after being on the road for the first two weeks in Australia.

They won one and lost one while on tour and with a great fightback against the Brumbies Robert Du Preez men will take much hard into their match this weekend against the Waratahs.

It will not be easy coming back from Australia to face a well balanced Waratahs side who has been in the country for two weeks now but coach Robert Du Preez is happy with the work that has been put in by the players, “The effort from the guys to pull of the win last week was fantastic and showed the character and fighting spirit amongst this special group of players.  That win has definitely motivated us, however it is important that we build on that momentum this week.”

We arrived back home on Sunday night and despite the jet lag, there has been no excuses from the guys.  As a coaching unit we cannot fault their commitment and work ethic, which has been amazing. The Waratahs will want to end their tour on a high and will be a difficult prospect on Saturday.  We are looking forward to playing at home and the support and backing of our fans will give us added motivation.” he added.

Sharks team:

15. Clement Poitrenaud
14. Kobus van Wyk
13. Lukhanyo Am
12. Andre Esterhuizen
11. Lwazi Mvovo
10. Patrick Lambie (c)
9. Cobus Reinach
8. Tera Mtembu (v/c)
7. Jean-Luc du Preez
6. Philip van der Walt
5. Ruan Botha
4. Stephan Lewies
3. Coenie Oosthuizen
2. Franco Marais
1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements
16. Chiliboy Ralepelle
17. Thomas du Toit
18. Lourens Adriaanse
19. Jean Droste
20. Jacques Vermeulen
21. Michael Claassens
22. Jeremy Ward
23. Curwin Bosch

Bosch, Am magic steals the win against Brumbies

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The Sharks ended their tour on with a win when they scored a try after the hooter through Am after some magic from Bosch when they beat the Brumbies 27-22.

The Brumbies started the match with a great try within 2 min of the match and took an early lead of 5-0 over the Sharks.

The Sharks got a penalty back to get on the board with the Brumbies leading 5-3. The Brumbies almost scored their second try but a small knock on dissalowed the try and gave the Sharks the oprtunity to get out of their twenty two.

The Brumbies dominated much of the territory due to Sharks mistakes and forced a drive close to the Sharks line to score their second try of the match.

With more mistakes from Sharks and giving away penalties the Brumbies stayed in Sharks half to forced another penalty and stretch their lead to 15-3 after 31 min.

The Sharks played some rugby in Brumbies half and from an attacking lineout the Beast got over for the Sharks first try. Lambie also slotted over a penalty to get the score to 15-13 after 37 min for the Brumbies.

The two teams went into the break with exactly that score.

The Sharks took the lead for the first time of the match early in the second half with a penalty from Lambie to make it 16-15.

The Sharks kept the pressure on the Brumbies by keeping the play tight and holding on to the ball. A yellow card gave the Sharks the advantage in the 50th minute but they manage to mess up two opertunities from n attacking lineout.

The game did not go anywhere really and the Sharks missed two easy penalties but eventually Lambie kicked one over to take the lead to 19-15 after 59 minutes.

Lambie got another penalty and stretch the lead for the Sharks to 22-15.

The Brumbies had not allot of time in the Sharks half but when they go their they scored their thrid try through quick hands to make get even on 22 all after 70 min.

It all looked like they were playing for a draw until some magic from Bosch after the hooter to score a match winning try for the Sharks.

Allot to work for Sharks but they will take that win and get back to the Republic.

The scorers:

For Brumbies:
Tries:
 Speight, Mann-Rea, Kuridrani
Cons: Hawera, Thompson
Pens: Hawera
Yellow card: Godwin

For Sharks:
Tries:
 Mtawarira, Am
Cons: Lambie
Pens: Lambie 5

SR Preview – Brumbies v Sharks

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The Sharks have a great change this weekend to make the wrongs right from last weeks lost against the Reds when they face the Brumbies in week two of Super Rugby.

The Brumbies is no pushover and they will be difficult to stop at home but so early in the season it is usually the best time to upset big teams. Du Preez has made two changes to his starting lineup with Lewies coming in to replace Etienne Oostuizen and at fullback Poitrenaud will swap places with Bosch who will move to the bench for Saturdays match.

Head coach Robert du Preez had hinted this week that there might be a change or two from last week’s line-up against the Reds.

The boys are in good spirits, we’ve had a good training week and our focus will be on our discipline and on our exit – we need to get more territory on our exits,” Du Preez said.

The Brumbies are probably better organised defensively than the Reds, and as an all-round team they’re well coached by Stephen Larkham. It’s going to be a tough one in a tough environment.”

Etienne Oosthuizen is a big loss but we have a very good replacement in Stephan Lewies. Our squad depth is really important and the guys that come into the starting line-up have to use their opportunity.

Last week’s centurion, Lwazi Mvovo, admits that while they have done their homework on their opponents, it’s really about making sure they accomplish their own goals.

The Brumbies are a quality side and they played very well against the Crusaders, but it’s more about what we want to do and about executing our game plan,” he said.

This is a very important game for us, we have a plan for this tour and we pretty much want to win this match, so it’s about getting our game plan right and getting over the little hurdle we had in the first gameWe really want to end the tour on a high note.

The Brumbies however have kept faith in the starting team of last week which lost to the Crusaders. This week they are at home and will be a total different team when they face the Sharks.

The battle of the front rows should be an absorbing contest as well with Wallaby star Allan Alaalatoa coming up against South African Tendai Mtawarira with the scrum battle set to be extremely important in setting any foundations for dominant possession.

This is where the game will be won or lost and an area which the Sharks also struggled last week. Both teams have exciting runners in the back but without good forward ball they struggle as most teams.

Discipline could be key with Sharks Patrick Lambie a deadly presence with the boot. As such the Brumbies defence, which was led by an outstanding Scott Fardy against the Crusaders, will need to be at their most vigilant and decisive best. Fardy continues in the backrow alongside Alcock and Jordan Smiler.

Predictions: The Sharks do not loose to many games on tour and although they were not at their best last week they did show the signs of a good team. This will be a close one and this week I tip it towards the Brumbies by 6

Teams:

Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Nic Mayhew
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Lolo Fakaosilea, 21 De Wet Roos, 22 Andrew Smith, 23 Isaac Thompson

Sharks: 15 Clement Poitrenaud, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie (captain), 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Tera Mtembu, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Repacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Thomas du Toit, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Jeremy Ward, 23 Curwin Bosch

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Sharks Oosthuizen get two week ban

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Sharks lock Etienne Oosthuizen has been banned for two weeks for striking an opponent during last weekend’s Super Rugby clash with the Reds in Brisbane.

The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee has accepted a guilty plea from Etienne Oosthuizen of the Sharks for contravening Law 10.4(a) Striking another Player with a hand, arm or fist, after he was Cited during a Super Rugby Match at the Weekend.

Oosthuizen has been suspended from all forms of the game for two weeks, up to and including 10 March 2017.

The incident occurred in the ninth minute of the match at Suncorp Stadium on 24 February 2017.

The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Nigel Hampton(Chairman), Stefan Terblanche and John Langford assessed the case.

In his finding, Hampton ruled the following:

“Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Attie Heyns, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the citing under Law 10.4(a) Striking another Player with a hand, arm or fist.

“With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of 4 weeks. However, taking into account mitigating factors including the player’s good disciplinary record and early guilty plea the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 2 weeks.”

“The player is therefore suspended for 2 weeks, up to and including the 10 March 2017.”

Reds edge Sharks to take win

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The Reds came from behind to beat the Sharks on Friday 28-26 and secure a four try bonus point as well.

The Sharks started well against the Reds scoring a try within the first three minutes through Du Preez to take an early lead.

The Reds hit back immediately with a penalty and kept the Sharks in their half with some great interplay with the Sharks having to defend.

The Reds were dominating play for most of the first 20 minutes with the Sharks having to defend for all they were worth to keep the Reds from scoring their first try.

When the Sharks did manage to get into Reds half they got another penalty which Lambie knocked over to take the scores to 10-7.

Against the run of play the Sharks got another penalty which Lambie knocked over to take their lead to 13-6.

The Sharks had another a great opportunity but poor handling at the back prevented them from getting over for a second try.

The Sharks kept on making silly handling errors which give the Reds most of the possession and territory and they took it and scored their first try to make the scores level after 33 min.

Not one of the best rugby we have seen the Sharks play but they did lead the Reds 16-13 at halftime with Lambie knocking over another penalty just before halftime.

The second half the Sharks started much better playing in the right areas and putting the ball behind the Reds. They were able to force another penalty which took their lead to 19-13.

A string of penalties followed which gave the Reds the opportunity to move back into the Sharks half and force a penalty.

They went for a scrum which they spread the ball wide from and scored in the corner. The conversion was not there which gave the Sharks a small lead of 19-18 after 51 min.

The Sharks did handle the ball more in the second half and manage to take their lead to 26-18 after a great try from a forward drive with Tera the man that put the ball over the line.

The Reds never stopped trying in the game and hit back with a penalty and a brilliant try of their own and took the lead for the first time in the match with 28-26.

A late yellow card gave the Sharks some hope but their mistakes on attack with ball in hand let them down again and the Reds took the win.

For Reds:
Tries: Higginbotham, Kerevi 2, Tuttle
Con: Cooper
Pens: Cooper 2
Yellow Cards: Douglas, Hunt

For Sharks:
Tries: Du Preez, Mtembu

Cons: Lambie 2
Pens: Lambie 4

Highlights:

SR Preview: Reds v Sharks

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The Cell C Sharks will be the first of the South African franchises that will be on display in the opening week of Vodacom Super Rugby when they meet the Reds in Australia on Friday.

With both teams expressing good pre-season preparations on can expect a great match-up between the two teams on Friday.

The Reds have gone through a difficult phase the last couple of years with many players leaving the franchise and also some changes in the coaching department but from the outside they look like a happy bunch of players and they also have some quality players in their team.

They have included veteran flanker George Smith in the team as he boost 142 Super Rugby caps. The Reds also see the return of Aussie flyhalf Quade Cooper which is a huge positive for the team this year.

Reds head coach Nick Stiles said his first side for the 2017 season reflected not only the depth of the squad, but the fierce competition for spots.

It’s pretty exciting to think in two days we’ll be back playing at Suncorp Stadium in front of our home fans,” Stiles said.

We’ve all had this date circled in our calendars for a long time and the players and staff have worked incredibly hard to get to this point in the best possible position. “Anyone who watched how we performed in the tens and our trial against the Rebels would know there is a lot of competition for spots in this squad.”

We’ve got a lot of seasoned campaigners, but there are also some young up-and-coming players who have earned an opportunity through their hard work and their form in pre-season. Now the challenge is there for us to put everything we’ve worked on into practice against the Sharks on Friday night.”

The Sharks have a great mixture between exciting youth and some experience heads in their lineup for this weekend. Mvovo will run out in his 100th match for the Sharks and then you have players like Lambie, Reinach, Ruan Botha, Coenie Oosthuizen and Beats that will guide the younger generation this year.

It is very exciting to see the likes of Am and Bosch in the starting fifteen which is adding much excitement from the supporters in Durban. They also have off the bench, Jacques Vermeulen and Clement Poitrenaud who will be making their Vodacom Super Rugby debuts if given a chance on Friday.

The Sharks team looks like usual, a strong team on paper and now it is up to them to proof it on the field. Last year was not one of the best season for the Sharks but they did have a few young players coming through and coming into their second season players like the Du Preez twins will just get better.

Sharks coach Du Preez is very happy with his preperations for this clash against the Reds, “We’ve had two great training sessions over the last two days and the players are rearing to go.  There are no surprises with our team selection this week.  We have rewarded guys that have done well for us so far.  It’s an exciting side and we are looking forward to seeing how they go on Friday.

Lwazi playing in his 100th Vodacom Super Rugby match for the Cell C Sharks is a massive achievement and I’m pleased for him.  He is a guy that sets high standards for himself and it’s great to have someone with his experience in our set-up.  He sets a good example for the young players and hopefully we can make it a memorable day for him this Friday.”

Prediction: Although away from home in the opening round of this years Super Rugby, I do believe the Sharks have a stronger team and players that know each other better than the Reds at this stage. It will be a close one and give it to the Sharks by 5

Teams:

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper (c)
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Markus Vanzati, 18 Sef Fa’agase, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Hendrik Tui, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Jake McIntyre, 23 Izaia Perese

Sharks: 15Curwin Bosch, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Lukhanyo Am, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie (c), 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Tera Mtembu  (v/c), 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Philip van der Walt, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Coenie Oosthuizen, 2. Franco Marais, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Stephan Lewies, 20. Jacques Vermeulen, 21. Michael Claassens, 22. Jeremy Ward, 23. Clement Poitrenaud

Date: Friday, February 24

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 11:00 SA Time
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), Nic Berry (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Bosch and Am starts for Sharks against Reds

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Sharks coach Robert Du Preez has named his side to face the Reds in Australia in the season opener this weekend which sees exciting young players like Curwin Bosch and Lukhanyo Am included in his starting fifteen.

The Sharks had a perfect preparations in pre-season and supporters are looking forward to a much improved display from the Sharks this year. Adding the new coaching staff to the mix this looks like an exciting year for the Sharks and their supporters.

Mvovo will run out this weekend for his 100th Super Rugby match for the Cell C Sharks with Bosch being the youngest players(19) on the park for the Sharks

Sharks coach Du Preez is very happy with his preperations for this clash against the Reds, “We’ve had two great training sessions over the last two days and the players are rearing to go.  There are no surprises with our team selection this week.  We have rewarded guys that have done well for us so far.  It’s an exciting side and we are looking forward to seeing how they go on Friday.

Lwazi playing in his 100th Vodacom Super Rugby match for the Cell C Sharks is a massive achievement and I’m pleased for him.  He is a guy that sets high standards for himself and it’s great to have someone with his experience in our set-up.  He sets a good example for the young players and hopefully we can make it a memorable day for him this Friday.”

If they come off the bench, Jacques Vermeulen and Clement Poitrenaud will be making their Vodacom Super Rugby debuts.
Sharks Team for Reds:

15Curwin Bosch

14. Kobus van Wyk

13. Lukhanyo Am

12. Andre Esterhuizen

11. Lwazi Mvovo **

10. Patrick Lambie (c)

9. Cobus Reinach

8. Tera Mtembu  (v/c)

7. Jean-Luc du Preez

6. Philip van der Walt

5. Ruan Botha

4. Etienne Oosthuizen

3. Coenie Oosthuizen

2. Franco Marais

1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements

16. Chiliboy Ralepelle
17. Thomas du Toit
18. Lourens Adriaanse
19. Stephan Lewies
20. Jacques Vermeulen
21. Michael Claassens
22. Jeremy Ward
23. Clement Poitrenaud

Sharks 27-man touring squad named

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With the commencement of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition just over a week away, Head Coach Robert du Preez, has announced his final 45-man Vodacom Super Rugby squad as well as a 27-man touring squad, who will depart for Australia on Saturday afternoon.

With the commencement of the Vodacom Super Rugby competition just over a week away, Head Coach Robert du Preez, has announced his final 45-man Vodacom Super Rugby squad as well as a 27-man touring squad, who will depart for Australia on Saturday afternoon.

The pre-season warm-up matches gave the coaching team the opportunity to see how players faired after 11 weeks of pre-season training to getting actual game-time. Robert du Preez stated at the outset that if players put up their hands in the warm-up matches he would consider them and player ages would not influence his decision when picking a touring squad.

Du Preez kept true to his word by selecting four uncapped Super Rugby players to join the touring squad namely Stephan Coetzee, Jean Droste, Sbu Nkosi and new signing Jacques Vermeulen. Joining them in the touring squad are the other new signings Kobus van Wyk, Jeremy Ward and the highly experienced French international Clement Poitrenaud.

Amongst the new faces in the squad the coach has also opted for continuity in certain positions by selecting players who did duty for the Cell C Sharks in last year’s tournament.

“It was an extremely tough decision to settle on this 27-man touring squad. We were initially looking at selecting a 15/12 split for the tour, but due to the cover we have amongst the backs the decision was taken to go with 16 forwards and 11 backs”, added du Preez.

“The 27 players selected have all put up their hands not only during the pre-season, but in the two warm-up matches. There is a good balance between experience and youth in this travelling squad. A guy like Sbu Nkosi, who played for the SA U/20’s last year, has impressed me with his strong work ethic and he deserves his chance.”

The most capped Cell C Sharks player forming part of the touring squad is Lwazi Mvovo on 99 Vodacom Super Rugby caps and who is set to earn a well-deserved milestone on tour. He will join an illustrious club of centurions who have played 100 Vodacom Super Rugby games for the Cell C Sharks.

The 27-man touring squad are:

FORWARDS BACKS
Chiliboy Ralepelle Andre Esterhuizen
Coenie Oosthuizen Clement Poitrenaud
Etienne Oosthuizen Cobus Reinach
Franco Marais Curwin Bosch
Jacques Vermeulen Jeremy Ward
Jean Droste Kobus van Wyk
Jean-Luc du Preez Lukhanyo Am
Juan Schoeman Lwazi Mvovo
Lourens Adriaanse Michael Claassens
Philip van der Walt Patrick Lambie
Ruan Botha Sbu Nkosi
Stephan Coetzee
Stephan Lewies
Tendai Mtawarira
Tera Mtembu
Thomas du Toit

“There are a lot of players in our 45-man squad who are definitely going to be in the mix going forward. There is great depth, but unfortunately only 27 players can tour.” Du Preez said

Sharks to play Bulls XV

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The Cell C Sharks will play their second pre-season friendly against the Bulls XV this weekend. With this match the Sharks will wear black armbands for their match in memory of Springbok stalwart, Joost van der Westhuizen.

Although this is a match against against the Bulls XV and not the Super Rugby Bulls team coach Robert Du Preez sees this as a very important match to prepare them for the season ahead.“This is an important match for us.  It’s our last opportunity to fine tune our plans before the competition starts.  We need to be well structured and accurate with our execution.”

  Sharks Team:

15. Curwin Bosch
14. Kobus van Wyk
13. Lukhanyo Am
12. Andre Esterhuizen
11. Lwazi Mvovo
10. Patrick Lambie (c)
9. Cobus Reinach
8. Tera Mtembu
7. Jean-Luc du Preez
6. Philip van der Walt
5. Ruan Botha
4. Etienne Oosthuizen
3. Lourens Adriaanse
2. Franco Marais
1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements
16. John-Hubert Meyer
17. Chiliboy Ralepelle
18. Coenie Oosthuizen
19. Wian Vosloo
20. Jean Droste
21. Jacques Vermeulen
22. Jean Deysel
23. Francois Kleinhans
24. Rowan Gouws
25. Benhard Janse van Rensburg
26. Sibusiso Nkosi
27. Jeremy Ward
28. Johan Deysel
29. S’bura Sithole
30. Clement Poitrenaud

Super Rugby Preview – Sharks

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The Cell C Sharks have always been one of those teams that looks brilliant on paper but on the field have struggled with the performance the last couple of years.

Between switching coaches a few times now over the last few years discipline have also played a roll in their under performance in Super Rugby. The Sharks have quality players who can challenge any other team in the competition but have failed to do so and go all the way in claiming the title.

What makes this year even more exciting for Sharks supporters is the new blood in the sqaud and young players with some special abilities that will play in this years Super Rugby for the Sharks. Adding to that they also have a new dynamic coaching team which will bring new life in the players.

Robert Du Preez was announced as the head coach for the Sharks and he will be assisted by Sean Everitt (backline and attack) and Ryan Strudwick (defence), who did duty with du Preez in last year’s Vodacom Super Rugby tournament.

They  will once again form part of the coaching structure together with Jaco Pienaar, the former UP-Tuks and Blue Bulls U/19 coach, who joins the Cell C Sharks on a two-year contract as forwards coach.

Commenting on his coaching team du Preez said: “A lot of work has been done to strategize the way forward and we have assembled a skilled group of coaches, who bring continuity as well as great commitment to put in the hard yards to achieve the goals we have set-out for ourselves.

“The majority of our coaching team have lived and played in KZN for many years, understand our unique culture and have worked with the young players in our team. We are four weeks into our pre-season programme and there is great energy and positivity amongst everyone.”

One of the most positives that ca,me out the Sharks tank so far is their emphasis on skills, strengthening and conditioning.

There’s going to be a big emphasis on strengthening the guys, and there’s also a massive focus on their aerobic fitness which we feel has been lacking, especially with the way we want to play,” du Preez explained earlier this year.

Here is the extended squad of the Sharks for this years Super Rugby Tournament:

FORWARDS BACKS
Beast Mtawarira Andre Esterhuizen
Chiliboy Ralepelle Benhard Janse van Rensburg
Coenie Oosthuizen Cobus Reinach
Daniel du Preez Curwin Bosch
Enoch Mnyaka Clemont Poitrenaud
Etienne Oosthuizen Garth April
Franco Marais Ilunga Mukendi
Francois Kleinhans Inny-Christian Radebe
Giant Mtyanda Jeremy Ward
Hyron Andrews Johan Deysel
Jacques Vermeulen Kobus van Wyk
Jean Deysel Lukhanyo Am
Jean Droste Lwazi Mvovo
John-Hubert Meyer Marius Louw
Jean-Luc du Preez Michael Claassens
Juan Schoeman Odwa Ndungane
Keegan Daniel Patrick Lambie
Khaya Majola Rowan Gouws
Lourens Adriaanse Rhyno Smit
Mzamo Majola S’bura Sithole
Philip van der Walt Sibusiso Nkosi
Ruan Botha Tristan Blewett
Stephan Coetzee
Stephan Lewies
Tera Mtembu
Thomas du Toit

Players to watch:

Lukhanyo Am – He played for the Margate-based Gladiators Rugby Academy before he was called into the Border Bulldogs Under–19 squad that won the 2012 Under-19 Provincial Championship Division B and winning promotion to Division A, making six appearances and scoring three tries.

After spending time with Saracens during the off-season as part of an exchange programme in conjunction with the British High Commission, he returned to be included in the senior squad for the 2013 Vodacom Cup competition and made his senior debut against defending champions Western Province in Paarl.

In 2013, he was named in a South African Barbarians team to face Saracens in London. He joined the Kings on loan from the Sharks in 2016. In 2016, Am was included in a South Africa ‘A’ squad that played a two-match series against a touring England Saxons team. He came on as a replacement in their first match in Bloemfontein, but ended on the losing side as the visitors ran out 32–24 winners. He was promoted to the starting line-up for the second match of the series, a 26–29 defeat to the Saxons in George.

Curwin Bosch – Bosch was born in Port Elizabeth and was selected on several occasions to represent the Eastern Province Rugby Union at youth rugby tournaments. He played for them as early as primary school level in 2010, when he played at the Under-13 Craven Week tournament held in Graaff-Reinet, scoring a penalty in their win over Boland.

Still at school in 2015, he represented Eastern Province at the Craven Week for a second time. A 21-point points tally form Bosch in their first match against SWD in a repeat of the 2014 main match was followed by 13 points in their 23–22 victory over KwaZulu-Natal in their second match to qualify for a second successive final. However, Bosch failed to help his side to back-to-back wins, as Western Province beat them 95–0 in a very one-sided final.

Bosch was once again noticed by the South African Schools selectors as he earned another selection in the squad for the 2015 International Series. He kicked a total of 42 points in the three matches – ten penalties and six conversions – in victories over Wales, France and England. Bosch moved to Durban to join the Sharks academy for the 2016 season. His first action of the season came for the Sharks-affiliated university side UKZN Impi in the 2016 Varsity Shield.

2016, he was included in the final South Africa Under-20 squad for the 2016 World Rugby Under 20 Championship tournament to be held in Manchester, England. Shortly after returning to South Africa, Bosch was included in the Sharks Super Rugby squad for their Round Sixteen match against the Cheetahs.

Jean-Luc du Preez – Big things are expected from Jean-Luc this year and the Springbok experience should have molded the youngster even more as he takes on another season of Super Rugby with the Sharks. DuPreez as with his brother has all the skills and strength and need to step up this year to show that he earns a proper look in the Springbok jersey.

A player that have come through the ranks and have been improving throughout the 2016 season we force us to have a close look at him in 2017.  Du Preez made his provincial first class debut on 21 March 2015, starting the match for the Sharks XV in their 53–0 victory over the Border Bulldogs in the opening match of the 2015 Vodacom Cup competition. He also started their matches against Free State XV and Boland Cavaliers and played off the bench against the SWD Eagles.

Prediction: The Sharks should have the playoffs as a start in their mind. They have quality players and have enough experience with the fact that they also have youngsters coming through to be one of the top teams in the competition. Super Rugby is a marathon not a sprint so managing the players will play a big role in getting there.

FIXTURES/RESULTS

 

 

Daniels a massive blow for Sharks

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The Cell C Sharks played the Toyota Cheetahs in a pre-season friendly at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi.  It was a good result for the team who defeated the Cheetahs by 37-7.

Head Coach Robert du Preez was pleased with his charges first “hit-out” for the season.  “It was a good start to our journey and I was pleased with the squads fitness.  They obviously didn’t have game time during our pre-season and we want to see how they go.  Our general execution was good despite the humid conditions and we pleased with the enthusiasm and energy shown by our relatively young squad”, said du Preez.

During the main match, just before the halftime break, loose-forward Keegan Daniel had to leave the field with an injury to his right forearm. Scans determined that he had a fractured radius and he underwent an operation on Saturday morning.  He is expected to be out for approximately 12 weeks.

The Cell C Sharks wish Keegan a speedy recovery.

This Friday, the Cell C Sharks will play their second warm-up match against a Bulls XV at the Northwood Crusaders Club.  Kick-off is at 17h00 and entrance is free of charge.

Sharks fighting to keep Reinach, Oosthuizen

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The Sharks are fighting to keep scrumhalf Cobus Reinach and lock Etienne Oosthuizen at the franchise beyond the end of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

Both players have contracts with the Durban-based franchise until the end of this year’s tournament, but both have also been linked with moves abroad.

Oosthuizen (24) is heavily linked with French club Lyon while Reinach (26) has been linked with the Northampton Saints.

The Sharks responded to a query from Sport24 on Monday by releasing a statement on the rumours surrounding the players.

“We are aware of the recent reports linking two of our players to overseas clubs,” the report said.

“Both Cobus Reinach and Etienne Oosthuizen’s contracts are up for renewal in October 2017.  We are in discussions with these players together with other players who contracts expire this year regarding contract extensions.

“We understand fully the lure of the Pound and Euro and we will do everything we can to retain our players.”

The Sharks get their Super Rugby season underway when they travel to the Reds on February 24.

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Sharks teams to play Cheetahs in friendly

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The Cell C Sharks will be playing two warm-up matches this weekend at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi.

There will be two matches played on Friday.  The first match is a 60 minute match and the main match (to be televised on Supersport) will kick-off at 18h30 and will be 80 minutes.  Due to this match being a pre-season friendly, there will be rolling substitutions.

Entry to King Zwelithini Stadium is free of charge and transportation for supporters has been arranged from Growthpoint KINGS PARK.  Fans can park at the stadium and hop on to the buses provided.  Buses depart at 16h30 and 18h00.  Drop-off at Growthpoint KINGS PARK is at 21h00 and 22h00.

The Teams

Match 1 : 17h00   Match 2 : 18h30 (Main Match)
15 Rhyno Smith 15 Curwin Bosch
14 Sbura Sithole 14 Kobus van Wyk
13 Johan Deysel 13 Lukhanyo Am
12 Jeremy Ward 12 Andre Esterhuizen
11 Sbu Nkosi 11 Lwazi Mvovo
10 Inny Radebe 10 Patrick Lambie (c)
9 Hanco Venter 9 Michael Claassens
8 Tera Mtembu (c ) 8 Keegan Daniel
7 Jean Deysel 7 Jean-Luc du Preez
6 Francois Kleinhans 6 Philip van der Walt
5 Hyron Andrews 5 Ruan Botha
4 Wian Vosloo 4 Etienne Oosthuizen
3 Lourens Adriaanse 3 Coenie Oosthuizen
2 Stephan Coetzee 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle
1 John-Hubert Meyer 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements
16 Juan Schoeman 16 Juan Schoeman
17 Gerhard Engelbrecht 17 Franco Marais
18 Jean Droste 18 Lourens Adriaanse
19 Khaya Majola 19 Jean Droste
20 Jacques Vermeulen 20 Hyron Andrews
21 Rowan Gouws 21 Francois Kleinhans
22 Benhard Janse van Rensburg 22 Jacques Vermeulen
23 Odwa Ndungane 23 Tera Mtembu
24 Marius Louw 24 Cobus Reinach
25 Tristan Blewett 25 Benhard Janse van Rensburg
26 Morne Joubert 26 Sbu Nkosi
27 Garth April 27 Jeremy Ward
28 Johan Deysel
29 Sbura Sithole
30 Clement Poitrenaud

 

Lambie to captain Sharks in Super Rugby

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Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has announced that flyhalf Patrick Lambie will captain the side this Super Rugby season.

Lambie was also named captain for the 2016 season under Gary Gold, but injury meant that he missed most of the season and the captaincy fell largely on the shoulders of Tendai Mtawarira.

“Pat’s talent, temperament and outstanding character makes him an automatic choice,” said Du Preez.

“He’s a natural leader, who provides great inspiration and motivation for our young players and he has all the qualities needed to be a great captain.

“He has supported this team all his life and understands our unique culture, which has been built on the emphasis of a strong work ethic.  Pat puts in the hard yards, leads by example and he has the respect and backing of everyone around him.”

Commenting on his appointment, Lambie was grateful for another chance to lead the Durbanites.

“It is a huge honour for me to again captain the Sharks,” he said.

“I would like to thank our management for affording me the honour of leading a relatively young, but exciting and talented team.

“With honour comes responsibility and together with the other leaders in the team, we will provide guidance and support to our young players.

“There is an exciting vision that we are working towards, that has been built on our core values, and we look forward to the support of our community, who are instrumental to our success.”

The Sharks take on the Reds in their season opener in Brisbane on February 24.

Sharks reveal 2017 Super Rugby jersey

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The Cell C Sharks have launch there 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby jerseys,  at Growthpoint KINGS PARK.

The Sharks will wear the black jersey as their home strip and the white jersey away. Additionally, they revealed a blue superhero themed jersey to be worn in aid of charity, which will benefit the larger Durban community.

The design of the jerseys embodies the heritage and traditions of the Sharks and embraces the culture of KwaZulu-Natal.

 

 

 

Du Preez heads up the Sharks coaching team for Sharks

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The Cell C Website have announced their coaching team for 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby tournament with Robert Du Preez heading it up as Head Coach.

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Assistant coaches, Sean Everitt (backline and attack) and Ryan Strudwick (defence), who did duty with du Preez in this year’s Vodacom Super Rugby tournament, will once again form part of the coaching structure together with Jaco Pienaar, the former UP-Tuks and Blue Bulls U/19 coach, who joins the Cell C Sharks on a two-year contract as forwards coach.

Commenting on his coaching team du Preez said: “A lot of work has been done to strategize the way forward and we have assembled a skilled group of coaches, who bring continuity as well as great commitment to put in the hard yards to achieve the goals we have set-out for ourselves.

“The majority of our coaching team have lived and played in KZN for many years, understand our unique culture and have worked with the young players in our team. We are four weeks into our pre-season programme and there is great energy and positivity amongst everyone.”

Early next year, the Currie Cup Qualifiers also kick-off and du Preez has also announced that Paul Anthony together with Ricardo Loubscher will head-up the Cell C Sharks XV’s Currie Cup qualifying campaign.

Source: Sharks World Website

Sharks confirm new signings and re-signings

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With the commencement of the Cell C Sharks pre-season training, Head Coach Robert du Preez, has announced our new signings and re-signings for the new season.

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Commenting on the new signings, du Preez said: “The new players who have joined us will ensure that we have much needed depth in certain positions.We welcome them to our family and we look forward to their positive contributions going forward.

“Clement Poitrenaud brings with him a wealth of experience at both international and club level. He is a good acquisition for us and he will provide great mentorship and be a calming influence on the young and exciting, fullbacks in our team, who are relatively inexperienced.”

NAME OF
PLAYER
POSITION PREVIOUS
TEAM
TERM OF
CONTRACT
Clement Poitrenaud Fullback Toulouse, France 1 year
Enoch Mnyaka Tighthead Prop EP Kings 2 years
Jacques Vermeulen Loose-Forward Stormers 3 years
Jeremy Ward Centre Southern Kings 2 years
Johan Deysel Centre Namibia/Leopards 2 years
Kobus van Wyk Centre Stormers 3 years

 

Du Preez added:“We have a young and exciting team who are building for the future. It’s a key focus area for us to retain the young talent in our squad,which will create continuity and stability with our vision going forward.

“With this in mind, I am delighted to announce the names of the following players,who have shown their commitment to the team and our jersey by signing contract extensions.”

NAME OF PLAYER TERM OF CONTRACT
Andre Esterhuizen 2 years
Benhard Janse van Rensburg 2 years
Curwin Bosch 2 years
Franco Marais 2 years
Hyron Andrews 3 years
Jean Droste 2 years
John-Hubert Meyer 2 years
Marius Louw 2 years
Mzamo Majola 3 years
Neil Maritz 2 years
Odwa Ndungane 1 year
Rhyno Smith 2 years
Ruan Gouws 1 year
Sibusiso Nkosi 3 years
Stephan Lewies 2 years
Thomas du Toit 3 years
Tristan Blewett 2 years

The Sharks also wish to advise that Wandile Mjekevu and Neil Maritz will be joining the Southern Kings on loan for Super Rugby 2017.

Du Preez name Sharks pre-season squad

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Sharks head coach Robert du Preez has released the names of his provisional pre-season training squad for next year’s Super Rugby campaign.

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In addition to new signings and re-signings named, star players such as Tendai Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Keegan Daniel, Lourens Adriaanse, Lwazi Mvovo and Patrick Lambie will add plenty of experience to the Durban outfit’s squad.

In naming his provisional squad, du Preez said: “Our squad officially assembled today to start pre-season training.  A structured pre-season programme has been drawn-up to ensure that our players’ fitness and skill set is right up there, once the tournament commences.”

Sharks training squad:

Forwards: Beast Mtawarira, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Coenie Oosthuizen, Dan du Preez, Enoch Mnyaka, Etienne Oosthuizen, Franco Marais, Francois Kleinhans, Giant Mtyanda, Hyron Andrews, Jacques Vermeulen, Jean Deysel, Jean Droste, John-Hubert Meyer, Jean-Luc du Preez, Juan Schoeman, Keegan Daniel, Khaya Majola, Lourens Adriaanse, Mzamo Majola, Philip van der Walt, Ruan Botha, Stephan Coetzee, Stephan Lewies, Tera Mtembu, Thomas du Toit

Backs: Andre Esterhuizen, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Cobus Reinach, Curwin Bosch, Clemont Poitrenaud, Garth April, Ilunga Mukendi, Inn Radebe, Jeremy Ward, Johan Deysel, Kobus van Wyk, Lukhanyo Am, Lwazi Mvovo, Marius Louw, Michael Claasens, Odwa Ndungane, Pat Lambie, Rowan Gouw, Rhyno Smit, S’bura Sithole, Sibusiso Nkosi, Tristan Blewett

Omar- Defensive Cornerstone

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Omar Mouneimne has fire in his belly. The man lives for the challenge and has faced many of his own. Happy and enjoying his latest challenge at Stade Francais, he took the time to reflect and talk about the last few years in his coaching career with BENEDICT CHANAKIRA.

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Omar Mouneimne – Thank you to Steve Haag Sports

 

Sharks lose Gold..

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Following two years at the helm of the Cell C Sharks, Gary Gold has requested the opportunity to pursue another potentially exciting avenue in his rugby career.

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Gary Teichmann, The Sharks CEO, stated: “We respect Gary’s decision to move closer to home to pursue this opportunity and we thank him for his positive contribution and efforts during a period of transition with The Sharks. During this time there have been some Sharks stalwarts who moved on while a young and exciting squad has been assembled, opening up a new phase in our history.”

“In his role as Director of Rugby, there were many systems implemented that will aid our growth in the coming years. I would like to take this opportunity to wish him and his family the very best moving forward.”

Gold said: “I have had an unbelievably enjoyable two years in Durban, with many highs and a few lows.  There is an exciting group of youngsters that are currently in the system, who have great futures ahead of them.”

“I look forward to the next challenge in my career and I would like to thank everyone at The Sharks for the great memories and the wonderful opportunity I was given to be at the helm of a fantastic team, the Cell C Sharks.”

Teichmann also announced that former Natal and Springbok scrumhalf and current Cell C Sharks Currie Cup Head Coach, Robert du Preez, will take charge of the Cell C Sharks 2017 Super Rugby campaign.

“Robert is a true son of KZN and is a passionate Sharks man.  Having played here, he understands the culture we want to create and our vision moving forward”, added Teichmann.

“We extend our best wishes to Robert and his coaching team as they commence their pre-season training programme on Monday, ahead of the start of next year’s tournament.”

Siseko Jafta appointed as KZNRU General Manager

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Fondly known as Jafta, Siseko is a St Charles old boy, that was scouted and signed by The Sharks back in 2009, after representing South Africa at U/18 level.  As an athletic loose-forward with great potential, he went on to represent The Sharks junior teams until a serious neck injury prematurely ended his promising rugby career in 2011.
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Circumstances like the one Siseko encountered in 2011 can shatter dreams and leave a person demotivated, but not him.  With a strong desire to succeed, he went on to study towards a BComm Degree and upon completion was employed by The Sharks in an admin role that saw him manage our junior teams as well as provide a mentorship role to young players entering the system.  In 2016, he took over the administration relating to clubs in the province and has excelled.

Francois Louis, the President of the KwaZulu-Natal Rugby Union said:  “This appointment marks the dawn of a new and exciting era in KZN Rugby.  In a short space of time Jafta has gained a good reputation amongst stakeholders and will bring strong leadership, a new and exciting approach, and ideas to add growth and value to the portfolio.

The Sharks CEO, Gary Teichmann, added:  “Jafta is a very likeable person with an exceptional ability to think analytically and work under pressure.  We are looking forward to the fresh ideas he will bring to the table and we will be there every step of the way to provide the necessary support and guidance he requires.  On behalf of us all, I wish him the very best in his new role.”

Louis also acknowledged the massive role played by retiring CEO Pete Smith.  “On behalf of The Sharks and the KZNRU, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Pete for his invaluable contribution and tireless efforts in administering the amateur game as well as his passion and efforts in ensuring that club rugby in KZN continues to grow.

“At the end of his tenure, he leaves the KZNRU in good stead and we salute him for the many years of dedication, commitment and service he has given to rugby in this province.”

Match Preview – Golden Lions v Sharks

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Friday afternoon at 17:00 the Sharks will have to face the Golden Lions in a crucial Currie Cup match which can be seen as a quarter final for the team that looses this game will surely miss out on a semi final spot.

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Western Province will have Boland at home and should be able to secure their full five points which can either mean the Sharks are in a home semi final or not in it at all. The Golden Lions are playing to stay in the competition as only a win will secure them a spot in the semi finals.

Both teams have been strengthen by returning Springboks to add some spice to this clash.

The Sharks had the perfect start until midway through the season when they where beaten by Western Province at Newlands which saw them slip away from the top of the log and in danger now of not making the play-offs. At times the Sharks have played some great rugby and then at times some poor rugby as well.

The Lions have not had much of a different season as well, with losses coming against Griquas, Blue Bulls and Free State which have put them in a situation which can result in them not even making the play-offs to defend their title from last year.

One of the interesting match-ups will come from the scrums and it will be a battle from start to finish and with both teams willing to give the ball air with some exciting players one should expect a brilliant game of rugga’s on Friday from theses two teams.

Ruan Dreyer will start for the Golden Lions when they take on the Sharks as he replaces Julian Redelinghuys who has joined the Springboks. In another change to the front row Robbie Coetzee will start in the hooker berth with Malcolm Marx warming the bench.

And as part of the teams’ rotation system Ross Cronjé and Andries Coetzee start at nine and fifteen respectively.

 For the Sharks, coach Robert Du Preez has also named his strongest possible team to play on Friday which sees Mvovo coming in at wing for the match.

The Sharks have had some seriouse injury problems but do welcome back Daniels who will also captain the team. Stephan Lewies will undergo a late fitness test to determine his availability. Philip van der Walt has not recovered sufficiently from concussion and therefore has not been considered for selection.

 “We approaching this match as a quarter-final and we want to win. It’s going to come down to discipline and taking opportunities, Du Preez said.

“We are under no illusions about the enormity of the task and respect our opposition, however our focus is on sticking to our structures and game-plan.”

Prediction: It is a tough one, it is going to be really the team that take their chances and I think the home ground advantage will work in Lions favorite so giving this one for the Golden Lions.

Teams:

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Koch Marx, 13 Jacques Nel, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Ruaan Lerm, 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Kwagga Smith (c), 5 Bobby de Wee, 4 JP du Preez, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Fabian Booysen, 19 Cyle Brink, 20 Dillon Smit, 21 Howard Mnisi, 22 Sylvian Mahuza

Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Rhyno Smith, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Inny Radebe, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Keegan Daniel (c), 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 Stephan Lewies/Jean Droste, 19 Khaya Majola, 20 Stefan Ungerer, 21 Garth April, 22 Wandile Mjekevu

Sharks too good for EP Kings in wet

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The Sharks got fifty points over the EP Kings in Durban on Saturday scoring nine tries in a very wet Durban.

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It was the perfect response from the men in black and white after losing their last twp matches against Western Province and the Free State in the last two weeks. Scoring 53-0 shows the quality that is in this Sharks team and they have send out a message to the other teams.

This win have now the Sharks and the Blue Bulls in second place on the log with the Sharks having a superior points difference. It is going to be a hell of a fight in the last two weeks to see firstly who makes the semi’s and second;y who gets the home ground advantage.

More exciting than the Sharks back to winning ways was to see Springbok Patrick Lambie back on the rugby field. Lambie came through well in the game and although rusty showed some of his abilities in this wet game.

The Sharks control the whole game and where dominating all aspects of the match throughout the eighty minutes.

For the EP Kings is was just another poor performance although they tried throughout the game but to be honest they are not good enough for this league

The scorers:

For Sharks:
Tries:
Esterhuizen, Ralepelle, Du Preez, Radebe, Claassens, Kleinhans, Oosthuizen, Mjekevu, Majola
Cons: Bosch 2, Lambie 2

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Match Preview – Sharks v EP Kings

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The biggest thing of Saturdays match between the Sharks and EP Kings is that Patrick Lambie will return to the playing field after a head injury in June against Ireland.

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That the Sharks will want to get back to winning ways is must and against the EP Kings they cannot afford to lose another game. They lost against the Free State last week which will not sit well with the men from Durban as they also lost against Western Province the week before.

With only two rounds left every point has become important and a slip now will end in a disaster after a great start from the Sharks.

The EP Kings have not won a game this year and they are re-building what has been a disaster in their boardroom this year. That they have been competitive this far is great but it does not seem that the “lap en plak” Kings side have progress at all this Currie Cup seeason.

Sharks coach Robert du Preez says they will not underestimate the EP Kings despite their poor run this season.

“Both our remaining fixtures are important and we will not be taking Eastern Province lightly.  They showed what they were capable off against the Bulls and we cannot afford to be complacent,” Du Preez told the Sharks official website.

“There is a lot to still play for and our preparation has gone well. We need to execute our opportunities and stick to our structures”.

Thyno Smith will replace injure Ndungane at wing, with Mjekevu replacing Sithole. At number nine Claasens replace Ungerer  which should bringh much needed experience to the side.

In the forwards Kleinhans moves to number eight with Majola that gets a spot on the bench. Du Toit moves to loosehead with Meyer coming in as the tighthead with Ralepelle getting the starting birth at hooker and the captaincy.

There are a couple of rotational changes for the Kings with Barend Portgieter starting in the number one jersey with Vukile Sofisa dropping to the bench to the bench.

At hooker Martin Bezuidenhout takes the reins. Etienne Oosthuizen drops to the bench with Brandon Brown taking his place at the side of the scrum.

Lungelo Gosa starts at full-back instead of Johann Tromp at fullback. Waylon Murray starts at inside centre at the expense of JC Greyling who falls out of the squad.

Prediciton: Sharks should take this by 20 points

The teams:

The Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Rhyno Smith, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Inny Radebe, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Francois Kleinhans, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle (c), 1 Thomas du Toit
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Stefan Ungerer, 21 Patrick Lambie, 22 Neil Maritz

The EP Kings: 15 Lungelo Gosa, 14 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 13 Burton Klaasen, 12 Waylon Murray, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 9 Ricky Schroeder (c), 8 Christiaan de Bruin, 7 Brandon Brown, 6 Vince Jobo, 5 Sebastian Ferreira, 4 Dylan Pieterse, 3 Justin Forwood, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Barend Portgieter
Replacements: 16 Warrick Venter, 17 Vukile Sofisa, 18 Etienne Oosthuizen, 19 Luke van der Smit, 20 Vian van der Watt, 21 Minenhle Mthethwa, 22 Alcino Isaacs

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Lambie on bench for Sharks

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Great news not just for the Cell C Sharks but also the Springboks is that Patrick Lambie will return to the playing field after a long layoff due to knock to the head he picked up in the first test against Ireland in June.

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Lambie will not start this weekend for the Sharks but has been included on the bench when the Sharks take on the EP Kings in Durban.

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee will be a happy man to see Lambie back playing.

All the concussion ‘return-to-play’ protocols have been met and having sensibly avoided rushing Lambie back into action, that day has finally arrived.

Despite his relative youth at 25-year-old, he will bring plenty of experience to Saturday’s Currie Cup clash against Eastern Province, particularly at the highest level, having accumulated an impressive total of 51 Test caps.

His calmness under pressure will be important, particularly so given the loss of the experienced Odwa Ndungane who is out for the remainder of the season. His place on the wing is taken by Rhyno Smith, while Wandile Mjekevu is in for S’bura Sithole.

Scrumhalf Michael Claassens replaces Stefan Ungerer to bring added experience to the starting line-up.

There are also a number of changes upfront, with Francois Kleinhans shifting to eighthman to replace Philip van der Walt who took a nasty smack against Free State and is unavailable this week. This opens the door for Khaya Majola who starts on the flank.

In a rejigged front row, Thomas du Toit shifts to loosehead prop with John-Hubert Meyer coming in at tighthead, and new hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle handed the captaincy.

The Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Rhyno Smith, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Wandile Mjekevu, 10 Inny Radebe, 9 Michael Claassens, 8 Francois Kleinhans, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Khaya Majola, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 John-Hubert Meyer, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle (C), 1 Thomas du Toit
Replacements: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Stefan Ungerer, 21 Patrick Lambie, 22 Neil Maritz

Free State goes top of the log beating Sharks in Durban

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Free State handed the Sharks their second defeat in the Currie Cup when they got a bonus point win in Durban with 38-30.

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The top of the table clash in the Currie Cup week 6 saw the Sharks hosting the Free State Cheetahs and it started as we expected, a great old battle with the forwards.

The Free State scrum was something of a beauty when they took on the Sharks. It was the Sharks that put first points on the board through a penalty from Bosch.

The two teams match up well and it was the Free State that scored the first try though a great scrum which force the referee to award them with a penalty try.

The Sharks got two penalties which Bosch had not much trouble with putting over and took the lead with 9-7.

With Free State putting pressure on the Sharks in their own twenty two they forced the Sharks to make mistakes and a charged down gave them their second try of the match and the lead back with 14-9 after 28 min.

With both teams fighting for possession and territory it made the game a tight affair and not much in it in the first forty.

Free State extended the lead to 17-9 after a penalty but that was reduced to 17-12 at the stroke at half time when Bosch got his forth penalty over.

This made it still everything to play for in the second half for both teams.

The Free State score two tries to stretch the lead to 31-18 and earned their 4 try bonus point within 54 min.

Du Preez also got a yellow card for the second week in row for a dangerous tackle leaving the Sharks with fourteen men again in the match.

Bosch kept the Sharks somewhat in touch with his boot through penalties but they need tries rather than three point penalties.

With the Sharks forwards struggling Free State had much better ball to attack from.

With fourteen men the Sharks showed much better composer and through a few phases they got over for their first try to make the lead of Free State only 31-25 after 60 min.

Free State took the Sharks defense again on and got their fifth try to pull away a bit from the Sharks but the Sharks with their never give up attitude got one back with 10 min to go.

That made the score 38-30 after 70 min.

The score stayed that way giving them a bonus points win in Durban.

The scorers:

For the Sharks
Tries: Kleinhans, Du Toit
Con: Bosch
Pens: Bosch 6
Yellow card: Du Preez

For Free State Cheetahs
Tries: Penalty try, Van der Spuy, Meyer, Cassiem, Venter
Cons: Zeilinga 5
Pen: Zeilinga

Match Preview – Sharks v Free State Cheetahs

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With the Sharks suffering their first defeat at the hands of Western Province last weekend, it will be the ideal to bounce back to winning ways immediately against the Free State this weekend at home.

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This will not be easy as the Free State are now the only team that can claim a unbeaten season this far in the Currie Cup. This is not the main factor but the actual way that the Free State outfit has played this far in the Currie Cup will have teams like the Sharks worrying even if they are at home.

Both teams have shown a shift of mindset in the Currie Cup and the results speaks for itself. This will certainly be the game of the weekend as the top two teams this year meet each other.

Both teams also have a strong dominating forward pack and I for one are looking forward to the forward battle this weekend.

At the back we have game breakers on both sides and they can score from anywhere on the field as they showed so protecting the ball will be important. The match ups continue with both teams kicking game and deadly boots.

Bosch have develop steadily and has started to become a player that can be the difference between winning and loosing.

For the Free State the young man Nico Lee have been impressive in the midfield.

This is a game that could go either way, but the winners will put themselves in a position of power as the competition heads towards the business end.

Prediction:

The Free State knows how to win in Durban but it is so difficult to call I must give it by very little for the home side the Sharks by 5.

Teams:

Sharks – 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Inny Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel (c), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Juan Schoeman.
Subs: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 Ruan Botha/Jean Droste, 19 Jean Deysel/Francois Kleinhans, 20 Michael Claassens/Hanco Venter, 21 Heimar Williams, 22 Rhyno Smith.

Free State Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer (c), 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ox Nche.
Subs: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Charles Marais, 18 Justin Basson, 19 Henco Venter, 20 Shaun Venter, 21 Niel Marais, 22 Michael van der Spuy.

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Currie Cup Wrap – WP and Blue Bulls biggest winners

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Western Province and the Blue Bulls was the biggest winners this weekend in round 5 of this years Currie Cup with wins over the Sharks at Newlands and Golden Lions at Loftus.

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It was a real important win for  both teams and almost a must win situation for both teams as they faced two of the top teams in the Currie Cup at home. The Free State Cheetahs kept to their winning ways in Bloemfontein against the EP Kings and Boland sprang a surprise with a great win over the Pumas on Friday.

In the midweek game in Kimberley Griquas was too good for the EP Kings with a brilliant second half making the log looking nicely for a great second half of this years Currie Cup.

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Here is a roundup of all the matches this week…

Final Griquas

It was a close game in the first half but Griquas ran riot in second half to take a convincing 47-24 win over the EP Kings.

The first half just not seemed to wanted to get started for both teams as both tried to run the ball but made too many mistakes to really get over the defensive structures.

Griquas was the team with most of the possession but made as much mistakes on attack but one had to give credit to the EP Kings scrambled defense.

It was Griquas who scored first through Putuma and gave them the early lead of 7-0.

EP Kings hit back straight away with a beautiful backline move to send Isaacs over in the corner. The try stunned Griquas a bit and they started to put pressure on themselves.

Griquas was the next to score after sustain pressure on the Kings line when Janse Van Rensburg went over for their second try of the match.

Many believed it would be here where the Griquas will pull away but the EP Kings had other plan first with a long range penalty and then a beautiful try just before half time with Isaacs again the man over.

That gave them the lead of 17-14 at halftime.

Griquas came out in the second half like a house of fire and scored three quick tries to take the lead and control over the game.

It would always have been difficult for the EP Kings to come back from a 35-17 score line but they never gave up.

Life for the Kings was not made easy with them having a player send-off with a yellow card which also saw Griquas scored another try, their sixth of the match to get the score to 40-17 and totally in control with EP Kings having to play with no ball at all.

EP Kings did come back at the end of the match to score a late try and bring the final score to 47-24.

Scorers:

Griquas – Tries: Wandile Putuma, Jono van Rensburg, Ederies Arendse, Alshaun Bock, AJ Coertzen (2), Eric Zana. Conversions: Clinton Swart (6).
EP Kings – Tries: Alcino Izaacs (2), Cullen Callopy. Conversions: Lungelo Goza (2), Pieter-Steyn de Wet. Penalty: Goza.

Boland win

The Boland Kavaliers have surprised on Friday afternoon after beating the Pumas in Wellington 25-22 in a tight affair.

The Pumas did not help themselves with earning a red card in the 26th minute of the game and had to play the rest of the game with 14 men. The Pumas midfield player Fisher was red carded for using the elbow on Van Wyk after a tackle.

One must say that even with a man down the Pumas did not let go of the match and they were in it until the last minute if the match. The played well and put a brilliant performance together with the man down.

With the win Boland have moved up to sixth place above Western Province but Province have two games in hands. The Pumas have not find this season as happy one with four losses out of four games and sitting second last on the log at this stage.

For the Pumas it was once again their inspirational captain Renaldo Bothma who stood out in attack and on defense putting like always, his body on the line.

With a bit better day with the boot the Pumas could have had a different outcome as Brummer missed to easy kicks.

Boland captain Ryan Nel was forced off in the 11th minute after being hit by a dangerous tackle which caused a flurry. Boland were awarded a penalty and Namibian flyhalf Theuns Kotze got his sides’ first points.

The game never got away from either team and it was in the balance till the end of the game which made for a great contest to watch.

Pumas then scored in the dying minutes of the game through Kevin Luiters with some fantastic running skills but it was not enough to give his side the win.

The Scorers:

For Boland:
Tries: Carelse, Adendorff, Louw
Cons: Kotze 2
Pens: Kotze
Drop goal: Kotze
Yellow card: Adendorff

For Pumas:
Tries: Herne, Bothma, Van Wyk, Luiters
Cons: Brummer
Red card: Fisher

Bulls win

It was seen as one of the games of the weekend as the Blue Bulls hosted the Golden Lions at Loftus.

The game struggled to get going with both teams struggle to get any forward momentum and making too many handling errors. In ten minutes we had more scrums than what we seen in most eighty minute games.

The scrums were a struggle from the start with both teams giving away penalties and free kicks.

The Blue Bulls got into an early lead with two penalties from the boot of Schoeman.

The Lions did get one back when Boshoff got his first penalty over to take the lead down by three points.

It was the Golden Lions that scored first from a great string run from Rohan Janse van Rensburg. It also gave the Lions the lead but the Blue Bulls hit straight back with an intercept try to again lead the Blue Bulls with 16-10 after 32 min.

It seems that sparked both teams to star playing some great running rugby and giving the small crowd something to cheer about.

The end of the half was all the Lions as they attack well past the hooter to get that try and go in the lead at half time but the Blue Bulls defense was brilliant to keep them out.

The Blue Bulls took the lead 16-10 at half time and all to play for in the second half.

The second half the Lions started the better of the two teams but again the Blue Bulls defense was again up to anything the Lions thrown at them.

They were also getting better momentum on attack and score their second try from a great lineout move to extend their lead to 21-10 after 50 min.

It seems that the Blue Bulls was much better in the contact situations and hitting the rucks much harder that the Lions forwards.

It was Kwagga Smith that got the Lions in back in the game with a great try to get them again within 4 points of the Blue Bulls.

This did not last long as the Blue Bulls again had a great scrum and force a penalty to make it again a seven-point lead with 16 min to play.

The Blue Bulls defense seemed to have been doing enough to win the game as they just kept on hitting the Lions back on attack and getting turnovers as easy as ice cream on a Sunday.

The Blue Bulls got another try through a great break from Travis Ismaiel and with that sealed the game.

The Lions kept on making mistakes on attack losing the ball in contact and just could not get momentum.

This was one of the better wins for the Blue Bulls beating the Lions in defense and with some brilliant defense.

Scorers:

Blue Bulls – Tries: Travis Ismaiel, Marvin Orie, Joshua Stander. Conversions: Tian Schoeman (2). Penalties: Schoeman (4).
Golden Lions – Tries: Howard Mnisi, Kwagga Smith. Conversions: Marnitz Boshoff (2). Penalty: Boshoff.

Full Free State win Kings

The Free State and EP Kings was always going to be a difficult match for the Kings who had to play three games in seven days this week.

The start of the game was very loose and plenty of mistakes from both sides but more so from the Free State.

It was the EP Kings that scored first with some brilliant handling skills and speed in the backline to take the early lead in the match.

The Cheetahs came back with two penalties before they scored their first try through Lee after a typical Free State backline move. This gave the Free State the lead and the ascendancy in the match.

The second try for the Cheetahs did not take long to stretch that lead to 18-7 after 25 min.

The rest of the half was more or less with both teams trying but mistakes stopping their attacks.

The Free State did score one more try before halftime with Schoeman bouldering over in the corner.

That gave the Free State a halftime lead of 23-10.

The second half was much about the same with both teams trying to let the ball do the work but with so many mistakes on attack no one could get dominance early on to get over the others defense.

It was the Free State that finally went over for the first time when Schoeman yet again crosses the line for the Free State bonus point try.

The Free State started to put more phases together and the passes started to stick as they pull quickly away on the scoreboard with two quick tries.

That took the score to 38-13 with 10 min to go.

The Free State were not finished as they started to dominate all aspects of the game. Lee put the perfect kick through and collect it himself to score his second try of the match.

Both teams run in some more tries but at the end the Free State was just too good for the EP Kings winning the game 57-25.

For the Cheetahs:
Tries: Lee 2, Botha, Schoeman 2, Marais 2, Nche, Marais
Cons: Zeilinga, Marais 2
Pens: Zeilinga 2

For the Kings:
Tries: Greyling, Klaasen, Jobo
Cons: De Wet, Marais
Pens: De Wet
Drop goal: De Wet

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Western Province ended the Sharks unbeaten run on Saturday at Newlands when they beat the Sharks with 34-27.

It was made out of one of the matches of the weekend at Newlands between these two sides and they did not disappoint.

The game start fast with both teams wanting to run the ball but it was a great inside pass from Robert Du Preez to Kotze that got Western Province their first try of the match.

The Sharks quickly hit back with a penalty to get on the scoreboard  after just a few minutes. Western Province quickly extend the lead with a brilliant kick ahead from Du Preez which found the speedy Kok to score a great try for the sevens star.

The Sharks and Western Province traded penalties to get the score to 17-6 after 20 min. With the Sharks starting to dominate play they also had more opportunities on attack and it took not long for them to score their first try.

It was a quick take from a penalty that send  u Preez over in the corner for their first try of the match for the Sharks. This made Western Province only a 17-14 lead after 29 min.

With the Sharks keeping the pressure on Western Province they got penalty after penalty to firstly get level on the scoreboard and then just before halftime took the lead  20-17.

Sharks fullback Bosch had another brilliant first half and kicked everything from almost anywhere on the field. His tactical kicking was again first class and also did his bit on attack.

The Second half was all WP as they scored a brilliant try from yet another cross kick from Du Preez to take the lead. It was Viljoen at the end of that kick to score in the corner.

Thing did not improved for the Sharks as they then got a yellow card for a dangerous tackle and started to give a few penalties away to give Western Province forward momentum.

With the time starting to run out both teams tried to run the ball and some big hits stopping both teams on attack. Western Province then got a massive drive away from a line out and scored another brilliant try in the corner to take the score to 27-20 after 60 min.

At this stage the Sharks had almost no ball and was making mistakes on attack that gave Western Province more opportunities with their dangerous backline.

The last 20 min was exciting from both sides trying to get on top of the scoreboard and game. It was Western Province who again scored with 10 minutes to go through yet another great kick for Viljoen from the boot of Du Preez to take the score to 34-20.

The Sharks did come back with a try but it was a little too late as the game ended with a win for Western Province 34-27.

It was a great bonus point win for Western Province and they will take much heart from this win to take to next week massive clash against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg.

Robert du Preez was a worthy man of the match with a brilliant display of fly half rugby today when his team needed it most

The scorers: 

For Western Province:
Tries: Kotze, Kok, Viljoen 2, Van Dyk
Cons: Du Preez
Pens: Du Preez 2

For the Sharks:
Tries: Du Preez, Smith
Cons: Bosch
Pens: Bosch 5
Yellow card: Du Preez

Brilliant du Preez stars for WP in win over Sharks

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Western Province ended the Sharks unbeaten run on Saturday at Newlands when they beat the Sharks with 34-27.

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It was made out of one of the matches of the weekend at Newlands between these two sides and they did not disappoint.

The game start fast with both teams wanting to run the ball but it was a great inside pass from Robert Du Preez to Kotze that got Western Province their first try of the match.

The Sharks quickly hit back with a penalty to get on the scoreboard  after just a few minutes. Western Province quickly extend the lead with a brilliant kick ahead from Du Preez which found the speedy Kok to score a great try for the sevens star.

The Sharks and Western Province traded penalties to get the score to 17-6 after 20 min. With the Sharks starting to dominate play they also had more opportunities on attack and it took not long for them to score their first try.

It was a quick take from a penalty that send  u Preez over in the corner for their first try of the match for the Sharks. This made Western Province only a 17-14 lead after 29 min.

With the Sharks keeping the pressure on Western Province they got penalty after penalty to firstly get level on the scoreboard and then just before halftime took the lead  20-17.

Sharks fullback Bosch had another brilliant first half and kicked everything from almost anywhere on the field. His tactical kicking was again first class and also did his bit on attack.

The Second half was all WP as they scored a brilliant try from yet another cross kick from Du Preez to take the lead. It was Viljoen at the end of that kick to score in the corner.

Thing did not improved for the Sharks as they then got a yellow card for a dangerous tackle and started to give a few penalties away to give Western Province forward momentum.

With the time starting to run out both teams tried to run the ball and some big hits stopping both teams on attack. Western Province then got a massive drive away from a line out and scored another brilliant try in the corner to take the score to 27-20 after 60 min.

At this stage the Sharks had almost no ball and was making mistakes on attack that gave Western Province more opportunities with their dangerous backline.

The last 20 min was exciting from both sides trying to get on top of the scoreboard and game. It was Western Province who again scored with 10 minutes to go through yet another great kick for Viljoen from the boot of Du Preez to take the score to 34-20.

The Sharks did come back with a try but it was a little too late as the game ended with a win for Western Province 34-27.

It was a great bonus point win for Western Province and they will take much heart from this win to take to next week massive clash against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg.

Robert du Preez was a worthy man of the match with a brilliant display of fly half rugby today when his team needed it most

The scorers: 

For Western Province:
Tries: Kotze, Kok, Viljoen 2, Van Dyk
Cons: Du Preez
Pens: Du Preez 2

For the Sharks:
Tries: Du Preez, Smith
Cons: Bosch
Pens: Bosch 5
Yellow card: Du Preez

Man of the Match – Robert Du Preez

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Match Preview – WP v Sharks

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The other match to look out for this weekend will be on Saturday when Western Province host the table topping unbeaten Sharks in Cape Town.

WP v Sharks

For the Sharks it has been the perfect start to the season with no losses in four matches but for Western Province the story looks a bit more desperate as they have only won one game in three outings this far.

The Sharks have been playing some great free flowing rugby and have now already beaten the Blue Bulls, Boland, Griquas and the Pumas to sit nicely with nineteen points on the top of the log. This weekend will be another difficult one as they have to travel to Cape Town to face the Western Province side.

As most teams in South Africa this year Western Province are also trying to play a more attractive game which will always give you mix results. The Sharks have implemented a great environment already in Durban where players are allowed to express themselves on  the field which results in players looking for space and scoring more tries.

The Sharks did not play that well against the Blue Bulls but where able to pull away on the scoreboard later in the game to secure the win. They will have to be able to contain the exciting backs from Western Province who has not really kicked off this season and with the inclusion of sevens stars Kolbe and Kok one can expect that Western Province will be a danger with ball in hand.

In these two teams their are a few players that tick the excitement box with Curwin Bosch at full back and Lukhanyo Am at wing for the Sharks and Kolbe and Kok for Western Province. This should be a great match-up between these two teams and one that you can definitely plan your braai around.

DHL Western Province coach John Dobson said that the team is excited to play in front of their faithful fans at DHL Newlands in what should be a hard-fought coastal derby.

It is always an intense game when DHL Western Province play the Cell C Sharks, so we would like to embrace the occasion and give it absolutely everything. It was encouraging to get our first win of the season last week, but we know that we will have to raise our standards significantly on Saturday,” he said.

Dobson have included Robert du Preez in his starting team at ten who will play against his brother Jean-Luc for the first time. Sharks coach Robert du Preez made just one change to the team that defeated the Blue Bulls 26-19 at Kings Park last weekend.

The enforced change comes amongst the backs where Lwazi Mvovo is replaced by S’bura Sithole on the wing after the former was recalled to the Springbok touring squad.

The Sharks currently top the Currie Cup standings with four wins from four.

Prediction: Sharks by 7…

Teams:

DHL Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Werner Kok, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Stefan Willemse, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 JP Smith, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Jurie van Vuuren, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 EW Viljoen.

 Cell C Sharks: 15 Curwin Bosch, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 S’bura Sithole, 10 Inny Radebe, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel (captain), 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Juan Schoeman
 Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 John-Hubert Meyer, 18 Jean Droste, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Michael Claassens, 21 Heimar Williams, 22 Rhyno Smith

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