The clock is ticking…

August 4, 2015 4
The deciding week in the Rugby Championship. South Africa will go into the last test having all but secured third spot on the log unless they succumb to a shock loss. Will Pieter-Steph du toit feature in the fourth game with the former Sharks lock having managed to get a few minutes against the Lions…

WP leer SA Rugby ‘n les

October 28, 2012 9
Die internet ensiklopedie Wikipedia het sy eerste verskyning gemaak in daardie jaar.  Die wêreld was geskud toe terroriste in die World Trade Centre ingevlieg wat die torings tot die grond toe neer gebring het en tot gister, was dit die laaste keer wat Westelike Provinsie die Currie-beker omhoog gehou het. 11 Jaar is a blerrie…

Tahs ready to bench marquee halfback

March 21, 2012 6
THE Waratahs' marquee overseas signing Sarel Pretorius is in danger of being demoted to the bench for his team's first encounter of the year against his countrymen when they play the Sharks in Sydney on Saturday afternoon. Greg Growden March 21, 2012 Cut off … Sarel Pretorius trained with the main Waratahs squad for only…

‘Frustrated’ Whitehead left WP for successful team

November 29, 2011 28
Former Western Province centre Tim Whitehead says he joined the Sharks largely due to his desire to join a union "that's doing well and playing good rugby." Sport24 Whitehead told Sharks website editor, Michael Marnewick, that his 2011 season at Western Province and the Stormers was a bittersweet one and admits it was more frustration…

Player contracting or cattle-trading?

November 15, 2011 17
When you approach player contracting like cattle trading, expect to shuffle shit more than what you will count trophies. I hate going the obvious route blaming this on coaches, in effect, they can only work with who or what they are given, nevertheless, it amazes me how some unions in this country approach the issue…

The Lions roar again

October 31, 2011 9
The MTN Golden Lions recorded the most emphatic Absa Currie Cup final victory since 1980 when they beat The Sharks, champions in 2010, by 42-16 at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg on Saturday. [caption id="attachment_29239" align="aligncenter" width="499" caption="Golden Lions, Currie Cup 2011 Champions"][/caption] It was a significant triumph, as it was the Golden Lions’ first outright…

Smit selected at prop

February 17, 2011 17
Sharks coach John Plumtree delivered on his promise that captain John Smit will be used anywhere in the front row as when he picked him at loosehead for their clash against the Cheetahs this weekend. There was always going to be some controversy surrounding the selection of John Smit in the starting XV.  Bismarck du…

Few injury concerns for Sharks

February 15, 2011 3
The Sharks are in the enviable position of being almost 100% injury free prior to the start of the Super 15 rugby tournament. Gavin Rich - Sport24 Sharks coach John Plumtree is in the pleasing situation of having almost a full squad to choose from as he makes his selection for the opening Super Rugby…

Stormers the biggest losers

February 7, 2011 2
It is not often that the losing coach is the happier one in the post-match press conference. But this was exactly the case following the last Neo-Africa Tri-series warm-up games between the Stormers and the Sharks at Newlands. From the stands, the Sharks won every aspect of the game but on the scoreboard with the…

Plum opts for continuity

February 4, 2011 2
Sharks coach John Plumtree made minimal changes for the last Neo-Africa Tri-series match at Newlands against the Stormers. Injuries and personal committments forced his hand in certain positions, but Plumtree opted for continuity rather than wholesale changes. Pat Lambie will again wear the number 10 jersey with Meyer Bosman on his outside.  A thigh injury…

Results are vital

February 2, 2011 2
If you believe results in warm-up games don’t mean anything, I am afraid you are slightly deluded. No silly, not the scoreboard result, that is meaningless, in fact, if I was a coach I would want the scoreboard to be switched off during these games! But there is a reason, and a pretty damn good…

Coetzee snubs Cronje (again)

February 2, 2011 15
Stormers coach, Allister Coetzee has decided to stick with young Gary van Aswegen in the flyhalf position when he selected his team for their warm-up match against the Sharks this Saturday. Coetzee who a week ago confirmed that the race for the first and second choice flyhalf position is still open to anyone, surprisingly stuck…

Sharks bring out big guns

February 1, 2011 23
The Sharks have whipped out their big guns in their opening match of the Neo-Africa Tri-Series at Newlands. Accused of being slow starters in the past, John Plumtree seems intent to hit the ground running this year as he selected what will arguably be his preferred starting XV in the Super 15 this year. Captain…

Beast to remain a Shark

January 18, 2011 0
The tug-o'-war between the Sharks and Lions, for the services of Springbok prop Tendai Mtawarira, has finally come to an end. Jan de Koning - Rugby365 Following weeks of indecision, the 25-year-old Bok star on Monday announced that he would be staying at the Sharks - for the time being. "He wants to remain part…

Succeeding to fail

January 11, 2011 87
The time to feel sorry for the Freestate Cheetahs has to come to an end, they have no-one but themselves to blame for their ongoing problems. It was 1997. We were at our home in Cape Town and one of my best friends from schooldays, a Cheetah supporter to the bone, sat down to watch…
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