Sharks wing Sbu Nkosi is among the 15 Sharks players called up to the third Springbok alignment camp in Umhlanga from 22-25 April.
Sharks coach Robert du Preez says his side’s performance against the Bulls was an embarrassment.
Dan du Preez will be ‘conservatively managed’ for four weeks after sustaining a shoulder injury against the Lions at Ellis Park. The Sharks No 8 was sent for scans on Monday, which confirmed that he has a shoulder ligament tear. In other injury news, scrumhalf Cameron Wright suffered a concussion and his return to training will be subject to him passing… Read more →
Four former Springbok props on whether Thomas du Toit can make a successful conversion from loosehead to tighthead. Ollie le Roux ‘You don’t get good young tightheads, you only get good old tightheads. That’s because they have been scrummed and hurt, and with that experience they become good tightheads. There is no quick fix at tighthead. It takes a while… Read more →
The set-piece battle between the Lions and Sharks on Saturday sent out another stark reminder about the match-defining perils of a malfunctioning scrum, writes CRAIG LEWIS.
Sharks coach Robert du Preez says he is willing to give Thomas du Toit time to settle at tighthead prop. The 22-year-old has been moved from loosehead to tighthead at the request of SA Rugby director of rugby Rassie Erasmus. He was given a torrid time at the scrum by Lions loosehead Jacques van Rooyen at Ellis Park on Saturday, with… Read more →
JON CARDINELLI picks a South African XV based on performances in round one of Super Rugby. Three South African teams were in action this past weekend. The Stormers hung on for a 28-20 win against the Jaguares at Newlands. The Lions were too strong for the Sharks in Johannesburg, winning 26-19. The Lions forwards hammered the Sharks at the scrums… Read more →
JON CARDINELLI looks ahead to the Super Rugby clashes at Newlands and Ellis Park in round one. The Super Rugby tournament has undergone significant changes since last season. Fifteen teams will compete across three conferences in 2018, rather than the 18 sides that featured across four conferences in 2017. Two sides, namely the Cheetahs and Kings, have been cut from… Read more →
South Africa’s Super Rugby franchises should be more competitive this year, writes CRAIG LEWIS. The decision to cut two South African teams from Super Rugby is likely to be vindicated during the 2018 season. When it was made, SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux openly acknowledged that the dilution of talent and resources across six franchises had simply become unsustainable. In… Read more →
The Sharks have bolstered a squad that should compete at the business end of the competition, writes CRAIG LEWIS. When the Sharks progressed to a home final in the 2017 Currie Cup, coach Robert du Preez made no secret of the fact their game plan revolved around playing to the strengths of a powerful pack. It was a largely effective… Read more →