South Africa’s rugby franchises again led the way as the Vodacom United Rugby Championship broke another attendance record this past weekend, with the two local derbies accounting for almost half of the total figure.
While South African players are required to rest for a minimum of eight weeks per season, the leave is not confined to a February-March window.
MARK KEOHANE argues for a crucial discussion between Rassie Erasmus and South Africa’s franchise coaches to find a balance in managing the availability of Springbok players.
Coach Ivan van Rooyen and captain Marius Louw pinpointed an adjustment in two key areas for the Lions’ heroic comeback win against the Sharks at Kings Park. @Vodacom #URC
A disappointed John Plumtree says the Sharks paid the price for “terrible” decision-making in surrendering a 15-point lead to lose against the Lions on Saturday. @Vodacom #URC
Relive Boeta Chamberlain’s game-winning penalty attempt after the hooter in a riveting SA derby duel between the Sharks and Lions in Durban on Saturday. @Vodacom #URC
Sanele Nohamba converted a late Marius Louw try as the Lions clawed back from a 15-point first-half deficit to overcome the Sharks in Durban on Saturday. @Vodacom #URC
Head coach John Plumtree expects a heavyweight contest between two powerful front rows when the Sharks and Lions lock horns at Kings Park. @Vodacom #URC
John Plumtree has challenged the Sharks to dust themselves off and get back to winning ways on Saturday, despite the loss of yet another forward to a long-term injury.
Legendary enforcer Eben Etzebeth has fully recovered from illness and slots back into the Sharks lineup to tackle the Lions at Kings Park on Saturday. @Vodacom #URC