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GIF Video Kwagga Smith red card vs Crusaders Super Rugby Final 2017 Lions David Havili

This Kwagga Smith red card vs Crusaders saw the Golden Lions reduced to ten men in their Super Rugby final. Kwagga collided with David Havili in the air, and although there was no intent, referee Jaco Peyper ruled that it was worthy of a sending off Continue reading “GIF Video Kwagga Smith red card vs Crusaders Super Rugby Final 2017 Lions David Havili”

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Video SBW Red Card vs Lions 2017 Wellington | Sonny Bill Williams tackle on Watson | First All Black sent off since 1967

This SBW tackle on Watson (VIDEO BELOW) saw the All Blacks centre red carded in their game against the British and Irish Lions on 1 July, 2017. SBW’s no arms challenge on Watson caught the latter in the face and referee Jerome Garces decided to send him off. Sonny-Bill is the first All Black to be red carded since 1967 Continue reading “Video SBW Red Card vs Lions 2017 Wellington | Sonny Bill Williams tackle on Watson | First All Black sent off since 1967”

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Ihaia West Try vs British & Irish Lions 2017 for Blues- Luatua and SBW offload

Here is Ihaia West’s try vs BIL, the winning try for the Auckland Blues in their clash against the British and Irish Lions at Eden Park. West’s try vs Lions was set up by two magical offloads from Steven Luatua and Sonny Bill Williams and an equally good take in the air from Michael Collins before the move began Continue reading “Ihaia West Try vs British & Irish Lions 2017 for Blues- Luatua and SBW offload”

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Warren Whiteley named 58th Springbok Captain- Bok Squad to face France 2017- 31 Man Roster

Golden Lions eighthman Warren Whiteley has been named by coach Allister Coetzee as South Africa’s 58th rugby captain after the retirement of Adriaan Strauss.

While Whiteley has excelled at Super Rugby level and possesses excellent communication and leadership skills, there are a few who still doubt whether he is South Africa’s best option at 8, with his performances not quite at the level of what Duane Vermeulen produced at test level for the Boks. The Stormers loose forward was one of the best players during the Heyneke Meyer era before his departure to French outfit Toulon.

Vermeulen is one of four overseas players included in this squad, with the others being Steven Kitshoff, Francois Hougaard and Frans Steyn.

The Golden Lions (9) and Stormers (7) make up half the squad, with the Bulls (5), Sharks (4), Overseas (4) and Cheetahs (2) finishing the 31 member list. Continue reading “Warren Whiteley named 58th Springbok Captain- Bok Squad to face France 2017- 31 Man Roster”

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Australian Super Rugby Attendances 2017- SR 2017 Crowds in Australia Conference

Here is a page that details attendances from Australian Super Rugby home fixtures for the 2017 season. Will be regularly updated- last update done after Brumbies vs Hurricanes playoff game game on 21 July, 2017.

Please note that on several occasions, teams do not release official attendance figures- especially in the case of the Rebels, so we’re unable to add crowds for those games. Continue reading “Australian Super Rugby Attendances 2017- SR 2017 Crowds in Australia Conference”

Who will be Bok 10 vs France? South Africa fly half vs Les Bleus to be Jantjies

After today’s announcement of the Bok squad to take on France, it appears that South Africa coach Allister Coetzee has placed ALL his flyhalf eggs in the Elton Jantjies basket.

Jantjies is the ONLY established No.10 in the squad. Frans Steyn can provide cover at a pinch, but most of his experience at that position came in the 2014 Super Rugby season when he stood in for the injured Patrick Lambie. Dillyn Leyds played 10 in the Stormers’ most recent Super Rugby game at the Blues, but his position is more likely to be at full back.

It is a somewhat surprising decision, given that Jantjies’ performances with Coetzee at the helm have been mediocre to put it mildly, both in his brief stint with the Stormers and last year with the Boks.

To be fair to AC, one could argue that his hands are tied, with Lambie out due to concussion and Handre Pollard injured. Kings flyhalf Lionel Cronje has been named in the A-squad. Continue reading “Who will be Bok 10 vs France? South Africa fly half vs Les Bleus to be Jantjies”

Video Pat Lambie Rhyno Smith Collision 2017- Should Patrick Lambie retire? Repeated concussions

If you’re a Sharks fan, you’d be hoping that Beterridge’s law of headlines should apply to the question asked above. But it is a serious one, given all the concussion and head knock related issues surrounding the sport currently.

Lambie’s career has looked to be in the balance after being pole-axed by CJ Stander last year. Given his style of playing- Lambie is a player who likes to take the ball to the line, instead of shovelling it along from deep, and unlike some other flyhalves, he is a more than capable defender, which means he makes his fair share of tackles instead of being hidden at wing, being afraid to take contact reduces his effectiveness on the field severely.

With Curwin Bosch off with the Baby Boks, Lambie was called back (perhaps too early in our opinion) to lead the side against the Kings, and suffered this sickening accident with his OWN full back Rhyno Smith. If it was a one off, it would perhaps be no issue- but given Lambie’s history of knocks, this could be a real cause for concern. He left the field soon after and was replaced for the rest of the game by Garth April.

Pat’s been a great servant of Sharks rugby, and we wish him the very best.

The Sharks have never had a full season of Lambie in his prime available to them, and this perhaps, is one of the reasons they’ve never won Super Rugby despite being coming close in recent years. Continue reading “Video Pat Lambie Rhyno Smith Collision 2017- Should Patrick Lambie retire? Repeated concussions”

Baby Boks cannot be South Africa’s nominated “second” national team from 2018- U20 Rugby Changes

World Rugby have today (May 10, 2017) passed a resolution that nations may no longer nominate their U20 team as their “second team” beginning January 2018.

The Boks’ U20 side have been South Africa’s nominated “second team” since 2013 which lead to the likes of Timo Swiel declining a call up to the U20’s as he wanted to keep his international options open. CJ Stander was the captain of the Baby Bok side in 2010, but they weren’t the second team then, and that allowed him to qualify for Ireland on residency grounds. Another example is Braam Steyn, who represented the Baby Boks in 2012, but now plays for the Italian national team.

WR have also passed a rule increasing the residency eligibility duration from 36 months (3 years) to 60 months (five years)

The five year residency rule is perhaps a good one for South African rugby, but there are fears that more U20 stars might end up representing other nations in the future, with nothing to tie them back to the Republic if they wanted to play for France, Italy, Japan or one of the Celtic nations.

Baby Bok JWC 2017 Squad Announced- South Africa U20 Team World Rugby Championship

South Africa have announced their squad for the upcoming U20 World Rugby Championship in Georgia. The team, coached by Chean Roux, is dominated by Western Province and the Blue Bulls, and features only two Sharks representatives- fly half Curwin Bosch and scrummie Faf de Villiers.

Skipper Ernst van Rhyn, Bosch, Props Kwenzo Blose (Free State) and Carlu Sadie (WP), Blitzboks Zain Davids and Stedman Gans, scrumhalf Embrose Papier and versatile back Manie Libbok are the survivors from last year’s squad.

Lions wing Madhosh Tambwe, touted by many as a future star to watch out at the Junior World Cup, missed out on selection because of passport issues. Continue reading “Baby Bok JWC 2017 Squad Announced- South Africa U20 Team World Rugby Championship”

Jaguares vs Sharks Super Rugby Review- Sharks become first side to win in Argentina in 2017

The Sharks became the first team to win in Argentina in Super Rugby this season when they got the better of the Jaguares. The reverse fixture at Kings Park earlier this season had been a tight one, and given the disastrous performance that the Sharks produced at home against the Rebels (9-9 draw that would be a sure contender for one of THE worst games in SR history), few expected them to brave the odds and win in Buenos Aires.

However, it’s become a bit of a habit for the Sharks to buck the trend in recent times- they play well against top class opposition and make a hash of games against easier teams. And that’s what precisely happened in Argentina. The Sharks were aided by some changes by coach Rob du Preez to the starting XI- starting prop Thomas du Toit had a stormer of a game (MOTM in our opinion) and veteran Michael Claassens had a better game than Cobus Reinach, whose mind unfortunately already seems to be in England Continue reading “Jaguares vs Sharks Super Rugby Review- Sharks become first side to win in Argentina in 2017”

Los Jaguares Rugby Attendances 2017- Argentina Super Rugby Crowds 2017

Here are the attendance figures for home games of the Jaguares, Argentina’s only Super Rugby representative in 2017. The Jaguares play their Super Rugby home games at the Jose Amalfitani Stadium, also the home ground of well known Argentine football club Velez Sarsfield. Continue reading “Los Jaguares Rugby Attendances 2017- Argentina Super Rugby Crowds 2017”