Fantastic pace shown from Lions flanker Jaco Kriel to effect this try saver on Highlanders centre Matt Faddes in their Super Rugby semifinal at Ellis Park on 30 July, 2016 Continue reading “GIF Video Jaco Kriel vs Matt Faddes | Kriel shows great pace & saves try in Lions-Highlanders Super Rugby Semifinal”
Natal Sharks defence coach Omar Mouneimne has been released from his contract in Durban after he agreed to take up an assignment with Stade Francais. The much travelled Mouneimne had a fantastic impact on the Sharks this year in Super Rugby (they went from being one of the worst defensive sides in SR 2015 to being one of the best in 2016), but has now agreed to return to the Northern Hemisphere.
Under Mouneimne, the Sharks conceded only 20 tries in 12 games before the international break (and 16 in 4 after the break), and were the best defensive side going into the Super Rugby playoffs. Continue reading “Omar Mouneimne Stade Francais defence coach- Omar leaves Sharks for SF”
If reports are to be believed, the Sharks have signed young centre Jeremy Ward from Eastern Province. Ward was captain of the South Africa U20 side at this year’s Championships, and also made a few appearances for the Kings in Super Rugby.
Ward’s signing is a timely one, given that the Sharks have just lost outside centre Paul Jordaan to La Rochelle.
With Ward and Curwin Bosch on their books, Natal now have two of the brightest U20 talents in the country on their roster.
Ward’s exit is another in the long list of talented youngsters to leave EP, with Aidon Davis (Toulon), Thembelani Bholi (Free State), Shane Gates (Japan) and James Hall (Oyonnax) also moving from Port Elizabeth at the conclusion of the 2016 Super season.
The Playoff lineup for Super Rugby 2016 (effectively the quarterfinals with eight teams in it) has been determined and last season’s champions the Highlanders will travel to Canberra to take on Australian leaders the Brumbies. South African conference winners the Lions will host the Crusaders while the table topping Hurricanes will square off against the Sharks in Wellington. Dave Rennie’s Chiefs will have to make the long trip to Cape Town to take on the Stormers, who have not faced a single Kiwi side in this year’s competition Continue reading “Super Rugby 2016 Quarterfinals Confirmed- Lions v Crusaders & Canes v Sharks in Playoffs”