Long serving Natal Sharks wing Odwa Ndungane makes his 249th and final appearance for the Durban franchise this weekend in the Currie Cup, and here we take a look at one of his most memorable tries- the last minute winner when the Sharks won 27-26 against the Crusaders in Durban back in the 2007 Super Rugby season. Ruan Pienaar slotted in a tough conversion from the sideline to send Sharks fans into delirium. A great counter-attacking Sharks try, and one where Adi Jacobs played a pivotal role.
This was also the game where Ndungane had botched a certain gimme try earlier in the game with the scores tied at 13-13. He redeemed himself and how! Continue reading “Video Odwa Ndungane try vs Crusaders 2007 for Sharks (Ruan Pienaar sideline conversion- Sharks 27-26 Crusaders)”
This Damian De Allende red card vs New Zealand (GIF VIDEO BELOW) was a controversial moment from the epic All Blacks vs Springbok test match on 7 October, 2017. De Allende attempted to charge down Lima Sopoaga’s unsuccessful drop goal and French referee Garces ruled that De Allende’s elbow had made contact with Sopoaga and chose to red card him. The subsequent penalty was converted by Sopoaga, and South Africa lost the test by a single point Continue reading “GIF Video Damian De Allende Red Card vs New Zealand All Blacks 2017- De Allende Sopoaga Incident Elbow to Head”
This Folau vs Leyds Incident saw the Australian full back pull Springbok winger Leyds’ hair. Bok skipper Eben Etzebeth took exception to the incident and indulged in a scuffle on the sidelines. The referee penalised Folau for a high tackle, but the TMO, interestingly enough, when asked by the ref if he had seen anything on the sidelines, chose to say NO. Wallaby skipper Michael Hooper is also seen talking to O’Keefe about an “elbow” Continue reading “GIF Folau pulls Leyds hair Video 2017 | Etzebeth vs Folau Incident Bloemfontein Rugby Championship”
The Sharks have pulled off a triple coup of sorts, with the acquisitions from Leolin Zas and Robert du Preez Junior from Western Province/Stormers and Makazole Mapimpi from the Cheetahs. All three signings are practically 100% done- just haven’t been officially confirmed by the Sharks. The three are in addition to lock Gideon Koegelenberg, whom the Sharks have acquired on a two year deal from Zebre.
Wing Mapimpi impressed during Super Rugby with the Kings in 2017- check out this video where he embarrassed Karmichael Hunt, and is currently playing for Free State/Cheetahs.
The Sharks are a bit short on pacy wings, with Sbu Nkosi and Kobus van Wyk the only real speedsters in the side. Odwa Ndungane and Lwazi Mvovo, the other wings, are the other side of 30, with Mvovo also looked upon as a full back option. Continue reading “Leolin Zas Sharks Signing- Makazole Mapimpi & Robert Du Preez Jnr to move to Natal too”
The South African national rugby union team suffered their biggest ever defeat in a competitive fixture as they were humbled 57-0 by New Zealand at the QBE Stadium in front of 30,021 fans on September 16, 2017.
This Bok defeat saw Allister Coetzee’s men humbled by 57 points, beating the previous record loss that England inflicted upon them (53-3) back in 2002 (the game where the Boks had Jannes Labuschagne sent off). However the Springboks played for the full 80 with fifteen men.
The Springboks’ heaviest defeat at home also came with Coetzee in charge last year, when they lost 57-15 in Durban in October 2016. Continue reading “List of Worst Springbok Losses | Biggest margins of defeat for South Africa rugby”
Since re-admission, South Africa have had two Muslim Boks- the Western Province/Stormers loose forward Nizaam Carr, who made his debut against Italy in Padova (November 22, 2014) and the Free State/Cheetahs loosie Uzair Cassiem, who also made his international bow in an EOYT game (against Wales in Cardiff on November 27, 2016) Continue reading “List of Muslim Springboks | Islamic South African Rugby Players”
Here are the official crowds for the 2017 edition of the Rugby Championship, the annual tournament featuring Southern Hemisphere quartet Argentina, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. It was previously known as the Tri Nations before changing its name to the Rugby Championship following Argentina’s introduction.
Last updated after Argentina vs Australia on 8 October, 2017 Continue reading “The Rugby Championship 2017 Attendances- TRC 2017 Tri Nations Crowds”
Former Springbok winger Chris Badenhorst’s son Dian took the field today for the Free State Cheetahs against the Natal Sharks in their Currie Cup game (on 2 September, 2017). Dian was the replacement scrumhalf for Free State today, and replaced former Baby Bok JP Smith in the second half.
Dian was educated at Grey College and has played for the University of Free State (UFS Shimlas) Continue reading “Springbok Chris Badenhorst son- Dian Badenhorst (Free State Cheetahs)”
Sharks winger and former Baby Bok Kobus van Wyk got married to girlfriend June van der Westhuizen earlier this year. He missed a Currie Cup game for the Sharks owing to his marriage!
Van Wyk played at outside centre in South Africa’s 2012 JWC final win over New Zealand at Newlands Continue reading “Kobus van Wyk June van der Westhuizen Marriage 2017- Sharks Rugby Winger Married”
This Kwagga Smith red card vs Crusaders saw the Golden Lions reduced to fourteen 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”