This Siya Kolisi headbutting Peter Horne could land the Springbok captain in hot water. Kolisi allegedly appeared to headbutt Horne after being held back at a ruck in South Africa’s 26-20 win over Scotland on 17 November, 2018 Continue reading “Video Siya Kolisi headbutts Peter Horne 2018 | Kolisi head butt on Horne”
There’s been a lot of controversy over Rassie Erasmus’ treatment of Embrose Papier, the Blue Bulls scrumhalf who debuted for the Springoks in Washington DC in June 2018.
Given transformation requirements in the Republic, the replacement scrummie often tends to be a “token selection” (an uncomfortable truth). Is it a simple case of over reliance on Faf de Klerk? Or is Papier not “trusted” by Erasmus? Is it a simple case of a lad who has talent, but is not deemed ready enough, and is therefore being groomed slowly?
Here are the list of games in which Papier was in the Match Day 23, and his minutes played
8 Games played, 29 minutes of game time, 11 of which were on the wing Continue reading “Embrose Papier Springbok record- List of matches played for South Africa & Game Time”
Here is the fixture list for the Sharks 2019 Super Rugby season. They won the 2018 Currie Cup and will be hoping to end their long wait for a Super title.
What is the Sharks’ first Super Rugby game of 2019?
The Sharks will open their 2019 campaign with an away fixture against the Sunwolves on 16 February, 2019.
Whom do the Sharks play on their tour of Australia and New Zealand?
The Sharks will play the Waratahs, Crusaders and the Chiefs. Not counting teams from the Africa Conference, that means away games in Sydney, Christchurch and Hamilton and home games against the Blues, Rebels, Reds and the Hurricanes.
Round 1– Sunwolves v Sharks 16 February, 2019
Round 2– Sharks v Auckland Blues 23 February, 2019
Round 3– Sharks v Stormers 2 March, 2019
Round 4– Blue Bulls v Sharks 9 March, 2019
Round 5– Bye
Round 6– Sharks v Rebels 23 March, 2019
Round 7– Sharks v Bulls 30 March, 2019
Round 8– Lions v Sharks 5 April, 2019
Round 9– Sharks v Jaguares 13 April, 2019
Round 10– Sharks v Reds 19 April, 2019
Round 11– Waratahs v Sharks 27 April, 2019
Round 12– Crusaders v Sharks 3 May, 2019
Round 13– Chiefs vs Sharks 11 May, 2019
Round 14– Bye Continue reading “List of Sharks fixtures Super Rugby 2019- Natal SR 2019 Away Tour Games”
Here are the official crowd figures for the 2018 Rugby Championship (formerly the Tri Nations) featuring New Zealand, Australia, Argentina and South Africa.
Stats last updated after Round 6 games on 6 October, 2018
Total Rugby Championship attendance by country
South Africa: 118,284
New Zealand: 105,569
Total attendance across the 12 games was 413,011
Average Rugby Championship Attendance in 2018 was 34,417. Per country, the average attendance was
South Africa: 39,428
New Zealand: 35,190
What has been the highest attendance at the 2018 Rugby Championship?
The 66,318 crowd for the Australia v NZ game at the ANZ Stadium, Sydney on 18 August, 2018
What has been the lowest crowd for a RC 2018 game
The 16,019 that turned up at the Gold Coast to watch Australia take on Argentina on 15 September, 2018 Continue reading “TRC 2018 Crowds- Attendances for the 2018 Rugby Championship NZ Aus Argentina SA”
In the first round of the Rugby Championship at Durban (August 18, 2018), Bulls flanker Marco van Staden became Bekker High School’s newest Springbok when he took the field as a second half replacement for Francois Louw. Van Staden is therefore Springbok No. 909. Stormers flyhalf Damian Willemse also made his international debut in this game (Springbok No.910)
Bekker is a small school by SA rugby standards, based in the town of Magaliesberg. Van Staden is Bekker’s third Springbok. Continue reading “List of Bekker High School Springboks- Hoerskool Bekker South Africa Rugby Players”
Here is the Super Rugby team of the year 2018, as officially announced by the competition’s governing body SANZAAR. Interestingly enough, the Crusaders, who successfully defended their crown, have only one representative- left winger George Bridge, thus showing that there were more of a “team” rather than depending on individual brilliance.
The Chiefs, who were eliminated in the quarterfinals, have four players- Brodie Retallick, Damien McKenzie, Anton Lienert Brown and Alaimalo. McKenzie was also named the Player of the Year. Continue reading “Super Rugby Team of the Year 2018- Best SR players 2018 season”
Blitzbokke forward Dylan Sage will leave the sevens setup to join the Pretoria based Blue Bulls ahead of the Currie Cup season. Sage’s last engagement with the Blitzboks was their Rugby World Cup Sevens campaign in San Francisco, where they finished third by beating Fiji.
A back in the 15’s game, Sage has been used as a forward by coach Neil Powell and has become one of the mainstays of South Africa’s 7’s side. He was part of the Dream Team named for the 2017 HSBC World Sevens series- the only South African in it (the Blitzbokke won the series by pipping Fiji to the title)
Sage, the grandson of former Springbok Doug Hopwood, is not the only Blitzbok leaving the sevens after the 2018 7’s RWC. Ruhan Nel is also moving on, but to the Cape Town based Stormers. Neither the Stormers nor the Bulls were able to make the Super Rugby playoffs this year. Continue reading “Dylan Sage Bulls 2018- Blitzbok to move to Blue Bulls”
The offload has become an important attacking weapon in rugby these days. Offloads generally lead to unstructured defences which increases the probability of scoring a try.
All stats as of July 19, 2018 (at the end of the regular season, BEFORE the playoffs)
Which team has the most offloads in Super Rugby 2018?
At the end of the regular season, it’s surprisingly the Sharks from Durban who top this metric. The number of tries they’ve scored, however doesn’t make for great reading. The Sharks, interestingly also have the FEWEST team carries of any Super Rugby team (1689 in comparison to the highest 2045 from the Jaguares in the regular season)
Which team has scored the most tries in SR 2018?
At the end of the regular season, the Crusaders and Lions were joint top with 77 tries. The two were also No.1 and 2 on the Super Rugby table.
The Lions are the team with the fewest offloads in the regular season. Continue reading “Most Offloads in Super Rugby 2018 vs Tries scored- Team Stats comparison”
After a enthralling final day of Super Rugby that saw the Rebels narrowly lose to the Highlanders in Dunedin and the Sharks beating the Jaguares in Durban, here are our Super Rugby quarterfinalists for 2018.
Crusaders (1) v Sharks (8)
Hurricanes (4) v Chiefs (5)
Winners meet at the home of the higher seed
Lions (2) v Jaguares (7)
Waratahs (3) v Highlanders (6)
Winners meet at the home of the higher seed
An eventful penultimate round of Super Rugby saw some surprise results, with the Rebels, Jaguares and Sharks all losing their respective away clashes to the Reds, Bulls and Stormers respectively.
Which teams have already qualified for the Super Rugby 2018 playoffs?
Seven teams are definitely there- Crusaders, Waratahs, Lions, Hurricanes, Chiefs, Highlanders and Jaguares. The Jaguares will be making their first ever playoff appearance this season.
Who can still qualify for the playoffs?
Rebels and Sharks.
Mathematically yes, but unlikely- Brumbies
The Sharks are on 32 points, the Rebels on 35. Victory for the Rebels over the Highlanders in Dunedin will see Dave Wessels’ side qualify for the playoffs. The Sharks need to beat the Jaguares at home and hope that the Rebels lose to the Highlanders. Continue reading “Super Rugby Table After Round 18- Who can qualify for playoffs & which teams have qualified?”