Here are the winners from the Durban based Sharks’ end of the season awards for 2017.
The Sharks lost in the quarterfinals (a tightly contested 23-21 game) to the Lions in Super Rugby 2017, and reached the final of the Currie Cup before going down to Western Province at Kings Park. Continue reading “List- Natal Sharks Rugby End of the Season Awards 2017- Player of the Year Winners”
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)”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
This bad Andre Esterhuizen tackle on Naivalu saw the Sharks inside centre being sent off in their clash against the Rebels at Kings Park.
The Klerksdorp born No.12 has been an influential figure for the Sharks over the last couple of seasons after the departure of Frans Steyn and has formed a formidable centre pairing with Lukhanyo Am. He’s practically been playing non stop for the Sharks in the last year- the fans were asking for him to take a break, but perhaps not this way!
Esterhuizen has been banned for six weeks for this challenge Continue reading “Andre Esterhuizen tackle on Sefa Naivalu in Sharks-Rebels 2017 | Esterhuizen red card Video”
Here is a MONSTER penalty kick from young Sharks back Curwin Bosch against the Emirates Lions for the Natal Sharks in their Super Rugby clash in April 2017. Bosch, 19, nailed this 60m+ kick with ease. Aided mildly by the altitude at Ellis Park, but a fantastic kick nevertheless from the teenager Continue reading “Video Curwin Bosch penalty kick vs Golden Lions Super Rugby 2017- Monster 62m penalty from 19 year old”
Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has invited 13 players from the Natal Sharks for this weekend’s second camp in Stellenbosch. The Sharks were not part of the first camp held in Johannesburg owing to their tour commitments.
Why have Andre Esterhuizen and Philip van der Walt not been called up for the Bok camp?
Inside center Esterhuizen and eighthman Van der Walt have been two of the Sharks’ most consistent performers this season, but have seemingly been ignored by Coetzee. Another surprise exclusion is tighthead prop Lourens Adriaanse.
List of Natal Sharks players invited to Bok Camp April 2017
Ruan Botha, Etienne Oosthuizen, Lukhanyo Am, Kobus van Wyk, Beast Mtawarira, Coenie Oosthuizen, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Jean-Luc du Preez, Cobus Reinach, Pat Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, Curwin Bosch, Tera Mtembu