As a player Robert du Preez was ultra-competitve, as a coach he is possibly more so, and on the eve of the Currie Cup final between the Sharks and Western Province, the 54-year-old refreshingly cut through the hype and hot air that will always accompany a major sporting event. How are the Sharks are going... Continue Reading →

Sharks with twins Daniel and Jean-Luc,test are at Newlands this Saturday

The Du Preez twins, Daniel and Jean-Luc, have been picking up Man of the Match awards with eyebrow-raising regularity this season ( including the pre-season tour to France) thus precluding their no doubt proud Dad from being involved in selection issues just yet in his portfolio as Sharks attack coach. But Robert du Preez senior... Continue Reading →

Sharks vs Cheetahs match Preview for Saturday 14 February 2015

Sharks captain Bismarck du Plessis has never been drawn to hyperbole so when he declares that his team is ready for war, the Super Rugby opposition had best draw up their shields and raise their swords for an onslaught, starting with the Cheetahs at Kings Park tomorrow (5pm). The battling Bok hooker reckons the Sharks... Continue Reading →

Sharks Captain Keegan Daniel and that scurrilous report

The writer has been covering Sharks and Springbok rugby for 17 years and in that time I have seldom encountered one of my journalistic colleagues getting it as grieviously wrong as the Beeld man who effectively labelled Keegan Daniel a fascist and a zenophobe. The inference in the scurrilous report was that Daniel dislikes Afrikaans-speaking... Continue Reading →

The Sharks departed Johannesburg last night quite literally on a wing and prayer

The Sharks departed Johannesburg last night quite literally on a wing and prayer given that Sydney airport was closed yesterday morning because of volcanic ash in the atmosphere, although the weather forecast from New South Wales was favourable for clear skies by the time the team is due to land today – otherwise the flight... Continue Reading →

More than 50 000 Loftus fans were shocked into a stunned silence

Last week, the Sharks packed themselves off to a reclusive residence in Rustenburg, far from the madding crowd and the niggling negativity that had dogged their stuttering Super Rugby campaign, and an immaculate plan was hatched to beat the champion Bulls and record one of the most famous wins in Sharks and Natal rugby history.... Continue Reading →

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