May 23, 2017

Shark alert! New captain, front row for Jaguares clash


A new captain, a new front row and eight changes in total. That’s the axe that has been wielded by Sharks coach Robert du Preez following last week’s shocking 9-9 draw with the Melbourne Rebels. Du Preez is known as a disciplinarian, and he showed his colours by dropping captain Tera Mtembu to the bench for Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires (9.40pm SA time kickoff). Philip van der Walt has taken over the Sharks captaincy from Tera Mtembu. “The idea has always been to give the other guys a chance, and last week I spoke…

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Chippa put Dan Malesela on ‘special leave’


The fear of being relegated pushed Chippa United chairman Siviwe “Chippa” Mpengesi to send coach Dan Malesela packing, his agent said on Thursday. Malesela has been placed on “special leave” by the club following a string of poor results and that essentially means he is on his way out. “Both parties agree that the team hasn’t been doing well, so there are no conflicts about steps that need to be taken, although the coach was still confident the club would not be relegated,” said Tim Sukazi, who represents Malesela. A 3-2 defeat at home against Maritzburg United on Tuesday night…

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Whither to now, Cheetahs?


It is the end of the road for Cheetahs and Kings as far as their Super Rugby future is concerned.   As the old cliché goes, it is folly to put the cart before the horse. We all strive to live by this adage as we go through life conscious not to put the cart before the horse. However, sometimes things are so certain even before they happen that, are and yet not wanting to be labelled prophets of doom or pre-empting anything, we just have to accept and embrace the inevitable even before it happens. At least this way,…

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