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APR

Du Preez's Sharks desperate for happy tour

The Sharks have arrived in Australia eager to turnaround their fortunes after two consecutive defeats at home. After they were dismantled by the Jaguares two weeks ago, the Reds added to their woes on Easter Friday. They will now have to contend with another Australian outfit, when they meet the Waratahs in Sydney this Saturday.
17
APR

Sharks bring back experience as they aim for reaction against Reds on friday- Rob du Preez

Springbok duo Coenie Oosthuizen and Tendai Mtawarira have returned to the Sharks line-up to face the Reds in Durban on Friday. The pair bring much needed experience to the Durban team, who simply must bounce back after conceding 50 points to a rampant Jaguares side at home last weekend. Jacque Vermeulen is also back to beef up the pack, while in the backs Lukhanyo Am and Makazole Mapimpi are rested, with Cobus Van Wyk, Lwazi Mvovo and Sbu Nkosi coming into the team. Coach Rob Du Preez says the clash against the Reds is chance for his players to rectify their mistakes. Du Preez admitted that his team was hurting after letting in seven tries on home soil. The technical team as well as players have met several times this week to analyse the result and prepare for the Reds. Du Preez says in order to move forward they must take accountability for their shortcomings. Despite the manner of their defeat to the Jaguares, Du Preez says there is no need to push any panic buttons. The Sharks are fifth on the overall Super Rugby table and second in the South African conference, two points behind the Bulls. Du Preez says they must stick to their processes. Meanwhile, Sharks flank, Phillip van der Walt offered no excuse for their performance against the South Americans. It was the Sharks third defeat at home this season. As one of the more experienced players in the team, he urged his team mates to stand up on Easter Friday and put on a winning performance for the fans before they head off on tour to Australasia.
05
APR

Toyota Cheetahs hoping for home advantage against Ospreys on Saturday in Pro 14

The Toyota Cheetahs are back from a not so successful European tour. Coach Franco Smith says that tours are difficult and that’s why they had many stop and starts in matches. The former Springboks coach is hoping for different results this weekend when they host Swansea side Ospreys tomorrow in the Guinness Pro 14 at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein. Kick-off for that match is 17:30. The Cheetahs have lost their last four matches in the Pro 14 but all were played away from home on the European tour.
04
APR

Mtawarira never dreamt of history as he stands on brink of Super Rugby record

Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira will make history when he runs out against the Lions at Ellis Park this Friday. The Sharks prop is set to become the most capped South African player in Super Rugby with his 157th appearance for the Durban side. Last year, the Zimbabwe-born forward, joined an exclusive club of only six players to earn 100 caps for the Springboks. The 33-year-old says he never dreamt of achieving so much in the game. Mtawarira made his debut for the Sharks in 2007 under Dick Muir. He quickly established himself as one of the country’s leading props and a year later became a Springbok. He recalls his maiden Super Rugby season which announced his arrival but ended in heartbreak for the Sharks. Mtawarira is honoured to break the record but wants to put his personal achievements aside at Ellis Park. After losing to the Bulls at home last weekend, the player understands the importance of bouncing back. The Sharks remain winless against South African opposition this year and the match against Swys De Bruin’s side is a big chance to end that record.
02
APR

Stormers regroup ahead of Australian games

Following their disappointing 24-9 defeat to the Blues on Saturday, the Stormers have been regrouping ahead of the Australian leg of their current Super Rugby campaign. The Stormers will face the Reds this Friday, and Assistant Coach Dawie Snyman says that while they are disappointed with the loss, there are positives from the game, as they created a lot of scoring opportunities against the Blues. Snyman says they have already started work on getting their execution right, and they hope to make it count against the Reds on Friday. Eben Etzebeth and Dan Du Plessis will be heading home with slight injuries, while Peter-Steph Du Toit has been given time off for the birth of his son, so Ernst Van Rhyn, Kobus van Wyk and Seabelo Senatla will join up with the squad.
28
MAR

Soyizwapi to lead injury ravaged Blitzbokke in Hong Kong and Singapore

Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell says it was easy naming Siviwe Soyizwapi as the captain of the Blitzbokke ahead of the Hong Kong and Singapore legs of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Powell also revealed that Soyizwapi has the respect of his teammates and that he had already led the team in the last two games in the Vancouver tournament when skipper Philip Snyman got injured.The 20-year-old wing Angelo Davids will make his debut for the team after being selected in place of the injured Muller du Plessis. Along with Davids, Ryan Oosthuizen replaces the injured Snyman while JC Pretorius will miss out due to injury with Werner Kok taking his place amongst the forwards and Kurt-Lee Arendse being part of the playing team. Chris Dry will travel with the team and serve as back-up. Powell says Davids has earned his call-up to the side.

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