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2007 Super 14 Fixtures

October 13th, 2006

The South African, New Zealand and Australian Rugby Unions (SANZAR) have released the schedule for the 2007 Super 14. The 2007 Super 14 season will start a week earlier to allow for the Rugby World Cup.

The competition starts off on 2nd February with the Blues hosting the Crusaders in Auckland. It finishes up with the grand final to be played on the 19th May.

It is still unknown which team will be the 5th South African side. The South African Rugby Union (SARU) had originally planned for the Southern Spears to replace that country’s bottom-placed team this year, the Cats, for 2007 and 2008.
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Crusaders dominate Sharks

April 29th, 2005

The Crusaders defeated the Sharks 77-34 in the opening games of Super 12 week 10.

In a high scoring match defence was scares with both teams scoring tries seemingly at will.

The Crusaders went into the half-time break with a seemingly insurmountable 42-8 lead.
But early in the second half the Sharks hit back with three tries to be back in reach at 45-34 with 18 minutes to go. But the Crusaders were able to seal the win running in four tries in the last 12 minutes.

The win takes the Crusaders to the top of the Super 12 table, although the Waratahs could still regain the top stop if they win their match this weekend.


Chiefs smash Sharks

April 9th, 2005

The Chiefs defeated the Sharks 40-5 in a Super 12 game played at Waikato Stadium on Saturday.

Going into the match both teams had only recorded one win this year, so were desparate for the win.

Lock Keith Robinson was set to make his return from injury for the Chiefs, but failed a fitness test before the game and was replaced by Sean Hohneck.
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Sharks score upset win over Brumbies

March 27th, 2005

The Sharks have recorded their first win of the season when they defeated the Brumbies 36-24 in a match in Durban on Saturday.

The Sharks recorded their first win under new coach Dick Muir. The previous coach Kevin Putt had been dumped mid-week following the team’s poor start to the season.

A son of former Springbok full-back Gysie Pienaar, Ruan Pienaar starred for the Sharks scoring two tries and kicking four conversions and a penalty.

Sharks - Tries: Ruan Pienaar (2), Jaco Gouws, Adi Jacobs, Warren Britz; Conversions: Pienaar (4). Penalty: Pienaar

Brumbies - Tries: Matt Giteau, Jeremy Paul, Radike Samo; Conversions: Giteau (3). Penalty: Giteau.


Dick Muir stamps his mark on Sharks

March 25th, 2005

New Sharks coach, Dick Muir, has been quick to stamp his mark on the Sharks team making changes to the team to face the Brumbies.

Winger Odwa Ndungane has been dropped and Adrian Jacobs has been moved from outside centre to the wing. Rudi Keil, has been moved from inside centre to outside centre. While Trevor Halstead comes into the team at No 12.

Sharks: Brent Russell, Adrian Jacobs, Rudi Keil, Trevor Halstead, Henno Mentz, Butch James, Ruan Pienaar, Braam Immelman, AJ Venter, Solly Tyibilika, Charl van Rensburg, Johann Muller, Danie Saayman, John Smit, Eduard Coetzee

Replacements: Deon Carstens, Skipper Badenhorst, Jaco Gouws, Warren Britz, Sandile Nxumalo, Gcobani Bobo, Herkie Kruger


Sharks dump coach Kevin Putt

March 25th, 2005

The Sharks have dropped coach Kevin Putt from their franchise. In the statement from the team’s board said that Putt had been asked to step down.

The Sharks are currently at the bottom of the Super 12 table after losing all four of their matches this year.

Putt has been replaced by Dick Muir with immediate effect. Muir will be in charge of the Sharks when they take on the Brumbies this weekend.

Muir will be assisted by South African coaching great who is currently a national selector for South Africa. Also former Australian coach Rod McQueen will join the Sharks as a technical adviser for their four-match Super 12 tour of New Zealand and Australia.


Hurricanes defeat the Sharks and take top spot

March 12th, 2005

The Hurricanes defeated the Sharks 29-23 in Durban on Friday.

Hurricanes first five-eighth Jimmy Gopperth scored 24 points as the Hurricanes secured their third win of the year. The win takes the team to the top of the table with 13 points, the Brumbies also have 13 points but the Hurricanes take the top spot with their superior points difference.

The defeat is the third straight for the Sharks this season and will put further pressure on embattled coach Kevin Putt to step down.

Hurricanes: Tries: Ben Herring, Jimmy Gopperth; Penalties: Gopperth (5). Conversions: Jimmy Gopperth (2).

Sharks: Tries: Henno Mentz, Adrian Jacobs; Penalties: Butch James (2). Conversions Butch James (2). Dropped Goal: Herkie Kruger.


Brumbies defeat Sharks

March 11th, 2005

The Brumbies have defeated the Sharks 22-19 at Bruce Stadium in Canberra.At half time the Brumbies were ahead 19-7.

Barry broke through the line and chipped ahead only three metres out from try line. Jeremy Paul grounded the ball in goal. Despite protests from the Brumbies, the referee immediately awarded try instead of sending it to the video referee to judge. Replays confirmed that Paul appeared to ground the ball first.

The Stormers comeback continued with second try to de Villiers. Yet the Brumbies were able to hold out against some determined attacking from the Stormers to record their third win this season.

Brumbies: Tries: Henari Veratau, Radike Samo and Ben Batger. Conversions: Stephen Larkham (2). Drop Goal: George Gregan

Stormers: Tries: Jean de Villiers (2), Eddie Andrews. Conversions: Gaffie du Toit (2)


Waratahs sink Sharks

March 7th, 2005

Waratah winger Lote Tuqiri starred as the Waratahs defeated the Sharks 36 -13 in Durban.

At halftime the score was 16-13. In the second half the Waratahs were able to seal an important win away from home.
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Stormers defeat Sharks

February 26th, 2005

The Stormers defeated the Sharks 26-12 in their opening Super 12 match on Friday.

Winger Breyton Paulse scored a pair of tries for the Stormers, while fellow Springbok winger scored the Stormers other try.
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