Dwindling crowds in Super Rugby has resulted in the SA Rugby Union taking a drastic step to try and bring the spectators back to the stadiums – by reinventing local teams as “Super Heroes”. That’s right, Lions, Sharks, Stormers and Bulls fans – your favourite player will have a super hero from the Marvel comics stable on their jerseys. Saru announced on Tuesday that the Bulls kit will be linked with Captain America, the Lions have Spiderman, the Sharks will resemble Black Panther and the Stormers will be associated with Thor. “In a ground-breaking collaboration between SA Rugby, SuperSport, Vodacom and Marvel, each of the South African Super Rugby teams will be assigned a Marvel Super Hero as their look for the home derbies next season,” Saru said in a statement. Chief executive Jurie Roux added: “Super Rugby has always been about entertainment and providing supporters with something new, and in 2019, we will definitely achieve that with … [Read more...] about SA Super Rugby teams adopt Marvel look, but will they be superheroes on the pitch?
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DURBAN – Against the odds, and to many people’s surprise, the Sharks were the ones left holding the Currie Cup Trophy in Cape Town on Saturday evening. It was not that the Sharks were shock winners, or undeserving to be in the final. It was more that they stopped a rampant Western Province side who lost one game all season – the one that mattered. This win for the Sharks is both enjoyable as it is necessary for a union that has been rebuilding itself from as far back as the Jake White era. The evidence has been there, and under coach Robert du Preez, the progress has been evident, but this piece of silverware is vindication for a lot of hard work. “I have to give credit to this group of players, and particularly Chiliboy Ralepelle, who played a magnificent leadership role throughout the whole season,” Du Preez said. “We have had a theme over the past couple of weeks called ‘brother for brother’. It’s all about playing for each … [Read more...] about Now Sharks need to carry Currie Cup confidence into Super Rugby
The Wallabies are now ensconced in Port Elizabeth, pondering how to improve on their 2019, 2-5 win-loss record against a resurgent South Africa and Argentina. Included in their number is the uncapped Angus Cottrell, a replacement for Lukhan Tui, who in the wake of a family bereavement and well-publicised incident with a fan is taking a break from the game. Cottrell is a rugby journeyman who was unwanted in his home state Queensland before finding his feet in Super Rugby at the Western Force. The 2018 season brought a serious knee injury and the exclusion of the Force from Super Rugby before Cottrell resurfaced again this year in Melbourne, vying for one of the few remaining spots on Dave Wessels’s roster. Watching on from the sidelines I posted to a WhatsApp group of rugby colleagues that I had never seen anyone train with the intensity and purpose of Cottrell. Weeks later, with a contract in place, what impressed me even more was that Cottrell’s work ethic and intensity … [Read more...] about The Wrap: No Super Rugby off-season while World Rugby gathers in Sydney
I have read a lot of articles over the past month in relation to the opinions of coaches and players, and the scandals they had found themselves caught up in. But, the one common theme that keeps surfacing is just how different Test rugby is to Super Rugby. In all reality, I just can’t get my head around it. The differences that I can see at Test level is that Southern Hemisphere teams sometimes play Northern Hemisphere teams. Yes, I agree that this is different. Referees from the Northern Hemisphere will ref a match between two Southern Hemisphere teams, or one with a Northern Hemisphere team versus a Southern Hemisphere side. Yes, I agree that this is different too. The venues are also different, which makes the fan base – and the atmosphere – different for the players. If these are the differences, then I get it, and writing it down has made it plainly obvious. But this is not the sentiment expressed by punters and journos when describing the intensity of Test … [Read more...] about Test Rugby versus Super Rugby: Is there a difference?
WHISPER it quietly, but there were reasons for optimism for Australian Super Rugby sides this season. Nothing to get too carried away with mind — a handful of wins over New Zealand teams shouldn’t be cause for champagne showers. But there’s no doubt that Australia’s four remaining teams made improvements, and so they should have with the axing of the Force strengthening the overall player pool. Indeed the Reds — Australia’s worst performing side this season — finished with the same number of wins (six) as last year’s top team, the Brumbies. And, finally, some success against the Kiwi sides — always the litmus test. After an embarrassing 0-26 shutout last year, with an average losing margin of 22.5 points, the gap closed significantly this season. LIVE stream the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship with no ad breaks during play. SIGN UP NOW! Top 10 tries from 2018! 2:59 Australia won four of 17 trans-Tasman … [Read more...] about Super Rugby Report Card: Brumbies, Rebels, Reds, Waratahs