With the Stormers sweating over injuries and the Bulls needing early momentum, the Sharks look likely to have the best chance of winning Super Rugby.
The man who coached the Stormers to successive South African conference titles in the extended Super 15 in 2011 and 2012 is to coach a Japanese team.
The batsman who almost single-handedly won two T20 matches against SA, says the batting and bowling lineup will be lacking due to these losses.
Four missed wicket chances have allowed the Proteas to build up steam, heading into the tea break with just one wicket lost.
The midfielder was left out of the national Afcon squad, even though he asked his English side West Ham United to be released for the 2015 tournament.
Former Springbok coach and director of rugby at the Sharks Jake White has left the provincial team to pursue international opportunities.
Jean de Villiers has recovered from a knee injury is back in the Springbok squad for the Rugby Championship.
Safa has appointed South African coach Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba as the new head coach of Bafana Bafana, a position he held previously in 2002.
The Springboks beat Scotland 55-6 at Port Elizabeth's Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium to close the Incoming Series with an undefeated record.
Wales and South Africa - who clashed on Saturday in Nelspruit - will use the experience as preparation for next year's World Cup.