Comeback king Victor Matfield may be the key to bulldozing the Sharks into the ground – aided by the new rugby scrum laws.
After nearly two years of not playing in the Super Rugby, the Lions may find adjusting to the elite tournament tricky when they make their return.
The Sharks won the 2013 Currie Cup after a clash with Western Province at Newlands on Saturday afternoon.
WP and the Sharks have delivered the dream final for Currie Cup organisers, who appear only interested in short-term gain, writes Andy Capostagno.
With all the changes under new director of rugby Brendan Venter, Sharks's coach Brad Macleod-Henderson is pleased with the team's rotation policy.
Free State Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has included Springbok prop Trevor Nyakane for the team's first Currie Cup home game against the Sharks.
The eighth-placed Blues, who take on the finless Sharks next, are a threat. But they need three more wins to an impact in Super Rugby.
Morne Steyn booted South African conference leaders the Bulls to a narrow 18-16 win over the Sharks in an attritional game in Durban on Saturday.
Colin Slade has scored a second-half try among 15 points as the Highlanders broke an eight-match losing run with a 25-22 win over the Sharks.
But the attrition of team members like JP Pietersen for more lucrative shores can have a silver lining.
The confidence engendered by winning on a regular basis has obviously had a profound effect on the entire Cheetahs team.
Injury-hit Canterbury Crusaders have been bidding for a fourth straight win over 2012 Super 15 finalists the Sharks.
The Sharks recorded their biggest Super Rugby victory on Saturday with a 64-7 humiliation of the Melbourne Rebels at Kings Park in Durban.
A strong start from the Brumbies helped maintain their unbeaten start to the Super Rugby season with a 29-10 bonus point victory over the Sharks.
Coach John Plumtree admits the Sharks have yet to hit their stride this season, but he hopes that will change when they meet the Brumbies in Durban.
The Kings may be new in town but if they come out fighting they could take down rugby's old boys
Western Province have ended their 11-year wait for a major trophy after a battling 25-18 Currie Cup victory over the Sharks in Durban.
Western Province have a lot to prove when they play the Sharks in a competition that promises better things to come, writes Andy Capostagno.
Springbok utility back Patrick Lambie's unavailability for Currie Cup duty this week has left Sharks coach John Plumtree a frustrated man.
The Sharks have rained on Western Province's parade by defeating the home side 25-23 in their opening 2012 Currie Cup match at Newlands.