Can the Durban team sink any lower than last weekend's embarrassing defeat to the Crusaders? Andy Capostagno traces the sad decline.
Battling Sonny Bill Williams will remind the former Bok of the glory he has potentially sacrificed.
The captain missed the opening game last week when he withdrew at the last minute due to a shoulder problem, and will replace Kyle Cooper.
Former Springbok coach and director of rugby at the Sharks Jake White has left the provincial team to pursue international opportunities.
The 23-year-old loose forward will lead the side in defending their Currie Cup crown.
The Canterbury Crusaders have showed the calibre of performance that will give their supporters hope they can add an eighth title next week.
The Crusaders scored four unanswered tries in the second half to outclass the Sharks 38-6 and book their place in the Super Rugby final.
Two tries in three minutes helped the Sharks book their ticket to the Super Rugby semi-finals with a victory over the Highlanders on Saturday.
Poor form leaves Durbanites with an uphill climb to overcome Super Rugby’s unforgiving structure.
The Durban team need to reverse their recent toothless form if they are to resurrect ambitions of glory.
The Durban team need to follow the example the Bulls set in 2007, when losing was just not an option.
Just when Super Rugby is getting really exciting, it's being interrupted by a show of mediocrity.
Jake White admits his players have gone into their shells, and all the stops will have to be pulled out against the on-form Crusaders.
The Sharks have clung to first place in the Super Rugby table by taking a bonus point from a 16-9 loss to the Brumbies in a top of the table clash.
Crowd at top of the log shows there is a good spread of talent in this tough competition.
Lwazi Mvovo scored a superb chip-and-chase try for the Sharks 13 minutes from time at Ellis Park.
If the Hamilton team's determination is anything to go by, the Sharks have a mountain to climb if they want to win the Super Rugby title.
Second half tries lifted South Africa's Sharks to a comfortable 32-10 victory over NSW Waratahs in their Super Rugby match at King's Park.
The Blue Bulls have ended the Sharks' winning run with a 23-19 victory over the coastal side in a Super Rugby encounter at Loftus Versfeld.