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● The Sharks can de­fend. This is some­thing that was dis­cov­ered and im­pressed on South African rugby watch­ers last sea­son. If there’ll be a mea­sure of their im­prove­ment, it’ll lie in how they marry their at­tack­ing and de­fen­sive dis­ci­plines into a seam­less union. The Sharks are well stocked in all de­part­ments and coach Robert du Preez will have some se­ri­ous se­lec­tion headaches. One of them will be ex­plain­ing how his name­sake son will be start­ing ahead of the capped Bok Cur­win Bosch. The Sharks have two home games against the Waratahs and the Sun­wolves be­fore they head across the In­dian Ocean. The Blues may be an un­known quan­tity but they should get the bet­ter of the Auck­land-based side while col­lect­ing points in Mel­bourne and Can­berra. Their trip to Welling­ton will be a tough one but they’ve avoided the Saders. The Sharks will bull­doze their way into the play-offs.

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