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Cape Town - The Sharks based on healthiest overall squad depth ... or Stormers for the striking kindness of their itinerary?

That was the dilemma I faced in trying to decide which South African team might go furthest in much-altered Super Rugby 2016, beginning this weekend and marked by an increased emphasis, regrettably, on how each team’s individual annual fixture list influences their prospects.

In the end the Stormers’ significantly more lightweight roster (this will be a year when they blissfully sidestep New Zealand opposition in ordinary season and they also play eight of their 15 games at Newlands) swayed my thinking – though I should add that I can’t bring myself to believe they will be genuine title material.

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