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Loaded Sharks' URC expectations remain high after last year’s mishit: 'We do need to take a step up'

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Sean Everitt. (Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile/Gallo Images)
Sean Everitt. (Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile/Gallo Images)

The Sharks were South Africa’s pace horse in the first season of the United Rugby Championship (URC) but faded in Devon Loch style towards the finish, getting usurped for a home play-off and ultimately knocked out by the Bulls.

If there was a team that bookies would have picked to upset the Irish clubs and steal a march to win the inaugural URC, it was the Sharks - not the Stormers - who they would favour.

This was because of the talent that made its way to Durban from 2020 and 2021, including Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi and fellow World Cup winner Bongi Mbonambi from the Stormers.

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