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Sharks suddenly looking like their pre-pandemic model

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Hyron Andrews. (Photo by Gareth Everett/Gallo Images(
Hyron Andrews. (Photo by Gareth Everett/Gallo Images(

The fizz will swiftly vanish from the bottle if the Sharks go back to fickle ways by crashing to the Cardiff Blues - boasting an identical one-win-from-three record - on Saturday.

But even if you need to caution against jumping to hasty conclusions on the evidence of 80 minutes, there were pleasing flashbacks to their vibrancy in ill-fated Super Rugby 2020 when they earned their deserved maiden United Rugby Championship victory (27-13) over the Ospreys last weekend.

The fact that their beaten foes had conquered the same Cardiff outfit in a Welsh derby only a week earlier gives you a further indication of the potential for the Sharks to return to Durban shortly with a very acceptable 50 percent record from their four-match start-out itinerary “on the road”.

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