South Africans know only too well after what happened at the Rugby World Cup that one point makes all the difference between jubilation and dejection, but for Sharks fans the agony of that losing margin against Connacht should have at least been partially counterbalanced by a sense of hope.

Five losses in five starts in this edition of the United Rugby Championship (URC) does not make good reading for the Durbanites. Already it is unlikely they will make the top four, so they can look forward to travelling in the knockout phase if they get that far...

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