The Sharks’ winning the Challenge Cup was great from not only the Durban team’s perspective but also SA rugby as a whole as it ensures there will be at least three local teams playing in next season’s prestigious Champions Cup.

That the elite competition is where the Sharks need to be should have been drummed home to them by two things before the game even kicked off. Firstly, on paper the Gloucester side that was announced looked like the second rate English club team that they are. While the Sharks at full strength are a better team than their 13th position in the United Rugby Championship (URC), Gloucester, both on the team sheet and in performance, look like a team that finished ahead of only the winless Newcastle Falcons in the English Premiership...

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