2013 Season Preview: SHARKS

by Paul Cook - If there were a prize for endeavour in Super Rugby, the 2012 award would surely have gone to South Africa's Sharks. Admittedly, they could have made life a whole lot easier for themselves by getting off to a better start but when they did get going, they were an almost unstoppable force that rolled from mid-table into the play-offs and on into the final where they ultimately came up short against a rampant Chiefs side. The fact that they had to travel half way around the world and back twice in three weekends made their achievement all the more remarkable as they upset the reigning champion Reds on their own turf in week one of the finals, travelled back to Cape Town, where they outmuscled the table topping Stormers in he semi-final before jetting across the Indian Ocean once more for Hamilton, New Zealand and their final disappointment. The racking up of a significan
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