The Cell C Sharks is gearing up to defend their Currie Cup title and it all starts this Friday against Tafel Lager Griquas in Durban.
It is again just a one round of matches which means teams can not afford to loose too many if they want to make the playoffs.
Playing against the SuperSport Challenge champions will add a bit more spice to Fridays Currie Cup opener and we expect the teams hitting the ground running.
This years competition will be even closer than last year with all the Super Rugby Franchises plus Pro14 Free State Cheetahs and Griquas and the Pumas in the Premier Division.
The Sharks have a new coach in Sean Everitt who has a talented squad of players to his disposal this year.
Everitt has like most Currie Cup coaches a good mix between the experience players and some exciting young players to pick from.
Everitt told the media that they are out to play and expansive style of rugby and not a 10 man game.
Franchises these days are looking at the Currie Cup to get their players into good form for Super Rugby and PRO14, but it does not mean that the Currie Cup is not an important competition to win.
Attack will be a key focus point for the current champions and there has been an improvement already this year with the Super Rugby side under assistant coach David Williams which Everitt wants to build on.
The Sharks first match is this Friday against Griquas at 19:15 and the match will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1.