The Cell C Sharks had their first warmup games on Friday against FNB Pukke and Russia in Durban.
FNB Pukke came out winners against what was clearly a second string side.
The Sharks made a good start leading 19-5 in the warmup match but it was the visitors that had the better in the second half coming back to beat them 31-26.
These warmup games serves as a pretty good platform for the Super Rugby coaches to test his whole squad.
In the second warmup match the Cell C Sharks took a huge win over Russia when they beat them 64-14.
At the break the Sharks led by 26-7 dominating the game from the start.
The Sharks have one more warmup match against Russia next week Friday before they take on the DHL Stormers in the Super Hero Sunday on Sunday.
The Sharks open their Vodacom Super Rugby campaign against the Vodacom Bulls in Durban on the 31 January.