The last, and only, South African team to win the Super Rugby title was the Bulls.
The men from Pretoria lifted the trophy in 2010 when they beat the Stormers in the final, but they have had a shocking start to the 2014 campaign, while their rivals from Durban have shown a lot of promise.
Now coached by Jake White and under the stewardship off the field of Springbok great John Smit, the Sharks of Natal have won their first two matches and go into a bye week at the top of the early table.
There is a long way to go in this Super Rugby season, but assessing their rivals, their squad and their set-up this season, the Sharks have a lot to be optimistic about as they go hunting for their first Super Rugby crown.
Here are seven reasons why the Sharks will win the Super XV.