Sharks could slide off top spot
Cape Town - The Sharks could potentially slip to third on the overall Super Rugby log
following the completion of this weekend's Round 17 action.
The Super Rugby competition resumes for New Zealand and Australian teams this week following the June international Test window.
No South African teams are taking part this weekend as the Springboks are scheduled to play one extra Test against Scotland, which falls outside the International Rugby Board's Test window.
It will see the Boks play four matches on the trot, compared to the three played by New Zealand and Australia.
This extra Test for the Boks may prove troublesome for the Sharks, as they could lose their spot at the summit of the standings.
The second-placed Waratahs, who trail the Sharks by just two points, would leapfrog the Sharks if they beat the fourth-placed Brumbies in Sydney on Saturday.
Should the Crusaders beat the Hurricanes in Wellington, then Jake White
's men would slip to third spot on the log (providing the Waratahs also win).
Both the Waratahs and Crusaders have played one game less than the Sharks, so the Durbanites would be hoping they slip up in their quest to go top.
The Sharks have already qualified for the knockout phase, but must win their last two games in order to have a chance of finishing top of the log, which would give them a home semi-final and a potential home final should they progress.
The Sharks' final two round robin games are away to the Cheetahs (Bloemfontein, July 5) and Stormers (Cape Town, July 12).