The Sharks represent South Africa's best, and only, hope of a Super Rugby title in 2014, writes JON CARDINELLI.
The Bulls will have to rebuild in 2014 following the loss of several senior players.
Springbok flanker Arno Botha will miss the incoming Tests against Wales and Scotland due to a serious knee injury.
Victor Matfield says he is in better condition now than he was in 2011 when he retired.
Scott van Breda scored a last-gasp try to boost the Stormers to a 26-19 win in a warm-up game on Saturday.
The return of Jacques-Louis Potgieter has brought a sense of composure to the Bulls backline ahead of the Vodacom Super Rugby tournament.
Victor Matfield won’t make his expected return to the field in the Vodacom Bulls’ two warm-up games on Saturday.
Arno Botha, Morné Mellett and David Bulbring will all miss the Bulls' Super Rugby warm-up match against the Stormers.
Fox Sports' takes a look at the Pretoria franchise ahead of the 2014 Super Rugby season.