Preview: Currie Cup Final Sharks vs WP

Huuuge game on Saturday, massive! All to play for really, pride, bragging rights, Maverick thumbs up and the chance to drink beer out of the trophy.

There has been some entertaining rugby played this year and both WP and the Sharks deserve to be in the finals. Two weeks ago we got to enjoy to very different styles of rugby, partly due to the weather, partly due to the opposition and partly due to a fear of bees.

The Sharks played an All Black style of rugby in the first half to get the jump on a very Springbok looking Bulls side and then hung on with some passionate defence to clinch a thriller. Young Patrick Lambie and man-giant Willem Alberts played exceptionally well, which we at the Bowl predicted with freakish accuracy. Bismark Du Plessis had a storming game full of hustle and bustle and as long as he keeps his play legal, will be invaluable on the EOYT.

WP put in a strong forward effort and laid the platform for their backs, with Bryan Habana and Juan De Jongh in particular having fantastic games. Not to mention Gio Aplon and Jean De Villiers and although they missed Jaque Fourie, the predominantly Bok backline is looking in fine form. Schalk Burger played an absolute blinder. The WP pack with Anton Van Zyl, Deon Fourie, Francois Louw and Duane Vermeulen all playing with confidence and in fine form, are going to take some stopping. The key is that they hunt in packs, like skilful wolves. That’s right…. Wolves.

Some interesting Currie Cup facts:

  • This is the 50th Currie Cup Final
  • If Province win, it will be the first time in 10 years
  • Apparently, Burger eats 4 x Gatsbys every morning. When approached for comment he had this to say” nom..nom..nom..nom”
  • WP and Sharks (Natal) have met 4 times in Currie Cup Finals, WP have won 3, the Sharks 1.
  • Willem Alberts has said that he enjoys the physical side of the game. When asked if this means he likes running over people instead of around them he just laughed. He then ran over a nearby ice cream van before picking the reporter up and throwing him over the posts. Quality.

Look out for the battle of the flyhalves, with Lambie’s youthful adventurous spirit vs De Waal’s Finals experience. This game may be decided on kicks and this is possibly where WP have the edge.

The Sharks will be boosted by the home support and will look to use their powerful forwards, strike runners and incredible ball retention skills. Province will rely on their super stingy defense, ball stealing abilities and quality backline. This is going to be a cracker and no mistake. Both of these teams will be itching to tear into each other. Expect some massive hits, some argy bargy, plenty of pressure moments and all round good South African Rugby.

Kick Off: 17:30pm

Referee: Craig Joubert

Venue: ABSA Stadium, Durban

Prediction: WP to sneak it.

~ by bowlphilosophy on October 29, 2010.

One Response to “Preview: Currie Cup Final Sharks vs WP”

  1. Hi just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading correctly. I’m
    not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different browsers and both show the same outcome.

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