Worcestershire Sauce

80 Minutes to glory


Written by Stu Cooper (Worcestershire Sauce)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks on 21 Oct 2008 at 10:20

So as the best two teams this year run out on Saturday in an attempt to catch up with Provinces insurmountable record of wins in the Currie Cup, i felt an objective view of the final might be in order.

A quick review of both squads reveals that bar one or two players plying their trade elsewhere this is the cream of South African rugby and for 80 minutes we should see a battle of epic proportions.

Lets start with the enemy. The Bulls will be in a slightly confused state after Eddie Jones’ visit, as they try and figure out where channel two is, but they will be sure to compensate for this by adding a tad more vigour to their forward game and the violence with which they hit the rucks. If the Sharks can weather what is sure to be a cracking opening 15 minutes they will be considerably closer to achieving that elusive final win. Once you get beyond the Bulls pack and Fourie Du Preez, the team doesn’t look anywhere near being in the same class as the Sharks, but they have been delivering some sublime attacking rugby and the Sharks would do well not to let them get momentum.

The Sharks, what can one say – they are perennial under performers when it comes to crunch time but this team is a year wiser and bar some sloppy performances earlier in the season they seem to have found a pattern that is making them look like a champion team. The return of Kanko has added a dimension to the pack and a link to the pretty boys, they can relate to. It hurts to say it, but the Sharks are a well rounded outfit – the only weakness – their record in finals, which will be nagging in the back of their minds and it will only get worse if they go behind.

The game itself, I suspect, is going to be a kick fest until one of the teams takes a lead that will need tries, not penalties to overtake. Expect the Bulls to spend a lot of time looking for position and relying on Matfield for aerial dominance in the line outs. Hopefully the Sharks will continue with the ball in hand approach and with Kanko hitting form the Bulls could be in for a ragged afternoon if Pienaar, Michalak ,Steyn and Jacobs get on the front foot.

With the EOYT looming, critical players to keep an eye on will be Beast vs Guthro – they are both competing for the same jersey, Beast has proven his class this season Guthro will be looking to continue his barnstorming form to change Div’s mind about who should start for the Boks at loosehead. The scrummies will also be an intriguing battle. Both world class. One a little more instinctive, the other with the ability to direct the game. Ricky won it for us in New Zealand but in any other country he would be a distant third to Pienaar and Du Preez.

Spies vs Kanko should be interesting but personally I think Kanko is the player we should be starting at eight, Spies for all his hype continues to offer glimpses of the player he could be but he tends to disappear when the going gets tough. It’s not worth comparing Steyn and Olivier – Steyn with all his ability can fluff his lines, but the reality is he is a match winner and his part in this final will be crucial to the Sharks success. Habana…doesn’t need an introduction to Sharks fans and if afforded space he will break your hearts again. And finally assuming Bismarck will start, the captaincy and experience of closing out a game that John Smit can bring to the Sharks after 60 minutes could be a deciding factor in ensuring that the Sharks are holding the cup.

My prediction, Durban to be the best place to get hammered on Saturday night.

Go Sharks



35 Comments

  • :smile:

    My kind of objectivity this.

    Lets start with the enemy. The Bulls…….

    Maybe objective but certainly not neutral. :smile:

    Good Piece Sauce, thanks.

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.10.08 12:59:51 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • :lol: :lol: :lol: Great piece Sauce!

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.10.08 13:03:21 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • Sharks will kick their asses.

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.10.08 13:04:11 by MorneN Reply
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  • I liked this part “but they will be sure to compensate this by adding a tad more vigour to their forward game and the violence with which they hit the rucks.

    Hopefully Kaplan reads this website… :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.10.08 13:04:29 by VinChainSaw Reply
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  • My prediction, Durban to be the best place to get hammered on Saturday night

    Exactly where the Bulls will be getting hammered. :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.10.08 13:08:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The Bulls will be in a slightly confused state after Eddie Jones’ visit
    :lol:

    Good one Sauce,

    If the Bulls don’t dominate the lineouts as much as they are hoping to…that might add to their state of confusion.

    Will Smit at 2 be the trick from the Sharks?

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.10.08 13:19:51 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @just blackshark (Comment 6) :

    I hope so because with Bismarck there the Sharks will be lucky to win 10% of their own ball.

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.10.08 13:21:47 by MorneN Reply
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  • But then it could also be: “81.5 Minutes to glory”

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.10.08 13:25:25 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 8) :

    No I heard the fixed the watch at Kings Park.

    Also, Steyn is not allowed to kick any conversions closer than the 10 meter line.

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.10.08 13:28:34 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 9) :

    We have also asked Mr. Kaplan to be extra vigilant at the rucks in the last few minutes. :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.10.08 13:46:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • awesome piece! Good work, Sauce

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.10.08 13:46:51 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • Hey clowns.

    Anyone been watching the weather? Apparently Durban is partly cloudy on Saturday, but that band of showers is stretched right across eastern SA. Hopefully it doesn’t stretch as far south as Durbs. :shock:

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.10.08 13:47:09 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 12) :

    We don’t mind the rain it is Morne Steyn that can’t kick the ball on long grass or wet fields. :wink:

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.10.08 13:48:24 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : True dat. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.10.08 13:49:34 by klempie Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : Just worried about style of play that’s all. Bulls game better suited to rain IMO.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.10.08 13:55:55 by klempie Reply

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  • ive got 1 very simple question:
    the hype it there we all want the sharks to win we need this win badly, can anybody tell me what is the chances of 3 long range drop kicks from frans ?

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.10.08 14:19:13 by barend Reply

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  • @barend (Comment 16) : Pretty good, given the Bulls aren’t going to play running rugby

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.10.08 14:23:04 by Sauce Reply
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  • Time for you to change allegiances eh Sauce…

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.10.08 14:32:45 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 18) :

    Dont think it is a case of changing allegiances bryce.

    WP supporters live by two simple rules;

    Never support the Bulls…

    And Never support the Sharks unless they play the Bulls.

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.10.08 14:36:13 by MorneN Reply
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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 18) : what this ^ guy said

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.10.08 14:43:25 by Sauce Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 19) : :lol: I know exactly what you mean. I’m revelling in the my Weepee mates being forced to support the black and white. :wink:

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.10.08 14:50:43 by klempie Reply

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  • @Sauce (Comment 20) :

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.10.08 15:08:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • From: Weather SA (Durban Report)

    Forecast: Friday, 24 October 2008

    Min: 14°C Max: 25°C
    Weather: Partly cloudy to cloudy. morning and evening rain (60%)
    Wind: fresh SW
    Sunrise: 05:09 Sunset: 18:11
    Moonrise: 02:23 Moonset: 14:07
    Moonphase: Waning

    Forecast: Saturday, 25 October 2008

    Min: 18°C Max: 22°C
    Weather: Cloudy. morning and evening rain (60%)
    Wind: gentle E
    Sunrise: 05:08 Sunset: 18:12
    Moonrise: 02:53 Moonset: 15:06
    Moonphase: Waning

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.10.08 15:13:12 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 23) : we won in the rain in ’95, with our French flyhalf directing the play…

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.10.08 15:20:12 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 22) : Its not a tough choice this weekend :lol:

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.10.08 15:24:43 by Sauce Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 23) : bugger. :evil:

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.10.08 15:29:48 by klempie Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 26) : he he… domprofete! :)

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.10.08 15:34:19 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 23) :

    You didn’t include the tides…..on no, sorry that has an effect at Kingsmead, not Kings Park

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.10.08 15:35:42 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 28) : Don’t you mean Sahara Park and ABSA Stadium? :wink:

  • Comment 29, posted at 21.10.08 15:49:44 by klempie Reply

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  • The following are the results of all the Currie Cup Finals played:

    1939: Transvaal vs Western Province, 17-6 at Newlands
    1946: Northern Transvaal vs Western Province, 11-9 in Pretoria
    1947: Western Province vs Transvaal, 16-12 at Newlands
    1950: Transvaal vs Western Province, 22-11 in Johannesburg
    1952: Transvaal vs Boland, 11-9 in Wellington
    1954: Western Province vs Northern Transvaal, 11-8 at Newlands
    1956: Northern Transvaal vs Natal, 9-8 in Durban
    1968: Northern Transvaal vs Transvaal, 16-3 in Pretoria
    1969: Northern Transvaal vs Western Province, 28-3 in Pretoria
    1970: Griqualand West vs Northern Transvaal, 11-9 in Kimberley
    1971: Northern Transvaal vs Transvaal, 14-14 in Johannesburg
    1972: Transvaal vs Eastern Transvaal, 25-19 in Springs
    1973: Northern Transvaal vs Orange Free State, 30-22 in Pretoria
    1974: Northern Transvaal vs Transvaal, 17-15 in Pretoria
    1975: Northern Transvaal vs Orange Free State, 12-6 in Bloemfontein
    1976: Orange Free State vs Western Province, 33-16 in Bloemfontein
    1977: Northern Transvaal vs Orange Free State, 27-12 in Pretoria
    1978: Northern Transvaal vs Orange Free State, 13-9 in Bloemfontein
    1979: Northern Transvaal vs Western Province, 15-15 at Newlands
    1980: Northern Transvaal vs Western Province, 39-9 in Pretoria
    1981: Northern Transvaal vs Orange Free State, 23-6 in Pretoria
    1982: Western Province vs Northern Transvaal, 24-9 at Newlands
    1983: Western Province vs Northern Transvaal, 9-3 in Pretoria
    1984: Western Province vs Natal, 19-9 at Newlands
    1985: Western Province vs Northern Transvaal, 22-15 at Newlands
    1986: Western Province vs Transvaal, 22-9 at Newlands
    1987: Northern Transvaal vs Transvaal, 24-18 in Johannesburg
    1988: Northern Transvaal vs Western Province, 19-18 in Pretoria
    1989: Western Province vs Northern Transvaal, 16-16 at Newlands
    1990: Natal vs Northern Transvaal, 18-12 in Pretoria
    1991: Northern Transvaal vs Transvaal, 27-15 in Pretoria
    1992: Natal vs Transvaal, 14-13 in Johannesburg
    1993: Transvaal vs Natal, 21-15 in Durban
    1994: Transvaal vs Orange Free State, 56-33 in Bloemfontein
    1995: Natal vs Western Province, 25-17 in Durban
    1996: Natal vs Transvaal, 33-15 in Johannesburg
    1997: Western Province vs Free State, 14-12 at Newlands
    1998: Blue Bulls vs Western Province, 24-20 in Pretoria
    1999: Lions vs Natal, 32-9 in Durban
    2000: Western Province vs Natal, 25-15 in Durban
    2001: Western Province vs Natal, 29-24 at Newlands
    2002: Blue Bulls vs Lions, 31-7 in Johannesburg
    2003: Blue Bulls vs Natal, 40-19 in Pretoria
    2004: Blue Bulls vs Cheetahs, 42-33 in Pretoria
    2005: Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls, 29-25 in Pretoria
    2006: Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls, 28-28 in Bloemfontein
    2007: Cheetahs vs Lions, 20-18 in Bloemfontein

    * There have been so many changes of names of venues we have given the name of the city where the match was played – except for unique Newlands.

    Number of Finals: 47

    Number of Times in a Final:

    Blue Bulls: 29
    Western Province: 22
    Lions: 18
    Natal: 11
    Free State: 11
    Boland: 1
    Falcons: 1
    Griqualand West: 1

    Number of victories:

    Blue Bulls: 22 (including four draws)
    Western Province: 12 (including two draws)
    Lions: 8 (including a draw)
    Natal: 4
    Free State: 4 (including a draw)
    Griqualand West: 1

    Records:

    Highest Score: 56 (Transvaal 1994)
    Lowest Score 3 (Transvaal 1968, Western Province 1969, Northern Transvaal 1983)
    Lowest winning score: 9 (Northern Transvaal 1956, Western Province 1983)
    Highest match score: 89 (1994)
    Lowest match score: 12 (1983)
    Biggest margin of victory: 30 (1980)
    Highest individual score: 26 (Derick Hougaard, 2002)
    Most team tries: 7 (Transvaal 1994)
    Most appearances: 11 (Burger Geldenhuys, Naas Botha)
    Most penalty goals by a player: Thierry Lacroix – 6 in 1995
    Most conversions by a player: Gavin Johnson – 6 in 1994
    Most dropped goals by a player: Naas Botha – 4 in 1987

    Before 1939 and in 1959, 1964 and 1966 the Currie Cup was decided at a tournament or on a league system.

    The total number of times each province has won the Currie Cup is as follows:

    Western Province: 32 (four times shared)
    Blue Bulls: 22 (four times shared)
    Golden Lions: 9 (once shared)
    Natal: 4
    Griqualand West: 3
    Free State: 4 (once shared)
    Border: 2 (twice shared)

  • Comment 30, posted at 21.10.08 15:52:47 by barend Reply

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  • Dear Dr. Ruth,

    I am a crack dealer living in Krugersdorp , Gauteng . I was recently diagnosed
    as a
    carrier of the HIV virus. My parents live in Hillbrow and one of my
    sisters, who lives in Benoni, is married to a transvestite.

    My father and mother were recently arrested for growing and selling
    marijuana. They are financially dependent on my other two sisters, who are
    prostitutes in Brakpan. I have two brothers; one is currently serving a
    non-parole life sentence at Leeukop Central Prison for the murder of a
    teenage boy in 1994. My other brother is currently in jail awaiting
    charges of sexual misconduct with his three children.

    I recently got engaged to marry a former prostitute who lives in Yeoville.
    She is now a part time “working girl”. All things considered, my problem
    is this. I love my fiancé and look forward to bringing her into the
    family. I certainly want to be totally open and honest with her.

    Should I tell her about my cousin who is a BULLS supporter ?

  • Comment 31, posted at 21.10.08 15:56:03 by barend Reply

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  • Raining in Durbs as we speak…

  • Comment 32, posted at 21.10.08 15:57:59 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @klempie (Comment 29) :

    They paid for advertising to the rugby union, the cricket union and you but forgot to pay me…and until they do, the old colonial names will have to do ;)

  • Comment 33, posted at 21.10.08 16:07:45 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 33) : I like that approach! :)

  • Comment 34, posted at 21.10.08 16:14:59 by robdylan (Go Sharks!) Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 33) : That goes for me too. :wink:

  • Comment 35, posted at 21.10.08 16:28:17 by klempie Reply

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