After another “so near and yet so far” Super 14 season for the Sharks and a successful British & Irish Lions Tour marred with controversy – it’s time for South Africans to don their provincial colours yet again.
The future of the Currie Cup, as we know it, has been under threat – but all we can say right now is it’s game on for the 2009 Edition. With the Springboks tied up in the Tri-Nations, the affected clubs will place their faith in emerging youngsters and hope that come the end of the competition stars will be born.
There’s plenty of rugby to look forward to – but before we do that – let’s relive the key moments that led to the Sharks being crowned the 2008 Champions. It was frustrating at times – but in the end it was the “ugly wins” that built the foundation for the Shark feeding frenzy that followed in the closing stages of the competition.
Scrumhalf Rory Kockott landed a 79th minute penalty from 40 meters out to secure a nail-biting 28 – 25 Currie Cup victory for the The Sharks over Vodacom Western Province in Durban.
The Sharks scored their second win in as many matches, beating the Boland Kavaliers 38 – 13 in the Absa Currie Cup match in Durban and go to the top of the standings.
The Vodacom Blue Bulls have gone top of the Currie Cup standings, after a convincing 35 – 14 win over The Sharks at Loftus Versfeld.
The Sharks went to the top of the Currie Cup standings with a 28-10 win over the Valke at ABSA Stadium (Kings Park) in Durban, but it required a late surge against very willing opposition for the home side to earn the bonus point.
The Vodacom FS Cheetahs bounced back into play-off contention when they smashed the sloppy Sharks team 31 – 9 in their Currie Cup round five match in Bloemfontein.
The Sharks squeezed home a late 16 – 11 Currie Cup victory over the Xerox Lions in Durban, sealing a hard – fought encounter that saw a plethora of missed opportunities from both sides.
The Sharks brought Griquas down to earth, literally, with a bang, when they scored an emphatic 44 – 15 Absa Currie Cup win in Kimberley.
The Sharks moved back to the top of the Absa Currie Cup standings with an emphatic 32 – 10 win over a hapless Vodacom Western Province outfit in their Round Eight match at Newlands.
The Sharks ran in six tries to secure a coveted bonus point, in the convincing 41 – 7 Currie Cup victory over the Boland Kavaliers, despite a saturated pitch at Boland Stadium.
The Sharks have moved into top spot on the Currie Cup log standings after disposing of the Vodacom Blue Bulls courtesy of a 34 – 25 win at ABSA Stadium (Kings Park) in Durban.
The Sharks regained their position on the top of the Currie Cup table after a physical 22 – 10 victory over the defending champion Vodacom FS Cheetahs in Durban.
The Sharks consolidated their position at the top of the Currie Cup standings with a solid, if unspectacular 44 – 19 win over a brave Valke outfit at Barnard Stadium in Kempton Park.
The Sharks have officially secured a home semifinal thanks to an emphatic 34 – 20 bonus point victory over the Xerox Lions, in their Currie Cup clash in Johannesburg.
The Sharks confirmed their status as favourites for this year’s Currie Cup when they continued their dominant form with a 66 – 12 win over the Wildeklawer Griquas in Durban.
The Sharks will host the Currie Cup Final in Durban on October 25, after the men in black and white eased past a very ordinary Xerox Lions team – winning their semifinal 29 – 14.
The Sharks ended a 12-year wait for a trophy by winning the Currie Cup Final, against the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Durban on Saturday 25 October, by 14 – 9. And they did it in style outscoring the Vodacom Blue Bulls by two tries to nil.
For a more detailed recap – visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Currie_Cup_Premier_Division or check out the Currie Cup category right here on Sharksworld.Tweet