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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.

Enjoy!

Round 1
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.

Round 2
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.

Round 3
The Vodacom Blue Bulls have gone top of the Currie Cup standings, after a convincing 35 – 14 win over The Sharks at Loftus Versfeld.

Round 4
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.

Round 5
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.

Round 6
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.

Round 7
The Sharks brought Griquas down to earth, literally, with a bang, when they scored an emphatic 44 – 15 Absa Currie Cup win in Kimberley.

Round 8
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.

Round 9
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.

Round 10
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.

Round 11
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.

Round 12
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.

Round 13
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.

Round 14
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.

Semi Final
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.

Final Summary
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.



33 Comments

  • Ai, dit was lekker!! :grin:

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.07.09 14:02:48 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • That round 10 match against the Bulls was probably the best game of the season. That’s the one where Keegan scored that fantastic try.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.07.09 14:16:40 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 1) : :grin:

    Just going through this highlights the major difference between the Sharks CC squad and the Sharks S14 squad.

    The CC squad lost only 2 games – and those we against the teams that were much stronger than them on paper and on the field – Bulls & Cheetahs away. I think we all went into those 2 games “expecting” to lose. In that sense we can safely say that the CC squad didn’t disappoint even once. :razz:

    The S14 squad on the other hand was like a rollercoaster…much like Maths… ( Ha ha – love that ad)…

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.07.09 14:18:53 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) : Any game against the Bulls with the Sharks coming out victorious in the best game of the season!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.07.09 14:22:31 by Candygirl Reply

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  • @Candygirl (Comment 4) : Very true and I enjoy those games even more than Boks win over the All Blacks :grin:

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.07.09 14:24:51 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Candygirl (Comment 4) : ok – so here’s a question…

    What would you do if Frans Steyn signed for the Bulls? Because my info is that if he decides to come back to SA, that’s where he wants to go look first…

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.07.09 14:27:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : With you on that one! It’s an amazing satisfaction one gets with those kinda games isn’t it??? :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 07.07.09 14:27:54 by Candygirl Reply

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  • I remember round 6… I watched it in a hotel room in Reston with Dancing Bear

  • Comment 8, posted at 07.07.09 14:29:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : So what :roll:

  • Comment 9, posted at 07.07.09 14:31:04 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 2) :

    The Final was the best game of the season… :lol:

    Ok- I know what you mean…Meisikind was all over the Sharks that day…but thank goodness Morne sucked with the boot and Pienaar didn’t.

    Keegan’s try…well, what can we say about that… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 07.07.09 14:31:05 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 6) : I would have to accept his decision….perhaps try to persuade him differently…..would be sad if he did….would still be the apple of my eye…but my blood is black and white!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.07.09 14:31:44 by Candygirl Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 10) : heeey, hang on a minute! I thought Morne Steyn was a completely infallible, match-winning goal kicker and Pienaar a talentless stooge… That’s what I’ve read in the press up till now, anyway.

    @Candygirl (Comment 11) : Good answer! :)

  • Comment 12, posted at 07.07.09 14:41:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 10) : Even the Sharks vs Bulls game in the Super 14. The Sharks lifted their game and gave it everything they had….they should just pretend every match they are playing is against the Bulls and I think they come out tops!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 07.07.09 14:41:43 by Candygirl Reply

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  • and on that note, I’m going back to bed.

    See you guys later.

  • Comment 14, posted at 07.07.09 14:43:02 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :
    Ja, but that was just the blerrie thick Durban air… :wink:

  • Comment 15, posted at 07.07.09 14:44:27 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 12) :
    After that match-winning kick…can we safely assume that Morne can now spell BMT?

  • Comment 16, posted at 07.07.09 15:04:34 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 16) : perhaps. He has a long way to go still

  • Comment 17, posted at 07.07.09 15:06:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • i’ve seen him crack under pressure way too many times to just forget

  • Comment 18, posted at 07.07.09 15:07:08 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) : what were you and dancing bear doing in a motel room? dancing bare?

  • Comment 19, posted at 07.07.09 15:24:49 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @try time (superrugby’s kryptonite is SANZAR) (Comment 19) : what happens on tour stays on tour :-)

  • Comment 20, posted at 07.07.09 15:27:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : :lol: :lol:

  • Comment 21, posted at 07.07.09 15:30:53 by try time (superrugby's kryptonite is SANZAR) Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : GOOD COMEBACK!! :lol:

  • Comment 22, posted at 07.07.09 15:30:59 by Candygirl Reply

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  • @Candygirl (Comment 22) : i’ve played this game before :-)

  • Comment 23, posted at 07.07.09 15:53:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 23) :

    Only with Danicng Bear or were there others..? :twisted: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 24, posted at 07.07.09 16:01:29 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 24) : my lips are sealed :-)

  • Comment 25, posted at 07.07.09 16:10:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) :
    conveniently…. :roll:

  • Comment 26, posted at 07.07.09 16:22:34 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Well time to call it a day! Good eve to u all!!!

  • Comment 27, posted at 07.07.09 16:28:51 by Candygirl Reply

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  • @robdylan
    Rob been thinking about the IRB and the Boks maybe its time for the bok fan to stand up and be counted so how about getting all the sa rugby websites to flood the irb with emails telling them that they are A/holes and they need to get themselves jacked up or face a rebellion i have in my archives somewhere paddy o briens email address and the info address for the irb am happy to post it here I have sent a letter thelling them what i think and that they must not underestimate how fed up the sa rugby fans are I called it enough is enough they wont read it though but if enough people say 30 to 40 thousand emails they will have to take notice!!!!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 07.07.09 16:41:27 by Fattmann Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 28) : I’m not really running that sort of website, mate…

  • Comment 30, posted at 08.07.09 09:19:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Fattmann (Comment 28) :

    Maybe we should win our little battles with SANZAR before we start a war with the IRB, no? :neutral:

  • Comment 31, posted at 08.07.09 09:32:19 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 31) : What the hell……we’ll take them all at once :evil:

  • Comment 32, posted at 08.07.09 09:33:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • If fear writing to SANZAR/IRB would probably have less of an impact than my annual letters to Father Christmas.

  • Comment 33, posted at 08.07.09 09:34:22 by McLovin Reply

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