So 90% of the country has already booked their flights to Cape Town for the Currie Cup final on 30 October 2010, where the mighty Bulls will face the almost-but-not-quite-so-mighty-WP in a final which will see Victoria lift the Currie Cup to five million drunk Dutchman hooligans. Right? Well, not quite…
Taking a look at the last few years of Currie Cup semi final history, I see a distinct lack of Western Province winning anything (Did nobody else notice this?). Now I know you all look at this and say: “Yes, but Richard, you can throw the form book in the fire to braai your chops with.” I say, as much as the Sharks are labeled chokers, maybe have a look at your pretty-in-pink, look-we-have-a-mountain Western Province team.
The Cape franchise has managed to somehow reach the semi finals in four of the last six years. That must have been their goal, as they clearly did not pitch for any of these games, going down all four times. For interest sake, two of these semi finals were at Newlands, and guess who beat them there? Twice? In a row? Yes you guessed right… the exact same team heading down to there as we speak.
On the other hand (Jeez, I am sounding just like Naas now), we have the Cheetahs, who have made every semi final for the last 10 years, not including the game to be played this weekend, and their recent record does not look so terrible. In six years, to keep the comparison with the Cape based team, they have won five out of their six, three of those being away from home. So of the 4 away semi finals thay have played recently, they have a 75% winning rate. Again I saw, that’s not half bad now is it?
So now I raise this question to the Western Province supporters that have so willingly joined us here at Sharksworld, and are quick to join the bandwagon of how kak the Sharks are… are you scared yet?Tweet