Okay, so after all the chest beating and Yo-Mama insults, let’s get down to business and look who is set to play in the final of this year’s Currie Cup.
You got to love this stage of the competition! All the niceties and politeness between fans we see for most of the year go out the window and is replaced with cleverly disguised insults and chest beating! Of course most of this is a defense mechanism but this is also why I love South African rugby and specifically the Currie Cup, provincial rivalry is very much what gives our game its soul.
I have probably seen every approach or angle imaginable in the last 3 days why the one team will beat the other – some of which are valid, and some of which are wishful thinking at best!
Four teams, 160 minutes of rugby between four white lines is what will define a season for all 4 teams, and their supporters.
For me, these two games will be contested between the desperate, and the confident, and I am backing the confident.
You have one team that has not contested a final since 2001, almost a decade of no joy and given their captain’s comments through the week where he/they are tired of losing semi-finals, you can have no doubt that it will be a very desperate team running out in front of a packed, and expectant Newlands crowd on Saturday.
In the other semi-final there is also a team who has the important task of getting rid of the now much famed, chokers tag. So often have they promised so much, reaching finals game after finals game, only to exit or fall at the last hurdle with only 2008 being the exception.
Another sign of the desperate versus the confident, is by simply looking at the team sheets of the last couple of games – on the one hand you have unchanged starting 15’s being named (the confident), and on the other hand you have multiple changes on the team sheets in a desperate move to get that perfect combination at the business end of the competition…
You have teams that has played in the last 9 and 7 semi-finals respectively, converting them into 5 and 7 finals appearances (the confident), against teams that only appeared in 1 and 2 finals respectively since 2001 (the desperate).
So what does that mean?
Simple, the teams that win finals matches are the teams that do not get desperate, do not get flustered and make the least amount of mistakes (structured), the teams with the utmost confidence in their ability as individuals, and as a team.
And from the top 4 contesting in the semi-finals which of those teams do you believe fits into that category?
So forget about the big names you see in each team, or how many Springboks the one has and the other not, it is quite easy to work out for yourself which teams will be confident, and which teams will be desperate, in the meantime, I am making plans to go visit some friends in Bloemfontein on the weekend of the 30th of October I have not seen in ages!Tweet