This week has seen a lot things happening in the world of Sharks rugby. From promising young players leaving for the Lions to sponsors not renewing their contracts. Coaches of both Currie cup finalists have each had their attempts of giving the favourites tag to the opposition while agreeing that both teams are happy with the referee. There has also been a war on twitter to determine which team has the most fans on the social networking site while various old players and Springbok legends have had their say on who they think will win the final. And to bizarrely end off the list of sideshows is the “prediction” of the Sharks at the Two Oceans aquarium who apparently believe WP will win the final because they ate food from a diver in a WP shirt, uhmm, OK.
So where exactly does this leave us? There has been lots of talking but that all counts for nothing. Two very strong teams face each other in the final and the result will be determined in 80 minutes between four lines on a grass field in Durban.
I for one am very excited to have all the talk out of the way and for the game to start, with the teams running out to a passionate Durban crowd. The noise will be deafening, the pressure will be relentless and the game looks set to be a cracker.
The Sharks have shown that they have character required to win the final by beating the Bulls in the rain even. I have every reason to believe that the senior Sharks players and John Plumtree will get the team supremely motivated and ready for their big day on Saturday. This is a match where the senior players will have to step up and take the lead with the talented younger players continuing the form that has served the Sharks so well this season.
Make no mistake, WP will be a difficult team to beat and are worthy finalists but the Sharks are playing at home where they have not lost on their way to topping the log. The Sharks will do well to ignore all the hype and goings on around this game and just focus on the game itself. This is where the senior players who have played in Currie cup finals before will help in guiding the youngsters to focus on the game at hand. Plum has also been here before and knows what needs to be done to win a final. I for one am looking forward to seeing a supremely motivated Sharks team taking to field in a home final and playing their hearts out for that coveted golden cup.
Go Sharks! We believe in you! Go out there and make your supporters proud!