Man, just typing that headline gives me goosies! It’s been a long wait and after a horribly false start in 2009, the Currie Cup Final is back in Durban for the second time in just three years.
The game couldn’t be more finely poised either, between two strong sides chock-full of experienced players, at the top of their game. Enough has been said during the build-up about the Sharks tight forwards, the Province outside backs, and the contested territory in between where either side could claim to have the better combination at loose forward and halfback. The final, though, will not be one or lost on these paper advantages – it will, quite simply, be won by the side that brings more intensity to the game and can sustain that effort for the duration, while maintaining concentration and discipline throughout.
In short, it’s the old cliché – whoever wants it more.
The time for talk is over. It’s time for one of these teams to do their walking – and win the 2010 Currie Cup!
Sharks: 15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Stefan Terblanché (captain), 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Ryan Kankowski, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Alistair Hargreaves, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Eugene van Staden, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 André Pretorius, 22 Riaan Swanepoel.
Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 Anton van Zyl, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 JD Moller.
Replacements: 16 Hanyani Shimange, 17 JC Kritzinger, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Lionel Cronjé, 22 Paul Bosch.
Kick-off: 17.30 (15.30 GMT)
Ref: Craig Joubert
ARs: Cobus Wessels, Christie du Preez
TMO: Shaun Veldsman