Currie Cup 2013: Final preview and prediction

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 24 Oct 2013 at 20:33
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Well well well – after 11 weeks of intense action, it all comes down to this: 80 minutes at Newlands between the two best sides in the competition to determine who will win the caoveted golden trophy.

Currie Cup Final: Western Province v Sharks (Satuday, 5:30pm)

A lot of money, both smart and otherwise, is on the home side here. A number of factors come into play: they’ve not lost at all this season (including two victories over the Sharks), they have a settled team and coaching staff, they’re the defending champions and haven’t lost a Cup final at Newlands in living memory. With a good mix of experienced campaigners and exciting young talents like Cheslin Kolbe, Western Province appear to be holding a lot of the cards and few scribes seem prepared to look any further than a comfortable home victory in this game.

That said, with the boot well on the other foot last year – and a Sharks team of similar strength to this one installed by all and sundry as clear favourites for the cup – the unthinkable happened and the wrong side won. I’m prepared to buck the trend here and give credence to that sort of outcome on Saturday. The Sharks have picked a phenomenal team and one full of players that have some experience in winning big knock-out matches away from home. Finals are determined often on the smallest of things and I take great confidence from knowing that the Sharks have never this year ended outside of a single score margin when facing Province.

The men from Durban will be up against it for sure, but I’m backing them to sneak this. Sharks by 3 points, I say!

Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jean de Villiers, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Frans Malherbe, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Schalk Burger, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Juan de Jongh.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain) , 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Stephan Lewies, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Heimar Williams.


  • Yes boys!!!!!! Agree with prediction

    lets do this…

    Super Rugby 2011 Semi flashbacks???

    Whoop whoop

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.10.13 20:55:24 by capesharks Reply
    capesharksUnder 19 player
  • Go Sharks!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.10.13 21:42:19 by JD Reply
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  • Sharks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.10.13 23:12:05 by David12246 Reply

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  • !

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.10.13 23:12:33 by David12246 Reply

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  • Comment 5, posted at 24.10.13 23:35:04 by [email protected] Reply

    DenCurrie Cup player
  • Wp by 5…

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.10.13 06:22:39 by grant10 Reply

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  • Hear Hear! Go Sharks!!!

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.10.13 06:40:20 by Son Of Mayhem Reply
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  • Go SHARKS go!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.10.13 06:47:15 by Deon Schoeman Reply

    Under 19 player
  • We believe in you boys. No holding back, let’s take the war to their doorstep. No such crap such as a defence that can’t be breached. It’s all in the mind. Province coaches, supporters and media would like us to think we’ll be up against supermen, I say bull…go The Sharks.

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.10.13 06:57:23 by GreatSharksays Reply

    Assistant coach
  • The Keolings have WP by 6 – so that is a clear sign to me. Sharks by 2

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.10.13 07:53:17 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • Go Sharks!!! We believe in you boys!!! IPLWT – In Pat Lambie We Trust

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.10.13 08:14:38 by KingRiaan Reply

    KingRiaanTeam captain
  • Good work Rob. I also have the Sharks with 3 on my Superbru. Wish we could get Stefan Terreblanche to give them a motivational speech before kick off. Was mightely impressed with the 2010 speech. Watched that game sitting on my wifes hospital bed a day after my daughter was born. Had nurses come in there 4 times to see if all was OK with my shouting. Wishing for the same this weekend. Go Sharks. Black & White, nothing else matters.

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.10.13 08:18:57 by Bite me Reply

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  • They could just play Stefan Terreblanche’s prediction (Boots & All, last night) to the players as he basically said that WP should won this game. I do think we are going to pull this one off. Do any off you have teasing / joking pictures about this game? Saw a few, but I am sure there are more.

    Please mail to me at [email protected]

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.10.13 08:39:46 by BluffShark Reply

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  • @Bite me (Comment 12) : Good memories that for you!!!

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.10.13 08:53:45 by R Hayward Reply

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  • @BluffShark (Comment 13) : send you all I got this morning.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.10.13 08:58:33 by R Hayward Reply

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  • As WP are overwhelming favourites they cannot win by less than 300.

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.10.13 10:39:21 by vanmartin Reply
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  • I predict that WP will win. If not then definitely the Sharks. Will certainly be one of those two. Can’t see anyone else taking it. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.10.13 10:58:25 by McLovin Reply

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  • I feel an upset coming……

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.10.13 11:34:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 17) :


    Let the record state that I am predicting a win for the Sharks. :cry:

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.10.13 11:36:37 by wpw Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 17) : That, sir, is the most credible P Divvy impersonation I have heard in a long time…

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.10.13 11:54:20 by Culling Song Reply
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  • Well WP is favourites indeed but I BELIEVE our boys can do it :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: GO THE SHARKS!!!!

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.10.13 12:05:14 by RedSharkUtd82 Reply

    RedSharkUtd82Super Rugby player
  • @vanmartin (Comment 16) : Right I was just about to say…. we should go big on this one as it is indeed a final!!!
    I say WP BY 500!!!

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.10.13 14:14:38 by R Hayward Reply

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  • Guys. It’s game over. Voldy predicts WP “pounding” the Sharks by a comfortable 10-15 points. I’m not going to waste my time watching this game now.

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.10.13 15:32:40 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Can’t get it over my heart to cheer for Province, guess I’ll cheer for the Sharks. Go Sharks.

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.10.13 16:05:49 by Blue Centurion Reply

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  • @gregkaos (Comment 23) : That is excellent. Voldy has always been the kiss of death when he rates the Sharks to win a game.

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.10.13 16:06:26 by Bokhoring Reply
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  • @Blue Centurion (Comment 24) : There you go! Julle bulle is darem nie so sleg nie!

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.10.13 16:06:36 by R Hayward Reply

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  • Comment 27, posted at 25.10.13 16:28:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • You must believe in each other as teammates. GO SHARKS!!!!!!!!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.10.13 10:32:03 by Observer Reply

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  • Comment 29, posted at 26.10.13 12:51:01 by McLovin Reply

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  • Praise be to God. Go The Sharks.

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.10.13 19:52:07 by GreatSharksays Reply

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