Another year, another Sharks vs Western Province final

Written by Pierre McLeod (pierre_mackie)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 24 Oct 2013 at 08:53
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The Sharks will face a mammoth task on Saturday when they travel to Cape Town to face the defending champions, Western Province, in the final of the ABSA Currie Cup. It will however not be unfamiliar territory for these two provinces as they contested for the cup last year down in Durban.

The Sharks should be all familiar with Currie Cup Finals as it will be their 5th final in 6 years, the disappointing bit is that they have only won two out of four. In 2008 they beat the Bulls to end a 12 year dry spell, and 2010 they had another successful campaign when they beat Western Province at home. In 2011 they lost to the Lions and last year to Western Province at home.

Sharks fans will hold that 2010 final close to their hearts, when Patrick Lambie rose to the occasion and scored 25 of his teams 30 points. Likewise for Province fans they will hope for a repeat of last year final when Demetri Catrakilis scored 17 out of his teams 25 points.

Province will enter the weekend’s final as overwhelming favourites as they have won 8 out 10 with 2 draws. There has been very little between these two sides, as Province won with 4 points in Durban and by 6 points in Cape Town.

Players to watch for Province would be Duane Vermeulen, Deon Fourie and Demetri Catrakilis. Vermeulen has been vital for Province since returning from the Rugby Championship, getting turnover ball is his job and he is doing a good job at it. Fourie is always a thorn in the flesh for any team, and if there is one player to score a try and swing the game in Provinces favour I’ll put my money on Fourie. I can’t think of bad game from Catrakilis since that 2012 final. Catrakilis was a key member of the Southern Kings Super Rugby campaign this year and since returning from injury he would not only want to show Allister Coetzee what he missed during Super Rugby but also show Heyneke Meyer that he needs to take him with on the EOYT to the Northern Hemisphere.

For the Sharks, players like Keegan Daniel, Bismarck du Plessis and Patrick Lambie will have to play big roles if they want to secure a win at Newlands. Daniel has been struggling during the earlier part of the season but has really stepped up his game and leadership, a moment of brilliance from Daniel might be all the Sharks need to take it away from Province. Some might say Bismarck is a liability and shouldn’t be playing in the final after what happened last week against the Cheetahs. Setting that incident aside, Bismarck is an asset to any side, with his ability to win turnover ball and acting as an extra loose forward and big ball carrier, but nothing less then a 100% focus on the game will be needed to show why he is the best hooker in the country. After missing out on some valuable game time while being part of the Springbok set up during the Rugby Championship, Lambie seemed to have reignited that spark last week and brought back memories of that 2010 final. The Sharks would need Lambie to quickly find his confidence as he would be vital in leading and directing play on Saturday.

Will it be a Fourie or Daniel moment of brilliance, Vermeulen or Bismarck responsible for a vital turn over, Catrakilis or Lambie’s ability to control and directing play that will determine a winner in Saturdays final?


  • too close to call….

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.10.13 08:55:24 by grant10 Reply
  • 30 – 37 SHARKS

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.10.13 09:02:09 by capesharks Reply
  • Stuck to my PC in anticipation of team announcement….

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.10.13 09:02:58 by chikkoz Reply
  • Bismarck and all the other walking yellows need for once realise that by their hot headedness, they letting an entire team and all its supporters down, not themselves. Let’s hope Bismarck does not need to carry his own cards in his pocket.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.10.13 09:04:20 by Ice Reply
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  • @chikkoz (Comment 3) : Yeah… know the feeling!

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.10.13 09:09:40 by R Hayward Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 4) : Relax… he’ll come around… and if he doesn’t I’ll just have to have a chat with him…

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.10.13 09:12:05 by R Hayward Reply

  • @R Hayward (Comment 6) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.10.13 09:24:33 by vanmartin Reply
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  • WP have not handled being favourites very well in the past few years….

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.10.13 09:52:00 by Mpandla Reply

  • @chikkoz (Comment 3) :
    Me 2!

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.10.13 09:58:49 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Mpandla (Comment 8) : neither did we…

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.10.13 10:02:08 by R Hayward Reply

  • I listened to Stefan’s speach in 2010. I hope we are a TEAM, because “any team can beat a bunch of individuals”!!!!

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.10.13 10:08:12 by Stef Reply

  • Will be a very tough game. Turnover ball is where they’ve killed us before. We need to watch that.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.10.13 10:09:10 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • @Ice (Comment 4) : Spot on! we wont lift the cup with 14 men

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.10.13 10:14:51 by The Hobbit Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 12) :
    That’s why I believe having a guy like Botes on the field is so important. Our other loosies tend to focus more on getting the ball and carrying, which they can’t do as much of if their heads are in a ruck.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.10.13 10:16:46 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 14) :
    Then there’s the tight forwards, but they’re always going to be a little slower than the loosies.

    One of your loosies always have to focus on being at the breakdown, just before the ball become tackled ball. If our players are at the breakdown first (and the ref is blowing the game correctly) then guys like Fourie and Vermuelen won’t be allowed to put their hands on the ball.

    It’s not like Jacques sucks as a ball carrier – especially not this season.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.10.13 10:19:54 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 12) : Yes that and lineouts! How many times has Eben robbed us in that dept.?
    Our first line outs are going to be so important. Hopefully we can win them comfortably and possibly even setup a maul or two to keep them in two minds about competing our throws.

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.10.13 10:24:08 by gregkaos Reply
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  • Sharks only chance is to dominate at scrum time,put wp loosies on the backfoot and milk the penalties!

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.10.13 10:58:19 by KingsArmy Reply

  • When is the team announcement. I can’t wait. Been checking every possible site for a day and a half now!!!!!

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.10.13 11:42:01 by Bite me Reply

    Bite me
  • When did Plum get back to Durban?

    The team needs to be announced before Saturday, please.

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.10.13 11:48:21 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • @Bite me (Comment 18) : Same. This severely impacting the work I have to do. Honestly I don’t know why I don’t just take the week off before a Sharks final.

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.10.13 11:54:24 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 20) : We have been involved in every final for a number of years now, easy to put your leave in a year in advance.

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.10.13 11:59:02 by Bite me Reply

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  • Difference between winning and losing! Herewith a proposed list to start the debate:

    1. Lambie VS Catrakilis
    2. Team selection – TBA
    3. Discipline
    4. Set Piece – Scrums, Lineouts,mauls and loose ball
    5. Defence
    6. Last twenty minutes – Bench
    7. Team Coherence , Passion and Will to Win
    8. Johnathan Kaplan
    9. Our game Plan

    A big concern is we have not played with the same team once this season. BMH has not convinced with his forward selection and game plan to counter the F ..n mountain goat’s forwards. On balance our and their backs have different strengths and weaknesses, that should counter each other.

    Go SHARKS !!!!! We and the team must believe!11

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.10.13 12:17:06 by Observer Reply

  • @gregkaos (Comment 20) : They’ll announce it while I’m on lunch.

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.10.13 12:21:13 by Letgo Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 16) : BMH will select the same locks who lost 5 against the WP and two last week. When Marco and Hewitt played we lost very little lineout ball. Why are we not using Keegan like we use to in the past? He was great! Why have they stopped selecting Hewitt ? He has played S15, have finals experience and will partner PSDT very well!

  • Comment 24, posted at 24.10.13 12:24:50 by Observer Reply

  • @Observer (Comment 22) :
    I would say firstly how well we handle their fetchers. Then Set Pieces. And after that discipline.

    The rest will all have an influence, but I think it will be smaller than the above.

    Oh, the ref can off course have the biggest influence, but here’s hoping he does not.

  • Comment 25, posted at 24.10.13 12:25:28 by Letgo Reply
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  • Rob please we need the team!!!!! When are they announcing it?

  • Comment 26, posted at 24.10.13 12:27:27 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 26) : My guess is 1:45 pm.

  • Comment 27, posted at 24.10.13 12:28:51 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Observer (Comment 22) : I’ve got the following for head to head (sort of) battles that will determine the outcome.

    Pat vs Demitri
    Steyn vs Jean
    Marcel vs Burger
    PSDT vs Eben
    Fourie vs Botes/Jean/Alberts
    SP vs Gio
    Props vs Props
    WP XV vs Bismarck


  • Comment 28, posted at 24.10.13 12:38:43 by gregkaos Reply
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  • @gregkaos (Comment 28) : last comment very funny ! 😆 😆

  • Comment 29, posted at 24.10.13 12:41:25 by Observer Reply

  • @gregkaos (Comment 28) : @Observer (Comment 29) : Its not going to be 15 against Bismarck, its going to be 45 000 + and it will be evident from the moment he runs onto the field, there will probably be spit involved as well.

    Are any of the players reaching 50 / 100 game milestones because then they will also receive the typical special Newlands welcome when they take the field.

  • Comment 30, posted at 24.10.13 13:07:19 by Salmonoid the Subtle Reply
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  • Phews!!! Team announced finally….

  • Comment 31, posted at 24.10.13 13:11:18 by chikkoz Reply

  • Very nervous going into this game. I am fortunate to be on track to attend my fourth final in a row and hope this time they win, unlike Ellis Park 2011. Now that was a buzz kill. However victory in newlands will be very sweet.

    We definitely can do it, just gotta actually do it.

  • Comment 32, posted at 25.10.13 11:02:24 by Jeremiser Reply
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  • @Jeremiser (Comment 32) : We could’ve and probably should’ve had 3 in a row by now.

    Just cant do it..

    However. This weekend ; JUST DO IT !

  • Comment 33, posted at 25.10.13 17:04:23 by SharksRTB Reply

  • What will the weather be like?

  • Comment 34, posted at 25.10.13 17:06:23 by SharksRTB Reply


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