Looking forward to the Final

Written by Stephen Smith (StevieS)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 24 Oct 2018 at 14:56
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Hi, Sharks fans

Saturday 27 October, 16:00, Newlands… that is our main focus for this week.

I’ve looked up some stats online for the 2018 Currie Cup, just to gauge where we are at and to try and identify some areas which the Sharks need to pay particular attention to.

I have looked for the top performer in each category from Western Province and the Sharks and will compare the two. I will also note if they are leading that stat for the competition.

Tries: Sergeal Petersen 8 (1st in the competition) Dan Du Preez 5

Penalties: Sarel Petrus Marais 15 (1st in the competition) Robert Du Preez 6

Conversions: Sarel Petrus Marais 28 (1st in the competition) Robert Du Preez 20

Points: Sarel Petrus Marais 121 (1st in the competition) Robert Du Preez 58

From the above it quickly becomes apparent that Western Province deserve to host the Final on Saturday. Now if SP has converted 28 tries we can see that Province have been scoring almost at will this season (Note: Province picked up a full house of points during the league phase of the Currie Cup). However, and it’s a very important point, the Bulls outscored Province four tries to two on the weekend. This provides the Sharks with a glimmer of hope.

From match reports and general comments from friends, it seems that the Bulls found a (almost) winning formula – Aggressive defence, put the play makers under pressure (Willemse had a very quiet game by his standards) and kick tactically i.e. don’t give the Province back three a chance to counter-attack. The only thing someone forgot to tell the Bulls was to have a little discipline. SP soon reminded them why this was so important.

The Sharks will have noted the danger of SP’s boot and will be on their best behaviour, and they will be sure to bring the same tactical nous and eagerness in defence on Saturday that they showed against the Lions this past weekend.

All in all, throw the form book and the statistics out the window, this Saturday is all that matters. It’s time to bring the trophy home!


  • Nice little article this… Stevie, any idea what Marais’ success rate is at posts? I’m pretty sure Rob Jr is up i but the 90’s or thereabouts

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.10.18 15:21:09 by Karl Reply
  • @Karl (Comment 1) : I’ll see what I can find out. Both have been on song this Currie Cup, so I’ll be expecting over the 80% mark.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.10.18 15:24:50 by StevieS Reply
  • WP have probably played the more consistent and better rugby over the course of the CC. Sharks have been both very good and very average. Will be interesting to see who WP pick at 10 and 15 for the final…think if Willemse plays at 10 it will suit the Sharks. Anything can happen in the final, im just hoping for a good game and no stupid cards to decide the outcome.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.10.18 15:28:49 by SheldonK Reply

  • Sharks just need to stop, collaborate and listen. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.10.18 15:35:07 by McLovin Reply

  • Go sharks! If we match them in the scrums I think we have the players to beat them.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.10.18 15:44:56 by Byron Wright Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 4) : It would be amazing if WP played Ice Ice Baby when the Sharks ran out on Saturday :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.10.18 15:49:16 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.10.18 15:56:08 by StevieS Reply
  • @SheldonK (Comment 6) : That would be brilliant. 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.10.18 15:57:59 by McLovin Reply

  • SP having the season of his life…. happy for him he needed the confidence boost.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.10.18 16:07:47 by coolfusion Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 1) : I’m struggling to find which site will give me that. Sorry.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.10.18 16:14:00 by StevieS Reply
  • @StevieS (Comment 10) : Not good enough, unfortunately…

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.10.18 16:24:04 by Karl Reply

  • @Karl (Comment 11) : Province have achieved an 80% kick record this Currie Cup. Not sure if SP did all the kicking. 32/40 tries converted and 16/20 penalties converted.

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.10.18 16:40:09 by StevieS Reply
  • That’s better… Hehe

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.10.18 17:40:22 by Karl Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 3) : I think Josh Stander played most of the WP games at 10, and I honestly rate him higher than Willemse. He caught my eye in the Super Rugby match against the Stormers at Newlands where Stander contributed quite a bit to the Sharks’ demise.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.10.18 17:40:38 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 14) : Yeh agreed

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.10.18 08:11:47 by SheldonK Reply


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