Western Province to face Sharks in Currie Cup final

ELLIOT MATHYE

Natal Sharks are still in celebration mood after qualifying for the finals of the Absa Currie Cup.

This after they lambasted the all time arch-rivals, Vodacom Blue Bulls with a 16-12 drubbing on Saturday, October 16 in Durban’s Absa Stadium.  

Despite the match being delayed for 40 minutes due to a swarm of bees in the field, plus the heavy down-pouring, the Sharks were determined to bury the Bulls on their way to the final match.

The last time Sharks and Bulls met in this competition was in 1990 in the final which saw the KwaZulu-Natal based side won the proceedings at the Loftus.

The Sharks who will meet Western Province in this year’s Currie Cup final match were very defensive from the start, making it difficult for the Bulls to attack.

Sharks’ opponents in the final match, Western Province earned their passage to this final at the expense of Free State Cheetahs whom they beat 31-7 in another semifinal played in Cape Town’s Newlands Rugby Stadium.

Those with good elephant memory will remember that Western Province embarrassed Sharks the last time when they clashed in the final of the similar competition back in 2000, and it remain to be seen if history will repeat itself when they face each other on October 30 at the venue still to be confirmed.

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