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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)

This years title for winner of the Currie Cup was contested between the Stormers/ Western Province and the Sharks/KZN. The Finale was held in Durban at the ABSA Stadium


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not the Stormers, maybe Western Province. This is currie cup not Super 10/12/14/15

Head tells me Province but heart tells me sharkies

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
I think Province has a good chance. Although they must not under estimate the Sharks like the Bulls did.

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its the sharks to lose. They are hosting, were the top performing team and none of the games theyhave played against province this year have been true reflections of either teams performance.

Sharks to win

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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
^^ lol

It's no secret that things look good for the Sharks...
Besides having a home match and playing next to the amazing MMS, It is the ABSA Currie Cup. They playing in the ABSA stadium, there is more than enough curry around, even uShaka is down the road...BUT can they still survive the storm...;)

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sadly this is the one weekend i plan to be in Joburg!! why why why! will be in black and white at a bar somewhere wishing i was in Durban

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Funny News24 column

Province at a canter
2010-10-26 14:15
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[David Moseley] I asked my colleague at work yesterday what he’d prefer, a Province win over the Sharks in the Currie Cup final or the Boks walking away with the Grand Slam after a month in the United Kingdom. The fool opted for a successful Springbok tour. He’s got no sense of priority, and quite clearly not the diehard Province fan he says he is.

I hope the Boks do well (I’ll take a win against Ireland) but nothing quite says na-na-na na-na-nah like a Currie Cup trophy sitting in your team’s display cabinet. I’d even take a Currie Cup over a Super Rugby title because, with or without the Springboks playing, it’s still the best domestic tournament around. So without further adieu, five reasons why Province will take the title this weekend:

1. Province are awesome
While not entirely scientific, it has been shown that sides that are awesome are more prone to winning titles. While Province have been effective in the Currie Cup in the last few years, they have failed to reach adequate levels of awesome. They started to head this way during the 2010 Super 14, but never quite reached maximum awesomeness. With Schalk Burger, a rested and restored Bryan Habana, World’s Best Wing Ever Gio Aplon and Jean de Villiers forming the core of the Province charge, Awesomeness Overload is imminent. However, one must admit that Pat Lambie is pretty damn awesome too, so his awesomeness could negate any outstanding Province awesomeness on the day. Which will be acceptable, because then he can play for the Boks and we’ll finally have a flyhalf who can do more than quick.

2. Heavens above
Failing awesomeness, it’s also been shown that teams who point to the sky when scoring a try, or declare their undying love for the heavenly father, have direct access to major trophies (see Bulls: 2002-2004, 2009 Currie Cup and 2007, 2009 and 2010 Super 14 – very good, not quite awesome, but an excess of sky pointing and lord thanking = tournament success). Province have at least two sky pointers on the wings (one a former Bull whom the good Lord should be well acquainted with), already cementing one hand on the trophy. As far as I can tell, not many of the Sharks look to the heavens for thanks when scoring a try, preferring rather to ridiculously thank their teammates for setting up the scoring opportunity. Amateurs.

3. Province game plan
While the Sharks game plan of “blah blah blah get the ball to Pat Lambie” has been productive this year, the Province strategy of “blah blah blah get the ball to Gio” is far superior. You can tell that Allister Coetzee and Robbie Fleck have worked on this for months, possibly with years of planning, whereas John Plumtree has merely stumbled upon an exceptional talent for the rest of his team to play off.

4. Province fans are nicer...
… and so really deserve a Currie Cup trophy. People in Durban say they like rugby, but they don’t really. The much-fabled “Shark Tank” has been home to empty seats all season, with the final being the only game close to sell-out purely because Province are playing. This in a season when Newlands had a near full-house for a Bulls-Province match without any Springboks taking part, and where Newlands would have been sold out every weekend if only there weren’t so many cool things to do in Cape Town every weekend. There’s nothing to do in Durban, so come on Sharks fans, what’s your excuse?

5. Better Imports
The Sharks are the new Manchester City who are the old Chelsea. Half their squad wouldn’t be able to point out KwaZulu-Natal on a map, and this is before Meyer Bosman, Jacques-Louis Potgieter and Helgard Muller arrive next year to shore up the midfield. At least Province only swipe their players from the Cape region (Bloem is close to Kimberley which is part of the Northern Cape which forms part of the Cape region, so the likes of Duane Vermeulen and Willem de Waal are practically home grown). Proooooooooovince by 10.

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Discussion Starter · #13 ·

Absa have ended their 11-year sponsorship deal with the Sharks and are no longer interested in having the naming Rights to the stadium.

ABSA looking have the naming rights of MMS?
They already know the outcome of Saturdays CC Final and have decided to jump ship ;)

*Made a mistake with the poll. Show your support- post the team emblem or change your avatar BEFORE the match

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Wait.... does that mean we'll get Kings Park back finally and officially...

WOOOHOOO good riddance ABSA... now bugger off and rename something else...

*does happy dance*

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Some interesting head to head facts...


2010 Currie Cup final Preview - fact by fact
Article Published: Thursday 28 October 2010

Saturday's Currie Cup final between the Sharks and Western Province will be the 50th Currie Cup Final since the advent of finals in this competition in 1939.

The Sharks have played in 12 finals before, while Western Province will make their 22nd appearance in an Currie Cup Final.

The Durban side have won five titles from those finals, with the Cape team winning 12 out of 21 (which includes two shared titles).
The Facts -

- The Sharks and Western Province have competed against each other in four Currie Cup Finals, the most recent being in 2001. The Durban side were victorious in one final (1995) while Province have won three finals (1984, 2000 & 2001).

- Thirteen Sharks players (from their expected match day 22) have previous Currie Cup Final experience. Only four Western Province players in their expected match day 22 have been involved in an Currie Cup Final before this weekend.

- Fifteen of the WP players selected for Saturday’s Currie Cup Final were part of the Stormers team that conceded a 25-17 defeat against the Bulls in this year’s Super 14 Final played at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

- Eleven players in The Sharks’ expected squad for this Currie Cup Final have tasted victory in a final before. boasts a total of 13 Currie Cup winner medals, while three players with Western Province have been on the winning side in a final - incidentally all of them for other provinces.

- Prop Jannie du Plessis have four winning medals (three for the Free State Cheetahs in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and one for The Sharks in 2008). In the WP side, flyhalf Willem de Waal has three (all for the Free State Cheetahs in 2005, 2006 and 2007), while winger Bryan Habana ( Blue Bulls in 2009) and No 8 Duane Vermeulen ( Free State Cheetahs in 2007) have one each.

- Jannie du Plessis will be the most experienced Sharks player in terms of finals played (2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008). Stefan Terblanche, who is the only survivor of the 2000 and 2001 finals, will be playing in his fourth Currie Cup Final. He played centre in 2000, left-wing in 2001 and fullback for the Durban side during the 2008 final against the Blue Bulls.

- De Waal will be playing in his fifth Currie Cup Final after representing the Free Cheetahs in the 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 finals. Habana will be playing in his fourth (2005, 2008 and 2009 for the Blue Bulls).

- This Currie Cup Final will be Andries Strauss’ (The Sharks) and De Waal’s ( WP) last match for their respective teams. Strauss will be going back to the Free State, where he grew up and started his career while Province’s pivot is set to continue his rugby in Italy next year.

- De Waal is the leading points’ scorer (215) in the 2010 Currie Cup competition. The flyhalf converted 34 tries and also kicked 49 penalties. He was also the top points-scorer in Currie Cup in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Sharks utility back Patrick Lambie is the second leading points’ scorer this season with 180 points (three tries, 33 conversions and 30 penalties).

- The Sharks have scored the most tries (63) in the 2010 Currie Cup and have also added the second most points by any team (508) this season. The Cape Town side have scored 62 tries (second place) and scored the most points (551) in 2010.

- Sharks winger Lwazi Mvovo (The Sharks) is second on the list of leading try-scorers this season with 12 tries. Other leading try-scorers who are likely to appear in the final are Gio Aplon (WP) who is third on the list with nine tries, Keegan Daniel (Sharks), who has scored eight and is fourth, as well as Odwa Ndungane (Sharks) with seven tries (fifth).

- Theuns Stofberg is the only player to have won the Currie Cup with three different provinces. He won titles with Free State (1976), Northern Transvaal (1979 and 1980) and Western Province (1982 and 1983). Former Springbok winger James Small is the only other player to have played in three Currie Cup Finals for three different provinces - Transvaal, Natal and WP - but he never won a title with Transvaal.

- No player has ever scored more than two tries in an Currie Cup Final. Buddy Swartz was the first to score a brace in a final - in 1970 for Griquas against Northern Transvaal. Edrich Krantz scored two Northern Transvaal against Western Province in 1980. Andre Venter added two for Free State in the 1994 final against Transvaal, Thinus Delport for the Golden Lions against the Sharks in 1999, Breyton Paulse for WP in their 2000 final victory over the Sharks and the late Ettienne Botha did it twice - in the 2003 final against the Sharks and in 2004 during the Currie Cup final against the Free State Cheetahs. Bryan Habana scored two for the Blue Bulls against the Free State Cheetahs in last year’s final.

- Only four players in history have scored tries in finals for two different teams. Otto van Niekerk scored two tries for Transvaal in the 1939 final against WP and one for Province in the 1947 final against Transvaal. Edrich Krantz scored one try for Free State in the 1976 final against Western Province and two tries for Northern Transvaal against WP in the 1980 final. Gerbrand Grobler, the only player in history to represent his province in a Currie Cup final in rugby and cricket, scored a try for Northern Transvaal in 1990 against Natal and a try for Transvaal against Free State in 1994. AJ Venter scored a try for the Golden Lions in the 1999 final against The Sharks and a try for the Durban side in the 2003 final against the Blue Bulls. Habana can become the fifth player to achieve this feat.

- Craig Joubert, who refereed the Super 14 final earlier this year, will take charge of the 2010 Currie Cup Final for the first time in his career.

- Andre Watson, who refereed two IRB Rugby World Cup Finals, has refereed in seven Currie Cup Finals followed by Steve Strydom (six), Freek Burger (five) and Jonathan Kaplan (five). Tappe Henning was the referee in the 1995 final between The Sharks and WP while Watson was in charge of the 2000 and 2001 finals between these two teams.

Currie Cup Season (2010):

The Sharks’ recent form at The Stadium Durban:

- The hosts have not lost at home this season. They beat the Blue Bulls (16-12 in the semi-final), Platinum Leopards (63-6), Free State Cheetahs (30-16), GWK Griquas (48-30), Western Province (27-16), Lions (48-19), Blue Bulls (34-28) and the Pumas (27-17).

- The Sharks lost twice in Durban in 2009 - against Western Province and the Free State Cheetahs (semi-final).

Western Province’s recent form on the road:

- The Cape side secured four victories on the road during this season’s competition - against the Pumas (62-10), GWK Griquas (50-3), Free State Cheetahs (25-11) and against the Platinum Leopards (42-23).

- The visitors conceded three away defeats - against the Blue Bulls (36-32) in Pretoria, The Sharks (27-16) in Durban and the Lions (46-28) in Johannesburg.

- WP achieved three away victories, against the Boland Kavaliers, Platinum Leopards and The Sharks, in last year’s Currie Cup.

Currie Cup Finals Stats:

Most points’ scored in an Currie Cup final:

26 - Derick Hougaard, Blue Bulls vs Lions 2002 (1 try, 2 drop goals, 5 pen)
24 - Naas Botha, Blue Bulls vs Golden Lions 1987 (4 drop goals, 4 penalties)
24 - Braam van Straaten, Western Province vs Sharks 2001 (1 try, 2 con, 5 pen)
21 - Gavin Johnson, Golden Lions vs Free State 1994 (6 conversions, 3 penalties)
21 - Morné Steyn, Blue Bulls vs Cheetahs 2009 (3 con, 4 pen, 1 drop goal)
20 - Thierry Lacroix , Natal vs Western Province 1995 (6 penalties, 1 conversion)
19 - Naas Botha, Blue Bulls vs WP 1980 (2 con, 3 pen, 2 drop goals)
19 - Willem de Waal, Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls 2005 (5 penalties, 2 conversions)
18 - De Wet Ras, Free State vs WP 1976 (3 con, 3 pen, drop goal)
18 - Henry Honiball, Natal vs Gauteng Lions 1996 (3 conversions, 4 penalties)
17 - Gerald Bosch, Golden Lions vs Falcons 1972 (1 con, 2 pen, 3 drop goals)

Most successful Currie Cup coaches: Brig. Buurman van Zyl, Blue Bulls - 9 wins & 2 draws; 1968-1981 Dawie Snyman, Western Province - 5 consecutive wins; 1982-1986
Ian McIntosh, Natal - 4 wins; 1990-1996
Heyneke Meyer, Blue Bulls - 3 consecutive wins and 1 draw; 2002-2006

Youngest winning Currie Cup Coaches: 32 years 351 days - Rassie Erasmus (5/11/1972), Free State Cheetahs on 22/10/2005
33 years 89 days - Dawie Snyman (5/7/1949), Western Province on 2/10/1982

Most finals as a referee: 7 - André Watson (Falcons/Saru)
6 - Steve Strydom (Free State)
5 - Freek Burger (WP), Jonathan Kaplan (SARU)
3 - Jimmy Smith-Belton (EP), Gert Bezuidenhout (Tvl)

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^^ :lol: Funny Pics.

However... we'll chat when the game's over. Hype is one thing, winning another.

PS. If Durban has a Shark monopoly, why on earth does Discovery and National Geographic find all the Sharks in Cape Town? Must like it more down here. Also find it funny they needed to find a fat, ugly chick elsewhere and had to Photoshop a WP tatoo on her butt. Obviously Camps Bay, Clifton, CBD and Newlands were clean out of gravel chicks!

*Thinks of more smack talk. :)

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Discussion Starter · #20 · (Edited)
lol nice one Juzzy!

Currie Cup
It's WP, say readers

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town - There is a joke doing the rounds that when sports predictions cult figure Paul the Octopus died in a German aquarium this week his parting word was “Shaaaarks”.

But it seems the majority of Sport24 readers believe he was actually going to splutter “Shaaaarks … to botch it” before his passing unpleasantly intervened.

A poll we ran asked the very straight question: “Who’ll be crowned Currie Cup champions in Durban on Saturday?”

And as this was written, 2 945 respondents - around 54% - had rooted for Western Province, while the remaining 46% (or 2 503 people) preferred the home triumph.

Just how many neutrals voted is unfortunately not known: it might have been educative to learn, for instance, which way most Blue Bulls fans are leaning - if they still care about the competition this year.

But it’s a vote of confidence for Schalk Burger and company all the same, despite the disadvantage of having to achieve their first Cup win since 2001 in the hostile Shark Tank.

Perhaps readers were influenced by the outcomes of four previous finals between WP and the Sharks, with the blue-and-white-hoops prevailing on three occasions.

In round-robin meetings this year, the tally stands at 1-1, with the Sharks winning 27-16 in Durban and Province 33-21 in Cape Town.
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