CC Final 2012: Sharks 18, WP 25

The Sharks will be looking to win the Absa Currie Cup for the third time in five seasons on Saturday when they host DHL Western Province at Mr Price Kings Park in Durban (kick-off 17h00).

WP, meanwhile, will look to end an 11-year title drought, having last won the iconic trophy in 2001 at DHL Newlands – ironically also against The Sharks.

A look at the list of winners this millennium will reveal that The Sharks and WP have contested three finals, with the Cape side winning in 2000 (25-15 in Durban) and 2001 (29-24 in Cape Town).

The Sharks’ solitary win came in 2010 at Mr Price Kings Park when 25 points from Pat Lambie helped the Durbanites to a 30-10 victory over Allister Coetzee’s men.

Saturday’s final will be the seventh The Sharks have been involved in since 2000, with two wins (in 2010 over WP and 2008 over the Vodacom Blue Bulls, both at home). Apart from the losses in 2000 and 2001 to WP, they also lost the 2003 final to the Blue Bulls and 2011 final to the MTN Golden Lions.

Saturday’s final will be WP’s fourth since 2000, with all three previous meetings having been against The Sharks.

Sharks coach John Plumtree has selected 13 Springboks in his match-day squad, with nine of them starting. The pack shows four changes, with prop Tandai Mtawarira, hooker Craig Burden, lock Steven Sykes and flanker Willem Alberts all promoted to the run-on team after having sat on the bench in the team’s 20-3 semi-final victory over the Vodacom Blue Bulls last weekend.

“The squad is all together now, we have been for a couple weeks, so there were fewer selection headaches for me,” said Plumtree.

“We do feel for the players that are left out, that makes it hard on those who went through the whole campaign and might not be involved.”

WP’s match-day squad announced by coach Coetzee boasts six Under-21 players as well as six players who have played Test rugby for South Africa. In the only change to the team that beat defending champions the MTN Golden Lions in last week’s semi-final, Damian de Allende will partner Juan de Jongh in midfield, with Marcel Brache dropping to the bench.

“We have got to be accurate in the conditions, we have got to kick well, we have got to chase well, be good in the air, our breakdown work has got to be accurate also and make sure that we give (halfbacks) Nic Groom and Demetri Catrakilis a good platform and good ball,” said Coetzee.

“You can only be a true champion if you go away from home and win a Currie Cup trophy. So it is really a matter of applying and understanding that the pressure will be there.”

Vodacom Blue Bulls flyhalf Louis Fouché tops the Premier Division point-scoring log going into the final, with 137 points made up of 13 conversions, 35 penalties and 2 drop goals. Behind Fouché in second place on 119 is DHL WP pivot Demetri Catrakilis, with GWK Griquas flyhalf Francois Brummer third on 113.

Toyota Free State Cheetahs wing Raymond Rhule tops the try-scoring table ahead of the final with eight touchdowns, with Sharks wing Odwa Ndungane and Griquas wing Rocco Jansen tied for second place, with seven tries apiece.

This weekend’s fixture – The Final:

The Sharks vs DHL Western Province

Date: Saturday, 27 October

Kickoff: 17:00

Venue: Mr Price Kings Park, Durban

Referee: Jaco Peyper

Assistants: Christie du Preez, Stefan Breytenbach

Television Match Official: Johann Meuwesen

Teams:

The Sharks – 15 Louis Ludik, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Paul Jordaan, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (c), 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Jean Deysel, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Meyer Bosman, 22 Odwa Ndungane.

DHL WP – 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Don Armand, 6 Deon Fourie (c), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: 16 Deon Carstens, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Marcel Brache, 22 Joe Pietersen.

Absa Currie Cup Final results 2000-2011

2000 Sharks 15-25 WP

2001 WP 29-24 Sharks

2002 Lions 7-31 Blue Bulls

2003 Blue Bulls 40-19 Sharks

2004 Blue Bulls 42-33 Free State

2005 Blue Bulls 25-29 Free State

2006 Free State 28-28 Blue Bulls

2007 Free State 20-18 Lions

2008 Sharks 14-9 Blue Bulls

2009 Blue Bulls 36-24 Free State

2010 Sharks 30-10 WP

2011 Lions 42-16 Sharks

Most titles won:

31 – WP (last title in 2001, also shared four times)

23 – Blue Bulls (last title 2009, also shared four times)

10 – Lions (last title 2011, also shared once)

6 – Sharks (last title 2010)

4 – Free State (last title 2007, also shared once)

Absa Currie Cup Final records:

Highest winning score: 56-33 (Transvaal vs Free State, 1994)

Most tries by a team: 7 (Transvaal vs Free State, 1994)

Most points by a player: 26 (Derick Hougaard, Blue Bulls vs Lions, 2002)

Most conversions: 6 (Gavin Johnson, Transvaal vs Free State, 1994)

Most penalties: 6 (Thierry Lacroix, Natal vs WP, 1995)

Most drop goals: 4 (Naas Botha, Northern Transvaal vs Transvaal, 1987)

Most appearances: 11 (Burger Geldenhuys, 1977-89; Naas Botha 1977-91)

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39 Comments on CC Final 2012: Sharks 18, WP 25

  1. Pyper trying his best to keep Sharks in the picture. Provence awesome on defence, will it last? Maybe if vuilgat Jannie gets his marching orders in 2nd halve.

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  2. Difference = no De Villiers. Joe was 10 metres tall when it counted. Etsebeth, Fourie, vermeulen!!! Awesome!!!! Prooooovence!
    Priceless moment: Daniels thanking the ref hahahahaha

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  3. Ja, I don’t moan often about the refs
    but I do think Peyper came up short
    on quite a few occasions.

    WHAT A RESULT! AGAINST ALL ODDS!


    :support:

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  4. Will Deon Fourie be selected for EOYT?

    Toss up for MoM between him and Etzebeth.

    JP Pietersen: All forgiven for that crucial tackle.

    Am I mistaken or did WP win a tighthead
    right towards the end?

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  5. WP!

    Lanklaas soveel hart van n WP span gesien soos die laasste 2 wedstryde.

    11 jaar was n lang wag.

    Ek hou aan vir myself se dis net n blerrie rugbywedstryd, maar heng ek is bly.

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  6. Yip they did. Amazing how the youngsters never gave up. To come back from being demolished in scrums twice, then win tighthead and mall the sharks 15 metres – awesome!!! Only champions can do that

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  7. 365 RATINGS:

    4 Eben Etzebeth
    The meteoric rise of Etzebeth reached the summit in the Final. The 20-year-old stood head and shoulders above the rest and was in my opinion the man of the match. He single-handedly decimated the Sharks line-out, made ample of metres with ball in hand and was a huge physical presence in the tight loose.
    8.5/10

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  8. Hoessit, Tjops!

    Tot hier ver oor die waters hoor ek ‘n eggo:
    “…ooooooooooooooooooooooooooovince!!!!”
    :applause: :applause: :support: :applause: :applause:

    Well then, glad they did it against the odds with that young a team! Sorry Tjarkies, next time! Seems like it was a good match, despite the ref maybe and who says the Currie Cup is dead?

    Knap gedaan, daar is net een P en dis WiePie! :mrgreen:

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  9. Etzebeth was massive in that win. Also there was more passion and less standing on the fringes waving their arms in the air by the WP forwards. WTF … Plumtree bringing McLeod on. He is shite and immediately f***ked up about 3 things in 3 mins. laughawie:

    :bangheadt: :bangheadt: :bangheadt: :bangheadt: :bangheadt: :bangheadt:

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  10. Go Province, these youngsters had a massive game. Etsebeth was immense in this game, even took ball at number 4 in the lineout. This is maybe where his future lies? And our under 21 frontrow, how good was it to see them get the Sharks ball against the throw towards the end in the scrum? Good on Alister for realising the youngsters were gaining confidence as the game progressed and leaving them on resisting the temptation to bring on Brock and Deon. Well done.

    In my opinion the Sharks played their final last week, while Province gained a hell of a lot of belief from last week’s last gasp win. I’m loving these youngster’s and their never say die attitude.

    There is a lesson in there somewhere. Something about doing the same thing with the same players and expecting a different result or some such.

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  11. I’m not happy for WP or their supporters who must rate as the worst winners and worse losers.

    I AM happy for ONE guy and that is Alistair Coetzee.

    If anything Alistair have reached the first culmination of three years of tactics, planning and playing and investments in players.

    He’s weathered the storm of squealing supporters wanting him strung up for not winning every game the team plays.

    And now he’s at least delivered a CC to them…

    But much like Kiwis and their one eyed fans how long will it be before fans demand Alistair and his “boring defensive style” should be fired…

    Well done Alistair

    Fuck the rest of you.

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  12. Great win by the Wiepies there. Alister Coetzee must get a lot of credit. Beating a Bok laden Sharks at home with a no-name B-team is a pretty mean achievement. I’m still wondering how the hell they were able to place him behind P-Divvie in the Bok pecking order in 2007. A truly astounding instance of small mindedness if it was the Jake White endorsement that ruled him out.

    As for the $harks.
    They have been both sublime and ‘orrible this season. It’s a shame that so many of SA’s best players have to play under a “not really up to it” coaching staff. It’s time the $harks stop buying players and do something good with their big cheque book. Buy yourselves a proper coach!

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  13. Great win by the Wiepies there. Alister Coetzee must get a lot of credit. Beating a Bok laden Sharks at home with a no-name B-team is a pretty mean achievement. I’m still wondering how the hell they were able to place him behind P-Divvie in the Bok pecking order in 2007. A truly astounding instance of small mindedness if it was the Jake White endorsement that ruled him out.

    As for the $harks.
    They have been both sublime and ‘orrible this season. It’s a shame that so many of SA’s best players have to play under a “not really up to it” coaching staff. It’s time the $harks stop buying players and do something good with their big cheque book. Buy yourselves a proper coach!

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