CC Final: WP 19, Sharks 33, Sharks 2013 Champions!!



When the first overseas team to tour South Africa stepped ashore in 1891 they carried with them a particularly precious bit of cargo. Among the bags, boots and balls was a golden cup given to the British Isles squad by Sir Donald Currie, owner of Union-Castle Lines, the shipping company that transported them to the southern tip of Africa. The gold trophy was donated by Currie in 1891 before the arrival of the touring British Isles team. His instructions were clear: Hand this trophy over to the team in South Africa that gives you the best game and after a spirited display, Griqualand West became the first ever holders of the Currie Cup. To this day the trophy remains the holy grail of South African rugby. It was donated to the South African Rugby Board, and it became the prize for the Currie Cup competition.

Today Western Province or the Sharks can go and write their name on the Cup of Champions. This should be one of the better Currie Cup Finals we will witness for some time as both teams are equip to make this a spectacle with all the stars on display today

Teams: Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jean de Villiers, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: 16 Frans Malherbe, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Schalk Burger, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Juan de Jongh.

Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Louis Ludik, 12 Francois Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Charl McLeod, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain) , 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Peet Marais, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Wiehahn Herbst, 18 Stephan Lewies, 19 Jacques Botes, 20 Cobus Reinach, 21 Fred Zeilinga, 22 Heimar Williams.

Date: Saturday, October 26

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town

Kick-off: 17.30 (15.30 GMT)

Expected weather: Partly cloudy with a strong south-easterly wind. High of 23ºC and a low of 13ºC

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan

Assistant referees: Christie du Preez, Stefan Breytenbach

TMO: Deon van Blommestein

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  1. First time ever the WP lose a final in CT

    Sharks home and away hoodoo.

    Sharks have only once ever won a final in Durban and ALL their CC final wins have been away from home.

  2. But to sober everything up.

    The last time the Sharks and WP played in finals was during the Viljoen/Straueli eras when Bok rugby was literally at its worst.

  3. @Craven:

    Please let it stay there… I stopped supporting rugby between that 1999 semi and the appointment of Jake White.

    I watched that 53-3 game in the Pilots Bar at Birchwood Hotel at Jan Smuts. They play the ATC Tower chatter as music on the speaker and listening to some f***king glib BA pilot smugly ask Johannesburg Tower whether they had a rugby score for him was the kind of thing that assault charges are made of…