It is a cliche but finals are won and lost with the big men upfront and with two packs who has been performing well this Currie Cup season we can expect fireworks.
One name that pops up is Thomas du Toit who at 22 looked like an option for Coetzee in the Springbok team. This final will be one of the biggest games in Du Toit career so far as he has much to proof for inclusion into the end of year tour.
Although Du Toit has played both sides of the scrum will lo0k to settle at the number 1 jumper. That will setup a good contest between him and fellow young star Wilco Louw.
Louw has taken his game forward this year at a massive rate and looks also set to make the number 3 jersey his own in the Bok-team. Du Toit have high regard for Louw and believe he is one of the best scrummagers in the country at the moment.
Du Toit, a old Paarl Boys High product moved to Durban in 2014 so it is always personal for him when they play Province.
“It will always be a similar situation when we play Province. It’s not necessarily a grudge match, but it’s definitely personal,” Du Toit explained to Sport24
“I think that is going to make all the difference for me in changing my mindset and getting ready for this game. There’s a bit of nervous excitement going on. I’m super excited for this weekend. Playing Province is always going to be a special moment … playing in a final, a semi-final or a normal game … it’s always going to be a cracker.”
“Scrumming against Wilco is something that I’ve done a few times. It’s nice to have a friend that you scrum against. We’ve become very close through SA U-20s and now at the Bok camp,” said Du Toit.
“I know him from athletics as well … we were always friends. The props and the front row always stay together … the cauliflower brotherhood.”
With guys like Ross Geldenhuys, Franco Marais, Thomas du Toit from the Sharks and Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi and JC Janse van Rensburg you know the clash will be big come Saturday.
The two teams have also two of the better locks in the competition with JD Schickerling for Province and captain Ruan Botha for the Sharks. The other huge talking point will be the loose forwards where the Sharks have the quality of the two Du Preez twins against Carr, Coetzee(if fit for the final) and Notshe.
As a true forward I just hope the backs don’t mess it up in the final