If you are a betting man then you should put all your money on the Sharks lifting the Currie Cup Saturday evening.
Now that is for the gamblers out there and for us normal ou’tjies it will be more or less the same prediction and their are a few reasons why….
Discipline will play a vital role in the final and with two kickers like Bosch and Du Preez one can expect near perfect kicking on Saturday. Bosch here leads the way for me and in fact he leads the way in most aspects between the two flyhalfs.
Province conceding way more penalties not just in the later part of the season but also throughout and that will be a huge problem for them as Bosch does not miss many.
He controls the game much better than any other 10 in the country and he can even do that with a pack that is struggling upfront. His educated boot doe snot just put valuable points on the board for his team but he have a killer drop goal which he displayed a few weeks ago.
His tactical kicking is also way better than any other 10 in the country at the moment with the only concern his defence.
The battle between the forwards is another aspect which will be important in the outcome which the Sharks also edge Province just. The return of both Du Preez twins have made a huge difference to the side. Province can man up to the Sharks in the loose but if the Sharks can dominate early it will be difficult for Province to come back.
The locks will be another interesting battle as we said earlier in the week. Ruan Botha has been not just a great leader for the Sharks but have played brilliant this season. He must be knocking on the door for the squad that will tour Europe next month but he will be facing an inform JD Schickerling from Province.
In the front row is where the most excitement will be for me as Ross Geldenhuys, Franco Marais and Thomas du Toit will go up against Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi and JC Janse van Rensburg.
Du Toit and Louw will be a battle for the purest of them all in the dark-arts.
The Sharks have been great this year on attack but they will have to tackle Province with out Nkosi who is one of the leading tries scores in the competition but with Garth April, Kobus van Wyk, Lukhanyo Am, Marius Louw and Odwa Ndungane they have enough to challenge Province out wide on attack.
Province have been and will be a dangerous on counter-attack but the Sharks have had a good defensive record this season.
Anyone who writes of any team in a final is just plain stupid and Province have enough quality to beat the Sharks again in Durban but I must go with the Sharks by at least 6 point for the win.