Currie Cup final: Sharks v Wes

Curwin Bosch atempts to evade Dillyn Leyds during Saturday’s match at Kings Park. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Currie Cup final: Sharks v Western Province – Preview, head to head, team news, kick off and live stream

Finals between these two sides have yielded some classics in the past.

Currie Cup final: Sharks v Wes

Curwin Bosch atempts to evade Dillyn Leyds during Saturday’s match at Kings Park. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

The Currie Cup comes to a close on Saturday and it’s the coastal derby as the Sharks host Western Province at Growthpoint Kings Park.

It’s the closest thing to a dream final as the visitors finished second to the Sharks who have been nigh unstoppable this season, thus going into this clash as the outright favourite. Home ground advantage is also a big factor contributing towards them being pitted as favourites.

This however will not discourage the less fancied visitors from fancying their chances as they have handed the Durban side one of their two defeats in the campaign right on their backyard. This happened in their last round robin fixture when John Dobson’s men ran off 31-20 winners – albeit against a weakened Sharks’ side that was almost assured a home final.

Form guide

Province come into the game at the back of what became a rather straightforward 19-5 win against the Lions in the semi-finals, where the losing side had a hand in their own downfall by not taking their chances. They will be hoping for another perfect kicking performance from flyhalf, Robert du Preez who will be coming up not only his dad in Sharks coach, Robert Snr, but also his two younger brothers in twins, Dan and Jean-Luc.

A win on Saturday will be the perfect icing on the cake for the Sharks who have run rampant this season, only losing one other match besides their recent loss to WP in what was effectively a dead rubber for them.

They were dealt a huge blow early in their semi-final clash against the Bulls when the competition’s leading try scorer, S’bu Sithole’ s participation final was cut short by a dislocated elbow.

This possibly opens up the door for veteran winger Odwa Ndungane, who will be looking to sign off his rugby career in style after announcing his plans to retire at the end of this competition.

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Head to head

The Sharks make their first appearance in the Currie Cup final since 2013. It was at a different venue but against the same opponents when they hoisted the trophy for the last time, winning 33-19 four years ago.

The last final played at Growthpoint Kingspark was also between the two sides but did not yield the desired result for the home side as it was the visitors who walked away with the silverware. They won 25-18 courtesy of a decisive kicking performance from flyhalf Demetri Catrakillis.

Since the game turned pro in 1996, the two sides have contested five finals with Western Province winning three of those encounters to the Sharks’ two.


Sharks: 15 Garth April, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Odwa Ndungane, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (c), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit.

Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Tristan Blewett, 23 Rhyno

Western Province: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Substitutes: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Kobus van Dyk, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Werner Kok, 23 Dan Kriel

Kick off and live stream

The game will be broadcast on Supersport 1 (SS1) from 16:00