This past weekend the Golden Lions took on the Sharks at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg for the 2011 Currie Cup Final. The Sharks were the defending champions (having won the trophy in 2010) and it was the first time in 4 years that the Lions have played in a Currie Cup Final.
Throughout the season, the Lions and the Sharks proved to be 2 best teams in the 2011 Currie Cup. Saturday’s Currie Cup Final clash was sold out a few days before the match. The Sharks beat the Free State and the Lions beat Western Province in their respective semi-final matches to reach the 2011 Currie Cup final.
Many folks thought that Saturday’s Currie Cup Final would be a close matched affair. However, the Sharks only managed to score one try in the match. And this try (which was scored by flank Willem Alberts) should not have been allowed. Assistant referee Christie du Preez had missed a blatant knock-on. On the other hand, the Lions were a different team on Saturday. The Johannesburg based team scored three tries and were ruthless in taking points when they were on offer. Flyhalf Elton Jantjies proved once again that he is one of the brightest talents in South African rugby. He succeeded with all eight of his kicks at goal (5 penalties, 3 conversions and a drop goal).
In the end, the Lions comfortably won the match by 42 points to 16. The Lions lead the match by 19 points to 6 at half time. It’s the first time since 1999 that the Lions win a Currie Cup Final.
The Junk Mail would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Lions on their well deserved victory!
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