On Saturday the 27th of October 2012 the Sharks took on Western Province in Durban at Kings Park Stadium in the 2012 Currie Cup Final. Almost everyone was betting on the Sharks to win in front of their home crowd. They were much closer to full strength than the younger Western Province team. The Sharks were on top form throughout the 2012 Currie Cup tournament and many people’s favorite to win this year’s competition.
Western Province caused a huge upset at the 2012 Currie Cup Final. During the first half of the match the team from the Western Cape were 9 points behind, the Sharks were leading by twelve points to three with ten minutes to go in the half. Western Province launched a comeback of epic proportions. They scored two penalties and Juan De Jongh scored a converted try before the end of the half. This put Western Province into a comfortable position, they led the match at half time by 16 points to 12.
In the second half it became quite an interesting rugby match. The Sharks crawled back into the match with two penalties by Patrick Lambie, taking his team into the lead in the match. Western Province bounced back with a penalty by Catrakilis. Eventually the Durban team’s fate was sealed by two drop goals by Catrakilis. In the end the Sharks were outplayed by Western Province if. They struggled to win line-out balls and didn’t play much rugby in their opponent’s half.
The final score was 25 – 18. Western Province fans were quite ecstatic. It’s the first time since 2001 that the boys from the Western Cape won the Currie Cup trophy. Ironically they beat the Sharks in the 2001 match in Cape Town to claim the trophy the previous time. History repeated itself, just in a different city.
Like many teams in 2012 Currie Cup competition Western Province has a young team looking to put their stamp on South African rugby. They’ll be one of the teams to watch in next year’s tournament, mark my words.
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