PROVINCE UPSET SHARKS TO CLAIM CURRIE CUP TITLE
MATCH REPORT: WESTERN PROVINCE PUT IN A POWERFUL PERFORMANCE UP FRONT TO BEAT THE SHARKS 33-21 IN THEIR CURRIE CUP FINAL IN DURBAN ON SATURDAY.
Province were the underdogs going into the game, but they were clearly the better team on the day.
The Cape side were particularly dominant in the forward battle where they crushed the Sharks at scrum time. They also outscored the Sharks by four tries to two with centre Huw Jones grabbing a brace.
The Sharks were on the attack straight from the kick-off after Province failed to secure possession in their own half. But, after a number of phases, they could not find a way past the Province defence in that first few minutes.
However, just when it looked like the Cape side were out of jail, centre Marius Louw burst through Province’s defence before shifting the ball wide to veteran Odwa Ndungane who sprinted in for the game’s first try in the fourth minute. Curwin Bosch, from a tight angle, added the extra two points with the conversion.