Western Province to clash with Sharks for Currie Cup

By Drum Digital
25 October 2013

Title-holders Western Province hosts the Sharks later this afternoon in the first South African Currie Cup final to offer prize money.

The champions collect R1.8m and the runners-up R1.2m as a cash incentive is introduced to the 121-year provincial championship.

Also up for grabs will be the original trophy, which had a 'facelift' this year at the London workshop where it was crafted for shipping company owner Donald Currie.

Initially awarded to the South African side that fared best against the touring 1891 British Isles team, it became the symbol of domestic rugby supremacy a year later.

Province were the first winners and boast a record 32 titles ahead of the Newlands showdown with Sharks, who they defeated by seven points in the final last season.

Most pundits believe the Cape Town outfit will succeed again, given home advantage, an unbeaten record this season and a potential match-winner in flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis.

- by News24

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