Fresh strategies help dominant Sharks bring coveted cup back home

2013-10-28 00:00

THE highly-charged Sharks, tactically aware, physically superior and saving their very best till last, regained the Currie Cup title by beating strongly fancied Western Province 33-19 in front of a capacity Newlands crowd on Saturday evening.

What was surprising was how few pundits, in and out of the Newlands media box, gave the Sharks a sniff in this final. The Sharks pack contained four current Springboks and they had 11 internationally capped players spread through the team. Bismarck du Plessis was at hooker, Frans Steyn was at inside centre and Pat Lambie was the flyhalf. Yet many experts dismissed them as no-hopers and, my word, did they thrive in the role of underdog.

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