Bookies back Sharks for Currie Cup glory

Robert du Preez (Gallo Images)
Robert du Preez (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Sharks will beat Western Province in Saturday’s Currie Cup final in Durban, if local bookmakers are to be believed...

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The final at Kings Park will be the eighth time the teams meet in a Currie Cup finale, dating back to the first final contested in 1939.

Western Province hold a 4-3 advantage over the Sharks in finals, but the Durbanites have been installed as favourites this weekend.

Local bookies, BET.co.za, have predicted a narrow victory for the home side, offering odds of 11/20 on a Sharks victory.

WP can be backed at 31/20, while the draw is available at 25/1.

In handicap terms, the Sharks are 5.5-point favourites.

The visiting WP team will take confidence from the fact that they won 31-20 at Kings Park two weeks ago.

Kick-off is at 16:00.

Teams:

Sharks

15 Garth April, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Odwa Ndungane, 10 Curwin Bosch, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Keegan Daniel, 5 Ruan Botha (captain), 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Franco Marais, 1 Thomas du Toit

Substitutes: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 John-Hubert Meyer, 19 Jean Droste, 20 Jacques Vermeulen, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Tristan Blewett, 23 Rhyno Smith

Western Province

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

Substitutes: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Kobus van Dyk, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Werner Kok, 23 Dan Kriel


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