Newlands to play host to titanic Currie Cup Final

It’s the Pride of Joburg travelling to the Cape this weekend looking to claim the world’s oldest rugby competition in the shadow of Table Mountain – as the Currie Cup’s two form teams, Western Province and the Golden Lions, clash.

It’s a victory too for the purists as while the Lions have stayed with their tried-and-tested formula from Super Rugby playing an attacking, ball-in-hand brand, highlighted by their 50-20 demolition of the Sharks at Ellis Park in the semi-finals, it’s Western Province who have sat down, reconsidered their style of play, and as a result cruised to the top of the Currie Cup log scoring 43 tries in the process.

But this is by NO means an easy insight article to write! On the one hand the headline could have read:

Lions out to Maul WP in front of their fans

Or just as easily it could have read:

WP look to tame Lions at Newlands in Currie Cup final

It all depends on the city you live in.

Saturday’s game will be a sellout with the Lions not expected to draw a significant portion of support within the ground, so it was interesting when the WP coach Allister Coetzee came out in the media determined to label his side as underdogs in the build-up. Why? Well, he bases that on the fact that this Lions squad has been largely together throughout and is unaffected by call-ups to the Springbok squad. He might just have a point.

While Western Province will enjoy that overwhelming advantage in homeground support - sports psychologist Henning Gericke has admitted that that isn't always as cut and dried as it seems...

Province will have none of the likes of Eben Etzebeth, Jean de Villiers, Duane Vermeulen and Siya Kolisi available due to Springbok duty and injury while the Lions are at full strength and brimming with confidence. Game on.

Lions Captain Warren Whiteley isn't taking anything for granted...

In the lead up to the clash, social media has exposed some long time rivalries. Passionate rugby supporter Ernie Els tweeting this to Johann Rupert...

And Gio Aplon tweeted support for the Province Captain Juan de Jongh...

Saturday’s match not only sees Province fans pitted against Lions fan but also Radio 702 come up against Cape Talk and music stations 947 battle their brothers and sisters from Kfm.

Who’ll have bragging rights on Monday morning?

Stay tuned to EWN Sport throughout the day - the team will bring you live updates and all the very latest from the biggest sports event of the weekend...


This article first appeared on 702 : Newlands to play host to titanic Currie Cup Final


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