Cape Town - The Sharks were crowned the 2013 Currie Cup champions following their
33-19 win over Western Province in the final at Newlands on Saturday
As it happened: WP v Sharks
WP, the defending champions, frequently incurred the
wrath of referee Jonathan Kaplan and as a result the mounting penalty
count took as its toll as Sharks pivot Patrick Lambie was fairly
successful with his place-kicks.
In the end Lambie contributed 23 of the
side's 33 points.
The Sharks took the match by the scruff of the neck
and ran up a 10-0 lead in the opening six minutes. Flyhalf Lambie
goaled a 35-metre penalty and his halfback partner Charl McLeod
intercepted a pass in the WP backline before running in unchallenged to
score next to the posts. Lambie converted.
WP’s response was
swift and telling. They exerted great pressure on a Sharks scrum some 20
metres out and then secured a turn-over which centre Damian de Allende
used to good effect by darting through the Sharks’ backline for a try
under the sticks.
Catrakilis added the conversion (10-7).
afterwards WP were forced to bring on substitute Schalk Burger as
temporary replacement (for about 10 minutes) for flanker Siya Kolisi who
has suffered a heavy knock, which required medical attention.
the last 20 minutes of the first half referee Jonathan Kaplan became
the central figure on the field as he awarded a steady stream of
penalties in quick succession, mostly to the Sharks.
on target two out of four attempts, as well landing a drop goal during
this stage, while Catrakilis converted two (19-13), and that allowed the
Sharks to secure a 19-13 halftime lead.
After the break, WP and
the Sharks each added to the tally in the first 10 minutes via
Catrakilis and Lambie penalties respectively (22-16).
side could strike up a rhythm as they failed to impose their playing
patterns on the game. Lambie snapped over a second drop-goal in the 52nd
minute, Kurt Coleman managed his first points in the match with a
penalty three minutes later (25-19).
As the match approached the
hour mark, both sides started looking for opportunities to run the ball,
with the Sharks looking the more dangerous.
A Sharks raid on
the WP 22-metre line proved hard to contain and McLeod squeezed through
the smallest of gaps to snatch his second try of the match.
failed with the conversion, but the Sharks had taken a commanding
11-point lead. (30-19)
There could have been more woe for WP in
the 65th minute when the Sharks threatened another try but fullback
Aplon saved a day with great cover defence at the Railway Stand corner
WP continued to try to cross the Sharks' line, but the
11-point deficit proved too much. Lambie added salt to the WP wounds
when he succeeded with a fifth penalty two minutes before the final