Currie Cup

Sharks seek era of domination

2011-10-25 22:20
Hugh Reece-Edwards (File)
Cape Town - Sharks assistant coach Hugh Reece-Edwards says they view the Currie Cup final as an opportunity to establish themselves as the powerhouse of South African rugby.

The Sharks travel to Johannesburg to take on the Golden Lions at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday.

"When I joined the coaching staff two years ago, we dicussed the culture of Sharks rugby. We came to the conclusion that we are in essence a winning team because we win more than we lose, but we weren't a champion team yet," Reece Edwards told the Beeld newspaper.

"It is our aim to develop into a real champion team and win most competitions we participate in.

"For us a victory will be a building block in our goal to become a real champion team."

A victory on Saturday will be the second successive Currie Cup crown for the Durbanites and their third title in four years. When they won the title in 2008 they broke a 12 year drought dating back to the mid-nineties.

However, Reece-Edwards knows full well that it won't be an easy clash against a rampant Lions outfit.

"We probably have the best team on paper, but it means nothing if your players aren't switched on that day and play with commitment. What counts in the Lions' favour, is that they have played with the same group of players for the whole season and are a unit. We really weren't a unit in our semi-final against the Cheetahs and that needs to be corrected for the final.

"For the Lions this is a huge opportunity to host a final and they will definately not lack motivation," said Reece-Edwards.

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