Sharks Crowned Currie Cup Champions With Historic Victory

The Currie Cup reached a thrilling conclusion in Cape Town on Saturday when the Sharks avenged their defeat in last year’s final… to beat this season’s unbeaten Western Province, dashing their hopes of a fairy-tale finish.

The Sharks – Currie Cup Winners! Source: SARugby

The Sharks won 17-12 in what was the ninth time the two sides have battled it out for the title since 1984.

Western Province, who had dreamed of winning back-to-back titles, entered the match on a seven-match winning streak.

It was a great reversal of fortune for Durban’s Sharks, who last year let a 21-15 halftime lead on home ground slip out of their hands. With determination and grit, they proved themselves today in a match that saw them fighting to win all the way through.

Source: SARugby – “And after a tense battle, there’s always room for some respect. Well done to both teams today. The #CurrieCup is #WhereLegendsRise”

The Sharks had only lost one match this season – 28-50 to Western Province, in the Mother City. As many fans said, they couldn’t have won in a better city today.

The two teams have met in three Currie Cup finals at Newlands since 1984…, and the hosts won two of those, although they went down 33-19 in the last one in 2013.

This evening the Sharks tweeted: “πŸ† 2018 CURRIE CUP CHAMPIONS πŸ† The five year long wait is over for #OurSharks faithful, as the Cell C Sharks claim a historic 12-17 victory over the DHL WP Rugby at Newlands Stadium!!!πŸΎπŸŽ‰#WPvSHA #OurSharksForver 🦈”

The Sharks acknowledged it was a “massive, massive game from both sides”.

Fans were stoked. One said: “Who needs legalised weed with a high like this in Cape Town?”

Posted by Schalk Kotze on Saturday, October 27, 2018

πŸ† 2018 CURRIE CUP CHAMPIONS πŸ†The five year long wait is over for #OurSharks faithful, as the Cell C Sharks claim a…

Posted by The Sharks on Saturday, October 27, 2018