This past weekend was a particular proud one for me as after 11 years I got to celebrate a major win for my beloved local rugby team. As a fan of Arsenal, Proteas and to a lesser painful extent the Springboks, success doesn’t come often to my eyes, but that just made this past weekend all the sweeter.
That’s how I felt about the weekend, but what about the fans? Well this week’s best pieces from our ‘Write the weekend with Mr Price Sport’ give a pretty great snap shot of what the general vibe out there is right now.
Of course there was more than just Currie Cup rugby on the bill this weekend.
There I was sitting at Wanderers Stadium hoping that our local boys will take the win but not so! The Sydney Sixers took a 10 wickets victory win – an amazing win for them. Congratulation are in order.
Chelsea have made a formal complaint about the language, reportedly racial, allegedly used by referee Mark Clattenburg to two of their players during the controversial 3-2 home defeat to Manchester United. The dramatic development, which came after a stormy top of the table clash at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, will add fire to Wednesday evening when the two sides meet again in London in the League Cup.
I went to the Wanderers for that, the game was bloody over after minutes of it starting!
So this weekend has proven to be not a happy one for me and tomorrow (today) will be a blue Monday especially after my beloved Sharks losing in the Shark Tank on Saturday and then Chelsea been robbed by a ref trained at the stupid academy. The cricket was disappointing as well with so many matches rained out but on the brighter side Team SA won the Hong Kong Sixes ! Here’s hoping the new week brings lots of new goals and sixes and aces Lotsa love and light from a Chelsea loving Durban girl
Seems that ref may be in a bit of hot water – stupid academy indeed…
But ultimately rugby was the big thing, and the emotions were flowing around this.
Raised on a staple diet of Province victories in the Currie Cup much like mountain goats the World over being starved of glory in the World’s toughest Provincial rugby competition has been nigh on unbearable at times!
But no more, the fast is over, Western Province Rugby is back on top of the proverbial pile!
Rank outsiders up to 5pm Saturday, decimated by injuries to super stars Province came into the final with a squad chock-full of kids who should have been playing in the U21 Final and yet Deon Fourie and company did the unimaginable – they won!
I have no idea what your first sentence meant, but the imaginable was indeed done and that’s all that counts !
The 2012 Currie Cup Final was billed as a David (WP) versus Goliath (Sharks) affair, but very few, if any would ever have predicted a match of biblical proportions of a different kind.
WP through sheer guts managed to keep the Sharks at bay to win a Currie Cup classic by 25-18.
The Sharks are a true champion side, but the Province youngsters, many without the burden of failure from the last 3yrs came to Durban… They saw after 35mins they could triumph (and started believing) and then conquered what was supposed to be another learning day at the office.
The Province cupboard is finally filling up a bit and the long wait is over for the Newlands Faithful. Question is, can this group of young men go on and repeat the glory years of 20yrs ago, but more importantly, taste some Super Rugby success. Answer is yes, and after yesterday WP will believe it too!
A future so bright it needs sunglasses hey!
And now for our winners…
Bismarck du Plessis signed ball winner
That Greek kid had kicked another bloody drop, and my man crush Ludik had failed to dummy. No obnoxious screams of “That’s why we call it the Tank”. WP had deservedly won 18 -25. Being a Cape Town based Sharks Fan survival mode was required post final whistle. Escaping through the pub toilets window and crawling through the car park to avoid a blue and white striped wave chanting “Lekker Ding” were highlights. What was planned as a night of mass celebration turned into me crying Black and White tears into my late night comfort food. Terrible weekend, but never the less a brilliant Final and show piece of SA’s burgeoning Rugby talent!
Main R500 Mr Price Sport voucher winner
‘Beware of the Underdog’
Over the years there have been so many instances when teams have been written off and not given a chance, but then have gone on to pull off an “against all odds” victory.
How many times have we heard “beware the wounded Springbok”? Ellis Park 2008: the Boks thrashed the Wallabies 53-8 in a disappointing season for the Boks.
In the 438 ODI almost everyone would have thought, that without a doubt, victory would be Australia’s. We all know what happened next!
Many people had decided that the Sharks would win the 2012 Currie Cup. Province played out of their skins to deservedly win the coveted cup!
Write the opposition off at your peril!
Well done Province!
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