WP v Sharks
Currie Cup Final Revenge?
WP v Sharks, Newlands Saturday afternoon, a curtain raiser for the Bok v Wallaby game. WP have had a great start, beating Lions, Pumas, Cheetahs & Griquas. Province have won 3 of the four game time handicaps, losing only to the Griquas. Sharks on the other hand have won two of their four game time handicaps. Both teams have won all four games that they have played.
This will be the fifth game for both unbeaten teams. A replay of the 2017 Currie Cup Final. WP won the last time they played, albeit a year ago.
When I first started to think about this game, I battled, it was a tough one. WP had looked the business going into last week, however a poor second half v Griquas worried me. Sharks beat the Lions with more conviction than WP had done a week earlier.
Not Too Much Separates these Two Teams
Sharks stuttered against an extremely weak Cheetahs team. WP smashed them in the pool. Sharks stuttered v Pumas in the rain. WP had no such problems, disposing of the Pumas with relative ease. After the Pumas v WP game I felt it was bad Pumas and not necessarily great WP. Last week I changed course, after opposing WP for three weeks and seeing my arse. I switched at the wrong time, WP content with their 33 – 7 lead could only draw the second half.
In the non-comparative form, WP beat the Griquas while Sharks smashed the Bulls. WP are yet to play Bulls and Sharks are yet to play Griquas. At this stage both WP and Sharks should win those two games. That effectively means that this fixture should determine the top of the log come the end of the season.
This game is massive and should be considered as such, both teams need to win, both teams want to win. Advantage lies with WP considering they are at home. That being said, I cannot pick a winner and will rather rely on my knowledge of rugby prices to steer me in the right punting direction.
Last year I backed WP to lift the Cup, I went on price alone, I felt that 17/10 about WP was enough to sway me. This week it will be on a similar premise that I get involved. Sharks are priced up at 14/10 about the board and although I am not necessarily convinced they will win, I do feel that anything over evens is the right way to go here.
Confidence is rather low, but my feeling is that considering the price it appears the right way to go. Neither team has given me enough confidence to call a winner, therefore this play is all about price.
Kick off is scheduled for 14h00 GMT +2 on Saturday at Newlands. The referee for this game will be Ben Crouse (SA), Click here for the Weather in Cape Town and if you want to follow the game on Twitter click here for the Hashtag #WPvSHA
Call: Sharks on the board at 14/10 for 2 units
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