Expert predictions – Currie Cup final
- 25 Oct 2013
We asked the Currie Cup coaches who aren't involved in the final who they are backing to win it, and also got some predictions from other experts.
'WP. They will have the edge with the home crowd and players like Duane Vermeulen, Jean de Villiers and Gio Aplon in good form. Their unbeaten record may be a negative as it could create more pressure, or it could motivate them. Time will tell.' – Johan Ackermann, Golden Lions coach
'WP. They have been the most consistent team in the Currie Cup.' – Naka Drotské, Free State Cheetahs coach
'WP. They have been the best team throughout the competition and they are peaking at the right time.' – Pote Human, Griquas coach
'I'd rather not make a prediction.' – Pine Pienaar, Blue Bulls coach
'Should I give you a Naas Botha answer or a proper answer [laughs]? WP. Not only are they unbeaten, they are comfortably unbeaten.' – Robbie Kempson, former Sharks and WP prop
'I'm leaning towards WP, because they have home-ground advantage.' – Ollie le Roux, former Sharks prop
'It will be a very close game, but Province will take it.' – Luke Watson, Kings flank
'Just too close to call.' – Cheeky Watson, EP president
'It will be very close, but I say it will be 27-19 to Province.' – Breyton Paulse, former WP wing
'While Western Province are a class outfit and deserve the favourites tag, I’m backing the Sharks to sneak home by two points. I believe they will profit from turnover ball.' – James Small, former Sharks wing
'WP. Finals are always difficult, but WP are playing well and at home.' – Rob Louw, former WP flank
Preview: WP vs Sharks
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