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Paper talk – Currie Cup final

  • 25 Oct 2013
The front pages of the Cape Argus and Cape Times The front pages of the Cape Argus and Cape Times

What players (past and present), coaches, the referee and the city's mayor had to say in Friday's editions of the Cape Argus and Cape Times newspapers.

'There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. But for us, it's about having the confidence that comes from being unbeaten and really believing we're going to win the final, without dropping our guard.' – Gio Aplon, WP fullback (Cape Argus)

'It's the biggest game of my career.' – Louis Schreuder, WP scrumhalf (Cape Argus)

'Going to Newlands is a daunting task, but we're looking forward to it. Province are a quality outfit and unbeaten in the tournament, so we'll need to be on top of our game to get a win there ... We've been training for three months for this opportunity and the guys will certainly be up for it.' – Brad Macleod-Henderson, Sharks coach (Cape Argus)

'[Sharks captain] Keegan Daniel admitted that we beat them in the collisions [in a 17-13 win at Kings Park two weeks ago] and that will be a factor again [in the final].' – Allister Coetzee, WP coach (Cape Argus)

'[The WP forwards] have really improved from the beginning of the season until now. They are now men, and in the last game against the Sharks, I think they matured into a seasoned tight five.' – Morné du Plessis, former WP captain (Cape Times)

'What impressed me about the Province pack has been their breakdowns. They steal a lot of ball and are very physical. The Sharks pack hasn't been as effective there, so they are definitely the underdogs as far as the forwards go, going into the final.'  – Mark Andrews, former Sharks lock (Cape Times)

'The Sharks backline have been good. They've had an injection of youth ... With Frans Steyn back, that adds a bit of stability, that's really needed as there is a lot of inexperience there ... There's no doubt that the Province backline is quite superb and Frans can make the difference for the Sharks.' – Craig Jamieson, former Natal captain

'It's anyone's game, but if the Sharks hope to break down that outstanding Province defence, then they need to find a way to surprise them on attack.' – Naas Botha, former Northern Transvaal flyhalf (Cape Argus)

'Finally the waiting is over [for a Currie Cup final at Newlands] ... Everybody is excited – if you know how the rugby atmosphere in Cape Town is. I think [WP] should go out and play the way they've been playing and let's enjoy the occasion, it doesn't come very often.' – Breyton Paulse, former WP wing (Cape Argus)

'Because it's the last dance, I just want to be able to enjoy the day with everyone else and deliver a performance in which I get most of what's important right.' – Jonathan Kaplan, the Currie Cup final referee who will be retiring from professional refereeing after the match (Cape Argus)

'I will certainly be there to see how Western Province do the same as they did last year and turn the Sharks into little fishes.' – Patricia de Lille, Cape Town mayor (Cape Argus)

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