Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
20 Oct 2014
2:00 pm

Final odds favour Lions

Rudolph Jacobs

Ironically the odds slightly favour the Lions despite them playing away in this weekend's eagerly awaited Absa Currie Cup final at Newlands against Western Province.

FILE PICTURE: Marnitz Boshoff of the Xerox Golden Lions tackling Fred Zeilinga of the Cell C Sharks during the Absa Currie Cup match between Cell C Sharks and Xerox Golden Lions at Growthpoint Kings Park on October 03, 2014 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

The last two finals have both gone against the home team, with Province beating the Sharks 25-18 in 2012 in Durban, while the Sharks reversed the roles last season by upsetting Province 33-19 at Newlands.

However, before the surprise result of 2012, the last away team to win the final was back in 2005 when the Cheetahs rocked the Blue Bulls 29-25 at Loftus, while the final of 2006 was drawn 28-28 between the Cheetahs and the Blue Bulls.

In results all going the home team’s way, in 2007 the Cheetahs beat the Lions 20-18, in 2008 the Sharks beat the Bulls 14-9, in 2009 the Bulls beat the Cheetahs 36-24, in 2010 the Sharks beat WP 30-10, while in 2011 the Lions beat the Sharks 42-16.

This weekend will only be referee Craig Joubert’s second final, his first being back in 2010 when the Sharks beat WP 30-10 in Durban.