The way the Sharks celebrated at the final hooter and the way the Western Province and Blue Bulls hung in and dug deep in an epic 100-minute marathon showed that players do still care about the Currie Cup. For the Sharks it might well have been relief that a Lions fightback was thwarted, but there was plenty of elation on the players’ faces. For WP and the Bulls, there was a refusal to lose that made for an epic confrontation that has perfectly set up Saturday’s Newlands final between Province and the Sharks. Given the way WP have played this season, there was expectation of a one-sided final, with the home team starting as overwhelming favourites. But after watching WP struggle to get the better of a determined Bulls unit, the Sharks will feel now they are going to Cape Town with some hope. Not that was ever not the case, for the Sharks will believe they can win at a stadium where they boast a better record than some other local visiting teams. They won their Newlands league clash ...

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