Western Province are gunning to proceed their spectacular begin to the 2023 Currie Cup competitors as they aim one other huge scalp within the Sharks of their encounter at Kings Park on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 2pm).
Province, who struggled in final yr’s version ending second from backside of the log, have loved an excellent begin to this yr’s marketing campaign, beating the Lions 44-28 at Ellis Park and following that up with a 41-33 win over the Bulls at Loftus to safe an excellent Highveld double.
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They now play their third recreation in a row on the street and will probably be eager to proceed that momentum towards a troublesome Sharks workforce in Durban.
“It has been a superb begin to the Currie Cup, particularly taking part in away from residence. Taking part in towards the Lions at Ellis Park is at all times robust. With the Bulls we selected a special dynamic for the sport and we have been lucky to get the consequence,” stated Province stand-in coach Labeeb Levy.
“So it’s one other week and one other alternative for us to problem a robust Sharks workforce away in Durban. They performed rather well towards Griquas final weekend with an skilled workforce. So we expect the identical from them this weekend.”
Excessive scoring thriller
It was a excessive scoring thriller in Kimberley and though the Sharks misplaced the match 48-42, they’ve nonetheless loved an honest begin to the competitors after they beat the Griffons 32-16 of their match opener per week earlier.
They may thus be focusing on a bounce again win over Province this weekend to get their marketing campaign again on observe, however face a troublesome in-form workforce who’re hoping to proceed their robust begin to the season.
“The Sharks have a superb workforce, and received a superb consequence of their first recreation. They misplaced final week, however they are going to be harmful and can wish to bounce again. Our first three video games are away, and we now have gained the primary two,” stated Province captain Juan de Jongh.
“They’re lacking URC gamers, however we’ll deal with ourselves and maintain engaged on our combos. Hopefully the climate situations are good to play some working rugby.”