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Sharks v W Province: Currie Cup final preview
Patrick Lambie will take centre stage in Saturday's Currie Cup final between the Sharks and Western Province at Durban's Kings Park.
The Sharks No 10 will be aiming to prove he should be South Africa's fly-half for the forthcoming matches with Ireland, Scotland and England.
With Johan Goosen ruled out of the European tour by injury, Lambie is likely to be battling with Morne Steyn for the Springboks No 10 shirt.
Lambie completely outplayed Steyn when the Sharks beat the Blue Bulls 20-3 in their Currie Cup semi-final last weekend, and there is an increasing clamour among the rugby public and media in South Africa for the 22-year-old to be given a chance.
Boks coach Heyneke Meyer uses Lambie as back-up full-back for Zane Kirchner, but a strong showing on Saturday could see him pulling the strings in Europe.
Sharks are favourites after an outstanding season, reaching the Super 15 final before losing to Waikato Chiefs in New Zealand and topping the Currie Cup league table.
The Kings Park setting could prove crucial as Province are prone to struggle on the road, with a dramatic 21-16 semi-final triumph over defending champions Golden Lions in Johannesburg last weekend a notable exception.
Sharks have made four changes to the team that started against the Bulls with two Springbok forwards, prop Tendai 'The Beast' Mtawarira and loose-forward ball carrier Willem Alberts, among those recalled.
The only change in the Province starting line-up sees Damian de Allende, usually the left wing, chosen at inside centre ahead of Marcel Brache.
Sharks: Louis Ludik; JP Pietersen, Paul Jordaan, Tim Whitehead, Lwazi Mvovo; Patrick Lambie, Cobus Reinach; Keegan Daniel (capt), Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee; Anton Bresler, Steven Sykes; Jannie du Plessis, Craig Burden, Tendai Mtawarira Replacements: Kyle Cooper, Wiehahn Herbst, Jandre Marais, Jean Deysel, Charl McLeod, Meyer Bosman, Odwa Ndungane
Western Province: Gio Aplon; Gerhard van den Heever, Juan de Jongh, Damian de Allende, Bryan Habana; Demetri Catrakilis, Nic Groom; Duane Vermeulen, Don Armand, Deon Fourie (capt); De Kock Steenkamp, Eben Etzebeth; Frans Malherbe, Scarra Ntubeni, Steven Kitshoff Replacements: Deon Carstens, Brok Harris, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Jebb Sinclair, Louis Schreuder, Marcel Brache, Joe Pietersen
What they said...
Western Province coach Allister Coetzee
"There is no denying that Patrick Lambie is very special indeed, one of those really classy players who stand out because of the extra time they have on the ball and their ability to win matches.
"I have always rated Patrick, ever since I first saw him play.
"He is an excellent fly-half, he has all the attributes for the position, and he has shown that since returning to the position after coming back from the Springboks.
"For someone like him, moving back to fly-half after being used at full-back by South Africa is like getting back on a bicycle. You never lose the knack of knowing how to do it."
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|Friday 5th September|
|18:10||Western Province vs Eastern Province Kings|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Cheetahs vs Pumas|
|16:05||Sharks vs Griquas|
|18:10||Blue Bulls vs Lions|
|Friday 12th September|
|18:10||Eastern Province Kings vs Blue Bulls|
|Saturday 13th September|
|13:00||Griquas vs Pumas|
|14:00||Cheetahs vs Sharks|
|16:05||Lions vs Western Province|
|Friday 19th September|
|18:10||Lions vs Pumas|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Western Province vs Griquas|
|16:05||Blue Bulls vs Sharks|
|17:10||Eastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs|
|Friday 26th September|
|18:10||Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls|
|Saturday 27th September|
|13:00||Sharks vs Eastern Province Kings|
|15:00||Griquas vs Lions|
|15:00||Pumas vs Western Province|
|Saturday 4th October|
|12:00||Cheetahs vs Western Province|
|15:00||Griquas vs Eastern Province Kings|
|15:00||Pumas vs Blue Bulls|
|17:10||Sharks vs Lions|
|Friday 10th October|
|17:10||Eastern Province Kings vs Pumas|
|Saturday 11th October|
|13:00||Lions vs Cheetahs|
|15:05||Western Province vs Sharks|
|17:10||Blue Bulls vs Griquas|
|Saturday 30th August|
|Eastern Province Kings 22 - 41 Lions|
|Blue Bulls 18 - 23 Western Province|
|Griquas 25 - 36 Cheetahs|
|Friday 29th August|
|Pumas 32 - 22 Sharks|
|Saturday 23rd August|
|Sharks 19 - 16 Cheetahs|
|Western Province 27 - 14 Lions|
|Blue Bulls 30 - 25 Eastern Province Kings|
|Friday 22nd August|
|Pumas 33 - 15 Griquas|
|Saturday 16th August|
|Western Province 41 - 17 Blue Bulls|
|Cheetahs 34 - 27 Griquas|
|Lions 60 - 19 Eastern Province Kings|
|Friday 15th August|
|Sharks 34 - 17 Pumas|
|Saturday 9th August|
|Pumas 28 - 21 Cheetahs|
|Lions 41 - 13 Blue Bulls|
|Griquas 24 - 31 Sharks|
|Friday 8th August|
|Eastern Province Kings 16 - 35 Western Province|
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