Natal Sharks shock Western Province in the final of the Currie Cup
Patrick Lambie scores 23 points as the Natal Sharks beat Western Province 33-19 in the Currie Cup final.
Last Updated: 26/10/13 9:01pm
Springbok flyhalf Lambie kicked five penalties, two drop-goals and a conversion to add to two tries from scrumhalf Charl McLeod to give the Sharks their first national title since 2010 and inflict a first defeat of the season on Province.
The victory was particularly sweet for Natal following defeats in the previous two finals of the competition, including last year to Saturday's opponents.
The Sharks led from the early stages, thanks in part to McLeod's first try - which saw him steal the ball inside his own half and run half the length of the field before crossing.
But they didn't fully break clear until McLeod's second try in the 57th minute, which was set up by a superb off-load from lock Pieter-Steph du Toit and opened up a 30-19 lead.
Lambie made certain of the victory by kicking a penalty in the final minute.
It was a positive end for the player, who despite amassing an impressive points total also missed a number of kicks to give Province hope of getting back into the game.
Damian de Allende's scored a first-half try and Demetri Catrakilis kicked 11 points but it was not enough for the 2012 winners.