The Sharks powered to the 2010 Absa Currie Cup rugby title with a sensational performance to defeat Western Province 30-10 in one of the most one-sided finals in the competition’s history.
Built on a masterful powerhouse onslaught early on, and a stroke of genius in young Patrick Lambie, the Sharks strangled the Province challenge from the outset and never let their grip go to claim the trophy.
In essence you could say it was deserved, especially as the Sharks had topped the log and dominated the league phases.
They then disposed of the defending champion Blue Bulls in the semifinals two weeks ago and capped it off with 80 minutes of black magic in Durban.
Schalk Burger put it so eloquently afterwards, telling the Durban crowd that Province had been “comprehensively outplayed”. Honest rugby supporters will agree with him that in the heat of battle, the Sharks were much better on the night.
It was built on pressure rugby, a pack that were monsters on the field and a young flyhalf who revelled in the quality possession he was given and answered his critics who questioned his big-match temperament.
To put it into perspective, Lambie scored twice, and added a total of 25 points to the Sharks’ tally. In Currie Cup history, it puts him second to another young sensation — Derick Hougaard, who scored 26 in the demolition of the Lions in the 2002 final.
It also puts him ahead of Bok legend Naas Botha, whose 24 points in the 1987 final was considered one of the finest individual displays by a flyhalf. —Supersport