Its currie cup final week

Its currie cup final week and nothing like using my great friends writing which did not appear in the cape times today . Mike Greenaway has been senior rugby writer in Durban for years and has an intimate knowledge of the banana boys stengths and weakness and seeing that I got the sharks at 4 to 1 at the start of the Currie cup the payout should be good come Sat 7pm. Enjoy the read below

Keegan Daniel, the Sharks’ stand-out performer in the Absa Currie Cup, likens Saturday’s final against Western Province in Durban to a mountaineer’s assualt on the precipice of the world’s highest mountain.
“They say when you are climbing Everest that the last few steps to the pinnacle take the longest and are certainly the hardest,” the openside flank said of the last 80 minutes of a marathon 16-week expedition for the two remaining teams.
“And the thing about a final featuring two strong, in-form teams is that anything that has gone before will be insufficient on the day. We will have to replicate our effort in beating the Bulls in the semi-final and then take it up another notch.”
In fact, the 25-year-old says the Sharks need to move on quickly from the emotion of the Bulls game and if they are to take anything from the past, it is the memory of the forwards getting drilled at Newlands on October 9.
“Yes we can draw self-belief from the the fact that we finished top of the table and are hosting the final but we have to look forward now,” he said.
“Dwelling on the accolades we earned from a great performance against the Bulls would be foolish because as soon as you think that what you are doing is good enough, you inevitably and painfully find out that it isn’t.”
Daniel points out that the for the second match in a row the Sharks are up against a 2010 Super 14 finalist.
“The Stormers/WP are a great side. We saw what they did in the Super 14 and now they are in the Currie Cup final, and just a few weeks ago they dominated us in Cape Town. Believe me, that is still fresh in our memory banks. This is going to be a massive encounter beween the forwards, for sure!”
Daniel says that the inches that serparated the Bulls from beating the Sharks in the last crazy minutes in the semi-final came down to a special spirit that has been fostered in the Sharks this season, and will no doubt be called on once more on Saturday.
“There are still a few guys who played in that 2007 Super 14 final and I confess I had a flashback and thought ‘Not again!’ We let ourselves and our fans down that day.
“We just had to stick it out, and you get inspired by your team-mates to keep going. You see big hits going in and the guys working hard to maintain discipline and that motivates you to do more, even though you been playing for 75 minutes and your lungs and muscles are burning.”
Daniel was at the forefront of that stout defence, flinging his body at Bulls players with reckless abandon.
He is clearly a player in the form of his life and he puts this down to a change of attitude and to the new law focuses.
“This season I made a decision to ignore factors that I cant control, like selection, and to enjoy each game.
“I used to worry about selection all the time and tended to get too uptight about my game. Now I have taken the worry factor out of it.”
It is also the first season that he has consistently been in the starting line-up, and a host of Man of the Match Awards have been the result.
“Starting regularly builds confidence. You start to play better and the coach’s confidence in you grows, and there is a snowball affect with your form.”
Many felt he would at least make the 38-man Springbok training squad, but he had no joy.
“It is every player’s ultimate goal to play for his country. Unfortunately my time is not now. It is out of my hands. Rugby is one of those sports where there is only so much you can do. it is not like athletics or swimming where if my time is faster than yours then I am the better one.”

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