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Jean-Luc: Last year’s final still haunts Sharks

But the hulking flanker is eager to help his side atone for that lapse, especially since he also needs to remind the national setup of his worth.

Sharks loose-forward Jean-Luc du Preez admits that their loss at home to Western Province in last year’s Currie Cup final is in the back of their minds as they head to Cape Town this weekend to do battle against the same side for South African rugby’s most famous trophy.

Jean-Luc: Last year’s final still haunts Sharks
Jean-Luc: Last year’s final still haunts Sharks

Jean-Luc: Last year’s final still haunts Sharks

But the hulking flanker is eager to help his side atone for that lapse, especially since he also needs to remind the national setup of his worth.

Embattled Free State’s Currie Cup status on the line
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Embattled Free State’s Currie Cup status on the line

Saru confirm that this season’s cellar dwellers will have to play for promotion-relegation against South Western Districts.
Sharks ‘know what it takes to be champions’
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Sharks ‘know what it takes to be champions’

The Durbanites’ high-profile defence guru, Englishman Nick Easter, has big words for his side … even though they haven’t won a trophy since 2013.
Ruhan Nel is a prime example of why the Currie Cup still works
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Ruhan Nel is a prime example of why the Currie Cup still works

The Blitzboks and Western Province winger also firmly believes in the value of the domestic tournament … for obvious reasons,
Relieved Province bemoan Egon’s dodgy whistle
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Relieved Province bemoan Egon’s dodgy whistle

Coach John Dobson questions some of the calls made in the epic Newlands semifinal, but also admits the Blue Bulls were superb.
Heavyweights back for the Springboks
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Heavyweights back for the Springboks

The indomitable Lood de Jager is back to shore up the lock stocks even more, but Beast Mtawarira won’t go to Europe.
Western Province prevail after extra time in epic Newlands semi
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Western Province prevail after extra time in epic Newlands semi

The Currie Cup’s only unbeaten side given an almighty scare as the Blue Bulls totally overturn their poor form going into the game.
Sharks come out top in wild ride at Kings Park
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Sharks come out top in wild ride at Kings Park

The Lions launch a thrilling comeback in the second half, but will rue a poor first half that laid the groundwork for the hosts’ win.
Five cracking duels in the Currie Cup semis
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Five cracking duels in the Currie Cup semis

Even if it’s considered a weaker product nowadays, the domestic competition’s playoffs will have a sizeable number of Springboks on show.
Nasty details emerge in Lions coach’s Aussie assault case
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Nasty details emerge in Lions coach’s Aussie assault case

Defence coach Joey Mongalo is in Sydney to front up against allegations of sexual harassment against a hotel employee during the team’s Super Rugby tour earlier this year.
Bulls go for broke in throwing Blitzboks star in at the deep end
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Bulls go for broke in throwing Blitzboks star in at the deep end

Coach Pote Human has justified his gamble on the basis that Saturday’s semi against Province is “once-off”.
Western Province make a ‘horrible’ decision
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Western Province make a ‘horrible’ decision

But at least a visibly pained John Dobson had good reason to make it before Saturday’s Currie Cup semifinal.
‘Priceless’ Whiteley walks back into Lions starting team
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‘Priceless’ Whiteley walks back into Lions starting team

The Springbok No 8 though has to gel quickly with two rookies joining him in the loose trio for Saturday’s Currie Cup semi in Durban.
Sharks banking on Akker’s inside knowledge
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Sharks banking on Akker’s inside knowledge

The Springbok hooker cracks the nod for a starting place against his former teammates.
WATCH: Sharks star in dodgy Backstreet Boys video!
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WATCH: Sharks star in dodgy Backstreet Boys video!

But at least the Durbanites are having some fun before Saturday’s Currie Cup semi against the Lions.
Watch and learn is Dayimani’s mantra
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Watch and learn is Dayimani’s mantra

The explosive young No 8 is expected to play an impact role in Saturday’s Currie Cup semifinal in Durban.
WATCH: Faf’s cheeky message for fans … and the Boks
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WATCH: Faf’s cheeky message for fans … and the Boks

If Rassie Erasmus’ national side is ever on a sticky wicket again with goalkicking, he knows who to call…
The new (and unexpected) heroes of the Currie Cup
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The new (and unexpected) heroes of the Currie Cup

The hallowed domestic tournament might be losing its shine but it still delivers players to look out for.
Elton: The Currie Cup remains king
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Elton: The Currie Cup remains king

Critics say the domestic tournament is neglected and watered-down, but you’re not going to convince the Lions and Bok flyhalf of that.
‘Angry’ Nyakane wants Bulls to atone at Newlands
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‘Angry’ Nyakane wants Bulls to atone at Newlands

The Bok prop was not a happy man after him and his teammates showed little guts and commitment last weekend against Province but they have a second chance.
Willemse will have to make peace with being a jack-of-all-trades
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Willemse will have to make peace with being a jack-of-all-trades

The gifted young Western Province and Springbok playmaker admits the plan is for him to switch between positions.
Pote: What the heck were we doing?
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Pote: What the heck were we doing?

The Blue Bulls’ mentor bemoans how his troops failed miserably to adapt to Loftus’ weather in handing Western Province an easy, if somewhat bizarre, win.
Elton remains the key for Lions’ final push
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Elton remains the key for Lions’ final push

Back in the Currie Cup after a four-year absence, the Springbok flyhalf is tasked with leading the men from Ellis Park to glory in the domestic competition.
Potent Province prevail in bizarre one-half derby
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Potent Province prevail in bizarre one-half derby

The Capetonians make sure they achieve a first-half bonus point to top the Currie Cup log before Pretoria’s weather forces an abandonment at Loftus.
Sharks devour hapless Griquas to book home semi
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Sharks devour hapless Griquas to book home semi

Easy pickings for Robert du Preez’s troops as they crank into gear with the playoffs in sight.
Lions reach Currie Cup semis in sloppy Lowveld showdown
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Lions reach Currie Cup semis in sloppy Lowveld showdown

Skills go missing in Mbombela as Ivan van Rooyen’s team relies on its experienced backs to tame a game but error-prone Pumas side.

 

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