Sharks set up final with Province

The Sharks beat the Free State Cheetahs 33-22 in Durban on Saturday evening.

Natal Sharks' Marcell Coetzee. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The Sharks beat the Free State Cheetahs 33-22 in Durban on Saturday evening to set up a final with Western Province at Newlands.

This is a repeat of last year's final, except for the venue. In 2012 Province beat the Sharks in Durban to win the Cup.

Lappies Labuschagne shocked the home fans in the opening five minutes of the game when he scored from a Sharks' kick that went wrong, but after the try was converted the Sharks dominated the score board for the rest of the half.

All the Sharks points in the first half came from Patrick Lambie as he scored a try, converted it and kicked three penalty goals before the break. The Sharks lead 13-7 at half time.

In the second half Jacques Botes and Heimar Williams secured the win for the Sharks with Patrick Lambie adding the extras with the boot.

A late try by Schalk van der Merwe was not enough to bring his team back into the game and the Sharks have to beat Province on their home turf if they want to take the Currie Cup to Durban.