Coetzee warns of the Sharks' bite
Western Province take on the Sharks in the Currie Cup final at Newlands in Cape Town.
CAPE TOWN - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee is refusing to write off the Sharks ahead of tomorrow's Currie Cup final.
Province, unbeaten all season, are the clear favourites to lift the trophy again.
The winning team will take home a staggering R1.8 million.
On Thursday, the Sharks named a very strong match 22 and Coetzee says beating them will make them true champions.
"They have all the best players available and that's a great challenge for us and it's a challenge that we are really looking forward to. You would want to play against the best possible team if you really want to be called champions."
Newlands last hosted a Currie Cup final 12 years ago, and Coetzee says they owe it to Cape Town to win at home.
"The Currie Cup final at Newlands, it's massive, and there is so much excitement in Cape Town. It's something we have worked on throughout the year to put us in this position, to say thank you to the Newlands faithful, our supporters."
Province captain Deon Fourie admits they are nervous ahead of the big game.
"There are lots of butterflies, I think playing at home is more special. On Saturday it's going to be tense but we are looking forward to it."
Meanwhile, Sharks forwards coach Brad Macleod-Henderson says they hope it will be a case of third time lucky against Western Province this season.
This season Western Province have beaten the Sharks both home and away.
Macleod-Henderson says they will have to adjust their game plan, if they are to cause an upset.
"At this stage of the season you can't be making too many changes, it's mainly about fine-tuning and making sure you go down there with a lot of energy and ready for the final. We are not going to change too many things. Hopefully on Saturday we can take it one step further given how we played in our last game."
Sharks backline coach Sean Everitt says there's no excuse if they lose tomorrow.
"Stepping into the final now we have experienced players, so we can't use that as an excuse at the end of the day. The guys have been there, they played in the Castle Championship recently, under a lot of pressure, and hopefully they can play to their potential and help achieve the result that we want."
(Edited Leeto M. Khoza)