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Underdog Sharks emerge victorious

The Sharks stunned Western Province to emerge as champions of the Currie Cup final.

Bismarck du Plessis (L, down) of the Durban Sharks holds onto the ball during their Currie Cup Final match against Western Province. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - An underdog Sharks side stunned Western Province to be crowned this year's Currie Cup champions.

The Sharks outplayed Province, running out 33-19 winners in Saturday night's Currie Cup final at Newlands in Cape Town.

The half back pairing of Patrick Lambie and Charl McLeod scored all the Sharks' points as they mauled Western Province on their home ground.

Lambie kicked 23 points while McLeod grabbed two tries.

While the two may have scored all their side's points, it was young Sharks lock Pieter-Steph du Toit who won man of the match.

Sharks captain Keegan Daniel praised the youngster.

"I definitely think he is someone who will partner up with a guy like Eben Etzebeth in the Springboks in the future. He's a fantastic talent and we're lucky to have him."

The Sharks have now won the Currie Cup final for the 8th time.

'INVALUABLE EXPERIENCE'

At the same time the Sharks captain says the experience under coach Brendan Venter has been invaluable since his arrival.

Venter was appointed as Director of Rugby this season but Jake White will take over the position.

Daniel says it's great having Venter at the union.

"To get a guy like Brendan, who is experienced and has been through this system before, is nice."

He says the transparency is good at the union.

"Everything was laid out. They are what we expected from them and they told us what they expected from us.

"There was clarity between what the player and the coach wanted and what we wanted from the union."