No fairytale ending for Burger & de Villiers

Saturday’s bitter Currie Cup final for rugby stalwarts Schalk Burger and Jean de Villiers was no fairytale.

Western Province flank Schalk Burger(C) breaks through a tackle during the Absa Currie Cup Final match between the Sharks and Vodacom Western Province.Picture: AFP/STRINGER

CAPE TOWN - There was no fairy tale end to the season for Schalk Burger and Jean de Villiers.

Burger was yet again on the losing side of a Currie Cup final when they lost to the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday.

It was also de Villiers' second Currie Cup final and it could have not gone worse for him and his team.

The Sharks outplayed Province in all areas of the game and home team found themselves playing catch up rugby the entire match.

Despite de Villiers' experience he wasn't able to help his team over the final hurdle.

Burger started off on the bench and despite his best efforts to get his team over the line, it wasn't meant to be.

The Blonde flank has had a horrid two seasons suffering with injury and illness.

He contracted bacterial meningitis after a calf operation earlier this year and many, including himself thought he would never play again given how serious the illness is.

However, to everyone's surprise, he managed to make a comeback.

Meanwhile Jean de Villiers has played 50 times in the Currie Cup, including Saturday's final.

The Springbok captain has been injured during various competitions like the 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cup.

It's sad that one of the few times he isn't side-lined by injury he isn't able to win a title.

With the pair both getting on in age, this could have been their best chance at finally winning the elusive trophy.