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'WP must emulate Class of 86 to win'

Former Province wing, Carel du Plessis, says the team can beat the Lions and win the Currie Cup.

Western Province. Picture: Supersport.

CAPE TOWN - Former Western Province wing Carel du Plessis believes this year's team can emulate the class of 1986 by beating the Lions to win the Currie Cup.

Du Plessis captained the 1986 Province side to a 22-9 victory over the Lions at Newlands.

On Saturday, Juan de Jongh will lead Province out at a packed Newlands Stadium as Province chase their second title in three years.

Du Plessis says Province have special players that can win them the final.

"There are quite a few individuals in this team that have shown that they can rise to the occasion. They got that temperament and they can step up. And think you need that on the day, you'll need some individuals to really to turn something special on the day, maybe half an opportunity must to grabbed to turn it into a point."

Meanwhile, Western Province assistant coach Rob Fleck says adopting a new game plan has brought them on the brink of Currie Cup success.

During the Super Rugby competition, the Stormers battled to score tries which Fleck says was one of their biggest issues.

In the Currie Cup this season, Province have scored 43 tries.

Fleck says hopefully cracking the Lions defence is however not going to be easy

"I think that we have always had the ability to score from structured play. We stoked from where we were and to what we are now. This is finals now and it's going to be tough because the Lions have only leaked 24 trials, same as us."

Fleck says the Lions defence is as good as their attack.

"It's an even balance between unstructured and structured, so they are good defensive unit as well. We talked a lot about their attacking game but I think the one aspect of the Lions is that they a formidable side."

At the same time, Province coach Alister Coetzee has labeled the Johannesburg outfit the favourites for the decider, but Lions winger Courtnall Skosan disagrees.

"No no no, I think they are definitely the favourites for the game, being top of the log as they only lost one game which was to us with only maybe two points. They have the crowd advantage also."

The final kicks off on Saturday at 5pm.