WP won't lose at fortress Newlands

A formidable home record, with the support of the Newlands crowd, means Western Province will be too good for the Lions in the 2014 Currie Cup final.

Yes, it's probably going to be a tightly contested match given the fact that the two best teams in the competition face off in the final at Newlands, but Province has been solid at home this year.

At Newlands, WP have only lost one dead-rubber game against the Sharks, after having already secured their place in the knockout phase of the competition. That was Province's only defeat to a team that made the semi-finals.

In contrast, the Lions lost three games in the league phase of the competition, all on their travels, losing out to Province, the Sharks and the Bulls.

To win the Currie Cup, they now have to head down to Cape Town, where they've already lost this year.

Finals are often decided by a moment of individual brilliance, which the Province players are easily capable of dishing up.

The Lions and Province have scored more than 80 tries between them in the league phase of the competition, both possessing a lethal backline with attacking intent.

Western Province, however, has those individual players that can make something out of nothing.

Cheslin Kolbe, Seabelo Senatla and Kobus van Wyk have been a dangerous back three this campaign, making them the key players in Cape side.

Kolbe and Senatla particularly have been deadly on the counter-attack, which means the Lions' defence will have to be accurate in broken play.

The return to fitness of eighth man Nizaam Carr and centre Jaco Taute is also a major boost for the Capetonians, as both players have been excellent in their respective positions throughout the 2014 campaign.

Carr's sublime season in the blue and white hoops saw him win two awards at the Western Province Rugby Awards this year. He won the MVP award as well as the prestigious players' player of the year award, as voted for by his peers.

Clearly his teammates know how important his role in the final will be, particularly against a Lions pack and loose trio that have been in top form.

But every team has it's weakness, and the scrums might be just that for Province.

The Lions have in contrast been dominant in that aspect, which they will look to use to their advantage.

However, if Province turns territorial dominance into points, either from the boot of Demetri Catrakilis or via a runaway break away try, Province will round off a magnificent season and deservedly win the Currie Cup.

But EWN colleague Marc Lewis begs to differ, saying the Golden Lions are set for victory.

Rafiq Wagiet is an Eyewitness News sports reporter based in Cape Town. Follow him on Twitter: @RafiqWagiet