>Did you notice that in all the reports on the final everybody said that
>Natal was the "better team on the day's play". Does that mean that WP was
>the best team of the season, but in the final Natal was the best?
N Tvl, on their good days, were for me the most impressive side. If
they had been a bit more consistent (and lucky) they would have made
the final and IMHO would have won it. They have the best pack in the
country (except at loosehead prop) and in Joost and Ruben two players
who are the best in the world in their positions. They have young and
talented players establishing themselves as regulars, and who will
serve their country well in the future. A strong Northern Transvaal
side means a strong Springbok side. And that's a fact. Next year,
the Blou Bulle should kick some serious butt.
Transvaal were a demoralised and jaded side all season (that 90m
intercept try by Queensland was a major bummer for the guys). They
needed a rest badly. If they had won the games at EP and OFS they
would have been tied with WP on 14 points. Next season should see
them play a lot closer to their potential - 1995 was just a glitch.
WP suffered the most humiliating defeat of all the big teams (against
N Tvl). They did what they had to do to make the final - Transvaal
and Northerns slipped up and eliminated themselves by losing or
drawing matches which should have been won. Don't get me wrong - WP
did an excellent job to get to the final and I honestly believed
they would win it. Considering that two of their three losses were
by 1 and 3 points, they did damn well. So in retrospect, WP were
deserving finalists and would have made worthy champions.
Natal were SOOOOOO lucky to reach the final. Remember that a flyhalf
who is not much more than a kicking machine got them there. Luke
Smith was deadly with the boot, but how many people even THOUGHT
about considering him for a Springbok side? Exactly. That said,
Natal's team had some of the best and most exciting players in
the Currie Cup - Lacroix, Joubert, Kabous, Small, Roumat, Andrews...
All played damn well. On the whole, Natal's Currie Cup victory in
1995 will be remembered as one of persistence and courage (and even
a fair dollop of luck) as opposed to one of skill and flair. But
good luck and well done to them - they did what was needed.
>Next year Province and Northerns will play in the final and WP will win.
settle for Transvaal vs WP.
With Transvaal to win by 50! :-)
>(A WeePee supporter in Pretoria)
David Flewellen - Cape Town, South Africa