Natal Sharks vs Lions head to head Currie cup preview




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The Natal Sharks host the Lions in an Absa Currie Cup fixture at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Saturday, renewing an intense rivalry between two very proud rugby Provinces. The match kicks off at 17h00 and will be screened live on SuperSport 1 and M-Net.

The Sharks and the Lions were dominant in the Absa Currie Cup in the early nineties and have maintained high levels of consistency in recent years. Over the past fifteen seasons since 1990, the two have contested four Absa Currie Cup finals – each winning two. During the same period at least one of the two has played in the Absa Currie Cup Final in every season except for 1997, 1998 and 2004. The last time they met in a Final was in Durban in 1999 where the Lions won 32 – 9.

Absa Currie Cup tradition runs deep, and clashes between these two are always hard to predict and never failing to deliver a fair share of surprises

In their last 10 Absa Currie Cup meetings since 1999, the Lions have won six – four of these in Johannesburg and two in Durban – and the Sharks have won four, all of them at home.

Ironically, in their four Absa Currie Cup final meetings, the away team has always won.

The teams shared the spoils last season, each winning their home game, whilst the Lions won the home and away meetings in 2003. The Lions won when the teams only met once during the 2002 season and the Sharks got a “double” in 2001, one of the matches being a 16 – 9 semi-final win.

The teams go into Saturday’s clash unbeaten with the Sharks getting wins over two of the Absa-sponsored teams, Boland Cavaliers and the Eagles in their opening two matches, and the Lions winning against the AMD Valke, Boland Cavaliers and the Eagles to top the standings in Section X.

On the basis of their performances to date the Lions go into the match as favourites. Home advantage will be critical though and the fantastic Absa Currie Cup pedigree of both sides should ensure that this is another memorable encounter between the Sharks and the Lions.

Last 10 meetings in the Absa Currie Cup

Sharkshave won: 4

Lionshave won: 6

2004                Sharks 38        Lions 25        in Durban

                        Sharks 35        Lions 49        in Johannesburg

2003                Sharks 38        Lions 42        in Durban

                        Sharks 17        Lions 20        In Johannesburg

2002                Sharks37        Lions 46        in Johannesburg

2001                Sharks 36        Lions 17        in Durban

                        Sharks 16        Lions 9          in Durban (Semi-final)

2000                Sharks 35        Lions 42        in Johannesburg


1999                Sharks 25        Lions 17        in Durban

                        Sharks 9          Lions 32        in Durban (final)

Absa Currie Cup Performance since 1999

Year                 Sharks                          Lions

1997                Lost in semi’s               Lost in semi’s

1998                Lost in semi’s               8th

1999                Losing finalists            Winners

2000                Losing finalists             Lost in semi’s

2001                Losing finalists            Lost in semi’s (to Sharks)

2002                Lost in semi’s              Losing finalists

2003                Losing finalists             4th

2004                5th                              4th (lost in semi-finals)

Previous meetings in Absa Currie Cup Finals

1999                Lions 32        Sharks 9          in Durban

1996                Sharks 33      Lions 15          in Johannesburg

1993                Lions 21        Sharks 15        in Durban

1992                Sharks 14      Lions 13          in Johannesburg

Previous Currie Cup titles

Sharks             4

Lions                9 (shared once with Blue Bulls)


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