I love a good stat attack when it comes to sport. I’m an equally big fan of patterns and historical co-incidences. For example the Springboks have never beaten France at Ellis Park. There is no logical reason for this peculiar occurance but it remains a fact.
With that in mind I wish to declare Western Province the Currie Cup champions for 2013. “That’s a tad premature, isn’t it? The semi-finals have yet to be played,” I hear you say. Of course, you are quite right but watch this.
In 1997 Western Province won the Currie Cup after topping the league stage. Who was second? The Sharks, of course. WP played the Golden Lions in the first semi and the KZN side battled the Free State Cheetahs in the second. Just like in 2013.
Province would go on to beat the Cheetahs in a closely-fought final that year. You might say that sounds very nice and all but how do we know the Sharks will lose? Well they do not have to. Back to the history books we go.
In 2000 the Streeptruie won the Currie Cup by beating the Sharks in the final in Durban. Just like in 2012. In 2001 the sides met again in Cape Town and the home team won. By this we can deduce that should the two meet in the final again, we can expect a similar outcome.
So there you have it. History does not lie and the statistics tell a serious story here. WP will win the 2013 Currie Cup. Oh, and just for good measure they are unbeaten in the competition anyway so their good form will aid them too.