Western Province end Currie Cup wait
Last Updated: 27/10/12 9:29pm
Bryan Habana: In action for Western Province
Western Province ended more than a decade of Currie Cup heartache as they upset the Sharks 25-18 in the final in Durban.
The Cape Town team last won South Africa's domestic title in 2001 and they twice came from behind before fly-half Demetri Catrakilis scored a penalty and two drop goals to give Western Province the victory.
Western Province centre Juan de Jongh scored the only try of the game, while Sharks fly-half Patrick Lambie kicked all of the points for the home side, who finished runner-up for the second consecutive year.
Although Catrakilis landed the first penalty of the afternoon just three minutes in, Lambie hit back with four of his own to open up a 12-3 lead for the hosts.
Province came storming back into the game as replacement Joe Pietersen kicked a long-range penalty before De Jongh's try turned the match around.
A Western Province scrum in the Sharks' 22 allowed the visitors to execute a well-rehearsed set-piece, which saw De Jongh burst through the centre of midfield and score under the posts.
Catrakilis added the conversion and a penalty and Province went into the break 16-12 up.
Two Lambie penalties edged the Sharks back in front after the break, but it was Catrakilis who was to have the final say in the last 20 minutes.
A 64th-minute penalty gave Province the narrowest of leads, before Catrakilis held his nerve to drop two goals, one off each foot.
"I want to thank all the management for the hours that they have put in behind the scenes this season, because we really appreciate it," Province captain Deon Fourie said.
"I'm also very proud of my team, because they showed throughout the campaign that we can fight hard and we have character."