Sharks lock, Stephan Lewies, chats to us about winning the coveted Absa Currie Cup Championship
How would you describe the Currie Cup final?
It was a dream come true to be part of the team that played in the final and even better to then win it.
What can you remember about the game in particular?
The national anthem was a special moment, and lifting the cup after 80 min.
Apart from winning, what has been your best moment of the season for you?
Getting my first cap for the team against the Lions in Johannesburg.
Were any changes made in the team after you lost to WP in Durban, that you think made a difference to the final?
We went in with a different game plan that worked more towards our strengths and a game plan that turned their strengths into their weaknesses.
What impact did Brendon Venter have on the team?
He had a massive impact on the team. His passion, masterful and never say die attitude, was a big factor of us winning the Cup.
Having been part of the Sharks U21 side in the beginning of the season, are there any players in that team to look out for in 2014?
Our U21 side was loaded with talent. I think both the Scrum halves, Janco Venter and Stefan Ungerer, were awesome. Loose head prop Allen Dell and the 19 year old Andre Esterhuizen who is a monster at centre.
What are your plans for the Christmas holiday?
I will be spending Christmas with my family in J Bay.
What are your goals for 2014?
My goal is to get in to the Sharks Super rugby squad, and hopefully I can make my debut in 2014, But before that will happen I need to work hard in the pre-season and put on some weight.
What was your game plan in the final?
The plan was to take away their energy by playing in the right areas of the field. We tried to take them back every time they took the ball up and to keep the scoreboard ticking.
It was a close game after 40 min. What was said at half time?
Just to keep doing what we have been doing in the first 40. We believe we would break them down some time with all the pressure we applied.