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CARLING CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIVISION

The Airlink Pumas from Mpumalanga defied the odds and made history by winning South Africa's oldest and premier provincial competition in 2022, after beating Windhoek Draught Griquas in a pulsating final in Kimberley on 25 June. The Pretoria-based Vodacom Bulls won the title in 2020 and 2021, but lost in the semi-finals in 2022. The other teams in the competition for 2022 were 2019 champions, the Toyota Cheetahs (from Bloemfontein), as well as the Cell C Sharks (Durban), DHL Western Province (Cape Town), the Sigma Lions (Johannesburg).

The history

The Currie Cup is one of the oldest rugby competitions in the world, with the first games played in 1889, but it was only in 1892 that it became officially known as the Currie Cup. The original participating unions were Western Province, Griqualand West, Transvaal and Eastern Province. The first tournament was held in Kimberley and was won by Western Province. The Currie Cup trophy was donated to South Africa in 1891 by the touring British Isles team - it was given to the tourists by Sir Donald Currie, owner of Union-Castle Lines, the shipping company that transported them to the southern tip of Africa. Sir Donald was clear with his instructions – hand this trophy over to the team in South Africa that gives you the best game. After a spirited display where the unbeaten British Lions narrowly won 3-0, Griqualand West became the first ever holders of the Currie Cup.

Carling Currie Cup Premier Division 2022 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Toyota Cheetahs
12 10 2 0 403 250 153 54 30 48
2
Vodacom Bulls
12 9 2 1 398 306 92 56 42 47
3
Windhoek Draught Griquas
12 7 5 0 383 345 38 48 42 36
4
Airlink Pumas
12 5 7 0 334 293 41 43 32 29
5
Cell C Sharks
12 5 6 1 255 284 -29 26 34 27
6
DHL Western Province
12 3 9 0 294 381 -87 36 52 19
7
Sigma Lions
12 2 10 0 278 486 -208 35 66 15

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RESULTS

25 Jun|Windhoek Draught Park, Kimberley

Windhoek Draught Griquas

19 - 26

Airlink Pumas

18 Jun|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Toyota Cheetahs

35 - 38

Airlink Pumas

17 Jun|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

19 - 30

Windhoek Draught Griquas

11 Jun|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Toyota Cheetahs

35 - 5

Vodacom Bulls

10 Jun|Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Airlink Pumas

44 - 45

Windhoek Draught Griquas

CARLING CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIVISION

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SA Rugby Under-21 Cup

Lions shock Bulls in SA Rugby Under-21 Cup

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Full house of Vodacom URC victories for SA teams

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Vodacom United Rugby Championship

Solid opening win for Stormers over Connacht

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Vodacom United Rugby Championship

Bulls sneak home against impressive Edinburgh

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