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CURRIE CUP FIRST DIV

The second-tier Currie Cup First Division was won in 2019 by the Jaguares XV from Argentina, who went through the season unbeaten. Other teams taking part in this competition in 2019 are the 2018 champions, the SWD Eagles from George, the East Rand-based Valke, Down Touch Griffons (Welkom), Boland Cavaliers (Wellington), EP Elephants (Port Elizabeth), Border Bulldogs (East London), Leopards (Potchefstroom) and the Jaguares XV from Argentina, who will also use Potchefstroom as base this season.

The history

The Currie Cup - in recent years sponsored by DirectAxis Financial Services - 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.

Currie Cup First Division 2019 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Jaguares XV
7 7 0 0 483 119 364 71 17 35
2
Griffons
7 3 1 3 245 199 46 34 28 24
3
Valke
7 3 2 2 176 251 -75 26 37 20
4
Eastern Province
7 4 3 0 171 177 -6 26 22 20
5
Leopards
7 3 4 0 149 204 -55 23 28 16
6
SWD
7 1 4 2 160 260 -100 19 39 14
7
Boland
7 2 4 1 179 200 -21 25 30 14
8
Border
7 1 6 0 138 291 -153 21 44 6

There are currently no fixtures available.

RESULTS

30 Aug|Fanie du Toit Stadium

Jaguares XV

27 - 13

Griffons

24 Aug|Fanie du Toit Stadium

Jaguares XV

37 - 29

Valke

24 Aug|HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom

Griffons

62 - 31

Eastern Province

Tournaments

Special feature

Two-all in Carling Currie Cup Finals

Saturday's Carling Currie Cup final in Pretoria will be the fifth between the Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks, and the Durbanites third visit to Loftus Versfeld for a match of this magnitude. We look back at the previous four...

News

Peyper to referee fifth Carling Currie Cup final

Jaco Peyper will join a select group of referees who have taken charge of five Carling Currie Cup finals on Saturday when the Vodacom Bulls welcome the Cell C Sharks to Pretoria for the grand finale of South Africa’s flagship domestic competition.

News

Van Graan hurting after another loss against Leinster

Munster were left kicking themselves in the Guinness PRO14 on Saturday as they let an early 10-point lead slip away in their Irish derby against defending champions Leinster, which left coach Johann van Graan and his team bitterly disappointed.

Tournament news

Carling Currie Cup Review – Semi-finals

The Vodacom Bulls will host the Cell C Sharks in the first Carling Currie Cup final at Loftus Versfeld since 2009 after the teams held their nerve in testing semi-finals on Saturday to be the last sides standing.

Match report

Vodacom Bulls book Carling Currie Cup home final

The Vodacom Bulls overcame an early second-half fightback by the Xerox Lions in their Carling Currie Cup semi-final at their fortress, Loftus Versfeld, on Saturday for a 26-21 win, which earned them their first home final in the competition since 2009.