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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

Tournament news

Irish teams continue Guinness PRO14 dominance

Irish sides continued to dominate the Guinness PRO14 tournament despite heroics by South African players in games as round three saw a clean sweep for the four sides from the Emerald Isle.

Tournament news

Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked Review – Round 3

The two Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked matches that were played this weekend could not have been more different, with the Vodacom Bulls laying down a marker in Pretoria on Saturday, and the DHL Stormers sneaking through in Nelspruit on Friday.

Match report

Xerox Lions into SA Rugby U21 Champs final as pool stages wrap up

The Xerox Lions will meet the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the final of the SA Rugby U21 Championship at Emirates Airline Park on Friday 30 October, after the Johannesburg outfit booked their final berth with a convincing 54-19 victory over DHL Western Province on Sunday.

News

Emirates Lions v Toyota Cheetahs match called off

The Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked match between Emirates Lions and Toyota Cheetahs scheduled for Emirates Airlines Park this afternoon has been called off in line with COVID-19 protocols.

Match report

Dominant pack sets up big win for Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria

With their pack in full cry, the Vodacom Bulls laid down a massive marker in Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked when they beat the Cell C Sharks by 41-14 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday evening.