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CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIV

South Africa's oldest and premier provincial competition ran from July to September in 2019, and the Toyota Free State Cheetahs were crowned champions in front of their home fans in Bloemfontein, beating the Xerox Golden Lions from Johannesburg in the final. The other teams in the competition were 2018 champions, the Cell C Sharks (from Durban), DHL Western Province (Cape Town), the Vodacom Blue Bulls (Pretoria), Phakisa Pumas (Nelspruit) and Tafel Lager Griquas (Kimberley).

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 Premier Division 2019 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Free State
6 4 2 0 234 162 72 34 21 22
2
Golden Lions
6 4 2 0 173 174 -1 24 21 22
3
Griquas
6 4 2 0 178 175 3 22 24 21
4
Sharks
6 4 2 0 170 179 -9 20 22 19
5
Western Province
6 2 4 0 176 146 30 23 19 14
6
Blue Bulls
6 2 4 0 143 186 -43 20 25 10
7
Pumas
6 1 5 0 156 208 -52 19 30 9

There are currently no fixtures available.

RESULTS

07 Sep|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Free State

31 - 28

Xerox Golden Lions

06 Sep|Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Phakisa Pumas

49 - 5

Griffons

31 Aug|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Free State

51 - 30

Cell C Sharks

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.