About

CARLING CURRIE CUP

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 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 same seven teams will contest the Carling Currie Cup in 2020, with the opening round on 27/28 November and the final set for Saturday, 23 January 2021 (due to the season being disrupted with the COVID-19 pandemic).

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 2020_2021 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Vodacom Bulls
12 8 3 1 305 216 89 32 22 39
2
DHL Western Province
12 7 3 2 272 216 56 32 21 37
3
Cell C Sharks
12 7 3 2 274 244 30 31 26 35
4
Xerox Lions
12 6 4 2 275 221 54 29 20 34
5
Toyota Cheetahs
12 6 5 1 285 275 10 30 28 31
6
Phakisa Pumas
12 3 8 1 265 351 -86 34 48 17
7
Tafel Lager Griquas
12 0 11 1 211 364 -153 24 47 8

FIXTURES

Vodacom Bulls

23 Jan | Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

14:00

Xerox Lions

DHL Western Province

23 Jan | DHL Newlands, Cape Town

16:30

Cell C Sharks

RESULTS

10 Jan|Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Phakisa Pumas

44 - 14

Vodacom Bulls

09 Jan|Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley

Tafel Lager Griquas

18 - 22

Toyota Cheetahs

09 Jan|DHL Newlands, Cape Town

DHL Western Province

0 - 0

Cell C Sharks

Tournaments

News

“New focus” in Cell C Sharks camp with semi-final looming

Cell C Sharks head coach Sean Everitt said there is a new focus in the team as his charges turn their attention to the Carling Currie Cup semi-final against DHL Western Province in Cape Town next week Saturday.

News

Playing at Loftus a big boost for Vodacom Bulls

“Fortress Loftus” will await the Xerox Lions in the first Carling Currie Cup semi-final next Saturday, with Vodacom Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White saying they must use their home ground advantage to progress to the final.

Stat Attack

Steyn, Kitshoff dominate Carling Currie Cup stats

Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks Frans Steyn (Toyota Cheetahs) and Steven Kitshoff (DHL Western Province) showed why they are rated amongst the best players in the world by dominating the overall stats at the completion of this year’s regulation matches in the Carling Currie Cup.

News

Carling Currie Cup semi-final kick-off times confirmed

The Vodacom Bulls and Xerox Lions will meet in the first of the two Carling Currie Cup semi-finals on Saturday, 23 January, as SA Rugby announced the kick-off times on Tuesday.

News

Van Rooyen: “There will be more respect for points”

Xerox Lions coach Ivan van Rooyen predicted a tightly fought Carling Currie Cup semi-final against the Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria next week Saturday, saying there will be more respect for points as it is a playoff game.