About

CARLING CURRIE CUP

South Africa's oldest and premier provincial competition, which was contested from October 2020 to January 2021 during a season disrupted by COVID-19, ended in joy for the Vodacom Bulls as they won the title for the first time since 2009, beating the Durban-based Cell C Sharks in a dramatic and nail-biting home final in Pretoria. The other teams in the competition were 2019 champions, the Toyota Cheetahs (from Bloemfontein), as well as DHL Western Province (Cape Town), Xerox Lions (Johannesburg), Phakisa Pumas (Nelspruit) and Tafel Lager Griquas (Kimberley).

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
New Nation 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

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RESULTS

30 Jan|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

26 - 19

Cell C Sharks

23 Jan|DHL Newlands, Cape Town

DHL Western Province

9 - 19

Cell C Sharks

23 Jan|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

26 - 21

Xerox Lions

Tournaments

Match report

FNB Varsity Shield: Heartbreak for Impi in Pretoria

Walter Sisulu University (WSU) scored a late converted try to beat the University of KwaZulu-Natal Impi 32-31 in the second round of the FNB Varsity Shield in Pretoria on Thursday, while the Tshwane University of Technology Viking opened their campaign with a 31-24 win against the University of Fort Hare Blues.

News

Law trials confirmed for PRO14 Rainbow Cup

Three innovative law variations have been approved by World Rugby for use in the PRO14 Rainbow Cup – red card replacements, captain’s challenge and goal-line drop-outs.

News

Kick-off times for Rainbow Cup openers confirmed

Kick-off times and dates for the first three rounds of the PRO14 Rainbow Cup has been confirmed, with the opening game – a coastal derby between the DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks in Cape Town – getting proceedings underway in South Africa.

Match report

FNB Varsity Shield: CPUT, WSU and UKZN off to winning starts

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology claimed a hard-fought opening round win in the FNB Varsity Shield against the University of Fort Hare at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Monday, while the University of KwaZulu-Natal routed Rhodes University, and Walter Sisulu University rewrote the record books against the Durban University of Technology.

Tournament news

FNB Varsity Cup: Three teams remain unbeaten

UCT, CUT and UP-Tuks secured three wins from three in the 2021 FNB Varsity Cup, closing out the first batch of matches with hard-fought victories in Pretoria on Sunday. UWC and Maties also emerged victorious to go into the competition break with good momentum.