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CARLING CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIVISION

The Airlink Pumas from Mpumalanga defied the odds and made history by winning South Africa's oldest and premier provincial competition in 2022, after beating Windhoek Draught Griquas in a pulsating final in Kimberley on 25 June. The Pretoria-based Vodacom Bulls won the title in 2020 and 2021, but lost in the semi-finals in 2022. The other teams in the competition for 2022 were 2019 champions, the Toyota Cheetahs (from Bloemfontein), as well as the Cell C Sharks (Durban), DHL Western Province (Cape Town), the Sigma Lions (Johannesburg).

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 Premier Division 2022 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Toyota Cheetahs
12 10 2 0 403 250 153 54 30 48
2
Vodacom Bulls
12 9 2 1 398 306 92 56 42 47
3
Windhoek Draught Griquas
12 7 5 0 383 345 38 48 42 36
4
Airlink Pumas
12 5 7 0 334 293 41 43 32 29
5
Cell C Sharks
12 5 6 1 255 284 -29 26 34 27
6
DHL Western Province
12 3 9 0 294 381 -87 36 52 19
7
Sigma Lions
12 2 10 0 278 486 -208 35 66 15

TOP SCORERS
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RESULTS

25 Jun|Windhoek Draught Park, Kimberley

Windhoek Draught Griquas

19 - 26

Airlink Pumas

18 Jun|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Toyota Cheetahs

35 - 38

Airlink Pumas

17 Jun|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

19 - 30

Windhoek Draught Griquas

11 Jun|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Toyota Cheetahs

35 - 5

Vodacom Bulls

10 Jun|Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Airlink Pumas

44 - 45

Windhoek Draught Griquas

CARLING CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIVISION

SA Rugby Youth Weeks

Free State boys and WP girls claim bragging rights

Free State were without equal at the 2022 SA Rugby U16 Grant Khomo Week in Kimberley, confirming their dominance with an impressive 39-18 win over the Sharks in the final match on Thursday, while DHL Western Province finished in equally impressive fashion, beating the Sharks 61-0 in the final match of the U18 Girls Week in Welkom.

SA Rugby Youth Weeks

Five teams undefeated in Welkom; Sharks and Free State to battle it out in Kimberley

Five teams – the Mastercard Golden Lions, Border, Eastern Province, DHL Western Province and Limpopo Blue Bulls – finished the SA Rugby U16 Girls Week in Welkom undefeated, with all of them securing consecutive victories in their matches played on Monday and Wednesday.

European Professional Club Rugby

EPCR pool draws confirmed for 2022/23 season

The five South African teams taking part in the Heineken Champions Cup and the EPCR Challenge Cup next season found out on Thursday who their pool opponents will be when they enter two of the toughest competitions in world rugby.

SA Rugby Youth Weeks

Sharks and Free State flex muscles in Kimberley

The Sharks and Free State showed serious intent on day two of the SA Rugby U16 Grant Khomo Week in Kimberley, scoring impressive wins over traditional power houses, DHL Western Province and Blue Bulls on Tuesday.

Carling Champions Match

Strong Carling Champions Team named to face Italy ‘A’

Jimmy Stonehouse will coach a 30-man squad brimming with Springboks and Blitzboks, and blended with some of the most promising youngsters on the local provincial scene when they assemble in Nelson Mandela Bay on Monday for the second Carling Champions Match, scheduled for Saturday.