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CARLING CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIVISION

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 for 2021 are 2019 champions, the Toyota Cheetahs (from Bloemfontein), as well as DHL Western Province (Cape Town), Sigma Lions (Johannesburg), New Nation 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 Premier Division 2021 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Vodacom Bulls
7 4 1 2 130 109 21 18 14 28
2
Cell C Sharks
7 2 2 3 135 115 20 17 12 25
3
Tafel Lager Griquas
7 4 2 1 177 152 25 19 20 24
4
New Nation Pumas
7 3 3 1 167 151 16 20 17 20
5
DHL Western Province
7 3 4 0 211 218 -7 24 28 17
6
Sigma Lions
7 1 4 2 133 188 -55 20 25 16
7
Toyota Cheetahs
6 2 3 1 95 115 -20 11 13 14

TOP SCORERS

FIXTURES

Tafel Lager Griquas

06 Aug | Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley

14:30

Sigma Lions

Vodacom Bulls

06 Aug | Jonsson Kings Park, Durban

19:00

Cell C Sharks

DHL Western Province

07 Aug | DHL Newlands, Cape Town

14:30

Toyota Cheetahs

New Nation Pumas

11 Aug | Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

14:30

Cell C Sharks

Vodacom Bulls

11 Aug | Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

16:45

Tafel Lager Griquas

RESULTS

31 Jul|Jonsson Kings Park, Durban

Cell C Sharks

27 - 37

Tafel Lager Griquas

30 Jul|DHL Newlands, Cape Town

DHL Western Province

13 - 34

Vodacom Bulls

30 Jul|Emirates Airline Park, JHB

Sigma Lions

33 - 36

New Nation Pumas

25 Jul|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

40 - 21

Sigma Lions

25 Jul|Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

New Nation Pumas

23 - 37

DHL Western Province

CARLING CURRIE CUP PREMIER DIVISION

Tournament news

The Carling Currie Cup Bulletin #14

There is no place to hide in the Carling Currie Cup as the three visiting sides made life tough for their hosts this weekend, with the New Nation Pumas, Vodacom Bulls and Tafel Lager Griquas victorious.

Match report

Gutsy Griquas win Carling Currie Cup game of cards

Determination trumped desperation as Tafel Lager Griquas claimed another big scalp when they defeated the Cell C Sharks 37-27 in a most unusual Carling Currie Cup clash at Jonsson Kings Park on Saturday afternoon.

Match report

Bulls grab five against 14-man WP in Cape Town

The Vodacom Bulls laid down a strong marker in the Carling Currie Cup when they beat DHL Western Province by 34-13 at DHL Newlands on Friday evening, to move to the top of the standings.

Match report

Pumas edge Lions to stay in the hunt

The New Nation Pumas scored a third win in the 2021 Carling Currie Cup, beating the Sigma Lions 36-33 in a highly entertaining match at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg on Friday.

Tournament news

The Carling Currie Cup Bulletin #13

If the Carling Currie Cup Premier Division was a 4x100m relay race, the competition would now reach the second changeover as the home straight moves into sight with six games remaining before the playoffs.