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CARLING CURRIE CUP FIRST DIVISION

The Down Touch Griffons completed a perfect 2022 season by winning the Carling Currie Cup First Division title in the final against Eastern Province. The Leopards failed to defend the title they won in 2021, with other competing teams comprising of 2018 champions, the SWD Eagles from George, as well as the East Rand-based Valke, Boland Kavaliers (Wellington), and Border Bulldogs (East London), while three teams from abroad, the Black Lion (Georgia), Goshawks (Zimbabwe) and Simbas (Kenya) also joined the competition. Automatic promotion to the Premier Division was also up for grabs, with the Griffons also finishing as the top SA team in the competition at the end of the 2022 season, meaning they will join an eight-team Premier Division in 2023. The promoted team will be entrenched for two seasons (until the end of the 2024 Carling Currie Cup season).

The history

The Carling 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 First Division 2022 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Down Touch Griffons
9 9 0 0 435 174 261 51 20 44
2
Eastern Province
9 6 3 0 305 167 138 44 23 32
3
Black Lion
8 6 2 0 229 179 50 27 13 29
4
SWD Eagles
9 6 3 0 258 209 49 37 30 29
5
Boland Kavaliers
9 4 5 0 260 241 19 36 35 26
6
Valke
8 4 4 0 250 202 48 37 26 23
7
Leopards
9 3 6 0 232 227 5 34 29 18
8
Simbas
9 3 6 0 261 312 -51 33 43 18
9
Zimbabwe Goshawks
9 3 6 0 99 278 -179 12 40 12
10
Border Bulldogs
9 0 9 0 68 408 -340 9 61 0

Carling Currie Cup Promotion Barometer (SA teams only)
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Down Touch Griffons
6 6 0 0 273 117 156 36 14 29
2
Eastern Province
6 5 1 0 223 96 127 31 13 25
3
SWD Eagles
6 4 2 0 159 160 -1 22 23 19
4
Boland Kavaliers
6 2 4 0 166 168 -2 23 24 16
5
Valke
6 2 4 0 173 172 1 25 23 13
6
Leopards
6 2 4 0 148 152 -4 22 18 12
7
Border Bulldogs
6 0 6 0 43 320 -277 5 49 0

There are currently no fixtures available.

RESULTS

24 Jun|HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom

Down Touch Griffons

45 - 16

Eastern Province

18 Jun|Isaac Wolfson Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay

Eastern Province

26 - 12

SWD Eagles

17 Jun|HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom

Down Touch Griffons

41 - 38

Black Lion

11 Jun|Olen Park, Potchefstroom

Black Lion

24 - 14

Leopards

11 Jun|Wynberg Boys High School, Cape Town

Zimbabwe Goshawks

16 - 26

Valke