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CARLING CURRIE CUP FIRST DIVISION

The second-tier Carling Currie Cup First Division was won in 2019 by the Jaguares XV from Argentina, who went through the season unbeaten. Due to the COVID-pandemic the tournament didn't take place in 2020, but seven teams are back in 2021 to contest the title. The champions from 2018, the SWD Eagles from George, will take on the East Rand-based Valke, Down Touch Griffons (Welkom), Boland Cavaliers (Wellington), EP Elephants (Port Elizabeth), Border Bulldogs (East London), and Leopards (Potchefstroom) over a single round, with in the final scheduled for 14 August.

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 2021 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Leopards
5 4 1 0 149 114 35 22 16 21
2
Down Touch Griffons
5 4 1 0 134 60 74 21 7 20
3
Boland
5 3 2 0 151 137 14 21 18 16
4
Valke
5 2 3 0 159 161 -2 22 22 13
5
Border
5 2 3 0 141 178 -37 17 27 11
6
Eastern Province
5 2 3 0 107 161 -54 15 24 11
7
SWD
6 1 5 0 107 137 -30 16 20 6

FIXTURES

Valke

30 Jul | Bosman Stadium, Brakpan

13:00

Eastern Province

Leopards

31 Jul | Olen Park, Potchefstroom

13:00

Border

Down Touch Griffons

31 Jul | Griffons Stadium, Welkom

15:00

Boland

RESULTS

24 Jul|Boland Stadium, Wellington (SA)

Boland

23 - 29

Leopards

23 Jul|De Wet Stadium, Despatch

Eastern Province

30 - 19

SWD

23 Jul|Police Park, East London

Border

34 - 27

Valke