South Africa's oldest and premier provincial competition ran from July to September in 2019, and the Toyota Free State Cheetahs were crowned champions in front of their home fans in Bloemfontein, beating the Xerox Golden Lions from Johannesburg in the final. The other teams in the competition were 2018 champions, the Cell C Sharks (from Durban), DHL Western Province (Cape Town), the Vodacom Blue Bulls (Pretoria), Phakisa Pumas (Nelspruit) and Tafel Lager Griquas (Kimberley).

The history

The Currie Cup - in recent years sponsored by DirectAxis Financial Services - 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.

Currie Cup Premier Division 2019 table
Free State
6 4 2 0 234 162 72 34 21 22
Golden Lions
6 4 2 0 173 174 -1 24 21 22
6 4 2 0 178 175 3 22 24 21
6 4 2 0 170 179 -9 20 22 19
Western Province
6 2 4 0 176 146 30 23 19 14
Blue Bulls
6 2 4 0 143 186 -43 20 25 10
6 1 5 0 156 208 -52 19 30 9

There are currently no fixtures available.


07 Sep|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Free State

31 - 28

Xerox Golden Lions

06 Sep|Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Phakisa Pumas

49 - 5


31 Aug|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Free State

51 - 30

Cell C Sharks


Tournament news

Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked Review - Round 2

The DHL Stormers grabbed a comeback win over the Emirates Lions; Fouche steered the Phakisa Pumas to victory in Kimberley and the Toyota Cheetahs held on for a tight win over the Vodacom Bulls.

Match report

Vodacom Blue Bulls qualify for U21 Final after 10-try romp

The Vodacom Blue Bulls were in rampant form as they scored 10 tries to book their spot in the SA Rugby Under-21 Championship Final with an impressive 72-26 win over the Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park on Sunday.

Match report

Fouche steers Phakisa Pumas to victory in Kimberley

Phakisa Pumas flyhalf Eddie Fouche delivered a superb individual performance to steer his team to a 27-21 victory over Tafel Lager Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday in their round two Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked clash.

Match report

DHL Stormers grab comeback win over Emirates Lions

The DHL Stormers delivered an improved second half performance to grab a 23-17 comeback win over the Emirates Lions in their second round Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked match at DHL Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday evening.

Match report

Toyota Cheetahs hold on for tight win over Vodacom Bulls

The Toyota Cheetahs battled their way to a close-fought 19-17 win over the Vodacom Bulls in their second round Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked clash in Bloemfontein on Friday evening. The home side led 13-3 at halftime and managed to hang on for their second successive win of the competition.