2019 Currie Cup Premier Division

The 2019 Currie Cup Premier Division – known as the Currie Cup sponsored by DirectAxis Financial Services for sponsorship reasons – was the top tier of the Currie Cup, the premier domestic rugby union competition in South Africa. It was the 81st edition of the competition organised by the South African Rugby Union and was played between 12 July and 7 September 2019.

2019 Currie Cup Premier Division
CountriesSouth Africa
Date12 July – 7 September 2019
ChampionsFree State Cheetahs (6th title)
Runners-upGolden Lions
Matches played24
Tries scored186
(average 7.8 per match)
Top point scorerShaun Reynolds
(Golden Lions, 93)
Top try scorerJoseph Dweba
(Free State Cheetahs) and
Madosh Tambwe
(Golden Lions, 7)
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The competition was won by the Free State Cheetahs, who beat the Golden Lions 31–28 in the final played on 7 September 2019.

Competition rules and informationEdit

There were seven participating teams in the 2019 Currie Cup Premier Division. They played each other once during the pool stage, either at home or away.[1] Teams received four points for a win and two points for a draw. Bonus points were awarded to teams that scored four or more tries in a game, as well as to teams that lost a match by seven points or less. Teams were ranked by log points, then points difference (points scored less points conceded).

The top four teams in the pool stage qualified for the semi finals, which will be followed by a final.

TeamsEdit

The teams that competed in the 2019 Currie Cup Premier Division are:

Location of teams in the 2019 Currie Cup Premier Division
2019 Currie Cup Premier Division teams
Team Sponsored Name
Blue Bulls Vodacom Blue Bulls
Free State Cheetahs Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Golden Lions Xerox Golden Lions
Griquas Tafel Lager Griquas
Pumas Pumas
Sharks Cell C Sharks
Western Province DHL Western Province

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

The current standings in the 2019 Currie Cup Premier Division is:[2]

2019 Currie Cup Premier Division standings
Pos Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TB LB Pts
1 Free State Cheetahs 6 4 0 2 234 162 +72 34 21 4 2 22
2 Golden Lions 6 4 0 2 173 174 −1 24 21 4 2 22
3 Griquas 6 4 0 2 178 175 +3 22 24 4 1 21
4 Sharks 6 4 0 2 170 179 −9 20 22 2 1 19
5 Western Province 6 2 0 4 176 146 +30 23 19 2 4 14
6 Blue Bulls 6 2 0 4 143 191 −48 20 25 2 0 10
7 Pumas 6 1 0 5 161 208 −47 19 30 3 2 9

Round-by-roundEdit

The table below shows each team's progression throughout the season. For each round, each team's cumulative points total is shown with the overall log position in brackets.

Team Progression
Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 SF F
Free State Cheetahs 0
(5th)
5
(2nd)
10
(1st)
11
(3rd)
12
(3rd)
17
(2nd)
22
(1st)
Won Won
Golden Lions 5
(2nd)
5
(4th)
9
(3rd)
13
(2nd)
15
(1st)
17
(3rd)
22
(2nd)
Won Lost
Griquas 5
(1st)
10
(1st)
10
(2nd)
15
(1st)
15
(2nd)
19
(1st)
21
(3rd)
Lost N/A
Sharks 0
(7th)
5
(5th)
5
(5th)
6
(6th)
10
(5th)
14
(4th)
19
(4th)
Lost N/A
Western Province 4
(3rd)
5
(3rd)
7
(4th)
7
(4th)
12
(4th)
13
(5th)
14
(5th)
N/A N/A
Blue Bulls 0
(6th)
1
(7th)
5
(6th)
5
(7th)
9
(6th)
9
(6th)
10
(6th)
N/A N/A
Pumas 2
(4th)
3
(6th)
3
(7th)
7
(5th)
7
(7th)
7
(7th)
9
(7th)
N/A N/A
Key: win draw loss bye

MatchesEdit

The following matches were played in the 2019 Currie Cup Premier Division:[3]

Round OneEdit

Bye/s: Free State Cheetahs

Round TwoEdit

Bye/s: Golden Lions

Round ThreeEdit

Bye/s: Sharks

Round FourEdit

Bye/s: Western Province

Round FiveEdit

Bye/s: Griquas

Round SixEdit

Bye/s: Blue Bulls

Round SevenEdit

Bye/s: Pumas

Play-offsEdit

Title play-offsEdit

Semi FinalsEdit

FinalEdit

Relegation play-offEdit

  • Pumas remained in the Currie Cup Premier Division for 2020.
  • Griffons remained in the Currie Cup First Division for 2020.

HonoursEdit

The honour roll for the 2019 Currie Cup Premier Division was:

2019 Currie Cup Premier Division
Champions: Free State Cheetahs (6th title)
Top points scorer: Shaun Reynolds, Golden Lions (93)
Top try scorers: Joseph Dweba, Free State Cheetahs
Madosh Tambwe, Golden Lions (7)

PlayersEdit

The squads and player appearance and scoring statistics for the 2019 Currie Cup Premier Division are as follows:

(c) denotes the team captain. For each match, the player's squad number is shown. Starting players are numbered 1 to 15, while the replacements are numbered 16 to 23. If a replacement made an appearance in the match, it is indicated by  . "App" refers to the number of appearances made by the player, "Try" to the number of tries scored by the player, "Con" to the number of conversions kicked, "Pen" to the number of penalties kicked, "DG" to the number of drop goals kicked and "Pts" refer to the total number of points scored by the player.

RefereesEdit

The following referees officiated matches in the 2019 Currie Cup Premier Division:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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