The ABSA Currie Cup has changed its format quite a bit for the upcoming 2014 and 2015 season.
Here are some of the most important things you should know:
- The tournament will now consist of an 8-team Premier Division and a 6-team First Division
- The 6 ‘anchor’ unions are guaranteed a place in the Premier Division for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. These ‘anchor’ unions include the Blue Bulls, the Sharks, Western Province, Cheetahs, Lions and the EP Kings.
- After the Vodacom Cup’s conclusion, a qualification competition will be held to determine which team will take the remaining two spots in the Premier Division
- The qualification competition will consist of 7 teams, each playing 3 home and 3 away games
- For this season, the 6 anchor teams along with the Pumas (who qualified last time) will be in the Premier Division as well as the eventual winner of the qualification competition.
- Two sections will be created according to the 2013 log. Section X includes the Western Province, the Bulls, the Lions and the EP Kings. Section Y includes the Cheetahs, the Sharks, the Pumas and the eventual qualifier.
- The teams within these two sections will compete against each other in home and away games
- A single round of cross-sectional games will be held before the semi-finals and the finals.
Do you think this new format will be beneficial to the tournament? Let us know what you think!
The roaring crowd at Newlands stadium was definitely expecting (hoping) for a different result. But, just as last year, the underdogs took the title.
The roles seemed to be reversed this year. In 2012, we saw the WP travel to the Shark-tank and, being the underdogs, take the title from the Durban natives.
This year, however, it was the Sharks’ turn to take back the title. (more…)
It is crystal clear that “the powers that be” (read Super Sport and SARU) understand all too well the fanaticism and obsession associated with rugby and how some folks gladly schedule their lives and salaries around it. And inevitably this becomes the fire that fuels the constant search for further innovative ways to gain more out of the public and the players, with little or no regard for the consequences to either. The spectators and viewers might not feel too hard done by presently, but would they be as forgiving should the franchise they support suddenly find itself demoted to a less prestigious competition? Could SARU expect the same support for their new Currie Cup venture from the Bulls should they continue their dreadful run of form and slip into relegation-waters? To put it mildly, it will be cold day in hell!
So that begs the question, could this new format work or will it be amended to suit the needs of the more financially affluent unions? Add to this dilemma, the political pressure to create an opportunity for Cheeky Watson and his EP Kings in the amended Currie Cup and you could have a true melting pot, with genuine riots on hand. (more…)
In this Rugby World Cup (RWC) year you might find yourself tempted to predict the future at any one of the number of braais you might be attending over the next 50 or so days until the spectacle actually gets round to kicking off, and why not – the couch-coach game is a game we all love playing, especially if we are using that trusty old brown glass amber-filled crystal ball to aide us in our predictions: who should be in the Bok team and who not, who we’ll beat with that particular selection, who we’ll struggle against and then ultimately beat anyway and any other derivative of that science best left to only the most committed of us couch potatoes.
Invariably, much of what you attempt to sell your mates around the braai regarding the rugby future is based on recent form, with even those most objective of rugby analysts, the Aussie TV commentators, prepared to link the Super 15 form of The Reds to the fate of their national team in the coming year. (more…)
Would you like to win a R1 million? It was announced yesterday that a South African rugby fan could win a million Rand in the Absa Currie Cup’s ultimate drop goal kicking competition.
Three lucky winners will be chosen at random from SMS entrants to attempt a drop goal in this year’s Absa Currie Cup Final which takes place on the 31 October 2009. The first successful contestant will walk away with R1m.
The competitors will drop from the intersection of the corner of the 10m and 5m lines. The competition is not open to professionals or first-league club players.
“Rugby fans should start practicing whenever they can squeeze in a session,” said Steward Masela of Absa Group Marketing.
Oregan Hoskins, President of the South African Rugby Union, said at the launch of the competition on Monday that the Bok management decided to releases “as many players as possible” for this coming weekend’s opening matches.
Hoskins, describing it as “the word’s best domestic competition”, said it is obvious that the public want to see the top players in action.
The Currie Cup, one of the oldest competitions in the world and still regarded as the cornerstone of South African rugby, kicks off this Friday when the Boland Cavaliers host the competition newcomers, the Leopards, in Wellington.
It’s all systems go for this year’s ABSA Currie Cup and it will start with the Boland Cavaliers hosting the Platinum Leopards in Wellington on Friday.
And to mark the occasion SA Rugby and Absa have launched a new logo to renew the identity of Absa’s long-standing sponsorship of South Africa’s 118-year Currie Cup.
“The nature of the game is constantly changing, increasing competition for ‘market share’ so that competing in sports sponsorship necessitates a strategic review of tournament reach and flex in a developing market place”, said Bronwen Rautenbach, Absa Executive Creative Director.
“Absa is confident that the new identity will reflect the nature of rugby in South Africa as it is today, as the logo captures the emotion, professionalism and energy of the current game.”
Eight teams – Boland Cavaliers, GWK Griquas, Platinum Leopards, The Sharks, Vodacom Blue Bulls, Vodacom Free State Cheetahs and Vodacom Western Province and the Xerox Lions, will battle it out for domestic rugby’s most important prize in the Premier Division competition.