Sunday, 12 July 2009

Currie Cup off to a good start

Currie CupThe South African domestic rugby competition, the Currie Cup, kicked off this weekend. There were two upsets already; the Griquas beat the more fancied Free State Cheetahs (18 - 28), Western Province (WP) handed the Sharks (2008 champions) a lesson (29 - 15) and the Blue Bulls narrowly beat the Lions (19 - 13).

Jean de Villiers - WP captainLike a lot of South African kids I've played rugby competitively throughout my school years and enjoyed every second of it. The camaraderie in rugby union is unique and my support for the sport came naturally. I've been an avid WP supporter since childhood, having grown up in Cape Town (WP's home base). I was a season ticket holder at Newlands rugby stadium from around age 10 to my early 30's, therefore having seen hundreds of first class provincial rugby matches and numerous Springbok tests. Tradition is important in WP rugby with the team and stadium retaining it's original name throughout the years while other teams around the country have changed completely.

Newlands rugby stadiumThe Currie Cup started in 1889 with Western Province being the most successful team in the competition so far with 32 wins (4 shared), leading their archrival the Blue Bulls (formerly Northern Transvaal) with 22 wins (4 shared).



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