Competition in the 2012 Currie Cup rugby tournament has been heating up the last few weeks. In case you did not know the first Currie Cup tournament was played in 1889.
Over the years this tournament has established itself as one of the most important domestic competitions in South African Rugby. Here are the 4 teams that have made it into the Semi-final stage of this year’s tournament.
Western Province have won the Currie Cup 32 times (more than any other team in the history of this competition). They finished third on the 2012 Currie Cup log and will be playing against the Golden Lions at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg this Saturday (the 20th of October).
Western Province won 5 matches in their 2012 Currie Cup campaign this year and they will be looking to make it into the final of the competition. I’m pretty sure that fans of this Western Cape based side will be screaming “Province!” at the top of their lungs this weekend to support their team.
The Golden Lions are the current champions and will be looking for a chance to defend their 2011 Currie Cup title. The Golden Lions have won the Currie Cup 10 times over the years. They finished second on the 2012 Currie Cup log (ahead of Western Province). They won 6 matches in this year’s competition on their road to the semi-finals. I don’t expect that the Golden Lions will be holding back anything against Western Province on Saturday – they’re playing at their home stadium in Johannesburg after all. Only time will tell if they make it into the final.
The Sharks won their first Currie Cup title in 1990 and have become a prominent force in South African rugby. The Sharks finished on top of the 2012 Currie Cup Log. They won 7 matches on their road to the semi-finals this year. The Sharks will be taking on the Blue Bulls at Mr Price Kings Park in Durban on Saturday in the second semi-final match of this year’s competition. The Sharks were the runners-up in the 2011 Currie Cup tournament and they will be doing their best to beat the Blue Bulls this weekend to stand a chance to win their 7th Currie Cup title this year.
The Blue Bulls finished fourth of the 2012 Currie Cup log and will certainly be bringing out their best in the match against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday. Like Western Province, the Blue Bulls also won 5 matches on their road to the 2012 Currie Cup semi-finals. The Blue Bulls last won a Currie Cup tournament in 2009 and I have no doubt in my mind that they are hoping for a spot in the final of this year’s tournament and a chance to win their 24th Currie Cup title in history. Blue Bulls supporters are probably the most passionate supporters in SA rugby and there’s no doubt that their hardcore fans will be watching every second of the match on Saturday.
The game between the Sharks and the Blue Bulls at Kings Park will start at 4:30 PM and the game between the Golden Lions and Western Province will start at 7 PM on Saturday. The winning sides will be facing each other in the 2012 Currie Cup final on the 27th of October.
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