The 2010 ABSA Currie Cup kicked off on the 9th of July. The 8 teams in the competition have all played 6 matches so far. Western Province are currently on top of the log. The Sharks are in the 2nd position, Griquas are in the 3rd position and the Blue Bulls are in the 4th position. It’s been quite an interesting Currie Cup season so far.
Western Province have been the most successful team in the competition so far. They’ve won all 6 of their games they’ve played. Last weekend they narrowly beat Northern rivals the Blue Bulls by 15 points to 12. Despite suffering a surprise loss against Griquas in their first match the Sharks have managed to get their 2010 Currie Cup campaign back on track. They’ve won all 5 their matches since the loss. This included victories over the Blue Bulls, Cheetahs and the Lions. The third placed Griquas have 4 won of their 6 matches. Besides their victory of the Sharks they also managed to narrowly beat the Lions. Defending Currie Cup champions the Blue Bulls have been struggling in this year’s competition. They’ve only managed to win 3 out of their 6 matches and have suffered surprised defeats against the Cheetahs and the Sharks. They’ve also been plagued by injuries.
The battle for the Currie Cup will become more intense after the Tri Nations tournament (which ends on the 11th of September this year). One thing is for sure: There’s still plenty of excellent rugby ahead this year and this weekend is no exception. The Cheetahs take on the Leopards in Bloemfontein, the Blue Bulls take on Griquas in Pretoria and the Pumas take on the Lions in Witbank on Friday and the Sharks take on Western Province in Durban on Saturday.
The first 4 teams on the log will play against each other in the semi-final stage of the tournament on the 16th of October and the Currie Cup final will be played on the 16th of October 2010. The tournament has come a long way since the first Currie Cup tournament in 1889.
Be sure the check out our Who’s Coming Along section for Sports tickets.