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Currie Cup Betting Tips

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History of the Currie Cup 

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The Currie Cup is the premiere local rugby competition in South Africa. The tournament dates back to its humble beginnings in 1889 but only in 1892 did it officially become known as the Currie Cup. The tournament is widely regarded as the oldest rugby tournament in the world. The Currie Cup has proven to be the breeding ground for Springbok national teams, especially during the years of isolation. The first tournament was held in Kimberley and was won by Western Province. The prize was a silver cup which was donated by the South African Rugby Board. The competition was named after Sir Donald Currie, the owner of Union-Castle Lines who asked that the best team in South Africa be presented with a golden cup that he sponsored. In a match between the British Lions and Griqualand West the local team lost 3-0 but was awarded the trophy for playing the best rugby which made them inaugural holders of The Currie Cup. 

The Currie Cup also has a first division competition and in the past the winners of this competition were promoted to the Premier Division while the team that finished last in the top league was relegated into the first division. This relegation/promotion system has been halted in the last couple of seasons due to the pandemic. 

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Currie Cup Most Successful Teams 

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The team with the most titles in the Currie Cup is Western Province who have won the competition a record 34 times and have 14 runners-up finishes as well. They will want to improve on their semi-final exit during the 2021 edition. The second most successful team has been the Bulls (Formerly Northern Transvaal) who have won the coveted trophy 25 times and have been losing finalists on nine occasions. They are the defending champions after beating the Sharks in last year’s final. They will be desperately seeking to retain their title. The team with the third most titles is The Golden Lions (formerly Transvaal). They have won 11 titles in their history and been runners-up on 12 occasions. The Golden Lions have not been great in final matches as they have lost more finals than they have won. Their last triumph was in 2015 and they will be keen to break their title drought in 2022. During the last decade and a half the Sharks have won it the most times with four wins. 

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The format of the Currie Cup

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There are seven teams playing in the 2022 Currie Cup which will run from January to June as to avoid clashing with the European competitions that some of the South African sides are involved in. The teams that are participating in this year’s edition are the Bulls (from Pretoria), the Sharks (from Durban) the Toyota Cheetahs (from Bloemfontein), as well as DHL Western Province (Cape Town), Golden Lions (Johannesburg), Pumas (Nelspruit) and Windhoek Draught Griquas (Kimberley). Teams will play each other on a home and away basis which will constitute 12 matches played for each team in the league phase. The top four teams will contest the semi-finals with the top two from the league phase getting home ground advantage. The final of the competition will be hosted by the finalist that finished higher in the league phase. In the event of two teams finishing with the same number of points during the league phase, point’s difference will separate the teams. There is currently no relegation for the bottom teams but next year there is a possibility of an eighth team joining the competition. 

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Currie Cup Sponsorship deals

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The Currie Cup has had numerous sponsors over the years with Bankfin being the main sponsor during the 1990s and when their involvement ended with another bank, ABSA became the sponsor after the turn of the century. They continued sponsoring the Currie Cup for over a decade and the competition became known as the ABSA Currie Cup. The most recent and current sponsor is the South Africa’s champion beer Carling Black Label and in a bold, new agreement  the world’s oldest provincial rugby competition will officially become the Carling Currie Cup for the next three seasons.

SA Rugby and South African Breweries (SAB) announced on Tuesday that they had struck a deal in which the award-winning Carling Black Label Beer assumes the naming rights to rugby’s biggest domestic prize – marking Carling Black Label’s debut in rugby, although the partnership between SA Rugby and SAB stretches back close to three decades. SAB has been a loyal partner to SA Rugby dating back to the days before rugby turned professional. This marks Carling Black Label’s first rugby sponsorship and it’s great for local rugby that a well-established and successful brand is associated with the Currie Cup, which is a competition that prides itself on its rich heritage. The partnership has included the sponsorship of the three annual Test competitions, the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, the Castle Lager Incoming Series and the Castle Lager Outgoing Tour as well as of the Springbok Sevens and Springbok Women’s Sevens teams.

All the matches in the Currie Cup are shown live on DSTV and this is due to the sponsorships of Gbets. The online bookie has been involved in the broadcast sponsoring of all rugby in South Africa. Last year the British and Irish Lions tour to the country was when Gbets first came to the fore in their sponsoring of rugby. They have since continued their support by making certain that local fans can still watch all their favourite provincial sides. 

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Key rivalries

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The Currie Cup will always remain the pinnacle of local South African rugby due in the main to the intense rivalries between the teams. There are various derby matches with the Bulls playing the Golden Lions called the Jukskei derby as the two teams are separated only by the Jukskei River that flows between them. There is also the Coastal derby where the Sharks take on Western Province. This match in recent seasons has surprisingly been won by the away team but the return of fans to the stadiums should give the home teams the support that they were desperately missing. There are the newer derby matches like when the Griquas take on the Pumas and this is known as the central derby due to the team's geographical positioning .We have left the oldest and most fierce rivalry for last as the North vs South derby pits the two most successful teams against each other.. Western Province and the Bulls have 59 titles between them and the rivalry goes through stages where one team dominates and for the last few years the Bulls have held the edge over the coastal side. Western Province will be keen to wrestle back some of the initiative from the all-conquering Bulls side this season. 

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Currie Cup Stats 

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When betting in the Currie Cup it is of crucial importance to know the stats that are available and how they will influence the outcome of a match. There are factors like the Lions have lost many of their top players who have gone overseas to play and therefore they will be going through a rebuilding phase. The Cheetahs are a team that only plays in the Currie Cup and don’t have to worry about splitting their squads across two competitions. They have been dominating the competition this year and are currently unbeaten. The leading point’s scorer this season comes from the Cheetahs and it is former Springbok Ruan Pienaar who has scored 92 points. He is closely followed by Griquas player Zander du Plessis who has scored 89 points. 

The Bulls are the leading point’s scorers so far this season with 362 points from nine games at an average of 40.22 points scored per match and they are followed by the Cheetahs who have scored 322 points at an average of 35.77 points per match. The Bulls also top the charts with 50 tries scored so far in the competition and are again followed by the Cheetahs who have scored 38 tries. The Free State team is the best defensive team in the competition only conceding 170 points in nine matches at a miserly 18.88 points per match. There have been 33 matches played so far this season and surprisingly 17(51%) of the matches have been won by the away team. There has only been one draw in the entire season. These are important factors to bear in mind especially with the under/over total points bets. Matches involving the Bulls tend to be high scoring so betting on the over total match points is a good option. 

The Cheetahs have scored the most tries from the driving maul and this is reflected by the fact that their hooker Louis van der Westhuizen is the leading try scorer in the competition with ten tries. He will be a great selection on the Anytime Try Scorer bet. There is also handicap betting and the Bulls always look like a good option to cover any handicap, especially when they play at home. 

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2022 Betting Options

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The four teams in the Currie Cup that are also playing in the United Rugby Championships are the Bulls, Sharks, Lions and the Stormers (Western Province). This is very important to note as these teams will be sending their stronger teams to the more lucrative European competition. The likes of the Cheetahs, the Pumas and the Griquas will need to take advantage of this especially when they are playing at home. The biggest winner in this whole situation is definitely the Cheetahs who have Springboks players Frans Steyn and Rosko Specman available for the duration of the competition. The so called smaller teams like the Pumas and Griquas will fancy their chances of making the semi-finals and are currently in a titanic head to head battle to make the playoffs. 

Last year the Bulls dominated the competition from start to finish but the Cheetahs look like the favourites as they are currently on nine wins from nine matches. It remains to be seen if they can keep up this fantastic record especially when the other four teams return to full strength after their commitments in Europe are over. You can never count out the Springbok laden Sharks team who will be a force to be reckoned with when they semi-finals come around. 

The only team that can officially be counted out of the semi-finals is the Lions as they are still yet to win a match. They have concentrated on European competition and mainly fielded teams made up from their U23 squads and have suffered some heavy defeats. They will hope the youngsters have learnt valuable lessons for the coming seasons. The smart money will have to be on the Cheetahs as they are a settled squad and are playing with loads of confidence. 

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