Currie Cup Western Province

(Photo by Christiaan Kotze/Gallo Images)

Currie Cup Premier Division: Round 1 review and highlights

Review all the action from the opening weekend of the 2021 Currie Cup Premier Division which saw six teams in action.

Currie Cup Western Province

(Photo by Christiaan Kotze/Gallo Images)

The Pumas were the only home side to claim victory on the first weekend of Currie Cup action.

The Lowvelders join Western Province and the Sharks at the top of the Premier Division standings after all three sides grabbed a full house of log points over the weekend. The Bulls managed a consolation four-try bonus point, while the Lions and Griquas are yet to get off the mark.

Currie Cup review: Pumas 39-10 Lions

The Pumas made a statement in the opening match of the Currie Cup as they claimed a commanding 39-10 bonus-point win over the Lions in Nelspruit on Friday evening.

The catfight that kicked off South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious rugby competition saw the hosts outscore the visitors by five tries to one – a clear message from the minnows that they are not to be underestimated.

The Lowvelders dominated at scrum time, particularly in the first half, were accurate in the lineouts, hammered home their momentum with rolling mauls and stretched the Lions out wide.


Pumas 39 (18) – Tries: Etienne Taljaard, Simon Westraadt, Willie Engelbrecht, Dewald Maritz, Ginter Smuts. Conversions: Eddie Fouche (4). Penalty goals: Fouche (2).

Lions 10 (10) – Try: Sibusiso Sangweni. Conversion: Fred Zeilinga. Penalty goal: Zeilinga.


Currie Cup review: Griquas 16-30 Sharks

The Sharks overcame bogey side Griquas 30-16 in windy conditions in Kimberley on Saturday afternoon to start their Currie Cup campaign on the right note.

Sharks coach Sean Everitt earlier in the week said his squad would be fuelled by “new energy” in the absence of several key players who are part of the Springbok camp and they negotiated a traditionally tricky hurdle in the form of the men from the Northern Cape, who have long been a thorn in their side.

Led by new captain Phepsi Buthelezi at No 8, who scored one of his team’s four tries, the Durbanites were made to work hard for their win, but ultimately came away from Kimberley with maximum points.

The hosts, who also had a new captain in former Vodacom Bulls back-rower Ruan Steenkamp who, like Buthelezi, is a former Junior Springbok skipper, were gutsy as ever. They tried hard but conceded two tries in a 12-minute period after the break and just couldn’t recover.


Griquas 16 (6) – Tries: Eduan Keyter, Daniel Kasende. Penalty goals: George Whitehead (2).

Sharks 30 (13) – Tries: Phepsi Buthelezi, Jeremy Ward, Hyron Andrews, Kerron van Vuuren. Conversions: Boeta Chamberlain (2). Penalty goal: Chamberlain. Drop goal: Chamberlain.


Currie Cup review: Bulls 24-48 Western Province

A first-half hat-trick by JJ Kotze laid the foundation for Western Province as they got their Currie Cup campaign off to a perfect start by beating the Bulls by 48-24 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday afternoon.

The Capetonians’ class upfront was simply too hot to handle for the defending champions, which is essentially where the game was won. With four tries in the first half, WP were firmly in control, leading by 28-12 at the break.

They added another three after the break, with Kotze completing his haul, but credit to the young men from Pretoria for not giving up and grabbing a four-try bonus point right at the death.

Both sides were depleted due to various reasons, but in the end WP simply had too many players with too much experience for the Vodacom Bulls’ youngsters, most of which still played in the Varsity Cup and Pretoria’s Carlton Cup club league in the last few weeks.


Bulls 24 (12) – Tries: Kefentse Mahlo, Richard Kriel, Dewald Donald, Jaco Labuschagne. Conversions: FC du Plessis, Jandre Burger.

Western Province 48 (28) – Tries: Sihle Njazula, JJ Kotze (4), Evan Roos, Dan du Plessis. Conversions: Abner van Reenen (4), Tim Swiel. Penalty goal: Swiel.



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