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Absa Currie Cup fixtures for 2014 announced
March 11, 2014
The fixtures for the Absa Currie Cup Qualifying Competition and the new eight-team Premier Division were released by the South African Rugby Union (SARU) on Tuesday.

The Qualifying Competition, which will be contested by GWK Griquas, the Leopards, SWD Eagles, Boland Cavaliers, Down Touch Griffons, Border Bulldogs and Valke, will kick off on the first weekend of June and run until 19 July, when the top team on the log will be granted entry into the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division.

The start of the eight-team Absa Currie Cup Premier Division – contested by the Cell C Sharks, DHL Western Province, EP Kings, Toyota Free State Cheetahs, Golden Lions, Vodacom Blue Bulls, Steval Pumas and the winner of the Qualifying Competition – is scheduled for the weekend of 8/9 August, a week after the Vodacom Super Rugby Final. It will run until the final weekend of October, when the final will take place.

The eight teams will be divided into two sections on 2013 log positions: Section X (DHL Western Province, Golden Lions, Vodacom Blue Bulls, EP Kings) and Section Y (Cell C Sharks, Toyota Free State, Steval Pumas, Qualifier). The teams will play home and away within their sections followed by a single cross-conference round before semi-finals and final.

The fixtures for the Absa Currie Cup First Division, which kicks off in the last weekend of August and runs until the second week of October, will be finalised at the conclusion of the Qualifying Competition.

In 2015, the Absa Currie Cup Premier Division will consist of the six franchise teams plus two non-franchise teams, which will be determined as follows:

• If the two non-franchise teams finish 7th and 8th in the 2014 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division they will both play in a 2015 qualification round of eight teams.
• If one non-franchise team finishes in the top six of the 2014 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division they will automatically qualify for the 2015 Absa Currie Cup. The other non-franchise team will play in a 2015 qualifying round of seven teams.
• If both non-franchise teams finish in the top six of the 2014 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division, they will automatically qualify for the 2015 tournament and there will be no qualifying tournament in 2015.

Absa Currie Cup Qualifying Competition (home teams named first, final dates and kick-off times TBC):

Round 1 – 6/7 June
Leopards v SWD Eagles
Down Touch Griffons v Boland Cavaliers
GWK Griquas v Border Bulldogs
Bye: Valke

Round 2 – 13/14 June
SWD Eagles v Down Touch Griffons
Boland Cavaliers v GWK Griquas
Valke v Leopards
Bye: Border Bulldogs

Round 3 – 20/21 June
SWD Eagles v Valke
Border Bulldogs v Boland Cavaliers
GWK Griquas vs Leopards
Bye: Down Touch Griffons

Round 4 – 27/28 June
Boland Cavaliers v SWD Eagles
Down Touch Griffons v GWK Griquas
Valke v Border
Bye: Leopards

Round 5 – 4/5 July
Leopards v Down Touch Griffons
Border Bulldogs v SWD Eagles
Valke v Boland Cavaliers
Bye: GWK Griquas

Round 6 – 11/12 July
Boland Cavaliers v Leopards
Border Bulldogs v Down Touch Griffons
GWK Griquas v Valke
Bye: SWD Eagles

Round 7 – 18/19 July
Leopards v Border Bulldogs
SWD Eagles v GWK Griquas
Down Touch Griffons v Valke
Bye: Boland Cavaliers

Absa Currie Cup Premier Division (home teams named first, final dates and kick-off times TBC):

Round 1 – 8/9 August
Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Golden Lions
EP Kings vs DHL Western Province
Steval Pumas vs Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Qualifier vs Cell C Sharks

Round 2 – 15/16 August
DHL Western Province vs Vodacom Blue Bulls
Golden Lions vs EP Kings
Cell C Sharks vs Steval Pumas
Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Qualifier

Round 3 – 22/23 August
Vodacom Blue Bulls vs EP Kings
DHL Western Province vs Golden Lions
Cell C Sharks vs Toyota Free State Cheetahs
Steval Pumas vs Qualifier

Round 4 – 29/30 August (Absa Currie Cup First Division starts)
Vodacom Blue Bulls vs DHL Western Province
EP Kings vs Golden Lions
Steval Pumas vs Cell C Sharks
Qualifier vs Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Round 5 – 5/6 September
DHL Western Province vs EP Kings
Golden Lions vs Vodacom Blue Bulls
Cell C Sharks vs Qualifier
Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Steval Pumas

Round 6 – 12/13 September
Golden Lions vs DHL Western Province
EP Kings vs Vodacom Blue Bulls
Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Cell C Sharks
Qualifier vs Steval Pumas

Round 7 – 19/20 September
Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Cell C Sharks
DHL Western Province vs Qualifier
Golden Lions vs Steval Pumas
EP Kings vs Toyota Free State Cheetahs

Round 8 – 26/27 September
Qualifier vs Golden Lions
Cell C Sharks vs EP Kings
Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs Vodacom Blue Bulls
Steval Pumas vs DHL Western Province

Round 9 – 3/4 October (Absa Currie Cup First Division semi-finals)
Qualifier vs EP Kings
Cell C Sharks vs Golden Lions
Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs DHL Western Province
Steval Pumas vs Vodacom Blue Bulls

Round 10 – 10/11 October (Absa Currie Cup First Division Final)
Vodacom Blue Bulls vs Qualifier
DHL Western Province vs Cell C Sharks
Golden Lions vs Toyota Free State Cheetahs
EP Kings vs Pumas

Semi-finals – 17/18 October

Absa Currie Cup Premier Division Final – Saturday, 25 October

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Absa Under 19 Competition
Friday, September 05 2014
17:00 - EP Kings U19 vs Sharks U19
NMMU Stadium, PE
Absa Under 21 Competition
18:00 - Border U21 vs Sharks U21
BCM Stadium, East London
Absa Currie Cup Premier Division
19:10 - DHL Western Province vs EP Kings
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, September 06 2014
09:35 - New Zealand vs Argentina
McLean Park, Napier
Absa Under 19 Competition
11:00 - Free State U19 vs Leopards U19
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
11:45 - Griffons U19 vs Boland U19
North West Stadium, Welkom
12:00 - Valke U19 vs SWD U19
Barnard Stadium, Kempton Park
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
Patersons Stadium, Perth
2015 Community Cup Qualifying - Regional Play-Offs
12:45 - Leopards 2 (Vaal Reefs) vs Valke 2 (Brakpan)
Olen Park, Potchefstroom
Absa Under 21 Competition
13:00 - Free State U21 vs Leopards U21
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein

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