2008 Currie Cup Premier Division

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2008 Currie Cup Premier Division
2008 Currie Cup Premier Division (logo).jpg
Official logo
Champions Natal Sharks
Matches played 63
Tries scored 388 (average 6.159 per match)
Top point scorer Morné Steyn, Blue Bulls (192)
Top try scorer Keegan Daniel, Natal Sharks (9)
2007
2009

The 2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Division season was contested from 20 June through to 25 October. The Currie Cup is an annual domestic competition for provincial rugby union teams in South Africa.

The 2007 Champions, the Free State Cheetahs, were denied a place in the final when they were defeated by the Blue Bulls in their semi final clash in Pretoria on 11 October.

The Sharks ended a 12-year wait for a trophy by winning the Currie Cup Final, against the Blue Bulls in Durban on Saturday 25 October, by 14 – 9. And they did it in style outscoring the Blue Bulls by two tries to nil.

Contents

Current standings[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP Pts
The Sharks 14 12 0 2 450 243 207 57 29 9 57
Blue Bulls 14 11 0 3 482 235 247 61 27 9 53
Free State Cheetahs 14 9 0 5 389 265 124 49 26 6 42
Lions 14 8 0 6 430 301 129 55 36 9 41
Western Province 14 8 0 6 385 276 109 45 30 8 40
Griquas 14 3 1 10 315 464 -149 40 60 5 19
Boland Cavaliers 14 2 1 11 253 528 -275 33 73 4 14
Falcons 14 2 0 12 293 685 -392 38 97 6 14

Updated 6 October 2008:[1]

Points Breakdown[edit]

  • Four points for a win
  • Two points for a draw
  • One bonus point for a loss by seven points or less
  • One bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match

Table notes[edit]

  • P = Played
  • W = Won
  • D = Drawn
  • L = Lost
  • PF = points for
  • PA = Points Against
  • PD = Points Difference (PF - PA)
  • TF = Tries For
  • TA = Tries Against
  • BP = Bonus points
  • Pts = Total Points

Teams[edit]

Fixtures and results[edit]

Currie Cup Compulsory Friendlies[edit]

6 June 2008
SWD Eagles 15 – 29 Blue Bulls

Round one[edit]

15:00 2008-06-21
Lions 7 – 21 Blue Bulls
Tries: Jano Vermaak
Con: Earl Rose
Pen:
Card: Gerhard Mostert Temporarily suspended from 40' to 50' 40' to 50'
Tries: John Mametsa (3)
Con:
Pen: Morné Steyn
DG: JP Joubert

Round one summary[edit]

Standings after Round 1[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TD BP Pts
Boland Cavaliers 1 1 0 0 48 42 6 6 5 1 1 5
Blue Bulls 1 1 0 0 21 7 14 3 1 2 0 4
Free State Cheetahs 1 1 0 0 20 16 4 2 1 1 0 4
The Sharks 1 1 0 0 28 25 3 2 1 1 0 4
Falcons 1 0 0 1 42 48 -6 5 6 -1 2 2
Western Province 1 0 0 1 25 28 -3 1 2 -1 1 1
Griquas 1 0 0 1 16 20 -4 1 2 -1 1 1
Lions 1 0 0 1 7 21 -14 1 3 -2 0 0

Round two[edit]

15:00 2008-06-28
Free State Cheetahs 22 – 18 Lions
Tries: Chris Roussouw
Con: Chris Roussouw
Pen: Chris Roussouw (5)
Tries:
Con:
Pen: Earl Rose (6)
17:05 2008-06-28
Western Province 26 – 17 Blue Bulls
Tries: Gio Aplon, Gcobani Bobo
Con: Willem de Waal (2)
Pen: Willem de Waal (4)
Tries: JP Joubert, Pedrie Wannenburg
Con: Morné Steyn (2)
Pen:
DG: Morné Steyn
Card: Hilton Lobberts Temporarily suspended from 68' to 78' 68' to 78'

Round two summary[edit]

  • The Sharks scored their second win in as many matches, beating the Boland Cavaliers 38 - 13 in the Absa Currie Cup match in Durban and go to the top of the standings.
  • The Falcons secured their first Currie Cup victory in over a year by beating the Griquas 36 - 30 in Brakpan.
  • With a much-improved performance from the Lions in their second round Currie Cup clash against the Free State Cheetahs. It was the home side that held their head to seal a close victory.
  • Western Province produced a stirring fightback at the death of their Currie Cup clash against the Blue Bulls to record a 26 – 17 win over their traditional rivals at Newlands Stadium.

Standings after Round 2[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TD BP Pts
The Sharks 2 2 0 0 66 38 28 6 2 4 1 9
Free State Cheetahs 2 2 0 0 42 34 8 3 1 2 0 8
Falcons 2 1 0 1 78 78 0 8 9 -1 2 6
Western Province 2 1 0 1 51 45 6 3 4 -1 1 5
Boland Cavaliers 2 1 0 1 61 80 -19 7 9 -2 1 5
Blue Bulls 2 1 0 1 38 33 5 5 3 2 0 4
Griquas 2 0 0 2 46 56 -10 4 5 -1 2 2
Lions 2 0 0 2 25 43 -18 1 4 -3 1 1

Round Three[edit]

15:30 2008-07-04
Boland Cavaliers 9 – 9 Griquas
Tries:
Con:
Pen: Justin Peach (2), Lionel Cornelius
Tries:
Con:
Pen: Conrad Barnard (3)
15:00 2008-07-05
Western Province 9 – 3 Free State Cheetahs
Tries:
Con:
Pen: Willem de Waal (3)
Tries:
Con:
Pen: Chris Rossouw

Round three summary[edit]

Standings after Round 3[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TD BP Pts
Blue Bulls 3 2 0 1 73 47 26 9 4 5 1 9
Western Province 3 2 0 1 60 48 12 3 4 -1 1 9
The Sharks 3 2 0 1 80 73 7 7 6 1 1 9
Free State Cheetahs 3 2 0 1 45 43 2 3 1 2 1 9
Boland Cavaliers 3 1 1 1 70 89 -19 7 9 -2 1 7
Lions 3 1 0 2 60 66 -6 5 7 -2 2 6
Falcons 3 1 0 2 101 113 -12 11 13 -2 2 6
Griquas 3 0 1 2 55 65 -10 4 5 -1 2 4

Round Four[edit]

Round four summary[edit]

Standings after Round 4[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TD BP Pts
The Sharks 4 3 0 1 108 83 25 11 7 4 2 14
Blue Bulls 4 3 0 1 104 70 34 12 6 6 1 13
Lions 4 2 0 2 117 83 34 13 9 4 3 11
Western Province 4 2 0 2 80 69 11 5 6 -1 2 10
Cheetahs 4 2 0 2 68 74 -6 5 4 1 1 9
Griquas 4 1 1 2 76 85 -9 6 7 -1 1 7
Boland Cavaliers 4 1 1 2 87 146 -59 9 17 -8 1 7
Falcons 4 1 0 3 111 141 -30 12 17 -5 2 6

Round Five[edit]

19:10 2008-07-18
Falcons 38 – 32 Western Province
Tries: Dawid Pretorius, Len Olivier, Nicky Kritzinger, Rouan Cloete, Ryno Barnes
Con: Len Olivier (5)
Pen: Jeffrey Perkins
Card: Johan Swartz Red card 49'
Tries: Adriaan Fondse (2), Brok Harris, Wylie Human
Con: Willem de Waal (3)
Pen: Willem de Waal (2)
Card:Ross Skeate Temporarily suspended from 33' to 43' 33' to 43', Francois Louw Temporarily suspended from 65' to 75' 65' to 75'

Round Five Summary[edit]

Standings after Round 5[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TD BP Pts
Blue Bulls 5 4 0 1 130 80 50 16 7 9 2 18
Lions 5 3 0 2 153 115 38 18 15 3 4 16
Free State Cheetahs 5 3 0 2 99 83 16 9 4 5 2 14
The Sharks 5 3 0 2 117 114 3 11 11 0 2 14
Western Province 5 2 0 3 112 107 5 9 11 -2 4 12
Falcons 5 2 0 3 149 173 -24 17 21 -4 3 11
Griquas 5 1 1 3 108 121 -13 12 12 0 3 9
Boland Cavaliers 5 1 1 3 97 172 -75 10 21 -11 1 7

Round Six[edit]

17:05 2008-07-26
The Sharks 16 – 11 Lions
Tries: Keegan Daniel
Con: Ruan Pienaar
Pen: Ruan Pienaar (3)
Tries: Willem Alberts
Con:
Pen: Earl Rose (2)
Bye
Blue Bulls Griquas

Round Six Summary[edit]

Standings after Round 6[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TD BP Pts
Free State Cheetahs 6 4 0 2 154 97 57 17 6 11 3 19
Blue Bulls 5 4 0 1 130 80 50 16 7 9 2 18
The Sharks 6 4 0 2 133 125 8 12 12 0 2 18
Western Province 6 3 0 3 162 117 45 16 12 4 5 17
Lions 6 3 0 3 164 131 33 19 16 3 5 17
Falcons 6 2 0 4 163 228 -65 19 29 -10 3 11
Griquas 5 1 1 3 108 121 -13 12 12 0 3 9
Boland Cavaliers 6 1 1 4 107 222 -115 11 28 -17 1 7

Round Seven[edit]

19:10 2008-08-01
Falcons 7 – 50 Blue Bulls
Tries: Riaan Smit
Con: Riaan Smit
Pen:
Card:Warren Perkins Temporarily suspended from 49' to 59' 49' to 59'
Tries: Wikus van Heerden (3), Werner Kruger, Rocco Jansen, Pedrie Wannenburg
Con: Burton Francis, Morné Steyn (3)
Pen: Morné Steyn (4)
Card:Francois Hougaard Temporarily suspended from 62' to 72' 62' to 72'

Round Seven Summary[edit]

Standings after Round 7[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TD BP Pts
Blue Bulls 6 5 0 1 180 87 93 22 14 8 3 23
Free State Cheetahs 7 5 0 2 169 107 62 19 7 12 3 23
The Sharks 7 5 0 2 177 140 37 19 14 5 3 23
Lions 7 4 0 3 191 144 47 22 17 5 5 21
Western Province 7 3 0 4 175 144 31 17 15 2 5 17
Falcons 7 2 0 5 170 278 -108 20 35 -15 3 11
Griquas 6 1 1 4 123 165 -42 14 19 -5 3 9
Boland Cavaliers 6 1 1 5 117 237 -120 12 30 -18 2 8

Round Eight[edit]

18:00 2008-08-08
Free State Cheetahs 22 – 3 Griquas
Tries: Fabian Juries, Hendro Scholtz, Phillip van der Merwe
Con: Chris Rossouw, Tewis de Bruyn
Pen: Chris Rossouw
Card:Gavin Passens Temporarily suspended from 24' to 34' 24' to 34', Cobus Calldo Temporarily suspended from 60' to 70' 60' to 70'
Tries:
Con:
Pen: Conrad Barnard
Card:Cilliers Coetzer Temporarily suspended from 11' to 21' 11' to 21', Wayne van Heerden Temporarily suspended from 60' to 70' 60' to 70'

Round Eight Summary[edit]

Standings after Round 8[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TD BP Pts
The Sharks 8 6 0 2 209 150 59 23 15 8 4 28
Free State Cheetahs 8 6 0 2 191 110 81 22 7 15 3 27
Lions 8 5 0 3 221 171 50 26 20 6 6 26
Blue Bulls 7 5 0 2 207 117 90 25 18 7 3 23
Western Province 8 3 0 5 185 176 9 18 19 -1 5 17
Falcons 8 2 0 6 199 309 -110 25 40 -15 5 13
Boland Cavaliers 8 2 1 5 148 266 -118 17 35 -18 3 13
Griquas 7 1 1 5 126 187 -61 17 19 -2 3 9

Round Six Bye[edit]

Round Six Bye Summary[edit]

Standings after Round 6 Bye[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TD BP Pts
Blue Bulls 8 6 0 2 248 129 119 29 20 9 4 28
The Sharks 8 6 0 2 209 150 59 23 15 8 4 28
Free State Cheetahs 8 6 0 2 191 110 81 22 7 15 3 27
Lions 8 5 0 3 221 171 50 26 20 6 6 26
Western Province 8 3 0 5 185 176 9 18 19 -1 5 17
Falcons 8 2 0 6 199 309 -110 25 40 -15 5 13
Boland Cavaliers 8 2 1 5 148 266 -118 17 35 -18 3 13
Griquas 8 1 1 5 138 228 -90 19 23 -4 3 9

Round Nine[edit]

Round Nine Summary[edit]

Standings after Round 9[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TD BP Pts
Blue Bulls 9 7 0 2 285 135 150 33 20 13 5 33
The Sharks 9 7 0 2 250 157 93 29 16 13 5 33
Free State Cheetahs 9 7 0 2 229 138 91 26 10 16 4 32
Lions 9 5 0 4 249 209 40 29 24 5 6 26
Western Province 9 3 0 6 191 213 -22 18 23 -5 5 17
Griquas 9 2 1 6 197 247 -50 27 26 1 4 14
Falcons 9 2 0 7 218 367 -149 28 48 -20 5 13
Boland Cavaliers 9 2 1 6 155 307 -152 18 41 -23 3 13

Round Ten[edit]

Round Ten Summary[edit]

Standings after Round 10[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TD BP Pts
The Sharks 10 8 0 2 284 182 102 33 20 13 6 38
Blue Bulls 10 7 0 3 310 169 141 37 24 13 6 34
Free State Cheetahs 10 7 0 3 246 173 73 28 14 14 4 32
Lions 10 6 0 4 332 223 109 42 26 16 7 31
Western Province 10 4 0 6 226 230 -4 22 25 -3 6 22
Griquas 10 3 1 6 245 269 -24 33 29 2 4 19
Boland Cavaliers 10 2 1 7 177 355 -178 21 47 -26 3 13
Falcons 10 2 0 8 232 450 -218 30 61 -31 5 13

Round Eleven[edit]

Round Eleven Summary[edit]

Standings after Round 11[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TD BP Pts
The Sharks 11 9 0 2 306 192 114 36 21 15 6 42
Blue Bulls 11 8 0 3 379 188 191 48 27 21 7 39
Lions 11 7 0 4 373 243 130 48 28 20 8 36
Free State Cheetahs 11 7 0 4 256 195 61 29 17 12 4 32
Western Province 11 5 0 6 316 245 71 36 27 9 7 27
Griquas 11 3 1 7 263 310 -47 32 38 -6 5 19
Boland Cavaliers 11 2 1 8 196 424 -228 24 58 -34 3 13
Falcons 11 2 0 9 247 539 -292 32 75 -43 5 13

Round Twelve[edit]

15:00 2008-09-20
Falcons 19 – 44 The Sharks
Tries: Franco Booysen, Johan Jackson, Johannes Coetzee
Con: Jeffrey Perkins (2)
Pen:
Card: Francois Steyn Temporarily suspended from 22' to 32' 22' to 32'
Tries: Jan du Plessis, JP Pietersen, Pat Cilliers, Albert van den Berg, Ryan Kankowski, Waylon Murray (2)
Con: Ruan Pienaar (3)
Pen: Ruan Pienaar
Card: Dewald Coetzee Temporarily suspended from 36' to 46' 36' to 46', Wouter Moore Temporarily suspended from 45' to 55' 45' to 55'
17:05 2008-09-20
Free State Cheetahs 5 – 23 Blue Bulls
Tries: Robert Ebersohn
Con:
Pen:
Tries: Bryan Habana, Marius Delport
Con: Morné Steyn(2)
Pen: Morné Steyn (3)

Round Twelve Summary[edit]

Standings after Round 12[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP Pts
The Sharks 12 10 0 2 350 211 139 43 24 7 47
Blue Bulls 12 9 0 3 402 193 209 50 22 8 44
Lions 12 8 0 4 404 253 151 52 30 9 41
Western Province 12 6 0 6 348 263 85 40 29 8 32
Free State Cheetahs 12 7 0 5 261 218 43 30 19 4 32
Griquas 12 3 1 8 281 340 -59 34 42 5 19
Boland Cavaliers 12 2 1 9 206 455 -249 26 62 3 13
Falcons 12 2 0 10 266 585 -319 35 82 5 13

Round Thirteen[edit]

19:10 2008-09-26
Falcons 7 – 78 Free State Cheetahs
Tries: Ryno Barnes
Con: Jeffrey Perkins
Pen:
Card: Gert Lubbe Temporarily suspended from 19' to 29' 19' to 29', Jeffrey Perkins Temporarily suspended from 56' to 66' 56' to 66'
Tries: Penalty try, Duane Vermeulen, Heinrich Brussow, Jacobus Jonker (2), Louis Potgieter, Jongi Nokwe (3), Kabamba Floors, Tewis de Bruyn (2)
Con: Louis Potgieter, Tewis de Bruyn
Pen:
15:00 2008-09-27
Boland Cavaliers 7 – 23 Western Province
Tries: Danwel Demas
Con: Justin Peach
Pen:
Card: Deon Scholtz Temporarily suspended from 54' to 64' 54' to 64'
Tries: Luke Watson, Sireli Naqelevuki (2)
Con: Morgan Newman
Pen: Peter Grant (2)

Round Thirteen Summary[edit]

Standings after Round 13[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP Pts
The Sharks 13 11 0 2 384 231 153 47 27 8 52
Blue Bulls 13 10 0 3 460 215 245 58 25 9 49
Lions 13 8 0 5 424 287 137 55 34 9 41
Free State Cheetahs 13 8 0 5 339 225 114 42 20 5 37
Western Province 13 7 0 6 371 270 101 43 30 8 36
Griquas 13 3 1 9 303 398 -95 37 50 5 19
Boland Cavaliers 13 2 1 10 213 478 -265 27 65 3 13
Falcons 13 2 0 11 273 663 -390 36 94 5 13

Round Fourteen[edit]

19:10 2008-10-03
Blue Bulls 22 – 20 Falcons
Tries: Jaco Engels, Stephan Dippenaar, Zane Kirchner
Con: Burton Francis (2)
Pen: Burton Francis
Tries: Franco Booysen, Poerie van Rooyen
Con: Jeffrey Perkins (2)
Pen: Jeffrey Perkins (2)
Card: Wouter Moore Temporarily suspended from 30' to 40' 30' to 40'
17:05 2008-10-04
Western Province 14 – 6 Lions
Tries: Jean de Villiers, Luke Watson
Con: Joe Pietersen, Peter Grant
Pen:
Tries:
Con:
Pen: Earl Rose (2)
Card: Doppies la Grange Temporarily suspended from 39' to 49' 39' to 49'

Round Fourteen Summary[edit]

Standings after Round 14[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup Premier Div
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP Pts
The Sharks 14 12 0 2 450 243 207 57 29 9 57
Blue Bulls 14 11 0 3 482 235 247 61 27 9 53
Free State Cheetahs 14 9 0 5 389 265 124 49 26 6 42
Lions 14 8 0 6 430 301 129 55 36 9 41
Western Province 14 8 0 6 385 276 109 45 30 8 40
Griquas 14 3 1 10 315 464 -149 40 60 5 19
Boland Cavaliers 14 2 1 11 253 528 -275 33 73 4 14
Falcons 14 2 0 12 293 685 -392 38 97 6 14

Knock Out Stage[edit]

Semi-finals Final
2008-10-11 - ABSA Stadium (Kings Park), Durban
 The Sharks 29  
 Lions 14  
 
2008-10-25 - ABSA Stadium (Kings Park), Durban


     The Sharks 14
   Blue Bulls 9
2008-10-11 - Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
 Blue Bulls 31
 Free State Cheetahs 19  

Semi finals[edit]

Semi Final Summary[edit]

Final[edit]

2008 Absa Currie Cup
Premier Division Champions
Sharkie.gif
The Sharks
5th title

Final Summary[edit]

  • The Sharks ended a 12-year wait for a trophy by winning the Currie Cup Final, against the Blue Bulls in Durban on Saturday 25 October, by 14 – 9. And they did it in style outscoring the Blue Bulls by two tries to nil.

Promotion/Relegation Matches[edit]

Round 1[edit]

19:00 2008-10-18
Falcons 24 – 29 Platinum Leopards
Tries: Dewald Coetzee, Hanno Coetzee, Petrus van Rooyen
Con: Jeffrey Perkins, Petrus van Rooyen (2)
Pen: Jeffrey Perkins
Tries: Jan Van Zyl, Willem Bouwer
Con: Clayton Durand (2)
Pen: Clayton Durand (5)

Round 2[edit]

Promotion/Relegation Table[edit]

Promotion/Relegation
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP Pts
Platinum Leopards 2 2 0 0 56 43 13 4 4 0 8
Boland Cavaliers 2 1 0 1 96 65 31 14 9 2 6
Griffons 2 1 0 1 65 96 -31 9 14 1 5
Falcons 2 0 0 2 43 56 -13 4 4 1 1

Results[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Top five point scorers[edit]

Name Team Tries Conversions Penalties Drop goals Total
Morné Steyn Blue Bulls 2 37 33 3 192
Earl Rose Lions 5 36 24 1 172
Conrad Barnard Griquas 1 20 19 0 102
Ruan Pienaar The Sharks 1 25 13 0 87
Chris Rossouw Free State Cheetahs 1 11 19 0 84

Top five try scorers[edit]

Name Team Tries
Keegan Daniel The Sharks 9
MJ Mentz Griquas 8
Jacques Botes The Sharks 8
John Mametsa Blue Bulls 7
Jongi Nokwe Free State Cheetahs 7

Disciplinary records by team[edit]

Team Red Cards Red card Yellow Cards Booked Total Cards
Falcons 1 10 11
Boland Cavaliers 0 9 9
Blue Bulls 0 7 7
Griquas 0 5 5
Western Province 0 5 5
Lions 1 4 5
The Sharks 0 4 4
Free State Cheetahs 0 2 2

Top five disciplinary records by player[edit]

Name Team Red Cards Red card Yellow Cards Booked Total Cards
Johannes Swartz Falcons 1 0 1
Jaco van Schalkwyk Lions 1 0 1
Sean Plaatjies Falcons 0 2 2
Angelo Brinkhuys Boland Cavaliers 0 2 2
Stefan Basson Boland Cavaliers 0 1 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Currie Cup". Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-08. 

External links[edit]