Vodacom Cup

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Vodacom Cup
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 Vodacom Cup
Vodacom Cup Logo 2011.png
Competition logo
Sport Rugby union
Inaugural season 1998
No. of teams 16
Country  South Africa
 Namibia
 Argentina
 Kenya
Most recent champion(s) Griquas
Most titles Golden Lions /
Griquas (5)
Sponsor(s) Vodacom
Related competitions Currie Cup

The Vodacom Cup is an annual rugby union competition in South Africa which is contested between February and May.

The competition is the third most prestigious competition in rugby union in South Africa, behind Super Rugby and the Currie Cup. It runs at roughly the same time as Super Rugby and serves as an important developmental competition for South African rugby.

It was first held in 1998 and has been sponsored by Vodacom since the inaugural season.

The competition is open to the fourteen South African rugby unions, but also featured invitational teams from outside the country – the Welwitschias from Namibia played in the competition between 1999 and 2001 and in 2010 and 2011, Pampas XV from Argentina participated between 2010 and 2013 and a Simba XV from Kenya participated in 2014.[1][2] In addition, Limpopo Blue Bulls (normally part of the Blue Bulls team) also took part as a separate team from 2013.

Teams[edit]

All fourteen South African provincials unions take part in the Vodacom Cup competition on an annual basis. In addition, the Limpopo Blue Bulls also took part as a sub-union of the Blue Bulls and invitational sides from Argentina, Kenya and Namibia also competed in the tournament:

Vodacom Cup teams
Team Seasons No of Seasons Other Names
Blue Bulls 1998 17
Boland Cavaliers 1998 17 Boland
Border Bulldogs 1998 17 Border
Eastern Province Kings 1998 17 Mighty Elephants
Falcons 1998 17
Free State XV 1998 17 Free State Cheetahs
Golden Lions 1998 17
Griffons 1998 17 Northern Free State
Griquas 1998 17 Griqualand West
Leopards XV 1998 17 North West
Limpopo Blue Bulls 2013 2
Pampas XV Argentina 201013 4
Pumas 1998 17 Mpumalanga Pumas
Sharks XV 1998 17 Natal Wildebeest
Simba XV Kenya 2014 1
SWD Eagles 1998 17
Welwitschias Namibia 19992001, 201011 5 Namibia Kudus
Western Province 1998 17
The Vodacom Cup logo 1998–2010

Finals[edit]

The results of the finals played in the Vodacom Cup competition are as follows:

Vodacom Cup finals
Season Winner Score Runner-Up
1998 Griqualand West 57–0 Golden Lions
1999 Golden Lions 73–7 Griqualand West
2000 Free State Cheetahs 44–24 Griqualand West
2001 Blue Bulls 42–24 Boland Cavaliers
2002 Golden Lions 54–38 Blue Bulls
2003 Golden Lions 26–17 Blue Bulls
2004 Golden Lions 35–16 Blue Bulls
2005 Griquas 27–25 Leopards
2006 Falcons 25–17 Natal Wildebeest
2007 Griquas 33–29 Blue Bulls
2008 Blue Bulls 25–21 Free State Cheetahs
2009 Griquas 28–19 Blue Bulls
2010 Blue Bulls 31–29 Free State Cheetahs
2011 Pampas XV 14–9 Blue Bulls
2012 Western Province 20–18 Griquas
2013 Golden Lions 42–28 Pumas
2014 Griquas 30–6 Golden Lions

Overall Record[edit]

The overall record for the teams in the Vodacom Cup competition is as follows:

Vodacom Cup Overall Record
Ranking Team Name Champions Runner-Up Semi-Final Quarter Final
1 Griquas 5 (1998, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2014) 3 3 2
2 Golden Lions 5 (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2013) 2 0 6
3 Blue Bulls 3 (2001, 2008, 2010) 6 3 2
4 Free State Cheetahs 1 (2000) 2 3 4
5 Falcons 1 (2006) 0 3 0
6 Western Province 1 (2012) 0 3 5
7 Pampas XV Argentina 1 (2011) 0 0 2
8 Sharks XV 0 1 5 4
9 Boland Cavaliers 0 1 4 3
10 Leopards 0 1 3 2
11 Pumas 0 1 3 1
12 Eastern Province Kings 0 0 1 3
13 SWD Eagles 0 0 1 2
14 Border Bulldogs 0 0 0 0
Griffons 0 0 0 0
Limpopo Blue Bulls 0 0 0 0
Simba XV Kenya 0 0 0 0
Welwitschias Namibia 0 0 0 0

Vodacom Shield[edit]

From 2001 to 2004, the teams finishing outside the top 4 in the pool phases played in a secondary competition called the Vodacom Shield.

Finals[edit]

The results of the finals played in the Vodacom Shield competition are as follows:

Vodacom Cup finals
Season Winner Score Runner-Up
2001 Griffons 40–27 Mighty Elephants
2002 Mighty Elephants 26–20 Natal
2003 Border Bulldogs 32–0 Griquas
2004 Boland Cavaliers 19–12 SWD Eagles

Overall Record[edit]

The overall record for the teams in the Vodacom Cup competition is as follows:

Vodacom Shield Overall Record
Ranking Team Name Champions Runner-Up Semi-Final
1 Eastern Province Kings 1 (2002) 1 1
2 Border Bulldogs 1 (2003) 0 1
3 Boland Cavaliers 1 (2004) 0 0
Griffons 1 (2001) 0 0
5 Griquas 0 1 1
SWD Eagles 0 1 1
7 Sharks XV 0 1 0
8 Western Province 0 0 2
9 Leopards 0 0 1
Pumas 0 0 1
11 Falcons 0 0 0

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Argentina and Namibia to play in Vodacom Cup". South African Rugby Union. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Official Home of the Springboks". SA Rugby. Retrieved 2011-12-08. 

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