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Currie Cup is still great, you’re just not here anymore


Written by Maria Delport (Letgo)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content on 2 Oct 2013 at 11:13
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Super Rugby is great (maybe a little drawn out these days), but nothing can beat the passion, pride, provincialism and history of the Currie Cup. Super Rugby has taken away a few things from the Currie Cup. The Springboks are now not available for most of the competition thereby influencing the level of competition. It also overlaps the Rugby Championship and because so much rugby is played during the year it seems that the public interest in the Currie Cup has dwindled a little over the years, or certainly stadium numbers suggest that it has. If anything Super Rugby should be shortened for this reason, of the 16 games teams play there are just too many duds and now we’ll see an expansion?  It makes no sense for that competition or our own. But I don’t want to get into that now, because for everything that Super Rugby has taken away from the Currie Cup it still remains to be just as great as I always remember it and even with a few added benefits.

 This weekend The Cheetahs and Western Province were up first. The game started with a bang, both teams seemed determined to run the ball and run the other team out of the game. And both teams scored a few fantastic tries in the first half. The second half was completely different  things tightened up, as neither team was willing to give anything away. It might be seen as a “weak” competition, but as with most other games this season the result was in question until the final whistle and “weak” as they may be, some quality rugby was produced by these two teams fighting for an important win. It was no different with the next game. The Sharks took on the Lions and two young teams battled it out in an intense match with another nail-biter finish.

Fred Zeilinga, Cheslin Kolbe, Heimar Williams and who could forget Patrick Lambie’s début season? Would any of these players have gotten their break this early if it had not been for the Currie Cup? Coaches who usually clung to the experience of older players and refused to test young exciting talents, just don’t have a choice now. I enjoy seeing the development of young teams and the character building moments. I enjoy the pure passion and heart of players in an “unimportant” or at least less important competition. I feel the fight and intensity of every game, with competitive teams coming up against each other each week.

 The only thing I miss are the supporters at sometimes too empty stadiums. The tickets are much more affordable and the games just as exciting and even more so. I’d campaign for every supporter to consider missing a few Super Rugby games and rather go to Currie Cup games. Packed stadiums are all we need to bring the Currie Cup back to its former glory. We all know that the agenda of ‘other’ countries involved in Super Rugby does not benefit our teams and that every expansion will suck the enjoyment out of an once exciting competition even more. I miss the atmosphere of a 30 000 – 50 000 crowd. And I wish the 30 000 – 50 000 that used to fill the stands would come back and see that not much has changed, only that they aren’t there anymore.



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