Sunday, October 25News That Matters | EXPLAINER | How SA’s blended Currie Cup/Gargantuan Rugby format will work

Rugby returns to South Africa this weekend with a pre-season ‘Gargantuan Fan Saturday’ match at Loftus Versfeld that will search for the Bulls host the Sharks (16: 25) and the the Stormers expend on the Lions (18: 55).

It is a ways the first competitive rugby the nation has seen since the tip of March – six months within the past – when Gargantuan Rugby 2020 became suspended since the coronavirus crisis. 

Then, the following weekend on 3 October, Newlands will host a Springbok trial match – Inexperienced v Gold – that will search for the nation’s easiest expend every assorted on with a aim to impress national head coach Jacques Nienaber earlier than a that you might possibly well seemingly also believe day out to Australia for the Rugby Championship in November. 

Earlier than that, although, home competition will return on 10 October when a blended Gargantuan Rugby/Currie Cup competition gets underway. 

Thanks to the truth that a lot rugby became misplaced in 2020, SA Rugby is now taking a think to meet its commercial partners in both the Gargantuan Rugby and Currie Cup areas and, which ability that, the 16-week home competition has been fastidiously structured so that there are two trophies up for grabs, however that every person fits count towards one total log. 

Here, we creep you thru the competition format for the upcoming Gargantuan Rugby Unlocked and Currie Cup competitions.

Initially, these are the seven teams that can be competing in both competitions: Sharks, Stormers, Bulls, Lions, Pumas, Griquas, Cheetahs

The ‘Gargantuan Rugby Unlocked’ competition starts on 10 October and will search for the perimeters play against every assorted as soon as – six fits every – thru till 21 November. 

At that level, whoever has accrued the most log substances can be crowned South African Gargantuan Rugby Unlocked champions. 

From 28 November, the Currie Cup leg of the competition will secure underway. ALL log substances from the Gargantuan Rugby Unlocked competition will lift over as the perimeters then meet every assorted as soon as again. 

It is a ways at this level where the Stormers will initiate enjoying as Western Province, it’s a ways anticipated, as the franchises flip into unions for the the rest of the season. 

There can be any other six fits every for the perimeters, and by January 9, 2021, all seven sides might possibly well hang performed a crammed with 12 fits relationship support to the initiate of the competition on 10 October. 

The high four teams on that log will then qualify for the Currie Cup semi-finals on 16 January with the Currie Cup final the following weekend on 23 January. 

Thanks to the format, the Currie Cup can be within the rare effect of being regarded as extra treasured than Gargantuan Rugby, however the character of 2020 methodology that nothing is customary anymore. 

The stronger sides within the competition, and the usual of the total product, can also very smartly be severely dented if the Springboks attain play within the Rugby Championship in November, however there isn’t very any longer any clarity yet on whether or no longer or no longer that will happen. 

One more irregular ingredient is that, for the first time in most novel memory, there can be competitive Currie Cup rugby taking effect over the festive season. 

Sport24 can be keeping you as much as this level with all developments this rugby season – from Griquas to the Springboks – initiating with this weekend’s action at Loftus. 

– Compiled by Lloyd Burnard 

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