The oldest club rugby competition in the world gets underway again tomorrow night, as provinces from across South Africa battle it out to be crowned national champions. Check out our predictions below, and if you think you know better, why not join our free prediction league on SuperBru and prove it?
Game of the round: Golden Lions vs Blue Bulls
Both of these sides have a rich heritage, and this should be a suitably full-blooded encounter. The Lions made the semi-finals last season, and are always tough to beat at their Ellis Park home, as they proved in Super Rugby. They will also benefit this Currie Cup season from not losing too many of their players to the Springbok set-up – unlike rivals Western Province and Natal Sharks – and with internationals not being released for this tournament at all, that could be vital.
And what of the Bulls? They enjoyed unparalleled success when the game became professional, but have teams come to work out their conservative game plan? It certainly seems that way, and last season they finished a hugely disappointing fifth (there were only six teams in the league last year). Super Rugby teaches us that they are difficult to beat at Loftus Versfeld but far less effective away from their home patch, so this is a tough assignment for them, especially given the players they will be missing to the Springbok cause.
At home, with a far more settled squad and carrying the confidence of a better-than-expected Super Rugby season into their Currie Cup campaign, it’s very difficult to see past the Lions here. They beat the Bulls twice last season, too, so will have the mental edge. A home win. Lions by 10.
Other SuperBru predictions:
Eastern Province Kings vs Western Province: Western Province by 18
Griquas vs Sharks: Sharks by 12
Pumas vs Cheetahs: Cheetahs by 15