Tafel Lager Griquas
The Tafel Lager Griquas, known as Griqualand West in the late 1800s, played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Currie Cup. The first overseas rugby team, The British Isles, to tour South Africa, in 1891, carried with them a particularly precious bit of cargo, a golden cup given to them by Sir Donald Currie. His instructions were for this trophy to be handed over to the team in South Africa that gave the best game. After a spirited display where the unbeaten British Lions narrowly won 3-0, Griqualand West became the first ever to hold aloft the Currie Cup. They then handed the trophy over to the South African rugby board and it became the floating trophy for the Currie Cup competition
Toyota Free State Cheetahs
The Toyota Free State Cheetahs were established in 1895 and made their first Currie Cup final in 1973. However, the Toyota Free State Cheetahs’ faithful had to wait three years before the union lifted their first ever Currie Cup trophy in 1976. It was an impressive victory as the side defeated the mighty DHL Western Province team 33-16 in the final in Bloemfontein. The Toyota Free State Cheetahs have been runners-up on nine occasions and the last time they claimed the title was in 2016 with a 36-16 win over the Vodacom Blue Bulls.