Rugby Challenge (South Africa)
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Rugby Challenge South Africa

Rugby Challenge
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event2019 Rugby Challenge
SuperSport Rugby Challenge logo.svg
Competition logo
SportRugby union
Inaugural season2017
No. of teams16
CountriesSouth Africa,
Most recent
Most titlesGriquas,
Western Province
Currie Cup

The Rugby Challenge - known as the SuperSport Rugby Challenge for sponsorship reasons - is the secondary domestic rugby union competition in South Africa. The competition is organised by the South African Rugby Union and featured all fourteen South African provincial unions plus Namibian side the Welwitschias and the Zimbabwe Academy. The inaugural season of the competition was in 2017, set up as the long-term successor of the Vodacom Cup competition.

The competition is played at roughly the same time as Super Rugby each season, and features a combination of Super Rugby players returning from injury, reserve players attempting to maintain their fitness levels and younger players trying to break through to the Super Rugby or Currie Cup sides. It therefore serves as an important developmental competition for South African rugby.


The sixteen teams are geographically divided into two sections - a North Section and a Southern Section. Each team would play the other teams in their section once during the regular season, either at home or away. Some fixtures were moved to a neutral venue as part of a "SuperStack" initiative, where three matches--including a local amateur club match--were played at one site, with free entry available at these festivals to help promote rugby amongst all social strata. The winner and runner-up of each section would qualify to the Quarter Finals, along with the two third-placed teams with the best records.[1]


The teams that compete in the Rugby Challenge are:

Northern Section
Team Sponsored name
Blue Bulls colours.svg Blue Bulls XV Vodacom Blue Bulls XV
Falcons colours.svg Falcons Hino Valke
Golden Lions colours.svg Golden Lions XV Xerox Golden Lions XV
Griffons colours.svg Griffons Down Touch Griffons
Griquas colours.svg Griquas Tafel Lager Griquas
Leopards colours.svg Leopards Leopards
Pumas colours.svg Pumas Steval Pumas
Eastern Suburbs Colours horizontal.svg Welwitschias Windhoek Draught Welwitschias
Southern Section
Team Sponsored name
Boland Cavaliers colours.svg Boland Cavaliers Boland Cavaliers
Border Bulldogs colours.svg Border Bulldogs Border Bulldogs
EP Kings colours.svg Eastern Province Elephants Eastern Province Elephants
FS Cheetahs colours.svg Free State XV Toyota Free State XV
Sharks rugby colours.svg Sharks XV Cell C Sharks XV
SWD Eagles colours.svg SWD Eagles SWD Eagles
WP Rugby colours.svg Western Province DHL Western Province
Zimbabwe Academy Zimbabwe Academy


The results of the finals played in the Rugby Challenge competition are as follows:

Rugby Challenge finals
Season Winner Score Runner-Up
2017 Western Province 28-19 Griquas
2018 Pumas 32-30 Griquas
2019 Griquas 28-13 Pumas

Overall Record

The overall record for the teams in the Rugby Challenge competition is as follows:

Rugby Challenge overall record
Team Name Champions Runner-Up Semi-Final Quarter Final
Griquas 1 2 0 0
Pumas 1 1 0 1
Western Province 1 0 1 1
Blue Bulls 0 0 1 1
Boland Cavaliers 0 0 1 1
Free State Cheetahs 0 0 1 1
Golden Lions 0 0 1 1
Sharks XV 0 0 1 1
Eastern Province Elephants 0 0 0 1
Falcons 0 0 0 0
Leopards 0 0 0 0
SWD Eagles 0 0 0 0
Border Bulldogs 0 0 0 0
Griffons 0 0 0 0
Welwitschias 0 0 0 0
Zimbabwe Academy 0 0 0 0

See also


  1. ^ "Provincial rugby gets SuperSport makeover" (Press release). South African Rugby Union. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 2017.

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