1989 Currie Cup Division A

The 1989 Currie Cup Division A (known as the Santam Bank Currie Cup for sponsorship reasons) was the top division of the Currie Cup competition, the premier domestic rugby union competition in South Africa. This was the 51st season since the competition started in 1889.


Changes between 1988 and 1989 seasons

  • Division A was expanded from seven to eight teams.
  • were promoted from Division B.

    Changes between 1989 and 1990 seasons

  • withdrew.
  • were promoted from Division B.


    Regular season and title play-offs

    There were eight participating teams in the 1989 Currie Cup Division A. These teams played each other twice over the course of the season, once at home and once away. Teams received two points for a win and one points for a draw. The top two teams qualified for the title play-offs (along with the top team from Division B). In the semi-finals, the team that finished second had home advantage against the team that finished top of Division B, while the team that finished top had a bye through to the final. The final was then played at the home venue of the higher-placed team.

    Relegation play-offs

    The bottom team on the log qualified for the relegation play-offs. That team played off against the team placed top in Division B over two legs. The winner over these two ties qualified for the 1990 Currie Cup Division A, while the losing team qualified for the 1990 Currie Cup Division B.


    Fixtures and Results

    Round One

    Round Two

    Round Three

    Round Four

    Round Five

    Round Six

    Round Seven

    Round Eight

    Round Nine

    Round Ten

    Round Eleven

    Round Twelve

    Round Thirteen

    Round Fourteen

    Round Fifteen



    Relegation Play-Offs

    The promotion/relegation play-off games between and were not played. At the end of September 1989, the South African Rugby Board announced that would not play in the 1990 Currie Cup competition and that would be automatically promoted. Despite suggestions that would be allowed back into the Currie Cup, South West Africa later voluntarily withdrew, due to uncertainty arising from Namibia gaining independence.