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1989 Santam Bank Trophy Division A

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Countries  South Africa
Runners-up  Far North
Champions  Boland
Relegated  None
1989 Santam Bank Trophy Division A
Date  29 April – 19 August 1989
Promoted  South Eastern Transvaal

The 1989 Santam Bank Trophy Division A was the third tier of domestic South African rugby, below the two Currie Cup divisions.

Contents

Changes between 1988 and 1989 seasons

  • South Eastern Transvaal were promoted to the Currie Cup Division B.
  • Far North were promoted from Division B.
  • Changes between 1989 and 1990 seasons

  • Divisions A and B merged into one nine-team division.
  • Boland, Far North and Western Province League were promoted to the Currie Cup Division B.
  • Regular season and title play-offs

    There were six participating teams in the Santam Bank Trophy Division A. 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 in the division – along with the top two teams from Division B qualified for the title play-off finals. The team that finished first in Division A would play at home against the team that finished second in Division B and the team that finished second in Division A would play at home against the team that finished first in Division B.

    Promotion play-offs

    The Division A champion qualified for the promotion play-offs. That team played off against the team placed sixth in the Currie Cup Division B over two legs. The winner over these two ties qualified for the 1990 Currie Cup Division B, while the losing team qualified for the 1990 Santam Bank Trophy.

    Relegation play-offs

    The bottom team on the log qualified for the relegation play-offs. That team played off against the team that won the Santam Bank Trophy Division B over two legs. The winner over these two ties qualified for the 1990 Santam Bank Trophy Division A, while the losing team qualified for the 1989 Santam Bank Trophy Division B.

    Santam Bank Trophy Finals

    The top two teams from Division A and the top two teams from Division B qualified to the Trophy finals:

    Promotion Play-Offs

    In the promotion play-offs, Eastern Free State conceded the second leg to Boland, who won promotion to the Currie Cup Division B. Eastern Free State were initially relegated, but due to the Currie Cup Division B's expansion to 8 teams, they retained their place.

    Relegation Play-Offs

    In the relegation play-offs, South Western Districts beat Northern Natal on aggregate and won promotion to Division A. However, due to the withdrawal of South West Africa and the Currie Cup Division B being expanded from six teams to eight teams, only nine teams were left in the Santam Bank Trophy and it was decided to merge Division A and Division B into a single division for 1990.

    References

    1989 Santam Bank Trophy Division A Wikipedia


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