Trans-Jukskei derby for Soweto

Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:06
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Top-flight rugby will return to Soweto when the Bulls face the Lions in the inaugural Gauteng Cup at Orlando Stadium in February.

Top-flight rugby will return to Soweto when the Bulls face the Lions in the inaugural Gauteng Cup at Orlando Stadium in February.

Gauteng sports MEC Lebogang Maile hoped the match would attract as much interest from the public as the sold-out clash between the Bulls and the Stormers in the 2010 Super Rugby Final and the Bulls' semifinal against the Crusaders the week before.

The Bulls defeated seven-time champion Crusaders 39-24 in the 2010 Super 14 semifinal and then went on to clinch the title with a 25-17 victory against the Stormers in the Final at Orlando Stadium.

"We are looking forward to re-living the euphoria, excitement and anticipation that we experienced during 2010 when professional rugby return to Soweto," Maile said on Wednesday.

"The Gauteng Rugby Cup is all about sport for social cohesion."

The match would kick-start celebrations of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union's 75th anniversary in 2013, according to Bulls CEO Barend van Graan.

"Playing the Lions in Soweto accomplishes many objectives for us," Van Graan said.

"It is a return to the very beginnings of our union. The game will be played in honour of our legendary players and will also lay the foundation for another successful 75 years of Bulls rugby."

Van Graan said the Pretoria outfit looked forward to playing at the Soweto venue, the home ground of football giants Orlando Pirates.

"The Soweto community is one that is passionate about rugby and was unrelenting in their support of our team in 2010," he said.

The Lions have lost their place in next year's Super Rugby competition, making way for the Southern Kings.

The Lions are now on a journey to reclaim their Super Rugby status and Golden Lions Rugby Union CEO Ruben Moggee said this fixture will give their loyal fans the opportunity to see the team in action.

"This 75th anniversary match is our way of helping our neighbours prepare for their Super Rugby season while also ensuring that our fans are able to watch our team in action in the months preceding the 2013 Absa Currie Cup competition," said Moggee.

The Gauteng Cup would be played in Soweto for the next two years.

The Gauteng Rugby Cup will also bring back fond memories for both unions and their legends from the first ever encounter contested by the newly-formed Northern Transvaal Rugby Union against Transvaal on 18 April 1938.

This trip down memory lane for past and current players will be the highlight of an action-packed outing at Soweto’s Orlando Stadium which will also feature an exciting list of festivities throughout the day.

“Both Unions have rich and proud histories, steeped in tradition in the South African landscape, but history aside, this 75th Anniversary match is our way of helping our neighbours prepare for their Super Rugby season while also ensuring that our fans are able to watch our team in action in the months preceding the 2013 Absa Currie Cup competition.”

Previous Super Rugby and international Test matches in Soweto have not only sold out but also proved to be resounding successes.

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Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
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Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14