Ellis Park's new Super record

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 09:06
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Anything you can do, we can do better! This is the message, loud and clear, from Lions fans to their Southern Kings rivals.

Anything you can do, we can do better! This is the message, loud and clear, from Lions fans to their Southern Kings rivals.

The Kings have been praised for their good crowd attendances at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, but the Lions will well and truly upstage them.

This website can reveal that Ellis Park will - on Saturday when the Lions host the Kings in their second-leg promotion-relegation match - set a new Super Rugby attendance record.

The 60,000-seater Ellis Park will put up the 'house full' signs well ahead of Saturday's 17.00 (15.00 GMT) kick-off.

All external ticket outlets were sold out by Tuesday and when the stadium offices opened Wednesday morning there were a mere 500 tickets available.

To put this into perspective, the Super Rugby Final between the Chiefs and Brumbies (also a sell-out) will be played in front of 25,000 spectators in Hamilton earlier on Saturday. The last ticket for that match was sold on Wednesday.

The current all-time record for a Super Rugby match is held, jointly, by the Bulls and Sharks - who sold out their 52,000-seater stadiums (Loftus Versfeld and Kings Park) for the 2009 and 2007 Super Rugby finals respectively.

The Bulls also sold out the Orlando Stadium (50,000) for the 2010 Final, while the Stormers can boast a few sell-out crowds at Newlands (capacity 48,000).

Obviously South Africa's stadium capacity is far superior to those in Australasia - where only ANZ in Sydney, Suncorp in Brisbane and Eden Park in Auckland can compare.

The SANZAR purists will also claim that Ellis Park on Saturday is not a Super Rugby match in the true sense, but given that they are playing for Super Rugby status it is indeed part of the competition.

The Kings have been the 'feel good' story of 2013, even though their last-place finish on the standings and last week's 19-26 loss to the Lions in the first leg of the promotion-relegation may not suggest that.

However, they have still managed to post two of the top five attendance figures of the season and an average of well over 30,000 per match for their eight home games.

The top crowd for 2013 belongs to the Bulls, who attracted 48,365 spectators to Loftus for their win over the Sharks on July 6.

The Stormers (against the Crusaders on March 30) are next best with their 47,263 (just a few hundred short of capacity), followed by the first of the Kings' two entries - 45,649 against the Bulls on April 20 (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium has a capacity of 46,000). The Stormers also have two places in the 2013 top five - with their 45,416 against the Bulls on July 13 coming in at No.4. The Kings complete the top five with 45,098 for their July 6 encounter with the Stormers.

Saturday's sell-out crowd at Ellis Park will be a clear message to South African Rugby Union bosses that fans in Johannesburg want top-class rugby in their city as much as Kings fans want it in PE and they have the numbers to prove it.

The last time Ellis Park was full for a Lions game was the 2011 Currie Cup Final, when the Lions beat the Sharks 42-16.

By Jan de Koning

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Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
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Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10