The Stormers http://thestormers.com The official website for the DHL Stormers Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:34:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DHL Stormers 2016 season review http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-2016-season-review/ Sat, 06 Aug 2016 14:28:45 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10759 The 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby season saw the DHL Stormers take some bold steps into a new era.

With a new format which featured 18 teams, four different conferences and a new management team of Head Coach Robbie Fleck, Forwards Coach Russell Winter and Defence Coach Paul Treu, the DHL Stormers topped Africa Conference One and qualified for the play-offs seeded third.

Fleck and his team pledged to play fearless rugby in a campaign which would see them pitted against teams from South Africa, Japan, Argentina and Australia, and they managed 10 wins from their 16 games with five defeats and a draw.

The season started with convincing victories against conference rivals the Vodacom Bulls and the Toyota Cheetahs, and they would end the regular season nine log points ahead of the team from Pretoria who were their nearest challengers in Africa Conference One as the DHL Stormers collected their fourth conference title in the last six years.

There were many talented young players who were exposed to Vodacom Super Rugby in 2016, with props JC Janse van Rensburg and JP Smith, locks Pieter-Steph du Toit, Chris van Zyl and JD Schickerling, loose forward Kobus van Dyk, scrumhalf Jano Vermaak, flyhalves Jean-Luc du Plessis and Brandon Thomson, centre Daniel du Plessis and outside backs Leolin Zas and Scott van Breda all making their DHL Stormers debut.

There were also some stalwarts who played their last DHL Stormers match in 2016, with veteran loose forward Schalk Burger (Saracens), scrumhalves Nic Groom (Northampton Saints) and Louis Schreuder (Koboto Spears), prop Vincent Koch (Saracens) and lock Jean Kleyn (Munster) all leaving the franchise at the end of the season.

All four games the DHL Stormers lost during the regular season (against Cell C Sharks, Waratahs, Emirates Lions and Vodacom Bulls) saw them claim bonus points for finishing within seven points of their opponents.

The regular season ended with four consecutive victories as they beat the Toyota Cheetahs a second time at DHL Newlands ahead of the June international break, and then claimed bonus-point victories against the Rebels and Force on their tour of Australia before returning to DHL Newlands where they ran in eight tries in a big win against the Kings to secure a home quarterfinal.

In their 15 regular season matches the DHL Stormers conceded just 28 tries, which was the least of any team in the competition, and managed to score 49 tries of their own.

The DHL Stormers had the best defensive line-out in the competition, stealing 24% of opposition ball and winning 86% of their own ball.

Having qualified for the play-offs as third seeds, the DHL Stormers hosted the Chiefs in their quarterfinal at DHL Newlands, but fell short against the two-time champions from Hamilton.

Fleck said that while it was disappointing to lose in the quarterfinal, there were many positives in the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign which bodes well for the franchise going forward.

“Obviously it is really disappointing and it is going to be a tough one to swallow, but for me as a coach it has been a great experience, I have had good leadership around me and the players have been fantastic in terms of their buy-in.

“I am certainly excited about what we can do as a group going forward.

“We brought through a lot of talented young players this season who now have a taste of what Vodacom Super Rugby is all about.

“We have learned a lot in this campaign as a squad and as management staff and we are very motivated to apply those lessons next year,” he said.

Fleck added that it is vital for the squad and management to build on what they achieved this season going forward.

“It takes time to build a team, a culture and a style of play, but we still managed to achieve the goals that we set ourselves at the start of the season by playing a home play-off match.

“We are determined to build on the base that we have created next year. Even though the quarterfinal against the Chiefs was a disappointment, there was a lot that we took from that game going forward, and we are looking forward to the challenge of playing against New Zealand teams next year,” said Fleck.

DHL Stormers Vodacom Super Rugby 2016 results:

DHL Stormers 33-9 Vodacom Bulls (DHL Newlands)
Toyota Cheetahs 10-20 DHL Stormers (Toyota Stadium)
DHL Stormers 13-18 Cell C Sharks (DHL Newlands)
DHL Stormers 33-9 Brumbies (DHL Newlands)
Jaguares 8-13 DHL Stormers (Estadio Jose Emalfitani)
DHL Stormers 46-19 Sunwolves (DHL Newlands)
Emirates Lions 29-22 DHL Stormers (Emirates Airline Park)
DHL Stormers 40-22 Reds (DHL Newlands)
DHL Stormers 30-32 Waratahs (DHL Newlands)
Sunwolves 17-17 DHL Stormers (Singapore National Stadium)
Vodacom Bulls 17-13 DHL Stormers (Loftus Versfeld)
DHL Stormers 31-24 Toyota Cheetahs (DHL Newlands)
Rebels 31-57 DHL Stormers (AAMI Park)
Force 3-22 DHL Stormers (nib Stadium)
DHL Stormers 52-24 Southern Kings (DHL Newlands)
DHL Stormers 21-60 Chiefs (DHL Newlands)

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Six DHL Stormers in Bok squad http://thestormers.com/six-dhl-stormers-in-bok-squad/ Sat, 06 Aug 2016 14:21:22 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10767 There are six DHL Stormers in the Springbok squad for the opening two matches of the 2016 Castle Lager Rugby Championship against Argentina.

Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Bongi Mbonambi and Sikhumbuzo Notshe were all named by coach Allister Coetzee in his squad of 31 players.

Overall, seven changes have been made to the squad that did duty against Ireland in the Castle Lager Incoming Test Series in June. Injured players not considered for selection are Frans Malherbe, Coenie Oosthuizen, Jan Serfontein, Pat Lambie, Handré Pollard, Cobus Reinach and Siya Kolisi.

The Springbok squad will assemble in stages in Johannesburg. The nine Emirates Lions players who featured in the Vodacom Super Rugby Final earlier on Saturday will join on Wednesday with the six overseas-based players and two Olympians due to join on Sunday, 14 August.

The remaining squad members assemble tomorrow for a week’s preparations before the full squad of 31 players move camp to Nelspruit (14 August) to continue their preparations for the first Test against Argentina, on 20 August in the Mbombela Stadium.

Coetzee was excited to start preparations for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship and to work with the new players in the 31-man Bok squad.

“I’m excited to get Malcolm Marx involved with the Boks on the back of a very strong Vodacom Super Rugby season,” said Coetzee. “It’s also great to welcome back Oupa Mohoje and Vincent Koch to the Boks – both of them have worked incredibly hard and played very well recently.

“Johan Goosen has been in outstanding form for his club in France and gives us a number of options in the backline with his versatility, while Francois Hougaard, Juan de Jongh and Bryan Habana were previously not available because of Springbok Sevens commitments.

“We are fortunate to welcome back an experienced player such as Bryan, who will be able to provide great guidance to our young backs, while Juan and Francois also bring vast experience with them.”

The Bok coach explained the decision not to select the experienced winger JP Pietersen and Willie le Roux: “JP and I recently held discussions and I have decided to give him a much-needed break because he has played a lot of rugby the past three years. Although he has joined English club Leicester, he will still be available for the Springboks. The same applies to Willie, who has just signed with Wasps.

“The other players who were part of the squad in June but have missed out on selection, will continue to be part of the process going forward. We have to build depth because this is a long haul and a tough competition, and they are not out of our plans. It is important that a player such as Scarra Ntubeni, for example, gets playing time in the Currie Cup with his provincial team.

“Losing Siya, Pat and Frans to injury is a huge blow as they are part of our leadership group. However, Oupa also brings leadership to the squad having captained the SA ‘A’ side earlier year against the England Saxons and also leading the Toyota Cheetahs towards the end of their Vodacom Super Rugby campaign,” added Coetzee.

“We will use our experience and learnings from the Ireland series as the stepping stone for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship and keep on growing our depth in our squad and improve on our overall game.”

The selection of prop Trevor Nyakane is subject to medical clearance.

Meanwhile, Coetzee has decided that Chean Roux will take charge of the Bok defensive coaching duties. Roux, who previously assisted the Boks as part of the Mobi Unit on refereeing and technical aspects, fills the vacancy left by Jacques Nienaber who recently left SA Rugby to take up a post at Irish club Munster.

Springbok squad: Ruan Combrinck (Emirates Lions), Damian de Allende (DHL Stormers), Lood de Jager (Toyota Cheetahs), Juan de Jongh (DHL Stormers), Faf de Klerk (Emirates Lions), Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers), Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), Johan Goosen (Racing Metro), Bryan Habana (Toulon), Francois Hougaard (Worcester), Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions), Steven Kitshoff (Bordeaux), Vincent Koch (Steval Pumas), Jaco Kriel (Emirates Lions), Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls), Francois Louw (Bath), Lionel Mapoe (Emirates Lions), Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions), Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers), Teboho Mohoje (Toyota Cheetahs), Franco Mostert (Emirates Lions), Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), Lwazi Mvovo (Cell C Sharks), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (DHL Stormers), Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls), Rudy Paige (Vodacom Bulls), Julian Redelinghuys (Emirates Lions), Morne Steyn (Stade Francais), Adriaan Strauss (captain – Vodacom Bulls), Duane Vermeulen (Toulon), Warren Whiteley (Emirates Lions).

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DHL Stormers injury report – July 27 http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-injury-report-july-27/ Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:27:31 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10756 DHL Stormers flank Siya Kolisi has undergone surgery on his ankle and will be out of action for the next three months.

Kolisi sustained the Syndesmosis injury in the opening stages of the DHL Stormers’ Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Chiefs at DHL Newlands.

Nizaam Carr’s shoulder injury will be monitored by the medical staff, and at this stage he is expected to be out for two weeks.

DHL Stormers co-captain Frans Malherbe has also been ruled out for three months due to a neck injury.

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DHL Stormers to come back stronger http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-to-come-back-stronger/ Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:06:26 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10752 The DHL Stormers are determined to take some valuable lessons from their Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal defeat to the Chiefs and come back stronger next season.

The Hamilton-based side were simply too strong for the hosts at DHL Newlands on Saturday, and DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck gave credit to what was a superb performance from the visitors.

“They blew us away in that first half and the tempo they played at just killed us.

“You have got to give credit where it is due, and everything they tried came off for them,” he said.

Fleck said the challenge will be to learn from this experience and work hard to come back stronger next year when they will face New Zealand instead of Australian sides.

“For us it is a taste of what is to come next year, and some of our young guys now know what it is like. We are going to have to lick our wounds, and they are big ones.

“We have got a lot of work to do, and we have still got to get to grips with the intensity that they play at,” he said.

Looking back on the season captain Schalk Burger said that there has been encouraging growth which bodes well for the future.

“Of course it hurts, but you have got to have a little perspective – this team has come a long way. We started on a journey, we are a young side and I think we did remarkably well to get into a quarterfinal.

“I think the challenge for this group is to stay true to their culture, and everyone must have introspection and improve.

“Fleckie and the management did remarkably well, at the beginning of the year I don’t think a lot of people gave us much of a chance, but we were comfortably winners of our conference.

“Tonight was painful, but I have really enjoyed working with this group of players who are super talented,” he said.

Fleck added that while there is room for growth, there is also a lot of potential in the current squad.

“I think that we can catch up, what we started this year we would like to continue next year.

“I certainly believe that this group can get there, we have had a taste of it now and we are going to work incredibly hard. It is about picking up the pieces now and I certainly believe that this group of players can go in that direction.

“I am certainly excited about what we can do as a group going forward.

“Obviously it is really disappointing and it is going to be a tough one to swallow, but for me as a coach it has been a great experience, I have had good leadership around me and the players have been fantastic in terms of their buy-in but I think we all realise that we are a fair bit off where we need to be and we have a lot of work to do next year,” he said.

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DHL Stormers go down to Chiefs http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-go-down-to-chiefs-2/ Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:45:39 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10747 The DHL Stormers went down 60-21 to the Chiefs in their Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

The team from Hamilton proved too strong for their hosts, scoring four tries in each half to book their place in the Vodacom Super Rugby semifinals.

After some intense opening exchanges the visitors struck first with a penalty from fullback Damian McKenzie, but the DHL Stormers would score the first try as tighthead prop Vince Koch barged over to cap a period of pressure and give the hosts a 7-3 lead after the first 10 minutes.

However, that lead did not last long as the Chiefs responded with two quick tries of their own as first wing Sam McNicol and then scrumhalf Brad Weber dotted down to put them 17-7 ahead after 20 minutes.

The next try came courtesy of a charge down in the DHL Stormers 22, with Chiefs No.8 Tom Sanders getting the last touch after the ball had gone loose in-goal, and their lead was stretched to 27-7 with another penalty from McKenzie shortly afterwards.

They were not done there, and wing James Lowe was next to get on the scoresheet when he collected his own grubber to score in the corner.

However, the DHL Stormers would have the final say in the first half as Koch barged over for his second try to cut the deficit to 34-14 at the break.

The Chiefs were first to strike in the second half as a counter attack was moved wide to McKenzie who scored in the corner to take the lead out to 39-14.

The DHL Stormers refused to give in and they were finally rewarded for their efforts when flank Nizaam Carr burst over for a try with eight minutes left.

However, the Chiefs would have the final say as late tries from replacement hooker Hika Elliot, Tevita Koloamatangi and Tawera Kerr-Barlow sealed the victory.

The scorers:

For DHL Stormers:
Tries: Koch 2, Carr
Cons: Du Preez 2, Thomson

For Chiefs:
Tries: McNicol, Weber, Sanders, Lowe, McKenzie, Elliot, Koloamatangi, Kerr-Barlow
Cons: McKenzie 7
Pens: McKenzie 2

DHL Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger (co-captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Ezebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Nizaam Carr, 22 Louis Schreuder, 23 Brandon Thomson.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sam McNicol, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Mitchell Graham, 19 Tevita Koloamatangi, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Toni Pulu, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

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DHL Stormers 67 minutes for Mandela at Children’s Hospital http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-67-minutes-for-mandela-at-childrens-hospital/ Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:18:16 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10740 The DHL Stormers visited the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital on Thursday to give their 67 minutes for Mandela.

As part of the Mandela Week initiative in memory of the iconic former statesman in the week of his birthday, the DHL Stormers visited the hospital in Rondebosch following their training session at DHL Newlands as they prepare for the Vodcam Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Chiefs on Saturday.

The players were taken for a tour of the facilities and then divided into groups that made visits to five different wards to interact with the children and hand out goodie bags.

The wards they visited were for Burns, Surgery, Cardiac and Tracheostomies and Renal and Specialised Medical care.

Communications Officer for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Angelique Jordaan said that having the DHL Stormers visit meant a lot to the children.

“I would really like to thank the team for taking time out of their busy schedules to spend some time with our patients. Spending time in hospital can be really tough, but visits such as this inspire hope, create memories that last a lifetime and make the patients’ stay in hospital more bearable by taking their mind off of what they are going through, even if just for a while.

“It was a visit that won’t be forgotten soon – it was not just the children that couldn’t contain their excitement at meeting and spending time with their sporting heroes, but staff members and parents as well,” she said.

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Safety a priority at DHL Newlands http://thestormers.com/safety-a-priority-at-dhl-newlands/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 09:58:58 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10730 Please take note of this important safety and security information ahead of the Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal between the DHL Stormers and the Chiefs at DHL Newlands on Saturday. Please take time to familiarise yourselves with the stadium rules.

Season tickets are valid for the game and public tickets are on sale from Computicket, wprugby.computicket.com or the stadium box office which opens at 09h00 on Tuesday, July 19, and supporters are encouraged to book early to avoid being disappointed or having to stand in long queues.

Gates on matchday will open at 16h30 ahead of the 19h00 kick-off, so spectators are encouraged to allow enough time to clear security and get to their seats timeously in order to avoid missing any of the action.

Please be RESPECTFUL of all supporters and those around you, as well as the players, coaches, officials and staff. Everyone would like to enjoy the game in a safe and pleasant environment. Please specifically note that – Western Province Rugby, the SAPS, VOC Commander, the safety officer or Disaster Management members shall be entitled to refuse admission to, or to eject from the Ground, any person whose behaviour or conduct could in the reasonable opinion of WP Rugby, the SAPS, VOC Commander, the safety officer or Disaster Management members constitute a source of danger, nuisance or annoyance to spectators or other persons.

Western Province Rugby reserves the right to refuse admission to, or to eject from the Ground, any person who in the reasonable opinion of WP Rugby, its servants or agents, makes or incites any form of racial abuse, chanting, gesturing or behaviour.

Please specifically note that unauthorised access to the field is strictly prohibited and field invaders will be subject to arrest by SAPS. In the Stadium no unauthorised person is permitted on the playing or performance area (i.e. the pitch and its surrounding and no person may remain in a gangway, entrance, exit or staircase at any time.

Spectators are also reminded that admission to the Stadium may also be denied to ticket holders under the influence of, or carrying alcohol or any narcotic substance and that the stadium is a non-smoking facility.

To read the stadium rules in full CLICK HERE
To read some Frequently Asked Questions CLICK HERE

Enjoy the game!

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Du Preez returns for DHL Stormers http://thestormers.com/du-preez-returns-for-dhl-stormers/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:57:58 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10734 Flyhalf Robert du Preez will make his return for the DHL Stormers in their Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Chiefs at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

After starting the first two games of the season, Du Preez injured his knee against the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in Round Two and comes into the starting line-up for Jean-Luc du Plessis who was injured in the victory against the Southern Kings at DHL Newlands last week.

There is just one other change to the backline, for the match which kicks off at 19h00 on Saturday, as Nic Groom returns after being rested against the Southern Kings, with Louis Schreuder and Brandon Thomson providing backline cover on the replacements bench.

In the front row Bongi Mbonambi starts at hooker with Scarra Ntubeni moving to the replacements bench where he will be joined by props Oli Kebble and co-captain Frans Malherbe who are both returning from injury.

Locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit both return after sitting out last week, whilst the only change to the loose trio sees Siya Kolisi return to the starting XV, with Rynhardt Elstadt and a fit-again Nizaam Carr amongst the replacements.

DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that having so many players return before the play-offs has been a timely boost.

“It is great to have these players back in the mix for what is obviously a very important match.

“The team is intent on going out there and embracing the occasion of playing a Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal at DHL Newlands,” he said.

Season tickets will be valid for the qualifier and public tickets are available from Computicket, wprugby.computicket.com and the stadium box office.

DHL Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger (co-captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Ezebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Nizaam Carr, 22 Louis Schreuder, 23 Brandon Thomson.

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Book your DHL Newlands quarterfinal spot http://thestormers.com/book-your-dhl-newlands-quarterfinal-spot/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:10:29 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10698 Tickets for the Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal between the DHL Stormers and the Chiefs at DHL Newlands on Saturday, July 23 are now on sale.

Having won Africa Conference One, the DHL Stormers will host the visitors from Hamilton, for the match which kicks off at 19h00 on Saturday, July 23 at DHL Newlands.

The Chiefs finished as sixth seeds following their loss against the Highlanders in Dunedin, and will make the trip to Cape Town for the knock-out match.

Season tickets will be valid for the qualifier and public tickets range in price from as low as R85 in the standing area to R395 for Category One seats in the Grandstand. Tickets are available from Computicket, wprugby.computicket.com and the stadium box office. Supporters are encouraged to book early to avoid being disappointed or having to stand in long queues.

Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal ticket prices:
Category One: R395
Category Two: R295
Category Three: R245
Category Four: R155
Category Five: R85

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Season tickets valid for quarterfinal http://thestormers.com/season-tickets-valid-for-quarterfinal/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:08:55 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10718 Season tickets are valid for the Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal between the DHL Stormers and the Chiefs at DHL Newlands on Saturday, July 23.

Having won Africa Conference One, the DHL Stormers will host the visitors from Hamilton, in a match that will kick-off at 19h00 on Saturday, July 23.

The Chiefs finished as sixth seeds following their loss against the Highlanders in Dunedin, and will make the trip to Cape Town for theknock-out match.

Season tickets will be valid for the qualifier and public tickets range in price from as low as R85 in the standing area to R395 for Category One seats in the Grandstand. Tickets will be available from Monday, July 18 at 12h00 from Computicket and wprugby.computicket.com and the stadium box office will open at 09h00 on Tuesday, July 19. Supporters are encouraged to book early to avoid being disappointed or having to stand in long queues.

Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal ticket prices:
Category One: R395
Category Two: R295
Category Three: R245
Category Four: R155
Category Five: R85

 

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