The DHL Stormers XV will tackle the Toyota Cheetahs in the first instalment of the Toyota Challenge, a five team tournament to be held in November.
Five teams – two from abroad – will participate in the 4-match Toyota Challenge in which R1-million will be up for grabs.
In the opening game of the DHL Stormers XV will line up against the hosts on 13 November at 17:30.
Every match winner will earn R250 000 while more money is up for grabs for individual players and fans during the Toyota Challenge. Joining the DHL Stormers XV and the Toyota Cheetahs in the tournament are the Cell C Sharks, Spain’s Diables Barcelona and Romania’s CSM Stiinta Baia Mare.
Players will be rewarded for “positive play actions” during the games, while fans will be rewarded for supporting their favorite teams in the stadium and online on various social media platforms: a bonanza of running rugby, bone-crunching tackles, cash and other prizes and tries galore.
“Toyota SA have a long history with rugby in South Africa and we believe that the Toyota Challenge promises to bring another dimension to the way rugby is being played and mostly enjoyed by the fans in South Africa” says Leon Theron, Senior Vice President: Sales & Marketing: TOYOTA South Africa Motors.
Toyota Cheetahs MD Harold Verster adds: “Apart from dishing up running rugby against the old foes in the Stormers and the Sharks, the Toyota Cheetahs are excited to have two brand-new rugby friends Diables Barcelona and CSM Stiinta Baia Mare in Toyota Stadium. We are particularly delighted that the Toyota Cheetahs, will have the opportunity to show their metal. This new rugby product promises to be very enticing and entertaining for the fans. Talking about fans, we are delighted that our supporters will be allowed in the stadium again, albeit limited to 2 000 at this stage. I would also like to thank Howard Thomas Rugby MD of Redstrike and his team for their assistance in pulling this together, with whom we are working on a number of exciting initiatives.”
“This is very exciting for all the teams involved and I’m sure we’ll see some open running rugby in Bloemfontein next month. It’s also great to see new sides in action, from Spain and Romania, two nations where the game is really growing, and their involvement will add something extra to the Toyota Challenge,” says SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux.
The Toyota Challenge fixtures will be broadcast by SuperSport.
Toyota Challenge fixtures:
Saturday, 13 November 2021:Toyota Cheetahs vs DHL Stormers XV – 17h30 – SS 210
Wednesday, 17 November 2021: Toyota Cheetahs vs Barcelona (Spain) – 17h30 – SS 211
Saturday, 20 November 2021: Toyota Cheetahs vs Cell C Sharks – 14h00 – SS 211
Friday, 26 November 2021: Toyota Cheetahs vs Baia Mare Rugby (Romania) – 17h30 -SS 211
While in South Africa, Diables Barcelona will also face off against the Kenyan National team and CSM Stiinta Baia Mare will face a Free State XV team as part of the Toyota Intercontinental Invitational Series of friendly matches.
Toyota Intercontinental Invitational Series fixtures: