Vodacom URC derbies brought forward to this weekend

PUBLISHED: November 29, 2021

Two Vodacom United Rugby Championship derbies originally scheduled for February 2022 have been brought forward and will be played in Durban and Cape Town this weekend.

The DHL Stormers will face the Emirates Lions at DHL Stadium in a match that kicks off at 17h00 on Saturday, while the Cell C Sharks will now host the Vodacom Bulls in Durban on Friday evening (19h00 kick-off at Jonsson Kings Park).

In the wake of the round six and seven matches that were postponed last week due to the emergence of a new variant of COVID-19, it was decided to move two local derbies forward.

Limited spectators will be allowed at these matches as was gazetted by government in October.

“Our four teams have been hard at work and in conjunction with the tournament organisers, we’ve decided to bring forward two of the derbies originally scheduled for early in the new year,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.

“Apart from providing our teams with much-needed game time, we are also trying to open up space in the calendar for a possible rescheduling of the matches that had been postponed this weekend.”