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Vodacom Bulls, Toyota Cheetahs Square up in Rare Rugby Treat

  • Michael Kariati

Last season, the Cheetahs finished 12th while the Bulls were better in ninth position on the final Vodacom Super Rugby Series standings.

Last season, the Cheetahs finished 12th while the Bulls were better in ninth position on the final Vodacom Super Rugby Series standings.

An all family sporting occasion is on the cards for sports loving Zimbabweans Saturday.

Zimbabwe’s sports lovers are in for a rare treat when the National Sports Stadium hosts the Super Rugby show between traditional rivals, the Vodacom Bulls and the Toyota Cheetahs on Saturday.

This is a preparatory match for the two sides before the Super Rugby Series 2016 programme that roars into life on February 26.

This is the first time that Zimbabwe will be playing host to a rugby match of this magnitude and the giant stadium should be full to the brim considering the high gate charges.

Zimbabwe Rugby Union general manager Sifiso Made says the cheapest seat will be going for as much as $10 while those wishing to sit on the VVIP stand are expected to dish out as much as $100.

Made says it will be a day to remember as there will be a host of apertizers prior to the main match.

Despite the high gate charges, rugby enthusiast Rangarirai Mandimutsira says he will be there with his family to joy the occasion.

Former Daily News Sports Editor Enock Muchinjo says according to his understanding tickets have been selling like hot cakes.

Mandimutsira, who supports Old Hararians in Zimbabwe, says he will be rally behind the Toyota Cheetahs as they remind him of Zimbabwe’s own sevens side, the Cheetahs.

The two teams are preparing for the start of the World Super rugby Series and will be parading some of the players who featured for South Africa and Namibia at the 2015 World Cup in England where South Africa finished.

The Vodacom Bulls will line up such top class players as South African World Cup player, Adriaan Strauss and Jan Seforntein while Cheetahs coach Franco Smith has given lock Reniel Hugo the captaincy.

The match will also be a test case for the Zimbabwe Rugby Union’s organizational abilities as they prepare to host the International Rugby Board’s Under 19 World Cup in April.

Muchinjo says this will be a learning curve for Zimbabwe’s dream to host a successful junior World Cup.

The Cheetahs will also be using the occasion to launch their away Vodacom Super Rugby jersey for the 2016 season.

Last season, the Cheetahs finished 12th while the Bulls were better in ninth position on the final Vodacom Super Rugby Series standings.

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