SA Rugby releases new Rainbow Cup fixtures

Three 'Super Saturdays' will prepare groundwork for Lions Tour

Sanele Nohamba of the Sharks picks up and passes the ball during a hard-fought tie against the Blue Bulls.
FLYING START: Sanele Nohamba of the Sharks picks up and passes the ball during a hard-fought tie against the Blue Bulls.

SA Rugby has released the revised schedule for the Pro14 Rainbow Cup SA which will see three consecutive “Super Saturdays” from this coming weekend.

The opening match is a coastal clash between the Stormers and Sharks at Cape Town Stadium (2pm), to be followed by the Jukskei Derby between the Bulls and the Lions at Loftus Versfeld (7pm).

“It’s a pity we could not have the competition as we first envisaged it‚ but to see these four teams slug it out over seven weeks is sure to bring out the best in SA rugby‚” SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said.

“We are grateful to SuperSport for being so accommodating in the late changes‚ and to our friends in Europe for allowing our teams to continue in the competition they have been preparing for.”

Director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said it would have been good to see the SA teams take on the might of European clubs as the Castle Lager Lions Series moves closer.

“We’ll have to wait a bit longer to face the best club sides of Ireland‚ Italy‚ Scotland and Wales‚ but in the meantime we’ve got a tough competition that will hopefully prepare our players for what promises to be a massive series against the British & Irish Lions‚” Erasmus said.

“The rugby we saw when the season restarted last year was hot and cold‚ but it got better in the 2021 kickoff pools where the teams were looking much better. Hopefully they can take that form and intensity into the Rainbow Cup SA.

“It was also good to see a number of younger players putting up their hands‚ while our established and experienced players underlined their class.

“The Pro14 Rainbow Cup SA provides another opportunity for players to stake claims for higher honours and I’m excited to see what our teams can conjure up in the next few weeks.”

The normal Guinness Pro14 points system will be used — four points for a win‚ bonus points for scoring four tries or more‚ or for losing within a margin of seven points or fewer‚ and two points to each team for a drawn match.

Rounds four to six will see a reverse of the first rounds of fixtures between May 22 and June 12‚ with a bye for all four teams‚ with details of the kickoff times to be confirmed in due course.

Pro14 Rainbow Cup SA Fixtures 

Saturday‚ May 1: Stormers v Sharks (Cape Town Stadium‚ 2pm)‚ Bulls v Lions (Loftus Versfeld‚ 7pm)

Saturday‚ May 8: Sharks v Lions (Kings Park‚ 4pm)‚ Stormers v Bulls (Cape Town Stadium‚ 6.15pm)

Saturday‚ May 15: Lions v Stormers (Ellis Park‚ kickoff to be confirmed)‚ Bulls v Sharks (Loftus Versfeld‚ 6.15pm)

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