Cape Town - The Border Rugby Union was forced to borrow rugby poles from a nearby club after its goalposts were stolen.
The Border Bulldogs, who play in the Currie Cup First Division, play their home matches at the Buffalo City Stadium in East London. It was formerly known as the Basil Kenyon Stadium.
According to the DispatchLive website, the Bulldogs had to play two games using poles from the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in the nearby Mdantsane township.
It is believed that the poles were stolen on August 15 after being taken down following a match. The poles reportedly disappeared from the storage facility.
“Because the stadium was booked for a social event, we took down the posts and they were stolen that weekend,” said stadium facilities manager Akhona Mgijima.
Mgijima said when it was noticed that the poles were missing a case was opened with East London police.
The uprights were recovered following swift police action the following Monday at a scrap metal company in East London.
The Bulldogs are currently struggling in the Currie Cup First Division, having won only one of eight matches, leaving them at the bottom of the table.
The unbeaten Leopards currently lead the standings on 40 points, followed by the Valke (24), Griffons (22), SWD Eagles (17), Boland Cavaliers (13) and Border (6).