Feast of rugby for Kings fans

2015-01-23 10:21
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Port Elizabeth - EP Rugby supporters in Nelson Mandela Bay are in for a feast of top class rugby this year based on the provisional fixtures list recently made available. 

The EP Kings are currently preparing for the Vodacom Cup tournament, which officially kicks off on the weekend of March 21 with a home match against Kenya at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. 

In preparation, the Kings have lined up two pre-season friendlies ahead of the tournament, playing the Cheetahs on the 6th of March and the Golden Lions on the 14th of March at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

“We are still waiting on final confirmation on dates and times from SA Rugby, but we now know which teams we will be playing on which weekend,” said EP Rugby CEO, Charl Crous.

Crous said the EP Kings will play four of their seven Vodacom Cup matches at home this year, playing against Kenya’s Tusker Simba (March 21), Western Province (April 11), SWD (April 25) and Natal (May 8) at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium. Away games include Border (March 28), Free State (April 18) and Boland (May 2).

Supporters can also expect an action packed Currie Cup Premier Division line-up, with the Kings once again taking on the top provincial teams as they enter their final preparations for Super Rugby next year.

Crous said they had lined up two mid season friendlies ahead of the tournament, playing Western Province on July 25 and the Blue Bulls on August 7.

The Kings kick off their Currie Cup campaign with a home game playing against arch rivals, the Golden Lions, on the weekend of August 15.

They play a total of five home games in the Premier Division, including the Golden Lions (August 15), the Pumas (August 29), Sharks (September 5), Cheetahs (September 26) and the still to be determined qualifier (October 17).

Away games will be against the Sharks (August 22), the Golden Lions (September 12), Pumas (September 19), Western Province (October 3) and the Blue Bulls (October 10).

“Adding to the excitement, both EP Under-19 and Under-21 teams have secured their spot in the respective premier divisions, meaning supporters will be treated to two curtain raisers for four out of five home games during the Currie Cup competition,” said Crous.

“This means that our supporters will be treated to a festival of rugby at our Currie Cup home games, with these curtain raisers giving us the opportunity to showcase the amazing up and coming talent of this region,” he said.

Crous also encouraged supporters to show their support for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Varsity Cup team, the NMMU Madibaz, who kick off their 2015 FNB Varsity Cup campaign on February 16.

Provisional fixtures:

Please note that these are provisional fixtures and dates are subject to change. Final fixtures, including kick off times, will be confirmed closer to each tournament.

Pre-season friendlies (NMB Stadium):

6 Mar: EP Kings v Free State Cheetahs

14 Mar: EP Kings v Golden Lions

Vodacom Cup 

21 Mar: EP Kings v Tusker Simba (Kenya)

28 Mar: Border v EP Kings

11 Apr: EP Kings v Western Province

18 Mar: Free State v EP Kings

25 Apr: EP Kings v SWD

02 May: Boland v EP Kings

08 May: EP Kings v Natal

16 May: Quarter-finals

23 May: Semi-finals

30 May: Finals

Mid-season friendlies (NMB Stadium)

25 Jul: EP Kings v Western Province

07 Aug: EP Kings v Blue Bulls

Currie Cup Premier Division

15 Aug: EP Kings v Golden Lions

22 Aug: Sharks v EP Kings

29 Aug: EP Kings v Pumas

05 Sep: EP Kings v Sharks

12 Sep: Golden Lions v EP Kings

19 Sep: Pumas v EP Kings

26 Sep: EP Kings v Free State

03 Oct: Western Province v EP Kings

10 Oct: Blue Bulls v EP Kings

17 Oct: EP Kings v Currie Cup qualifier

24 Oct: Semi-finals

07 Nov: Final

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