Limpopo to play Vodacom Cup

2013-01-08 16:35
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Cape Town - Limpopo will play in the Vodacom Cup as a separate team for the first time when this 16-team competition kicks off on the second weekend of March.

The region, which is a sub-union of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, has been granted a place in the tournament in its own rights to help foster rugby in South Africa’s far north. They join the 14 provincial unions as well as the returning Pampas XV from Argentina in the tournament, which concludes in mid-May.

The Polokwane-based Limpopo team will play in the North Section of the competition, along with the Blue Bulls, Golden Lions, Griffons, Leopards, Ford Pumas, falcons and Griquas, runners up in 2012. They are scheduled to play their mother body, the Blue Bulls, in Polokwane on Saturday, 20 April.

The South Section contains defending champions Western Province, as well as the Border Bulldogs, Boland Cavaliers, Eastern Province Kings, Free State XV, Sharks XV, South Western Districts and the Pampas XV.

Teams will each play seven group matches within their own section. Thereafter the top four teams from each section will progress to the quarter-final round, which will be contested across the two sections.

Vodacom Cup 2013 fixtures:

Round 1 - 8/9 March:

Golden Lions v Leopards
Pumas v Falcons
Griquas v Blue Bulls
Limpopo v Griffons
SWD v Free State XV
Boland Cavaliers v WP
Sharks XV v Border Bulldogs
EP Kings v Pampas XV

Round 2 - 15/16 March:

Blue Bulls v Pumas
Falcons v Golden Lions
Leopards v Limpopo
Griffons v Griquas
WP v Sharks XV
Free State XV v Boland Cavaliers
Pampas XV v SWD
Border Bulldogs v EP Kings

Round 3 - 22/23 March:

Leopards v Falcons
Golden Lions v Blue Bulls
Pumas v Griffons
Limpopo v Griquas
EP Kings v WP
Sharks XV v Free State XV
Regent Boland Cavaliers v SWD
Pampas XV v Border Bulldogs

Round 4 - 5/6 April:

Blue Bulls v Leopards
Griquas v Pumas
Griffons v Golden Lions
Limpopo v Falcons
WP v Border Bulldogs
Free State XV v EP Kings
SWD v Sharks XV
Boland Cavaliers v Pampas XV

Round 5 - 12/13 April:

Falcons v Blue Bulls
Leopards v Griffons
Golden Lions v Griquas
Pumas v Limpopo
Pampas XV v WP
Border Bulldogs v Free State XV
EP Kings v SWD
Sharks XV v Boland Cavaliers

Round 6 - 19/20 April:

Ford Pumas v Golden Lions
Griquas v Leopards
Griffons v Falcons
Limpopo v Blue Bulls
Pampas XV v Free State XV
Border Bulldogs v Boland Cavaliers
EP Kings v Sharks XV

Round 7 - 26/27 April:

Blue Bulls v Griffons
Falcons v Griquas
Leopards v Ford Pumas
Golden Lions v Limpopo
Free State XV v WP
SWD v Border Bulldogs
Sharks XV v Pampas XV
Boland Cavaliers v EP Kings

Quarter-finals - 3/4 May:

North 1 v South 4
South 1 v North 4
North 2 v South 3
South 2 v North 3

Semi-finals - 10/11 May

Final - 17/18 May

Note: Home teams named first, kick-off times and venues to be confirmed. All fixtures subject to change.

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