Vodacom Cup set for Mondays

2011-11-24 08:04
Vodacom Cup (File)
Cape Town - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has a plan to give the Vodacom Cup more kick by playing some of its matches on Monday nights.

According to the Volksblad newspaper, SARU aims to schedule Vodacom Cup games on Monday evenings once the Varsity Cup competition concludes.

The plan is to start the Vodacom Cup on Saturday, 10 March and only play the first three rounds on Saturdays. After that the fourth round will be played on Wednesday, 28 March with the rest of the competition to be played on Mondays thereafter. The first Monday matches would start on 16 April. The Varsity Cup finishes on 9 April.

The Vodacom Cup has become a watered down affair, especially since the inception of the highly popular Varsity Cup competition for students on Monday nights. SARU hopes that this would spark new interest in the Vodacom Cup, which was first played in 1998.

However, the fixtures are not cast in stone yet. Not all provinces are apparently in favour of the new proposed schedule and could vote against it. The Blue Bulls are apparently against the inception of Monday night games.

Some of the grievances are that a fair number of players participating in the Vodacom Cup are amateurs with other jobs outside of rugby, which means they are only available to play on weekends.

Programme for the first two weeks:

Saturday, 10 March:


Blue Bulls v Griquas (Pretoria); Falcons v Pumas (Kempton Park); Leopards v Lions (Potchefstroom); Griffons v Namibia (Welkom).


WP v Boland (Cape Town); FS v SWD (Bloemfontein); Border v Sharks XV (East London); Argentina v EP (venue to be decided).

Saturday, 17 March:


Pumas v Blue Bulls (Witbank); Lions v Falcons (Johannesburg); Namibia v Leopards (Windhoek); Griquas v Griffons (Kimberley).


Sharks XV v WP (Durban); Boland v FS (Wellington); Argentina v SWD (venue to be decided); EP v Border (Port Elizabeth

Read more on:    vodacom cup

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


Big month in the world of golf as the FedEx Cup concludes on the PGA Tour, the Race to Dubai gathers steam on the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour offers local golfers the chance to bank some cash. Oh, and not forgetting the USA v Europe Ryder Cup showdown at Hazeltine!

Latest blogs

Jake White will leave his job as Montpellier coach next year. Where would you like to see the former Springbok coach, coach next?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.