Rugby Championship

Kings Park could be less than half full for Boks

2018-08-17 14:26
Kings Park (Gallo Images)

Durban - Kings Park in Durban could be less than half full for Saturday's Rugby Championship clash between the Springboks and Argentina.

The capacity of the stadium currently sits at 52 000, but Sport24 understands that around 25 000 are expected to attend Saturday's Test. 

The Sharks, meanwhile, are still hopeful that they will get more spectators than that and they have set an expected target of around 30 000

Either way, it would be a disappointing return for the Springboks' first Test of the Rugby Championship, especially considering the quality that is on offer. 

There are four men who have captained the Springboks in the forwards pack in Siya Kolisi, Eben Etzebeth, Warren Whiteley and Pieter-Steph du Toit while the return of Malcom Marx and Francois Louw adds extra star quality. 

It was supposed to a bumper weekend of rugby in Durban. 

On Friday night, the Sharks will host France's Bordeaux-Begles when they take to the field at the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium for the first time. 

The union had made an effort by selling package deals to allow spectators to attend both matches. 

The weather, too, could have played a part in the slow ticket sales for the Argentina Test. 

It was overcast and windy in Durban on Friday, while Saturday is expected to be around 16 degrees Celsius by the time the match kicks off.

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, meanwhile, said a smaller than usual crowd would not be a disappointment to his side.

"There are probably all sorts of reasons why people can't come," Kolisi said on Friday. 

"We appreciate the ones that are there watching us and I know that the people that aren't coming are going to be watching us at home, so we're really excited and it will get better and better.

"We're in a building phase and the most important thing for us is to make sure we perform and give people a reason to come and support us."

Tickets for the Test match are still on sale and range from R100 and R400. 

Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:05

Teams:

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Francois Louw, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Damian Willemse

Argentina

15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Substitutes: 16 Diego Fortuny, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Tomas Lavanini, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia

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