SA’s ‘longest day’ in Super Rugby?
Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer
Cape Town – Whether you consider it
pleasure or are more cynically inclined to brand it purgatory, domestic fans of
Vodacom Super Rugby arguably face their longest ever single day of SA-related
rugby-watching on Saturday.
The fact that there are five matches
featuring South African teams is not that unusual in itself – indeed, there
were a record six fixtures for them in a single round in week 10 a fortnight
ago, when there were no derbies.
But the difference is that the games were
more conveniently split over two days then, as the Sharks and Bulls were both
in action in Australasia on the Friday.
This weekend sees all six SA sides involved
on Saturday alone, and at a notably widely-scattered array of global venues, amounting
to almost certainly the most intensive hours of TV-watching on record if you
are a loyal follower of all the franchises.
Make sure you have walked the dog or popped
to the shop before 11:45, because that is when the Bulls take to the Sydney
turf to tackle the Waratahs, signalling a virtually uninterrupted spell of
rugby itself -- as well as obligatory SuperSport build-ups and post-game
interviews and analysis – that only ends in the wee hours of Sunday morning
when the Sharks complete their clash with the Jaguares in Buenos Aires
In between, the Stormers face the Sunwolves
in Singapore (13:55), then we switch to local shores for the 17:05 all-SA
meeting between the Cheetahs and Kings in Bloemfontein, and the 19:15 Lions v
Blues feature before attention shifts across the ocean to Argentina and the
red-eye Sharks match.
If you don’t really get away from the
telly, that all amounts to some twelve-and-a-half hours of South African
In between the busy Super Rugby stuff
(monopolised by SS1), it will be worth flicking occasionally to SS5 and the
French leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The live Saturday games featuring the
Blitzbokke are at 11:56 (against Brazil) and 15:29 (against Australia).
Yes, it’s The Longest Day … only this isn’t
the 1962 war epic starring John Wayne.
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