Former Springbok and current Cape Town deputy mayor Eddie Andrews has asked the government to allow a capacity crowd to attend Saturday’s United Rugby Championship (URC) final between the Stormers and Bulls at Cape Town Stadium.
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The Stormers reached the final after a stunning injury-time converted try saw them beat Irish opponents Ulster 17-15 last weekend, while the Bulls pulled off a shock 27-26 win over another Irish side, Leinster, in Dublin.
Some fans may miss the URC final
Restrictions in Mzansi still preventing full capacity attendances, meaning some fans could miss the chance to see the all-South Africa final.
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However, it’s highly unlikely that, even if allowed, the stadium will be sold out with the 19:30 kick-off well after dark, in expected cold and wet conditions.
Tickets, which officially go on sale at 12:00 on Tuesday, 14 June, cost between R80 and R350.
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Andrews took to Twitter to write an open letter to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, requesting that all lockdown measures be lifted in Cape Town.
“The City of Cape Town is ready to be completely opened; no restrictions at our stadiums, events and cultural activities,” he said.
“We have proven we can manage ourselves.
“We are ready to allow 55 000 rugby loving supporters into Cape Town Stadium to support both the Stormers and the Bulls as they compete for the United Rugby Championship in our beloved city. The people of South Africa deserve to see in-person a SA team win the URC.”
“Cape Town as a preferred destination for national and international sports enthusiasts is ready and able to host the final at full capacity. The ball has been passed to you Mr President to catch and convert this opportunity that we have this coming Saturday.”
Andrews, now 45, played 23 Tests for the Springboks between 2004 and 2007.
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If you’re not going to the match, be sure to stay glued to The South African website for, as always, the very best coverage in the build-up to kick-off and after the final whistle.