Springbok rugby to rule in Soweto again
19 September 2012
Back from a three-test run of away matches, the Springboks play Australia and New Zealand in front of their fans in the Castle Rugby Championship. For those supporters who cannot make it to the tests, the Absa Boktowns have plenty to offer, including one at the Orlando Stadium for the showdown against the All Blacks on 6 October.
While the Springboks run out against the world champions at Soccer City, those residents unable to make it to the match will be able to be part of the test experience for only R40 at the Absa Boktown in Orlando.
The South African Rugby Union (Saru) has teamed up with sponsors Absa, Vodacom and SAB to create a fan park at the Orlando Stadium. The gates will open at 12:00 and unleash a superb build-up of entertainment before the test at 17:00.
South African Music Association (Sama) award-winning artist DJ Sbu, rap and hip hop star Pro Kid and SA's hottest kwaito sensation, Brickz, will get the party started before the Springboks versus All Blacks match is broadcast live on a giant screen from 17:00.
"We really wanted to take the Boks to Soweto in the most significant way we could and make it as an unforgettable experience for as many people as we possibly could," Jurie Roux, the CEO of the SARU, said in a statement.
"Fan parks have proved very popular with sports fans in South Africa and around the world, and we expect taking the rugby party to Soweto to be a huge hit."
All other Absa Boktown venues around the country will also be operational on the day of the match at Montecasino (Johannesburg), Silverstar Casino (Krugersdorp), Trademarx (Pretoria), Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World (Durban) and the Barnyard Theatre (Cape Town).
Tickets to the Orlando Boktown cost R40 (adults) and R10 (children under-12 years). They are available from all Computicket outlets at Shoprite, Checkers and House & Home stores, or by telephone (0861-915-8000) and online at www.computicket.com.
The Springboks face the Wallabies on 29 September at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. A week later they play the All Blacks in Soweto.
End of a streak
One of two streaks will end at Loftus Versfeld; the Australians are on a five-game winning streak against South Africa, dating back to September 2010. They have, however, never won in five previous tests at the ground.
The last time the Springboks met the All Blacks in South Africa, in August 2011, they won 18-5.
The teams have played only once previously at Soccer City, in John Smit's 100th game for the Boks, with New Zealand winning 29-22 in front of a massive crowd of 94 173.
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