All the warm-up fixtures

South Africa’s five Super 14 franchises face a series of tough warm-up matches before the southern hemisphere showpiece kicks off on 10 February.

The Cats and Bulls meet this Saturday in two matches involving teams of equal strength, while the Cheetahs take on the Spears in PE. The Sharks’ first outing is only on 28 January, when they play the Bulls in two games at Sun City.

The biggest warm-up match involving South African teams is on 21 January when the Stormers meet the Bulls at Newlands. With tickets being sold for between R10 and R20, over 40 000 people are expected to attend.

From an overseas perspective, the Aussie derby between the Brumbies and Waratahs, and the Kiwi clash between the Crusaders and Highlanders, should both be worth watching.

PRE-SEASON FIXTURES

Sat 14 Jan
Cats v Bulls ‘A’
Ellis Park Std, Jhb
14:00

Sat 14 Jan
Cats v Bulls ‘B’
Ellis Park Std, Jhb
16:00

Sat 14 Jan
Spears vs Cheetahs
EPRFU
15:00

Sat 21 Jan
Stormers vs Bulls
Newlands, CT
17:00

Sat 21 Jan
Spears vs Cats
ABSA Std, EL
15:00

Sat 21 Jan
Force vs Cheetahs
Perth

Sat 21 Jan
Brumbies vs Waratahs
Wollongong’s WIN Stadium

Sat 21 Jan
Highlanders vs Crusaders
Queenstown

Thu 26 Jan
Highlanders vs Chiefs
Queenstown

Sat 28 Jan
Crusaders vs Force
Melborne

Sat 28 Jan
Reds vs Blues
Ballymore

Sat 28 Jan
Bulls vs Sharks ‘A’
Sun City
15:00

Sat 28 Jan
Bulls vs Sharks ‘B’
Sun City
16:45

Sat 28 Jan
Cats vs TBA
TBA
TBA

Sat 28 Jan
Stormers vs Spears
Boland Std Wellington
15:00

Sat 28 Jan
Cheetahs vs Treviso
Welkom

Wed 1 Feb
Cats vs Sharks
Rustenburg
19:00

Thu 2 Feb
Chiefs vs Hurricanes
Rotorua International Stadium