If you don’t have a ticket yet for the most anticipated Vodacom Super 14 clash of the season, then don’t bother going.
The 50,000-seater Loftus Versfeld stadium will be packed to capacity for Saturday afternoon’s clash between the Bulls and Sharks.
With so much riding on the outcome of the contest and with both teams undoubtedly the form sides in South Africa at the moment it is no surprise that the atmosphere at Loftus will be equal to a Test match day. With every seat now officially taken, Saturday’s match is the first ever sell-out in South Africa for a Super 14 encounter.
You almost feel they should play the National Anthem before kick-off such is the rugby fever that has gripped the entire country. Never mind the expectation in Durban and Pretoria, every rugby fan from Polokwane to Poffadder and Klerksdorp to Cape Town will be tuning in for this one. After 5pm on Saturday evening, nothing else matters, except what happens on the green turf at the famous Loftus stadium.
“All tickets for tomorrow’s match between the Vodacom Bulls and Sharks are sold out,” Bulls media liaison Dimeon van Rooyen confirmed. “Fans without tickets should therefore not come to the ticket office for the rest of the day or tomorrow.”
Many of those fans are expected to be “expat” Natalians living in Gauteng, while a huge contingent is expected to make the trip for the most eagerly awaited meeting of the two teams since Craig Jamieson’s team went to Loftus and left with their first Currie Cup trophy back in 1990.
The stakes are almost as high on Saturday. The winners stays in the race for a play-off spot, while the losers can start making plans to have a braai on the afternoon of May 20 – Super 14 semi-final day.
By Andrew Hollely