Archbishop Desmond Tutu says Saturday’s semi-final in Soweto will mark the most important development in South African rugby history.
With Loftus Versfeld unavailable due to Football World Cup commitments, the Bulls have been forced to move to another ground capable of seating a big crowd. The Bulls will host the Crusaders at Orlando Stadium this Saturday, and a win will ensure they play a final at the same Soweto venue.
The decision to shift venues should see thousands of Bulls supporters traveling to Soweto for the clash, and Tutu believes it will be a historic occasion.
‘The decision by the powers that be at the Bulls, when their home ground became unavailable, to shift the match to Soweto rather than another more traditional rugby venue, should be applauded by all South Africans,’ he said.
‘Not too long ago, Pretorians may have choked on their moustaches at the thought of skopping pale toe [kicking for the posts] at Orlando Stadium, Soweto. And the arrival of these giant Bulls from the north would have sent Sowetans ducking for cover. But this weekend Soweto will host the biggest rugby match ever held in a South African township.’
Tutu may swap his powder blue shirt for a navy one on 29 May should the the two South African teams win through to the final, but for now he’s backing Victor Matfield’s charges to down the Crusaders.
‘I am a Stormers fan, with a home in Orlando and a soft spot for the Cheetahs, but this weekend I am a Bulls supporter.’