Bulls and Lions to play Super Rugby warm up match

The Bulls and the Lions will meet in Polokwane Stadium

Super Rugby franchise the Lions and the Bulls have announced that they will warm up for the 2016 Super Rugby season with a match against the Bulls in Polokwane.

The match will be held at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on 13 February 2016 at 17h00 and a host of activities will precede the match.

It is a repeat of a warm-up that was played between these two teams back in 2010 in the same venue.

“It is good to meet up with our neighbours from across the Jukskei river in this exciting warm-up to the new season and we are looking forward to taking our brand to the community, where there will surely be Lions supporters in attendance,” Rudolf Steauli, CEO of the Golden Lions, said.

The impressive 45 000-seater World Cup 2010 stadium is part of a partnership between the Blue Bulls Company (BBC) and the Polokwane Municipality, with the aim at generating funds for tertiary students in the Province.

“It is an ideal opportunity for both the Lions and Bulls to take the game to the supporters and I know that our coach Johan Ackermann will be keen to see his charges in action,” Streauli said.

Barend van Graan, CEO of the Blue Bulls Company, said that the Polokwane fixture has fast become one of the highlights of their pre-season preparations,: “The professionalism shown by the organising committee is always of the highest standard and reception we receive from the fans isalso something that our players and management really look forward to. So it is always a real pleasure for our team to play in Polokwane.”

According to Van Graan, the Bulls are keen to become the people’s team and this is a great opportunity to connect with the fans.

In this regard, it’s also a great spectacle for all the rugby fans in Polokwane and the rest of Limpopo, as most of them are not able to travel to Pretoria for Super Rugby games. ”

“Most importantly, we are honoured that by participating in this match as we can assist in enabling young learners to further their education. We saw the need for funding of students highlighted this year and we are proud to say that we were contributing to education for the last couple of years.”

Polokwane Executive Mayor, Cllr Thembi Nkadimeng said besides entertainment for the fans, “the game presents a welcome opportunity for the municipality to raise funds for tertiary students who will in future assist it in realising the 2030 Smart City Vision. Our appreciation goes to the Blue Bulls Company for their continued partnership on this journey”.

She called upon Polokwane and Limpopo community to support the event. “We call upon all residents of Polokwane and elsewhere in Limpopo Province irrespective of whether you are rugby fans or not, to come in numbers to support this worthy cause that is poised to make a difference in the lives of our own people.”

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