Western Province may not want to move, but the City of Cape Town is happy to find creative ways to host top flight rugby at the CT Stadium
As such, the traditional pre-season friendly between the Boland Cavaliers and the Stormers will be played at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, February 9. A move that will no doubt be welcomed by passionate Cape Town rugby fans.
The City and WP Rugby Union have been at loggerheads over the last few years, with the City wanting the union to move to the luxurious stadium in Green Point given the financial burden it has become due to high maintenance costs.
WPRU, in turn, argue that it is not their problem, and that it would be too expensive to move from their traditional base in Newlands, which they own, to the CT stadium, where they would have to rent.
The Stormers website lists the following Pre-season fixtures:
- February 2: v Cheetahs (in Bloemfontein)
- February 9: v Boland Cavaliers (in Wellington)
But the City of Cape Town has secured an arrangement with the Boland Rugby Union to host the game at the Cape Town Stadium.
Both Boland and Western Province will get an opportunity to further test their team’s depth for the Vodacom Cup season, with a curtain raiser scheduled before the main event between a Boland Invitational XV and the Western Province Vodacom Cup side.
With the inaugural Community Cup due to start on the 16th of February, perhaps it would have made more sense to have seen Boland’s representative in that tournament, Villagers Worcester, take on either SK Walmers or Durbanville-Bellville, the two sides representing WP, playing in the curtain raiser?