Lions vs Welwitschias at Alberton Stadium

PROVINCIAL ACTION AT ALBERTON: Local rugby player, Derick Minnie, who played flank for GLRU in action against the Blue Bulls last year. He now plays for Italian Pro12 side Zebre. Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk

LOCAL rugby fans will have the opportunity to experience high profile rugby when the Xerox Golden Lions face their Namibian counterparts, the Windhoek Draught Welwitschias for the first time in history, on their doorstep.

A-Square Forklift Alberton will be hosting two of the top teams in the 2017 SuperSport Rugby Challenge on May 6.

The club will also play their Pirates Grand Challenge league match against Harlequins from Pretoria.

Local rugby fans are urged to buy their tickets prior to match day. Last year saw a mammoth crowd of 18 000 spectators attending the match between the Lions and the Blue Bulls.

The Namibians will be keen to show off their skills under the watchful eye of their coach, Welshman Lyn Jones, against the upbeat Johannesburg outfit.

ALL TO PLAY FOR: Local rugby fans will experience the SuperSport Rugby Challenge competion on home soil.
Photo: Annette van Schalkwyk

This is the first time that the secondary domestic competition makes its appearance at local stadiums around the country and the Alberton stadium is one of them. The competition kicks off on April 22 and will end with the pool games on July 16, whereafter the semi-finals and finals will take place.

The Lions and Welwitschias are drawn in the northern pool with the likes of Hino Valke, Vodacom Blue Bulls and Steval Pumas. The competition features fourteen South African provincial teams and the Welwitschias from Namibia.

Tickets are available at the club at R20 per vehicle. Gates will open at 09:00.

For more information email Rory Lategan at [email protected] or Manie Reynecke on 082 891 5484.

The programme is as follows:

A field and B Field

10:00 Madalas time slot

11:00 U.21s and third sides (on A and B fields respectively)

12:30 Second sides; U.19s

14.00 Clear fields

15.00 Lions vs Namibia

17.15 First sides

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Annette van Schalkwyk

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