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VODACOM SUPER RUGBY UNLOCKED

Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked was a unique competition that kicked off in South Africa when the local season resumed after the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020. The four existing Vodacom Super Rugby teams – Vodacom Bulls, Emirates Lions, Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers – were joined by the Toyota Cheetahs, Phakisa Pumas and Tafel Lager Griquas, and after all the matches were completed, the Vodacom Bulls topped the log to take home the trophy.

The history

Vodacom Super Rugby started as the Super 12 in the 1996 season with 12 teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. The Super 12 was established by SANZAAR after the sport became professional in 1995. The competition was built on Southern Hemisphere competitions dating back to the South Pacific Championship in 1986, with teams from a number of southern nations. The name was changed to Super 14 with the addition of two teams for the 2006 season, the Toyota Cheetahs and Western Force. With expansion to 15 teams in the three countries for the 2011 season, when the Melbourne Rebels joined the fray, the competition was rebranded as Vodacom Super Rugby (with no number). In 2016 three further teams, the Southern Kings from South Africa, Jaguares from Argentina and Sunwolves from Japan, joined the competition, playing in a new four-conference system, but in 2019 it was back to 15 teams as the Kings, Cheetahs and Force dropped out.

Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked 2020 table
Pos Team PL W L D PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Vodacom Bulls
6 5 1 0 178 92 86 21 9 23
2
DHL Stormers
6 4 1 1 140 112 28 17 12 19
3
Cell C Sharks
6 4 1 1 128 122 6 13 14 19
4
Toyota Cheetahs
6 3 2 1 126 106 20 15 9 17
5
Emirates Lions
6 1 3 2 119 103 16 15 10 12
6
New Nation Pumas
6 1 4 1 119 179 -60 15 25 7
7
Tafel Lager Griquas
6 0 6 0 123 219 -96 12 29 3

There are currently no fixtures available.

Results

21 Nov|Jonsson Kings Park, Durban

Cell C Sharks

0 - 0

DHL Stormers

21 Nov|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Toyota Cheetahs

28 - 9

Tafel Lager Griquas

21 Nov|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

21 - 5

New Nation Pumas

14 Nov|DHL Newlands, Cape Town

DHL Stormers

30 - 13

Toyota Cheetahs

Tournaments

News

Kick-off times for Rainbow Cup openers confirmed

Kick-off times and dates for the first three rounds of the PRO14 Rainbow Cup has been confirmed, with the opening game – a coastal derby between the DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks in Cape Town – getting proceedings underway in South Africa.

Match report

FNB Varsity Shield: CPUT, WSU and UKZN off to winning starts

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology claimed a hard-fought opening round win in the FNB Varsity Shield against the University of Fort Hare at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Monday, while the University of KwaZulu-Natal routed Rhodes University, and Walter Sisulu University rewrote the record books against the Durban University of Technology.

Tournament news

FNB Varsity Cup: Three teams remain unbeaten

UCT, CUT and UP-Tuks secured three wins from three in the 2021 FNB Varsity Cup, closing out the first batch of matches with hard-fought victories in Pretoria on Sunday. UWC and Maties also emerged victorious to go into the competition break with good momentum.

Tournament news

FNB Varsity Cup: Eagles’ fightback floors Shimlas

There were tries aplenty in the second round of the FNB Varsity Cup in Pretoria on Thursday, with NWU Eagles overturning a 16-point deficit to beat UFS Shimlas 32-22 probably the highlight of the day, with Maties, CUT, UP-Tuks and UCT also getting wins.

Tournament news

FNB Varsity Cup: Ikeys burst Maties' bubble in Pretoria

FNB UCT Ikeys and FNB NWU Eagles scored impressive victories at Tuks Stadium in Pretoria on Monday, while FNB UWC and FNB Shimlas played to a thrilling draw in the opening round of the 2021 FNB Varsity Cup.