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VODACOM SUPER RUGBY UNLOCKED

Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked is a unique competition that will take place in South Africa as the season resumes after the COVID-19 lockdown of 2020. The four existing Vodacom Super Rugby teams – Vodacom Bulls, Emirates Lions, Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers – have been joined by the Toyota Cheetahs, Phakisa Pumas and Tafel Lager Griquas, with all 21 matches broadcast live on SuperSport.

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 PA DIFF PTS
1
Cheetahs
2 2 0 0 48 24 9
2
Bulls
2 1 1 0 42 5 5
3
Sharks
1 1 0 0 16 3 4
4
Stormers
1 1 0 0 17 6 4
5
Pumas
2 1 1 0 74 -16 4
6
Griquas
2 0 2 0 57 -13 2
7
Lions
2 0 2 0 42 -9 2

Fixtures

Phakisa Pumas

23 Oct | Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

19:00

DHL Stormers

Emirates Lions

24 Oct | Emirates Airline Park, JHB

16:30

Toyota Cheetahs

Vodacom Bulls

24 Oct | Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

19:00

Cell C Sharks

Results

17 Oct|DHL Newlands, Cape Town

DHL Stormers

23 - 17

Emirates Lions

17 Oct|Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley

Tafel Lager Griquas

21 - 27

Phakisa Pumas

16 Oct|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Toyota Cheetahs

19 - 17

Vodacom Bulls

10 Oct|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

30 - 23

Tafel Lager Griquas

Tournaments

Team announcement

Nkosi to start for Cell C Sharks at Loftus Versfeld

Cell C Sharks head coach Sean Everitt has named a vastly changed team to take on the Vodacom Bulls in Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked round two clash at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, with Springbok flyer Sbu Nkosi back on the wing.

Team announcement

Meyer replaces Pienaar for Toyota Cheetahs’ Joburg jaunt

Tian Meyer will replace the Toyota Cheetahs' injured skipper and scrumhalf Ruan Pienaar in the Free Staters starting team for Saturday's Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked third round encounter with the Emirates Lions in Johannesburg, with Junior Pokomela taking over as captain.

Team announcement

Kriel to lead Emirates Lions in place of injured Jantjies

The Emirates Lions were dealt a big blow in the build-up to their Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked match against the Toyota Cheetahs in Johannesburg when regular skipper Elton Jantjies was forced to withdraw with a calf injury he sustained in training earlier in the week.

Team announcement

Marcel van der Merwe back for the Vodacom Bulls

Big Marcel van der Merwe will get his first Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked start since returning to Pretoria from France earlier this year, when the Vodacom Bulls host the Cell C Sharks at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Preview

Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked Preview – Round 3

The Phakisa Pumas and the DHL Stormers kick off the third round of Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked action at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Friday. The match starts at 19h00 and is the first encounter at this level between these two sides.