- The South African government is coming under increased pressure to do away with the 50% capacity cap at stadiums around the country
- The DHL Stormers and the Vodacom Bulls will meet in the final of the United Rugby Champions at the 60 000-seater Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night
- Former Springbok and Stormers prop Eddie Andrews, now a deputy mayor of the Mother City, has asked for the government to lift the stadium attendance restrictions
The South African rugby fraternity has put more pressure on the national government to lift the current 50% stadium attendance restrictions.
This is ahead of Saturday's much-anticipated United Rugby Championship final between great arch-rivals the DHL Stormers and Vodacom Bulls at the Cape Town Stadium, which seats 60 000 people. Around 30 000 were in attendance to witness the Stormers squeak past Ulster 17-15 in the semifinal last Saturday, a match that will be remembered for the remarkable atmosphere generated in the stands.
According to Sport24, Cape Town's deputy mayor Eddie Andrews has asked the national government to allow full capacity at stadiums again. Andrews enjoyed a successful career playing for the Springboks, the Stormers and Western Province.
In posts on Twitter and Facebook, Andrews pleaded with President Cyril Ramaphosa:
"Dear President Cyril Ramaphosa. The @CityofCT is ready to be completely opened; no restrictions at our stadiums, events and cultural activities. We have proven we can manage ourselves.
"In fact, we are ready to allow 55 000 rugby-loving supporters into Cape Town Stadium/DHL Stadium to support both the @THESTORMERS and the @BlueBullsRugby as they compete for the United Rugby Championship - URC in our beloved City."
The Stormers' two home playoff games against Edinburgh and Ulsters, along with the Bulls' quarter-final against the Sharks, were very well attended affairs at the Cape Town Stadium and Loftus Versfeld respectively.
Stormers and Bulls troll each other on social media ahead of big United Rugby Championship match
In April, the DHL Stormers and Vodacom Bulls played mind games ahead of Saturday's crucial Vodacom United Rugby Championship match in Cape Town.
As reported on Sports Brief, the great arch-rivals of South African rugby bantered with each other on Twitter as anticipation grows for the clash.
There is a bit of history when it comes to jibes between the two ahead of a North-South derby.