The third Toyota Challenge match takes place on Saturday, 20 November in Toyota Stadium. The gates open at 09:30 for a action packed day where a Free State XV team will be facing Baia Mare from Romenia at 10:00 and the Toyota Cheetahs face the Cell C Sharks at 14:00 (live broadcast on SuperSport 211).
“We expect the Sharks to be at full force on Saturday. They will be preparing for their next URC match next weekend.” Said coach Hawies Fourie.
From our side, we have planned on how we want to play against the Sharks. We want to improve on our performance against Western Province and for us it is just a big challenge to show that we are still up there with the four URC teams and that we can be competitive. That’s important to us. On the other hand, the match serves as preparation for the Currie Cup. Working on the things that didn’t go well in the previous two games trying to improve with every game so we can hit the ground running when Currie Cup kicks off in the middle of January.
Coach Hawies Fourie announced his team for the encounter.
Allulutho Tshakweni Marnus van der Merwe Beertjie van Vuuren Victor Sekekete Rynier Bernardo Gideon van der Merwe Jeandre Labuschagne Aidon Davis Tian Meyer Siya Masuku Enver Brandt Robbert Ebersohn David Britz Daniel Kasende Cohen Jasper Replacements: Wilmar Arnoldi Cameron Dawson Hanro Jacobs Thembelani Bholi Oupa Mohoje / Lohan Potgieter Zinedene Booysen Brandon Thomson Evardi Boshoff
The referee for the match is Rasta Rasevengi. He will be assisted by Jaco Kotze and Daren Colby. The TMO is Ben Crouse
Players not eligible for selection: Due to injury – Mox Moxoli (wrist), Andisa Ntsila (neck), Jeandre Rudolph (knee), George Cronje (knee), Duncan Saal (bicep), Malcolm Jaer (ankle), Branden de Kock (knee), Craig Barry (hamstring), Marnè Coetzee (calf), Clayton Blommetjies (ankle), Chris Smit (quad), Rosko Specman (knee) Aranos Coetzee (bicep).
Other rugby obligations – Louis van der Westhuizen (playing for Namibia), Frans Steyn (Springboks), Ruan Pienaar (on loan to Sharks), Junior Pokomela (on loan to Stormers).
ACTION-PACKED MATCH DAY FOR THE FANS
The Toyota Challenge is a new kind of rugby tournament: one where every victory earns a prize of R250 000 and where players will do everything in their power to win cash bonuses for explosive play.
Players making the most tackles, line breaks and turnovers on the ground win cash prizes.
“The Player of the match” will win R10 000 for every match while the supporter who posts the most social media posts during the match with hashtag #ToyotaLegendSupport will win R10 000 and be crowned “Supporter of the match”!
Regulations, as prescribed by the Department of Cooperative Governance and SA Rugby’s “Guidelines for the return of spectators to sport events”, limit spectator numbers in the stadium to 2 000.
Gates open 1 hour before kick-off and spectators are urged to come early and to note that the following has to be presented to gain entrance to the Toyota Stadium on a matchday:
A valid rugby ticket - Tickets are on sale at R100 each at the ticket office in the Toyota Stadium. Please remember to purchase your ticket before match day. A vaccination certificate (the one with the QR code) - All spectators must be fully vaccinated. ID document or driver’s licence Wear a mask at all times