South African rugby returns on the Super Rugby schedule 2020 after a forced recuperation period from the pandemic, and it started with Superfans on Saturday.
This weekend the professional rugby will back as a SuperFan on Saturday. This is the result of months after Super Rugby and the international schedule were eliminated by the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown.
Fans of Lions, Stormers, Bulls, and Sharks can finally compete in two games held in the empty Loftus Versfeld.
On Saturday, four teams played in Pretoria. The Bulls faced the Sharks at 16.30 (SAST), and the Stormers will play against Lions at 19:00.
SuperFan Saturday will be an opportunity for the four teams to blow the cobwebs before a domestic season. This season will last until January during the holiday season, thus creating a new world.
South Africa’s Springboks have already been launched, and the country’s participation in the proposed Australian Rugby Championship is still in progress.
Steven Kitshoff, Scarra Ntubeni, Frans Malherbe, Salmaan Moerat, JD Schickerling, Siya Kolisi (captain), Ernst van Rhyn, Juarno Augustus, Herschel Jantjies, Damian Willemse, Seabelo Senatla, Rikus Pretorius, Dan du Plessis, Leolin Zas, Warrick Gelant.
Replacements: Tristan Leyds, Angelo Davids, Michal Haznar, Tim Swiel, Paul de Wet, Hannes Gouws, 20 Nama Xaba, Chris van Zyl, Neethling Fouche, Leon Lyons, Bongi Mbonambi.
Forwards: Phepsi Buthelezi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Tera Mtembu, Celimpilo Gumede, Adam Mountfort, Evan Roos, Emile van Heerden, Hyron Andrews, JJ van der Mescht, Ruben van Heerden, John-Hubert Meyer, Thomas du Toit, Dan Jooste, Dylan Richardson, Mzamo Majola, Ox Nche.
Backs: Thaakir Abrahams, Manie Libbok, Werner Kok, JP Pietersen, Lukhanyo Am, Marius Louw, Jeremy Ward, Caleb Dingaan, Muller du Plessis, Jordan Chait, Curwin Bosch, Jaden Hendrikse, Sanele Nohamba, Grant Williams.
Backs: Marco Jansen van Vuren, Ivan van Zyl, Embrose Papier, Chris Smith, Morné Steyn, Stedman Gans, Clinton Swart, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Travis Ismaiel, Stravino Jacobs, Jade Stighling, Cornal Hendricks, David Kriel, Gio Aplon.
Forwards: Corniel Els, Schalk Erasmus, Jan-Hendrik Wessels, Jacques van Rooyen, Mornay Smith, Trevor Nyakane, Jason Jenkins, Juandré Kruger, Sintu Manjezi, Ruan Nortjé, Muller Uys, Marco van Staden, Tim Agaba, Nizaam Carr, Arno Botha, Duane Vermeulen (captain).
Dylan Smith, Jaco Visagie, Ruan Dreyer, Ruben Schoeman, Marvin Orie, Jaco Kriel, Vincent Tshituka, Hacjivah Dayimani, Andre Warner, Elton Jantjies (captain), Courtnall Skosan, Burger Odendaal, Wandisile Simelane, Rabz Maxwane, Divan Rossouw.
Replacements: EW Viljoe, Jamba Ulengo, Manuel Rass, Daniel Kriel, Stean Pienaar, Gianni Lombard, Dillon Smit, Len Massyn, Francke Horn, MJ Pelser, Reinhard Nothnagel, Wilhelm van der Sluys, Carlu Sadie, Jan-Henning Campher, Sti Sithole.