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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 PF PA DIFF TF TA PTS
1
Bulls
3 2 1 0 88 56 32 9 5 10
2
Cheetahs
2 2 0 0 72 48 24 9 5 9
3
Stormers
2 2 0 0 65 54 11 8 6 8
4
Pumas
3 1 2 0 95 116 -21 11 16 5
5
Sharks
2 1 1 0 33 57 -24 2 7 4
6
Griquas
2 0 2 0 44 57 -13 5 5 2
7
Lions
2 0 2 0 33 42 -9 3 3 2

Fixtures

Emirates Lions

30 Oct | Emirates Airline Park, JHB

19:00

Tafel Lager Griquas

Phakisa Pumas

31 Oct | Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

16:30

Cell C Sharks

Vodacom Bulls

31 Oct | Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

19:00

DHL Stormers

Results

24 Oct|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

41 - 14

Cell C Sharks

24 Oct|Emirates Airline Park, JHB

Emirates Lions

-

Toyota Cheetahs

23 Oct|Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Phakisa Pumas

37 - 42

DHL Stormers

17 Oct|DHL Newlands, Cape Town

DHL Stormers

23 - 17

Emirates Lions

Tournaments

Tournament news

Irish teams continue Guinness PRO14 dominance

Irish sides continued to dominate the Guinness PRO14 tournament despite heroics by South African players in games as round three saw a clean sweep for the four sides from the Emerald Isle.

Tournament news

Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked Review – Round 3

The two Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked matches that were played this weekend could not have been more different, with the Vodacom Bulls laying down a marker in Pretoria on Saturday, and the DHL Stormers sneaking through in Nelspruit on Friday.

Match report

Xerox Lions into SA Rugby U21 Champs final as pool stages wrap up

The Xerox Lions will meet the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the final of the SA Rugby U21 Championship at Emirates Airline Park on Friday 30 October, after the Johannesburg outfit booked their final berth with a convincing 54-19 victory over DHL Western Province on Sunday.

News

Emirates Lions v Toyota Cheetahs match called off

The Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked match between Emirates Lions and Toyota Cheetahs scheduled for Emirates Airlines Park this afternoon has been called off in line with COVID-19 protocols.

Match report

Dominant pack sets up big win for Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria

With their pack in full cry, the Vodacom Bulls laid down a massive marker in Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked when they beat the Cell C Sharks by 41-14 at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Saturday evening.