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#CurrieCupFinal officially sold out

───   MORGAN PIEK 10:04 Fri, 24 Jun 2022

#CurrieCupFinal officially sold out | News Article
Zander du Plessis - Morgan Piek

A historic day awaits Kimberley in the Northern Cape on Saturday with the first Currie Cup final in the city in 52 years, officially being sold out.

The Griquas and the Pumas of Nelspruit will go head-to-head in the Currie Cup final with it being the two smallest unions in the Premier Division.

On Wednesday evening, the government lifted the remaining Covid-19 restrictions and this allows sporting events to fill up to capacity.

On Friday morning, the match was officially sold out and close to 13 000 spectators are expected to be in attendance for this historic occasion.

The Griquas coach, Pieter Bergh, told OFM News that it will be a special occasion.

“The tickets are already sold out and the people of Kimberley have really reacted well to this,” said Bergh.

“It's wonderful for the town and it's wonderful for our supporters.

“I've met so many people this week that told me they were at the 1970 final and they never thought that they would be able to attend a Currie Cup final in Kimberley again.

“It's obviously wonderful for us. I think that there will be seven guys from the 1970 team here for the game.

“It's special for them and for us as well.

“I don't think there has ever been a sell-out crowd at this stadium.”

Saturday’s big final between the Peacock Blues and Pumas kicks off at 15:00.

Griquas - 15 George Whitehead, 14 Munier Hartzenberg, 13 Sango Xamlashe (captain), 12 Rynhardt Jonker, 11 Luther Obi, 10 Zander du Plessis, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Siba Qoma, 7 Hanru Sirgel, 6 Werner Gouws, 5 Derik Pretorius, 4 Cameron Lindsay, 3 Janu Botha, 2 Janco Uys, 1 Kudzwai Dude.

Replacements - 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Eddie Davids, 18 Andries Schutte, 19 Johan Retief, 20 Michael Amiras, 21 Johan Mulder, 22 Fiela Boshoff, 23 Chris Hollis.

Pumas - 15 Devon Williams, 14 Tapiwa Mafura, 13 Sebastian de Klerk, 12 Eddie Fouché, 11 Jade Stighling, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Chriswell September, 8 André Fouché, 7 Willie Engelbrecht (captain), 6 Daniel Maartens, 5 Shane Kirkwood, 4 Deon Slabbert, 3 IG Prinsloo, 2 Eduan Swart, 1 Corné Fourie.

Replacements - 16 Llewellyn Classen, 17 Dewald Maritz, 18 Simon Raw, 19 Kwanda Dimaza, 20 Francois Kleynhans, 21 Giovan Snyman, 22 Ali Mgijima, 23 Alwayno Visagie.

Morgan Piek/OFM Sport

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