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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
Vodacom Bulls
6 5 1 0 178 92 86 20 9 23
2
DHL Stormers
6 4 1 1 140 112 28 17 12 19
3
Cell C Sharks
6 4 1 1 128 122 6 13 14 19
4
Toyota Cheetahs
6 3 2 1 126 106 20 15 9 17
5
Emirates Lions
6 1 3 2 119 103 16 15 10 12
6
Phakisa Pumas
6 1 4 1 119 179 -60 15 25 7
7
Tafel Lager Griquas
6 0 6 0 123 219 -96 12 28 3

There are currently no fixtures available.

Results

21 Nov|Jonsson Kings Park, Durban

Cell C Sharks

0 - 0

DHL Stormers

21 Nov|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Toyota Cheetahs

28 - 9

Tafel Lager Griquas

21 Nov|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

21 - 5

Phakisa Pumas

14 Nov|DHL Newlands, Cape Town

DHL Stormers

30 - 13

Toyota Cheetahs

Tournaments

Team announcement

Hendrikse to start for Cell C Sharks in Pretoria

Former Junior Springbok star scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse will start in a settled Cell C Sharks team when they take the field in the Carling Currie Cup final against the Vodacom Bulls on Saturday, in the only change to Sean Everitt’s starting team.

News

Cell C Sharks expecting physical Carling Currie Cup final

Sean Everitt said the Cell C Sharks were preparing for a physical onslaught from the Vodacom Bulls in Saturday’s Carling Currie Cup final at Loftus Versfeld as the hard work continues behind the scenes to devise a plan that could steer them to their first title since 2018.

From our archives

Carling Currie Cup finals – points galore at Loftus

If the last 20-odd years are anything to go by, Saturday’s Carling Currie Cup final between the Vodacom Bulls and the Cell C Sharks in Pretoria could be a high-scoring affair.

News

New challenges for Vodacom Bulls to respond to

The Vodacom Bulls showed better discipline and a simpler game plan when they defeated the Xerox Lions in Pretoria on Saturday, but for Jake White, the role of Duane Vermeulen could not be highlighted enough.

Special feature

Two-all in Carling Currie Cup Finals

Saturday's Carling Currie Cup final in Pretoria will be the fifth between the Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks, and the Durbanites third visit to Loftus Versfeld for a match of this magnitude. We look back at the previous four...