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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 PA DIFF PTS
1
Cheetahs
2 2 0 0 48 24 9
2
Bulls
2 1 1 0 42 5 5
3
Sharks
1 1 0 0 16 3 4
4
Stormers
1 1 0 0 17 6 4
5
Pumas
2 1 1 0 74 -16 4
6
Griquas
2 0 2 0 57 -13 2
7
Lions
2 0 2 0 42 -9 2

Fixtures

Phakisa Pumas

23 Oct | Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

19:00

DHL Stormers

Emirates Lions

24 Oct | Emirates Airline Park, JHB

16:30

Toyota Cheetahs

Vodacom Bulls

24 Oct | Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

19:00

Cell C Sharks

Results

17 Oct|DHL Newlands, Cape Town

DHL Stormers

23 - 17

Emirates Lions

17 Oct|Tafel Lager Park, Kimberley

Tafel Lager Griquas

21 - 27

Phakisa Pumas

16 Oct|Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein

Toyota Cheetahs

19 - 17

Vodacom Bulls

10 Oct|Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Vodacom Bulls

30 - 23

Tafel Lager Griquas

Tournaments

Tournament news

Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked Review - Round 2

The DHL Stormers grabbed a comeback win over the Emirates Lions; Fouche steered the Phakisa Pumas to victory in Kimberley and the Toyota Cheetahs held on for a tight win over the Vodacom Bulls.

Match report

Vodacom Blue Bulls qualify for U21 Final after 10-try romp

The Vodacom Blue Bulls were in rampant form as they scored 10 tries to book their spot in the SA Rugby Under-21 Championship Final with an impressive 72-26 win over the Cell C Sharks at Emirates Airline Park on Sunday.

Match report

Fouche steers Phakisa Pumas to victory in Kimberley

Phakisa Pumas flyhalf Eddie Fouche delivered a superb individual performance to steer his team to a 27-21 victory over Tafel Lager Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday in their round two Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked clash.

Match report

DHL Stormers grab comeback win over Emirates Lions

The DHL Stormers delivered an improved second half performance to grab a 23-17 comeback win over the Emirates Lions in their second round Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked match at DHL Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday evening.

Match report

Toyota Cheetahs hold on for tight win over Vodacom Bulls

The Toyota Cheetahs battled their way to a close-fought 19-17 win over the Vodacom Bulls in their second round Vodacom Super Rugby Unlocked clash in Bloemfontein on Friday evening. The home side led 13-3 at halftime and managed to hang on for their second successive win of the competition.