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SA Rugby congratulates Lions, Stormers, Sharks
July 17, 2017
SA Rugby President, Mr Mark Alexander, on Monday congratulated the Emirates Lions and DHL Stormers for winning their respective Vodacom Super Rugby conferences in 2017.

The sides from Johannesburg and Cape Town will host two of the four quarter-finals this weekend, while the Cell C Sharks will also be in action as the top eight teams vie for the final four spots in the playoffs.

Apart from winning their conference, the Emirates Lions also topped the overall standings for the first time – following in the footsteps of the DHL Stormers (2012), Vodacom Bulls (2009 and 2010) and Cell C Sharks (2007), who have claimed the first place on the log in the last decade.

“To yet again have three South African teams in the playoffs, and the Emirates Lions topping the log, is a great achievement and advertisement for our rugby,” said Mr Alexander.

“There is great optimism in our rugby again, with even our three other teams – the Southern Kings, Toyota Cheetahs and Vodacom Bulls – putting in some noteworthy performances along the way.

“I think it’s fair to say however that the three strongest teams from South Africa have deservedly qualified for the playoffs and we would like to wish all of them very well for what the coming weeks may dish up.

“Looking back at the last 10 years, it’s clear that success at Vodacom Super Rugby level has a spill-over effect into Test rugby, and with that in mind, as well as the Springboks’ performances against France last month, I think we can be optimistic about the rest of the international season.

“But first I would like to call on all our supporters across the length and breadth of the country to get behind the Emirates Lions, DHL Stormers and Cell C Sharks as they carry our flag in the final weeks of Vodacom Super Rugby.”

The four Vodacom Super Rugby quarter-finals are (SA kick-off times):

Friday, 21 July
11h35: Brumbies v Hurricanes (Canberra)

Saturday, 22 July
09h35: Crusaders v Highlanders (Christchurch)
14h30: Emirates Lions v Cell C Sharks (Johannesburg)
17h00: DHL Stormers v Chiefs (Cape Town)

MATCH CENTRE
FIXTURES
     
RESULTS
     
Vodacom Super Rugby
Friday, July 28 2017
00:00 - Winner QF1 vs Winner QF2
Saturday, July 29 2017
00:00 - Winner QF3 vs Winner QF4
Saturday, August 05 2017
00:00 - Winner SF1 vs Winner SF2
The Castle Lager Rugby Championship
Saturday, August 19 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs Argentina
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
Saturday, August 26 2017
21:40 - Argentina vs South Africa
Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta
Saturday, September 09 2017
12:05 - Australia vs South Africa
NIB Stadium, Perth
Saturday, September 16 2017
09:35 - New Zealand vs South Africa
QBE Stadium, Albany, North Harbour
Saturday, September 30 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs Australia
Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
Saturday, October 07 2017
17:05 - South Africa vs New Zealand
DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Castle Lager Outgoing Tour
Saturday, November 11 2017
00:00 - Ireland vs South Africa
To be confirmed

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