TV derbies to shine spotlight on 2014 Cell C Community Cup
February 20, 2014
CLUB rugby will step back into the television spotlight next month when two of the country's biggest derbies will be broadcast live during the second edition of the Cell C Community Cup, which kicks off on 8 March.

New ground will be broken at Bosman Stadium on Thursday 20 March when last year's bronze medallists, G5 Metals Brakpan, face arch-rivals Kaufela Boksburg in an eagerly-anticipated Pool C match that will be televised on SuperSport 1 & HD (kick-off 18:00). The East Rand derby will represent the first time open-club rugby has occupied a prime-time TV slot on a weeknight.

This follows confirmation that this year's opening match, between defending champions Gap Management Despatch and their Eastern Province rivals Spring Rose, will be broadcast live from the WJ de Wet Stadium in Despatch on Saturday 8 March (kick-off 14h30).

And the Community Cup Easter Championship play-offs, to be hosted at Outeniqua Park in George from 17-21 April, will once again be broadcast in its entirety – thereby bringing to 14 the number of live matches in the 2014 edition of SARU's flagship tournament for non-university clubs.

Additionally, a second six-part season of the popular Community Cup television magazine show, “Working-Class Heroes”, will be broadcast in a new timeslot, starting on Thursday 13 March at 19h00 on SuperSport 1 & HD.

“Club rugby is slowly but surely reclaiming the territory it has lost in recent years and we are very happy in particular to see the growth in TV exposure compared to last year,” said SARU CEO Jurie Roux.

“Apart from the 14 lives games, SuperSport will be covering each of the 40 pool matches for the magazine show, which means all 20 competing clubs will have a great platform to showcase themselves, both on and off the field.

“The popularity and reach of the Community Cup is growing rapidly and on that note we will also be making a number of other exciting announcements before the 2014 tournament kicks off in two weeks' time.”

The Community Cup begins on 8 March with eight pool matches taking place across the length and breadth of the country.

“No other tournament that SARU runs covers literally as much ground, or has the opportunity to leave its mark on so many geographically and culturally diverse communities,” said Roux.

“In the pool stages alone, clubs will be travelling nearly 25,000km, which is an average of over 600km per match. It's a tough tournament but club rugby players have never lacked an appetite for a challenge.”

The two highest-placed clubs in each of the four Pools will qualify for the Easter Championships.

The Cell C Community Cup 2014 fixtures can be sourced from the website by following the link under tournaments.

Vodacom Super Rugby
Friday, April 24 2015
09:35 - Chiefs vs Force
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
11:55 - Brumbies vs Highlanders
GIO Stadium, Canberra
Vodacom Cup
19:00 - Pumas vs Valke
Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
19:00 - Border vs Free State XV
BCM Stadium, East London
Vodacom Super Rugby
Saturday, April 25 2015
09:35 - Crusaders vs Blues
AMI Stadium, Addington, Christchurch
11:55 - Waratahs vs Rebels
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Vodacom Cup
14:30 - Golden Lions vs Leopards XV
Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg
15:00 - Griffons vs Limpopo Blue Bulls
HT Pelatona Projects Stadium, Welkom
15:00 - EP Kings vs SWD Eagles
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE
15:00 - Griquas vs Western Province
Diamantveld HS, Kimberley

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