Limpopo to play in Vodacom Cup


Limpopo will play in the Vodacom Cup as a separate team for the first time when this 16-team competition kicks off on the second weekend of March.

The region, which is a sub-union of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, has been granted a place in the tournament in its own rights to help foster rugby in South Africa’s far north. They join the 14 provincial unions as well as the returning Pampas XV from Argentina in the tournament, which concludes in mid-May.

The Polokwane-based Limpopo team will play in the North Section of the Vodacom Cup, along with the Vodacom Blue Bulls, MTN Golden Lions, Griffons, Leopards, Ford Pumas, Valke and GWK Griquas, runners up in 2012. They are scheduled to play their mother body Vodacom Blue Bulls in Polokwane on Saturday, 20 April.

The South Section contains defending champions, DHL Western Province, as well as Border Bulldogs, Regent Boland Kavaliers, Eastern Province Kings, Toyota Free State XV, the Sharks XV, South Western Districts and the Pampas XV from Argentina.

Teams will each play seven group matches within their own section. Thereafter the top four teams from each section will progress to the quarter-final round, which will be contested across the two sections.

Vodacom Cup 2013 fixtures:

Round 1 – 8/9 March:

MTN Golden Lions v Leopards

Ford Pumas v Valke

GWK Griquas v Vodacom Blue Bulls

Limpopo v Griffons

SWD v Toyota Free State XV

Regent Boland Kavaliers v DHL WP

Sharks XV v Border Bulldogs

EP Kings v Pampas XV

Round 2 – 15/16 March:

Vodacom Blue Bulls v Ford Pumas

Valke v MTN Golden Lions

Leopards v Limpopo

Griffons v GWK Griquas

DHL WP v Sharks XV

Toyota Free State XV v Regent Boland Kavaliers

Pampas XV v SWD

Border Bulldogs v EP Kings

Round 3 – 22/23 March:

Leopards v Valke

MTN Golden Lions v Vodacom Blue Bulls

Ford Pumas v Griffons

Limpopo v GWK Griquas

EP Kings v DHL WP

Sharks XV v Toyota Free State XV

Regent Boland Kavaliers v SWD

Pampas XV v Border Bulldogs

Round 4 – 5/6 April:

Vodacom Blue Bulls v Leopards

GWK Griquas v Ford Pumas

Griffons v MTN Golden Lions

Limpopo v Valke

DHL WP v Border Bulldogs

Toyota Free State XV v EP Kings

SWD v Sharks XV

Regent Boland Kavaliers v Pampas XV

Round 5 – 12/13 April:

Valke v Vodacom Blue Bulls

Leopards v Griffons

MTN Golden Lions v GWK Griquas

Ford Pumas v Limpopo

Pampas XV v DHL WP

Border Bulldogs v Toyota Free State XV


Sharks XV v Regent Boland Kavaliers

Round 6 – 19/20 April:

Ford Pumas v MTN Golden Lions

GWK Griquas v Leopards

Griffons v Valke

Limpopo v Vodacom Blue Bulls


Pampas XV v Toyota Free State XV

Border Bulldogs v Regent Boland Kavaliers

EP Kings v Sharks XV

Round 7 – 26/27 April:

Vodacom Blue Bulls v Griffons

Valke v GWK Griquas

Leopards v Ford Pumas

MTN Golden Lions v Limpopo

Toyota Free State XV v DHL WP

SWD v Border Bulldogs

Sharks XV v Pampas XV

Regent Boland Kavaliers v EP Kings

Quarter-finals – 3/4 May:

North 1 v South 4

South 1 v North 4

North 2 v South 3

South 2 v North 3

Semi-finals – 10/11 May

Final – 17/18 May

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