The Currie Cup final between Western Province and the Sharks has been sold out two days before kick- off.
According to the supersport.com website, sales to the public closed on Wednesday, but the ticket offices were re-opened on Thursday morning to make tickets that weren’t taken up by Newlands season ticket holders available to the public.
These were snapped up in double-quick time, meaning that the house full signs have been raised for a domestic final for the first time in a year.
Neither Kings Park last year nor Ellis Park the year before that were sold out for the deciding game of the Currie Cup, but Cape fans have been starved of a final as WP haven’t hosted one since 2001, when they also played against the Sharks.
The Currie Cup has been played in front of poor crowds most of the season, with the Sharks only drawing 17 000 to last Saturday’s semi-final against the Free State Cheetahs.
A crowd of 31 000 watched the Newlands semi-final between WP and the Golden Lions.
15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Jean de Villiers, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Siya Kolisi, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Frans Malherbe, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Michael Rhodes, 19. Schalk Burger, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Kurt Coleman, 22. Juan de Jongh
15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Louis Ludik, 12. Francois Steyn, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Charl McLeod, 8. Keegan Daniel (captain), 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Peet Marais, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Wiehahn Herbst, 18. Stephan Lewies, 19. Jacques Botes, 20. Cobus Reinach, 21. Fred Zeilinga, 22. Heimar Williams