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February 06, 2010

Vodacom Stormers vs Boland Invitational

Schalk Burger

Stormers Captain Schalk Burger left the field with a shoulder injury in the first quarter of the match. Photo courtesy jomike

The Vodacom Stormers beat a Boland invitational team 47-13 in the first ever full rugby match at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

The match served as the second test event for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, following the inaugural soccer match at the stadium on January 23.

A crowd of 40 000 were treated to a convincing win by the local team, and will be hoping for similar results during the upcoming Super 14. In the curtain-raiser, the South African Legends 10s team beat the International Legends 27-5.

There was added entertainment from well-known South African band Flat Stanley, as well as an orchestra wearing Cape Town Tourism t-shirts.

Cape Town Mayor Alderman Dan Plato and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille were among the dignitaries at the event, as they were at the first event, too.

Stormers’ Coach Alistair Coetzee decided to rest several first-choice players such as Peter Grant and Joe Pietersen, while crowd favourite Bryan Habana was used as a substitute later in the match.

Of concern was that captain and stalwart flank Schalk Burger left the field with a shoulder injury during the first half.

Writing for popular website www.keo.co.za, blogger Grant Ball wrote: “Perhaps the Stormers board will consider a move to Green Point, if not permanently, then maybe for the big games where attracting a 60 000-plus crowd is likely.”

The Stormers begin their Super 14 campaign against The Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday, February 13. The following weekend, the Stormers will host the Waratahs at Newlands.

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