SA Rugby u/20 Cup Set To Kick Off With A Weekend Of Interesting Fixtures

 

The 2023 SA Rugby u/20 Cup competition is set to start off where it ended in 2022. The top six u/20 teams in South Africa will face each other over a single round, from the weekend of 17/18 February.

The final of the competition is scheduled for 06 April 2023 which will be played by the two teams that is placed 1st and 2nd on the competition log after all league games were played.

Apart from the Vodacom Blue Bulls and Lions, the other teams in the competition are DHL Western Province, who lost in the finals in 2021 and 2022 and the Toyota Cheetahs, respectively Leopards, Cell C Sharks while the Valke replaced Eastern Province.

In the opening match, the Valke will host the Lions in Vanderbijlpark Friday afternoon at 15h00, in what could be an interesting match. The Lions did not compete in the 2022 SA Rugby u/19 competition and although some boys did future in the 2022 SA Rugby u/21 and u/20 competitions their development will be interesting while the Valke will be wanting to impress in a competition where nobody gives them a chance.

On Saturday 2022 finalists, DHL Western Province will host title wannabees the Cell C Sharks in Cape Town at 12:00. Both teams have talented squads with the Cell C Sharks may be the better-balanced side while the DHL Western Province side will be confident to dominate up front.

A difficult Leopards side will wait for the Vodacom Bulls in what could be the day's game. In 2022 the Vodacom Bulls struggled against a spirited Leopards team until the dam wall broke in the second half. The Leopards will struggle with depth later in the season, however, if the information is accurate the Vodacom Bulls will be without several u/20 stars who are currently part of the Vodacom Bulls Currie Cup squad.

Fixtures Week 1 - SARU u/20 Cup Competition

17 February 2023
15:00 Valke vs Lions - N W U Vaal Kampus Sport Fields

18 February 2023
13:00 Western Province vs Sharks - City Park, Cape Town
13:00 Leopards vd Vodacom Blue Bulls - Olen Park Potchefstroom