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No ticket fever to see Boks.


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 11 Jun 2008 at 22:32

Approximately 13 000 tickets have not been sold for the second Test between South Africa and Wales to be played here on Saturday.

Cobus Claassen writes in Beeld that rugby administrators are said to be concerned about the number of seats that may be empty when the match starts at Loftus Versfeld.

Only about 21 000 spectators watched the first Test in Bloemfontein last week and so far there has been little evidence of rugby fever in Pretoria.

Tickets cost between R250 and R400 and the Blue Bulls Company confirmed on Wednesday that about 13 000 remained unsold.

Andy Colquhoun, communications manager of SA Rugby, said the administrators were aware that tough economic conditions could have an influence on the attendance of matches.

Ideally, the Springboks should play in front of packed stands, and administrators were continuously looking at ways of making it easier for fans to attend Test matches, Colquhoun said.

Barend van Graan, chief executive of the Blue Bulls Company, pointed out that Wales never drew “full-house” crowds in South Africa. A total of 35 000 spectators was usually seen as a realistic target.

Van Graan appealed to the public to buy tickets and support the Springboks.

Colquhoun said South Africa’s first three Test matches of the season were usually against “smaller” rugby countries. “Traditionally they don’t fill stadiums,” he said.

The Three-Nations Tests against New Zealand and Australia would provide a better indication of what impact economic conditions may have on rugby fans,” he added.

Piet de Necker, commercial manager of the Free State Rugby Union, said they were disappointed with last week’s attendance.

“We would have liked to see a packed stadium but it is hard to say why the attendance was so poor.”

Unions paid a certain amount to host Test matches “and it seems as if this is becoming, more and more of a gamble,” he said, adding that it was too early to say whether the Free State had made a loss last week.



45 Comments

  • 13K :shock: Is that All?????????

    This could be worse than Bloem. :mad:

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.06.08 22:35:21 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • The Three-Nations Tests against New Zealand and Australia would provide a better indication of what impact economic conditions may have on rugby fans,” he added

    Therein lies the main reason for the poor attendance IMO.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.06.08 22:39:28 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : The snorfolk are voting with their feet!

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.06.08 22:40:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    NO mate THAT is what the spin doctors want you to believe.

    The money in SA is a little tight at the moment IMO, but the sad thing is that the reason for the slow sales is being spun to suit another group of people’s agenda.

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.06.08 22:48:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 3) :

    Irony is……………them probably calling PdV, “Snor” as well. :lol:

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.06.08 22:56:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :
    “Approximately 13 000 tickets have not been sold”

    13 000 LEFT oubaas! :wink:

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.06.08 23:06:55 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : Don’t underestimate how badly they want him to fail

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.06.08 23:08:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 6) : :mrgreen: :oops:

    WTF are they moaning about then? :lol:

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.06.08 23:11:01 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • A total of 35 000 spectators was usually seen as a realistic target

    So this is virtually gonna be an actual figure then. i don’t see why they are complaining. Next weeks game against italy is going to be worse than Bloem IMO.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.06.08 23:14:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Why don’t they just make the tickets R150 – R250 and sell out?

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.06.08 23:14:44 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 10) :

    “Coz they haven’t realised that 80% profit of next to zero sales is a lot less than 30% profit of a sellout. :wink:

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.06.08 23:22:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 9) :

    Having said that, this will be in CT and they usually turn out pretty well and considering the way they attended the S14 there could actually be a BIG crowd there.

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.06.08 23:24:14 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : Loftus not CT!! :razz:

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.06.08 23:26:58 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 13) :

    No No, I am refering to the Italy match next week. THAT will be in CT.

    If the figures for the Wales matches are low then italy should be lower, but with it being in CT i think it may be pretty full.

  • Comment 14, posted at 11.06.08 23:34:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : Oops…sorry KSA….I didn’t see you were referring to comment 9. My Apologies!! :oops:

  • Comment 15, posted at 11.06.08 23:55:04 by Villie Reply
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  • Sky-rocketing energy prices, food prices, fertiliser prices, debt-levels and interest rates are impacting many Australians… the impact would be worsening in Africa don’t discount this in the near future…

    HOWEVER… with the ever-increasing test rugby timetable so too will punters adjust the games they view live… picking and choosing the ‘more important’ games… 13000 tickets ‘left’… not worth even making a small ‘song and dance’ about!

  • Comment 16, posted at 12.06.08 04:14:28 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • Boo-hoo…

    The tickets should’ve been cheaper…it’s only Wales…

    But this is still not bad for a WP vs Wales game at Loftus.

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 12.06.08 08:44:15 by blackshark Reply

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  • You Sharks supporters are really starting to get on my nerves… :wink:

  • Comment 18, posted at 12.06.08 08:47:50 by wpw Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 17) : :lol: :lol:

    As its at Loftus, I suspect Victor will start and Bekker on the bench. Reduce the Wee Pee bias!

  • Comment 19, posted at 12.06.08 09:23:01 by Villie Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 18) : only starting… we need to work harder, team! ;)

  • Comment 20, posted at 12.06.08 09:47:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) : Maybe he and his brothers should get a hint and GO HOME :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 12.06.08 09:58:26 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 21) : nah dude. We want them here. We need somebody to balance the force ;)

  • Comment 22, posted at 12.06.08 10:02:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 20) :

    Ice reporting for team duty!!! Hi-hi, SIR!!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 12.06.08 10:07:54 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • bs

    What’s with that new picture of yours???

    I didn’t know you supported the Cheetahs? :wink:

  • Comment 24, posted at 12.06.08 10:11:49 by wpw Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : As if they’d go anywhere. We all know that WP fans are actually Sharks fans waiting to grow up. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 25, posted at 12.06.08 10:11:53 by blackshark Reply

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  • Jealousy makes you nasty… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 12.06.08 10:15:44 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 24) : Think again…

  • Comment 27, posted at 12.06.08 10:16:38 by blackshark Reply

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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 23) : Good morning ma’am!

    @wpw (Comment 24) : Comment of the week so far! :-)

  • Comment 28, posted at 12.06.08 10:23:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • Aha, i see the small Sharkies circling around the CC.

    As if… you guys won’t win the CC this year. Of that I am sure… :razz:

  • Comment 29, posted at 12.06.08 10:25:03 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 29) : We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we? Starting next Friday… :evil:

  • Comment 30, posted at 12.06.08 10:29:07 by blackshark Reply

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  • Rob

    I’m very defensive today…

  • Comment 31, posted at 12.06.08 10:31:24 by wpw Reply
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  • Ons gaan julle bliksem!!!

    :mrgreen:

  • Comment 32, posted at 12.06.08 10:31:54 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 31) : go have a cup of coffee… we’re all friends here.

  • Comment 33, posted at 12.06.08 10:33:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • No ticket fever to see a second rate Wales methinks.

  • Comment 34, posted at 12.06.08 10:36:48 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 33) : :lol:

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.06.08 10:37:51 by blackshark Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 32) : Like you did last year?

  • Comment 36, posted at 12.06.08 10:38:31 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 36) : how confident were you feeling at half time in the Sharks-Stormers game in the Super 14 this year? ;)

  • Comment 37, posted at 12.06.08 10:45:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 37) : Not a lot hey … but a week before the game I felt pretty good. :mrgreen:

    Are we gonna stop being friends just before kick off ?

  • Comment 38, posted at 12.06.08 10:51:14 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 38) : he he…. I’m sure we’ll keep the banter good natured.

    We wouldn’t want the WP boys to cry. You know how “sensitive” they can be ;)

  • Comment 39, posted at 12.06.08 11:13:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • You on a roll today né Rob? :lol:

  • Comment 40, posted at 12.06.08 11:25:22 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 40) : always, Wesali, my good man ;)

  • Comment 41, posted at 12.06.08 11:36:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • Barend van Graan, chief executive of the Blue Bulls Company, pointed out that Wales never drew “full-house” crowds in South Africa. A total of 35 000 spectators was usually seen as a realistic target.

    Colquhoun said South Africa’s first three Test matches of the season were usually against “smaller” rugby countries. “Traditionally they don’t fill stadiums,” he said.

    This is one healthy dose of a slap to the face of the Welsh..and these goones are Managers… rolling my eyes :wink:

    Seriously what an extremely unprofessional thing to say even if its the case its not something said out loud really.So if Wales is a smaller nation does that make Argentina a smaller one..

  • Comment 42, posted at 12.06.08 17:34:30 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 42) : it’s insulting, yes, but until we end up with a global season were all tests are played with both teams at full strength, we’re going to find this happening.

  • Comment 43, posted at 12.06.08 17:42:10 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 43) :

    True Robd but a little tac and diplomacy goes a long way..

  • Comment 44, posted at 12.06.08 17:50:30 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 44) : oh yeah, dude… not going to find much of that in SA Rugby, I fear :(

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