The defending champion Bulls are in a fight with the government, who want to stop them from playing any further matches at Loftus Versfeld ahead of the Soccer World Cup.
Rugby 365 reports that it has been reported that both the Bulls and Cheetahs could be forced to play their remaining home matches in the Super 14 competition elsewhere.
The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd confirmed in a statement on Monday that, along with the South African Rugby Union, they will meet with the Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation in Cape Town on Tuesday.
“The meeting has been scheduled to discuss the use of Loftus Versfeld for the remainder of the Super 14,” the brief statement said.
“No further comments will be made available until after the meeting.”
It has been reported that their appearance before the committee stems from the concerns of the chairman of the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation, Butana Komphela, who said he has personally inspected the playing surfaces in Pretoria and Bloemfontein.
According to Komphela he is “unhappy” about the condition of the surfaces where World Cup soccer matches are to be played.
The Bulls stand to suffer a substantial financial loss should their games be moved, as they have three lucrative encounters – against the Lions, Sharks and Crusaders – in the next few weeks scheduled for Loftus.
There may be a case for compensation to the thousands of season ticket holders and suite owners who have paid large sums to watch games at Loftus.
Some reports have also mentioned the possibility of “legal action” if Komphela gets his way.
As it is, the Bulls have already made contingency plans should they qualify for a home semifinal and Final. Those games will be played at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
The situation with the Free State Rugby Union, whose Cheetahs franchise will also be affected in three home matches, is less serious.
They will not stand to lose nearly as much as the Bulls, as they do not draw nearly the numbers the Bulls do, while they also have far less season ticket holders that will be affected.
An agreement between the World Cup organising committee and SARU ensures that the scheduled Super 14 games could go ahead and that the unions will only hand over the stadiums by May 20.
However, Hoskins confirmed that they will have to make a strong case on Tuesday.
“I have asked the Bulls and Cheetahs to get expert opinions on their respective pitches, so we can present it in Parliament,” Hoskins told the supersport website.Tweet