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Bulls may be ‘forced out’ of Loftus

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Cheetahs, In the news, Super 14 on 19 Apr 2010 at 17:02
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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.


  • This was to be expected though. They have already confirmed that the Semis and Finals will NOT be played at loftus if the bulls qualify, because there would not be enough time for the pitch to recover.

    If we look at the condition of that pitch from before they left on tour then I am not surprised.

    There were more than a few comments on here about how shit the pitch looked.

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.04.10 17:05:04 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • bulls playing at Soweto :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.04.10 17:09:35 by rekinek Reply
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    rekinekTeam captain
  • @rekinek (Comment 2) : so much for our loftus tickets then… :twisted:

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.04.10 08:36:15 by VanWilder Reply

    VanWilderCurrie Cup player
  • :lol: – khompela confirmed this morning that they will not force the bulls and cheetahs out of their stadiums, they scheduled a meeting just to confirm the status of the pitch and that he would alos like to congratulate the bulls on its decision to play the play-offs at orlando stadium. So it seems my tickets is worth something in the end…

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.04.10 10:24:06 by VanWilder Reply

    VanWilderCurrie Cup player
  • Published on IOL at 07:48 this am

    Bulls get green light to play at Loftus

    The often controversial Butana Komphela, chairman of the parliamentary sports’ portfolio committee, yesterday threw cold water on reports that his meeting with the Blue Bulls Company and the Free State Rugby Union today in Cape Town would be to force them to play their remaining Super 14 fixtures away from home over concerns about the conditions of their pitches.

    Instead, Komphela denied the allegations that the Bulls and the Cheetahs would be kicked out of Loftus Versfeld and Vodacom Park, respectively, for the Super 14 and showered praise on the Bulls and captain Victor Matfield for their bold move to play the semi-finals and final of the Super 14, if they qualify, at Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

    Furthermore, Komphela confirmed that the Bulls and the Cheetahs would not be forced to play elsewhere – as was widely reported yesterday.

    Komphela stated that the meeting was a result of concern over the condition of both pitches during earlier stadium inspections 100 days before the World Cup early in March.

    But he said the sports’ portfolio committee would also be seeking clarity on both the unions’ plans ahead of handing over the stadiums to Fifa.

    “There are two things that will be discussed; mainly the conditions of the pitches and also to congratulate the Bulls on their move to take the semi-finals and final of the Super 14 to Soweto if they make it.

    “The questions we have are from our observations during our inspection 100 days before the start of the World Cup.

    “At that time the Loftus pitch was not good at all.

    “A report from a Fifa grass specialist said the Loftus and Bloemfontein pitches were not right.

    “But after our inspection last week we found that the grass at Loftus is growing very well. We just want to find out what the teams’ schedules are and when they will give over the stadiums to Fifa.

    “We realise and acknowledge that they are playing in an international competition.

    “Initially when we spoke to the stadium manager at Loftus, he had told us that the Super 14 would run up until the end of May which would give us only 13 days before the start of the World Cup and that was not a nice picture for us.

    “However, we don’t want to make assumptions in case they have made alternatives,” Komphela said.

    Loftus stadium manager Hugo Kemp was satisfied that the re-seeding at Loftus a few weeks ago was a success and that the pitch was looking immaculate with only three rugby matches scheduled before the stadium is handed over.

    “The grass we planted a few weeks ago has grown very well and the pitch is in good condition,” Kemp said yesterday. The Bulls have cleverly diverted an ugly stand-off with soccer authorities following their agreement with the City of Johannesburg to play at Orlando Stadium.

    It will also give the Loftus pitch five weeks of inactivity before the start of the soccer spectacular with the Bulls’ last Super 14 fixture being against the Crusaders on May 7.

    “When the Bulls were parading their victory in the Super 14 last year, thousands of people of all races celebrated with them and they were exemplary when they showed their support for Bafana Bafana a few weeks ago.

    “Such a progressive union led by a leader like Victor Matfield shows that this World Cup is not only for football-loving people alone but for all of us and it is far enough demonstration of social cohesion and we have to encourage them (Bulls),” said Komphela.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.04.10 15:37:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Who the hell said they were getting to the final :?:

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.04.10 16:07:43 by provincejoulekkading Reply
    Clayton(PJLD)Team captain
  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 5) :

    Exactly!!! :roll: :???:

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.04.10 16:18:23 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 5) : Probably the same person that said the Streamers would make it through. ;-)

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.04.10 16:19:15 by FireTheLooser Reply

    FireTheLooserAssistant coach
  • @provincejoulekkading (Comment 5) :

    @wpw (Comment 6) :

    @FireTheLooser (Comment 7) :

    The Same guys who had to put the cork back in the champagne bottles in 1990 that proclaimed the Blue Bulls as the 1990 Currie Cup champs.

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.04.10 16:35:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • 1990??
    Nee man Oubaas. Nou praat Oom van 19 voertsek toe ek nog op skool was!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.04.10 17:19:53 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Toe my bynaam Tribbes was. Lmao

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.04.10 17:20:38 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @wpw (Comment 10) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.04.10 17:39:27 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • @wpw (Comment 9) : Oom se moer, ek het nie jou tannie gelooi nie. :razz:

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.04.10 17:41:20 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • Hahaha
    Classic Klerksdorp humour!! :lol:

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.04.10 17:48:49 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) : Klerksdorp humour….check……watched Super Rugby….check…..brandy and coke…..probably check.

    It’s official, you’re a closet Nulle fan. :lol:

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.04.10 18:23:51 by FireTheLooser Reply

    FireTheLooserAssistant coach
  • @FireTheLooser (Comment 14) : Dude I drink Spiced Gold. I am aggresive enough, no need for Brandy. :wink:

    Oh and BTW. I’d much rather be called oom than a Nulle fan. :twisted:

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.04.10 20:34:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach

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