VC Semi-Final Times Confirmed
The kick-off times for the 2012 Varsity Cup - and Young Guns – semi-finals have been confirmed, with a slight change in starting times due to a graduation ceremony taking place in Stellenbosch on Monday, March 26.
Semi-final one - between the FNB Maties and FNB UJ - was initially meant to get underway at 4.30pm on Monday, but the kick-off time is now 5.30pm as rugby once again takes a back seat to academics in the Varsity Cup.
The first Young Guns semi-final - between the junior Maties and the University of Free State’s junior team - will then take place after the main game; at 7.20pm.
In Pretoria, meanwhile, the day will start with a Young Guns semi-final at 5pm - between Tuks' Under-20s and the NWU-Pukke U20s - before the main game, between the table-topping UP-Tuks and the fourth-placed NWU-Pukke, starts at 7.30pm.
The UP-Tuks v NWU-Pukke semi-final could, however, be delayed if the Maties-UJ semi-final (or the Young Guns semifinal in Pretoria) goes into extra-time. Teams are aware of this.
Varsity Cup Managing Director Duitser Bosman said: "The last round of league matches gave us a taste of what to expect in the semi-finals - hard-fought matches and tight scorelines.
"It's going to be quite a busy day in Stellenbosch, with a graduation ceremony and two semifinals, but we've always said academics come first and we had no hesitation in moving the semifinal to 5.30pm. Thanks must also go to SuperSport for accommodating our request.
"The business-end of the 2012 Varsity Rugby season is now upon us, we hope you will enjoy it with us," concluded Bosman.
SEMIFINAL FIXTURES FOR MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012:
Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch:
Varsity Cup semi-final one:
FNB Maties vs. FNB UJ, 5.30pm (Live on SuperSport One)
Varsity Young Guns semi-final one:
Steinhoff Maties Under-20 vs. FNB UFS Under-20, 7.20pm
Tuks Rugby Stadium, Pretoria:
Varsity Young Guns semi-final two:
FNB UP-Tuks Under-20 vs. FNB NWU-Pukke Under-20, 5pm
Varsity Cup semi-final two:
FNB UP-Tuks vs. FNB NWU-Pukke, 7.30pm (Live on SuperSport One)
Visit www.varsitycup.co.za for all your 2012 Varsity Cup news and fixtures.