2013 Varsity Cup fixtures
Eighty-two matches are set to take place across four different competitions in the 2013 Varsity Rugby season - as the Cup, Shield, Young Guns and Koshuis tournaments get set to combine to form the biggest student-based rugby competition in the world.
Varsity Cup Final will take place on Monday, April 8.
"We have a unique fixtures tool, developed by top mathematicians, which allows us, fairly, to draw up the new fixtures taking all permutations and the Varsity Cup constitution into account," explained Duitser Bosman, the Varsity Cup Managing Director.
Twenty-three matches will be televised on SuperSport in the 2013 season and Bosman revealed: "It's written into our constitution that the top two teams from the previous seasons would have five matches televised, teams three and four would have four televised games, teams five and six would get three opportunities on television and the seventh- and eighth-placed sides would get two games on TV.
"Thus, Tuks and the Maties will head up the list of televised matches... but it's also pretty exciting to have a new team, in the shape of Wits, the Varsity Shield winners, in the Cup competition."
Wits will, for the first time, feature in the Varsity Cup in 2013, having won promotion as Varsity Shield winners last year. The TUT Vikings, the Wooden Spoonists in the 2012 Varsity Cup, will play in the Varsity Shield, whilst 2011 Varsity Cup winners, UCT, staved off relegation in 2013 by beating Varsity Shield runners-up, CUT, in their promotion/relegation clash on the 2012 Finals Day.
The addition of Wits also adds another mouth-watering local derby to the Varsity Rugby calendar, with the all-Johannesburg battle between Wits and UJ taking place at the Wits Rugby Stadium in Round Four (Monday, February 25 - 4.45pm).
The match will be televised and will rival the all-Cape derby between the Maties and UCT (which takes place in Round Five - March 4) in terms of popularity and fervour.
2013 VARSITY RUGBY FIXTURES:
Monday, February 4:
Maties v UJ, Danie Craven Stadium - 4.45pm (TV)
NWU-Pukke v UP-Tuks, Fanie du Toit Sports Grounds - 7pm (TV)
UCT v NMMU, UCT Rugby Fields - 7pm
Wits v Shimlas, Wits Rugby Stadium - 7pm
Monday, February 11:
UP-Tuks v UCT, Tuks Rugby Stadium - 4.45pm (TV)
NMMU v Wits, NMMU Stadium - 7pm (TV)
UJ v NWU-Pukke, UJ Stadium - 7pm
Shimlas v Maties, Xerox Shimla Park - 7pm
Monday, February 18:
Shimlas v UP-Tuks, Xerox Shimla Park - 4.45pm (TV)
Maties v NMMU, Danie Craven Stadium - 7pm (TV)
Wits v NWU-Pukke, Wits Rugby Stadium - 7pm
UCT v UJ, UCT Rugby Fields - 7pm
Monday, February 25:
Wits v UJ, Wits Rugby Stadium - 4.45pm (TV)
UP-Tuks v Maties, Tuks Rugby Stadium - 7pm (TV)
NWU-Pukke v UCT, Fanie du Toit Sports Ground - 7pm
NMMU v Shimlas, NMMU Stadium - 7pm
Monday, March 4:
UCT v Maties, UCT Rugby Fields - 4.45pm (TV)
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke, Xerox Shimla Park - 7pm (TV)