Bulls vs Stormers – Full house expected at Loftus as 51,000 rugby fans buy tickets to watch SA’s biggest derby

The excitement is palpable as the Bulls confirmed that tickets for the North-South derby have been completely sold out, with a crowd of approximately 51,000 fans expected to pack into Loftus Versfeld.

This sets the stage for what promises to be a thrilling and crucial match for both teams in the Vodacom URC.

Stormers coach John Dobson expressed the significance of the occasion during a press conference, urging his players to embrace the moment and the rich traditions associated with the North-South derby.

“We must just embrace the occasion, look around and see how many striped jerseys there are in the crowd, there will be many, many thousands of them. Think about them. Make sure you start properly,” Dobson emphasized, highlighting the importance of a strong start and maintaining momentum throughout the game.

Stormers captain Deon Fourie echoed Dobson’s sentiments, emphasizing the intensity and significance of derby matches like the one against the Bulls.

He stressed the importance of the opening 20 minutes, acknowledging the emotional and high-pressure environment that comes with such games.

“You live for these moments. These are the games that you will remember. One day, when you are retired, you will remember playing the Bulls at a sold-out Loftus. That’s the reason we play,” Fourie stated, underlining the passion and pride that come with competing in such high-stakes matches.

As South African rugby welcomes back massive crowds to its games, Dobson praised the return of enthusiastic supporters after a challenging period for local franchises in terms of ticket sales.

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