30 June 2011 by Roy Barford

Stormers vs Crusaders, Super 15 semi-final

There’s never usually much hurry to do anything in Cape Town, but when it comes to buying tickets to watch rugby at Newlands, the locals definitely aren’t slow, which is why there are no tickets left for the Super 15 semi-final against the Crusaders on Saturday.

The match will kick-off at 5pm, but many of the 52 000 spectators will arrive early to braai (barbecue) and banter in designated areas outside the stadium in Newlands. If you are staying in the Cape Town city centre, you can catch a train from Adderley Street to Newlands for just R7.

The Stormers finished second on the log at the end of the group stage of the competition, earning themselves an automatic semi-final spot, while the Crusaders thrashed the Sharks 36-8 in Nelson this weekend to advance to the semi-final.

The Stormers have yet to win a Super rugby competition, although they did make it to the final last year, where they lost to the Bulls. The Crusaders have 7 titles to their credit.

While the Stormers have had a weekend off, the Crusaders have had a long journey to Cape Town this week, which may count against them ahead of the match.  The Crusaders did however beat the Stormers 20-14 in Cape Town in May and with super stars such as Sonny Bill Williams, Dan Carter and Richie McCaw in their line up, are a pretty potent unit.

Key men for the Stormers are lock, Andries Bekker (pictured, courtesy of Tyler Myeo), flank and captain, Schalk Burger, as well as the centre pairing of Jean de Villiers and Jacques Fourie.

If you are looking for entertainment after the match, pubs close to the stadium include Springboks, Foresters’ Arms and Stones pool bar. Clubs in this area include Tiger Tiger, Tin Roof, Club 91 and Tantra.

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