In an exciting development it was announced today by George Municipality that two of the powerhouses of club rugby in the Southern Cape, Progress RFC and Evergreens RFC, would be squaring off against each other at Outeniqua Park on the 7th of April as a prelude to the historic GUINNESSPRO14 championship clash between the Southern Kings and Munster from Ireland.
“Progress and Evergreens are perennial rivals who between them have dominated club rugby in the region in recent times and matches between the two sides are always hard-fought affairs. Progress won the SWD Premier League in 2017 whilst Evergreens took the title in 2016 and 2015. Their inclusion on the bill will truly turn the day into a festival of rugby. We expect a huge crowd to turn out. I advise everyone to get their tickets early”, said Hennie Baartman, President of South Western Districts Rugby.
The two teams also have a rich tradition of producing some great players who have not only gone onto represent South Western Districts and the Southern Kings, but also other franchises as well as the Springboks. Names like Zane Kirchner, Heynie Adams, Darryl Coeries and Devon Raubenheimer spring to mind.
The Progress and Evergreens 2nd and 3rd teams will compete on the Outeniqua Park “B” Field on the day whilst the clash between the first XVs will be the curtain-raiser to the Southern Kings vs Munster clash on the main field.
“We see this as a fantastic opportunity to showcase our two flagship teams in the George area before international guests. Both teams have done incredibly well with limited resources and have been ranked amongst the top 10 club sides in South Africa. We are extremely proud of them. This is not only going be a huge boost for our city but also for the sport of rugby in the area. It will inspire our young players to see icons of the game from up close”,” continued Hennie Baartman.
Chief Operating Officer of the Southern Kings, Charl Crous was equally excited by the news. “It’s always been part of the Southern Kings’ mission to bring international rugby to all our people and to see the enthusiasm with which the people of George have embraced this occasion is quite amazing. South Western Districts has always been a key component of our franchise and to have clubs of the stature of Progress and Evergreens together with their supporters join us on the day is the absolute cherry on the top. We look forward to rewarding them with a good performance on April 7”, he said.
“George has a proud history of hosting successful international sporting events and we’ve pulled out all the stops to ensure this one will be no different. We look forward to welcoming visitors to our beautiful part of the world and have no doubt they will enjoy their stay”, said Mayor of George, Councillor Melvin Naik.
In true George tradition the festival air of the occasion will be complemented with a beer tent and food vendors on-site to ensure spectators remain refreshed at all times and AlgoaFM will be broadcasting live from the venue between 12h00 and 15h00 on the day.
Important match day times to note:
13:00 Gates open
13:30 Evergreens 3rd vs Progress 3rd
15:00 Evergreens 2nd vs Progress 2nd
16:45 Evergreens 1st vs Progress 1st
19:35 Southern Kings vs Munster
photo 1: Group Picture: From Left are Wendell Pondo (Captain: Progress Rugby team), Randall Geduld (Chairperson: Progress Rugby Club), Charl Crous (COO: Southern Kings), Vanessa Roelfse (Acting CEO: SWD Rugby), Deon Stoffels (Chairperson: Evergreens Rugby Club) and Buran Parks (Captain: Evergreens Rugby Club).
Last published 08 March 2018