Vodacom Bulls handed a demanding Vodacom Super Rugby 2017 fixture list
The Vodacom Bulls will open their 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign in February with an away fixture against the DHL Stormers in Cape Town and will end their normal fixture list against the same opponents in Pretoria in July.
The fixtures has been announced by SANZAAR this morning and the Vodacom Bulls were handed a tough, but exciting schedule for their assault on the title they won in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
They start with away derbies against the DHL Stormers and Toyota Cheetahs before a bye in week three. The Bulls then travel to New Zealand for clashes against the Blues and Chiefs, before concluding their overseas tour with a match against the Sunwolves in Tokyo, Japan.
The Loftus Versfeld team will then home matches against the Jaquares and Cheetahs before a second bye in round 10.
A tough six weeks then awaits the home side with matches at home against the Crusaders and Highlanders, followed by the Jukskei derby against the Emirates Lions. They then host defending champions, the Hurricanes, at home before an away clash against the Cell C Sharks.
Their regular season will come to a close with home matches against the Southern Kings and DHL Stormers.
“This is a very demanding draw, but that is exactly how we expected it to be. The Vodacom Bulls team of 2017 is expected to improve on this year’s performance and our improvement will be tested by this draw and quality of opposition. It is worth getting excited about and with so many quality teams coming to Loftus Versfeld, we will be banking on massive crowd support to assist us,” Vodacom Bulls coach Nollis Marais said.
The Vodacom Bulls fixture list for 2017 is:
Round 1 - Saturday 25 February: DHL Stormers v Vodacom Bulls, Cape Town (k/o SA time: 19h30)
Round 2 - Saturday 4 March: Toyota Cheetahs v Vodacom Bulls, Bloemfontein (k/o SA time: 19h30)
Round 3 - Saturday 11 March: Vodacom Bulls (bye)
Round 4 - Friday 17 March: Vodacom Bulls v Sunwolves, Pretoria (k/o SA time: 19h00)
Round 5 - Saturday 25 March: Blues v Vodacom Bulls, TBC (k/o SA time: 08h35)
Round 6 - Saturday 1 April: Chiefs v Vodacom Bulls, TBC (k/o SA time: 08h35)
Round 7 - Saturday 8 April: Sunwolves v Vodacom Bulls, Tokyo (k/o SA time: 07h15)
Round 8 - Saturday 15 April: Vodacom Bulls v Jaguares, Pretoria (k/o SA time: 19h30)
Round 9 - Saturday 22 April: Vodacom Bulls v Cheetahs, Pretoria (k/o SA time: 17h15)
Round 10 - Saturday 30 April: Vodacom Bulls (bye)
Round 11 - Saturday 6 May: Vodacom Bulls v Crusaders, Pretoria (k/o SA time: 17h15)
Round 12 - Saturday 13 May: Vodacom Bulls v Highlanders, Pretoria (k/o SA time: 15h05)
Round 13 - Saturday 20 May: Emirates Lions v Vodacom Bulls, Johannesburg (k/o SA time: 17h15)
Round 14 - Saturday 27 May: Vodacom Bulls v Hurricanes, Pretoria (k/o SA time: 15h05)
Round 15 - Saturday 1 July: Cell C Sharks v Vodacom Bulls, Durban (k/o SA time: 17h15)
Round 16 - Saturday 8 July: Vodacom Bulls v Southern Kings, Pretoria (k/o SA time: 17h15)
Round 17 - Saturday 15 July: Vodacom Bulls v DHL Stormers, Pretoria (k/o SA time: 19h30)
Super Rugby Qualifiers to start 21 July.
Super Rugby Semifinals 28/29 July
Super Rugby Final 5 August