Posted on Tuesday, 21 Sep 2022
In a new development, the Toyota Cheetahs will now face the Vodacom Bulls in the opening match of the 2022 Toyota Challenge on Friday, 30 September.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Italy A has withdrawn from the Toyota Challenge, but the Vodacom Bulls were ready and eager to take up the challenge.
Ross van Reenen, CEO of the Free State Cheetahs, says: “It is a great privilege for the Toyota Cheetahs to welcome the Vodacom Bulls and DHL Western Province XV in this year’s Toyota Challenge. I believe that the tournament will contribute significantly to the Bloemfontein community. We are happy to support and have more local teams involved.”
The Toyota Cheetahs are challenging the Vodacom Bulls, Emerging Ireland and USA National A, and the Windhoek Draught Griquas in Toyota Stadium for R1 million in prize money! Each match has R250 000 up for grabs.
The Vodacom Bulls will also face the Windhoek Draught Griquas on Wednesday, 5 October, in a Toyota Challenge-friendly match. DHL Western Province XV will take on the Airlink Pumas in another friendly on Sunday, 9 October.
Fans supporting their favourite teams in the Toyota Stadium and on social media will have much to look forward to. In addition to the prizes for the winning teams, cash prizes will be up for grabs for individual players and fans during the Toyota Challenge. Players will be rewarded for "positive play actions", encouraging a bonanza of running rugby, bone-crunching tackles and tries galore.
“This is probably the most unique rugby tournament in the world, and we all await with abated breath the first kick-off between the Toyota Cheetahs and the Vodacom Bulls on Friday, 30 September at 16:15.” Said Ross van Reenen.
Blue Bulls Company CEO, Edgar Rathbone, added: “The Vodacom Bulls are excited to be part of this exceptional tournament. We will be up against quality opposition in the Toyota Cheetahs and the Windhoek Draught Griquas. We are looking forward to an electrifying tournament.”
Updated Toyota Challenge fixtures:
Friday, 23 September:
13:00 Toyota Cheetahs u.21 vs Sharks u.21
Saturday, 24 September:
10:30 Toyota Cheetahs Orange vs Toyota Cheetahs White
Friday, 30 September 2022:
16:15 Toyota Cheetahs vs Vodacom Bulls (Toyota Challenge match)
13:45 Windhoek Draught Griquas vs Emerging Ireland
Wednesday, 5 October 2022:
17:00 Airlink Pumas vs Emerging Ireland
19:00 Windhoek Draught Griquas vs Vodacom Bulls
Sunday, 9 October 2022:
13:00 Toyota Cheetahs vs Emerging Ireland (Toyota Challenge Match)
11:00 Airlink Pumas vs DHL Western Province XV
Friday, 14 October 2022:
18:00 Toyota Cheetahs vs USA National A (Toyota Challenge Match)
Friday, 21 October 2022:
19:00 Toyota Cheetahs vs Windhoek Draught Griquas (Toyota Challenge Match)
17:00 Airlink Pumas vs USA National A