Kings to beef up security after brawl

2013-03-13 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) has promised to improve security at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium after a fight between fans erupted in the stadium during the Super Rugby match between the Kings and Sharks on Saturday.

This comes after a video emerged on social media sites yesterday, depicting fans involved in a brawl while the match was in progress. The minute-and-a-half long video clip shows fans violently exchange punches with no security guard or policeman in sight.

EPRU interim CEO Charl Crous said yesterday they were working closely with stadium management company Access Management to address the issue.

“Following the incident on Saturday night we, together with Access Management, will be adopting a zero tolerance stance,” Crous told the Rugby15.co.za website.

“We will also be lobbying police to assist with regards to more visible policing, and will be assisting Access Management with other initiatives such as education campaigns around encouraging people to sit in their reserved seats.”

Crous said the union strongly condemned the behaviour and called on spectators to behave in a respectable manner when attending a game.

“We want a day at the rugby to be a pleasant experience for every­one,” he said.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to say that it is unfortunately only a small minority of people who are responsible, and thank the majority for their ongoing support.”

The Kings, who lost the game 21-12 to the Sharks, this week host the defending champions Chiefs on Friday night at 7.10 pm.

KINGS TEAM

15. SP Marais, 14. Sergeal Petersen, 13. Ronnie Cooke, 12. Andries Strauss, 11. Marcello Sampson, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Wimpie van der Walt, 6. Cornell du Preez, 5. Steven Sykes 4 Darron Nell (captain), 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira

Substitutes: 16. Edgar Marutlulle, 17. Jaco Engels, 18. David Bulbring, 19. Daniel Adongo, 20. Nicolas Vergallo, 21. George Whitehead, 22. Hadleigh Parkes.

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