Semis: worth R6?million plus to Sharks

2010-10-16 00:00

VICTORY over the Blue Bulls in today’s Currie Cup semi-final at King’s Park will be worth more than R6 million to the Sharks.

The Sharks have secured home ground advantage for today’s semi-final and, if they advance, next Saturday’s final by finishing top of the Currie Cup log.

Brian van Zyl, the Sharks CEO, said that the players would be paid lucrative bonuses if they secured a home final. “I obviously can’t give details but, yes, they are being offered financial incentives to beat the Blue Bulls.”

Van Zyl said the Sharks should pick up between R500 000 and R1 million profit from today’s semi-final. “We have to pay the visitors (the Blue Bulls) R250 000, but we are hoping to make close to a R1 million.”

He said that King’s Park will not be a sell-out for today’s semi-final.

“We have seen this happen time and again. We haven’t filled the ground for a semi-final since 1996.

It seems some spectators hold back waiting for the final.”

He said that a crowd of between 35 000 and 40 000 was expected for today’s game in the 52 000-seater stadium.

Tickets will be on sale at the gates.

“It all depends on interest on the day just how many we get.”

Tickets are on sale at R150 for adults and R70 for scholars.

The match kicks off early — at 2.30 pm — to allow for extra time to be played in case the scores are level after 80 minutes.

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