Rugby enthusiasts’ great Marvel

2019-02-07 06:00
Vossie Stone (6) from Durbanville.PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Vossie Stone (6) from Durbanville.PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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A near-capacity crowd flocked to Cape Town Stadium last Sunday to witness the first pre-season Super Rugby double-header.

The event, dubbed “Superhero Sunday”, signified the unique partnership between SA Rugby and Marvel, putting South African rugby in esteemed company.

Marvel has previously partnered with other sport codes, but this is the first such arrangement with a rugby union in Africa.

Each Super Rugby franchise was paired with a Marvel superhero, namely Thor (Stormers), Spider-Man (Lions), Black Panther (Sharks) and Captain America (Bulls).

It won’t be the last time the teams don these special jerseys – they will wear them exclusively in most SA derbies.

This collaboration echoes previous Marvel partnerships like the recent Australian Open and the National Rugby League where fans arrived daily dressed in the gear of popular Marvel characters to support their favourites.

In the day’s finale, the Stormers scored five tries in a thrilling 33-28 win against the Bulls.

The Stormers made an encouraging start and dominated territory and possession early on, but the opening try came from the defence as a big hit shook the ball loose for Scarra Ntubeni to pounce on.

The hooker raced away before finding flyer Seabelo Senatla, who finished with ease.

Flank Jaco Coetzee broke free soon after and surged into the 22 where he gave the ball to scrumhalf Jano Vermaak who was brought down. Flyhalf Josh Stander hit the ball at pace on a great angle to go over for the second try.

The score went out to 21-0 when wing SP Marais intercepted and raced away, skipping out of the last tackle just short of the tryline and then thumping the conversion over as well.

The Bulls responded with tries from flyhalf Handre Pollard and Ivan van Zyl to bring themselves within seven points.

The Stormers made it four tries in the first half when No. 8 Juarno Augustus charged down and collected to score and although the Bulls had the final say in the first half with a try from fullback Warrick Gelant, the Stormers took a 26-21 advantage into the half-time break.

The Bulls took the lead for the first time in the game just after half-time with a try from close range from flank Paul Schoeman which was converted by replacement Manie Libbok to put them 28-26 ahead.

Both teams were impressive on defence in the second half, scrambling and holding out the waves of attacks.

The Stormers put together a period of sustained pressure and they eventually found a way through as lock Chris van Zyl went over with just five minutes left to seal the 33-28 win.

A near-capacity crowd flocked to Cape Town Stadium on Sunday 3 February to witness the first pre-season Super Rugby double-header.

The event, dubbed “Superhero Sunday”, signified the unique partnership between SA Rugby and Marvel, putting South African rugby in esteemed company.

Marvel has previously partnered with other sport codes, but this is the first such arrangement with a rugby union in Africa.

Each Super Rugby franchise was paired with a Marvel superhero, namely Thor (Stormers), Spider-Man (Lions), Black Panther (Sharks) and Captain America (Bulls).

It won’t be the last time the teams don these special jerseys – they will wear them exclusively in most SA derbies.

This collaboration echoes previous Marvel partnerships like the recent Australian Open and the National Rugby League where fans arrived daily dressed in the gear of popular Marvel characters to support their favourites.

In the day’s finale, the Stormers scored five tries in a thrilling 33-28 win against the Bulls.

The Stormers made an encouraging start and dominated territory and possession early on, but the opening try came from the defence as a big hit shook the ball loose for Scarra Ntubeni to pounce on. The hooker raced away before finding flyer Seabelo Senatla, who finished with ease.Flank Jaco Coetzee broke free soon after and surged into the 22 where he gave the ball to scrumhalf Jano Vermaak who was brought down. Flyhalf Josh Stander hit the ball at pace on a great angle to go over for the second try.The score went out to 21-0 when wing SP Marais intercepted and raced away, skipping out of the last tackle just short of the tryline and then thumping the conversion over as well.The Bulls responded with tries from flyhalf Handre Pollard and Ivan van Zyl to bring themselves within seven points.

The Stormers made it four tries in the first half when No. 8 Juarno Augustus charged down and collected to score and although the Bulls had the final say in the first half with a try from fullback Warrick Gelant, the Stormers took a 26-21 advantage into the half-time break.The Bulls took the lead for the first time in the game just after half-time with a try from close range from flank Paul Schoeman which was converted by replacement Manie Libbok to put them 28-26 ahead.Both teams were impressive on defence in the second half, scrambling and holding out the waves of attacks.The Stormers put together a period of sustained pressure and they eventually found a way through as lock Chris van Zyl went over with just five minutes left to seal the 33-28 win.

A near-capacity crowd flocked to Cape Town Stadium on Sunday 3 February to witness the first pre-season Super Rugby double-header.

The event, dubbed “Superhero Sunday”, signified the unique partnership between SA Rugby and Marvel, putting South African rugby in esteemed company.

Marvel has previously partnered with other sport codes, but this is the first such arrangement with a rugby union in Africa.Each Super Rugby franchise was paired with a Marvel superhero, namely Thor (Stormers), Spider-Man (Lions), Black Panther (Sharks) and Captain America (Bulls).It won’t be the last time the teams don these special jerseys – they will wear them exclusively in most SA derbies.

This collaboration echoes previous Marvel partnerships like the recent Australian Open and the National Rugby League where fans arrived daily dressed in the gear of popular Marvel characters to support their favourites.

In the day’s finale, the Stormers scored five tries in a thrilling 33-28 win against the Bulls.

The Stormers made an encouraging start and dominated territory and possession early on, but the opening try came from the defence as a big hit shook the ball loose for Scarra Ntubeni to pounce on. The hooker raced away before finding flyer Seabelo Senatla, who finished with ease.Flank Jaco Coetzee broke free soon after and surged into the 22 where he gave the ball to scrumhalf Jano Vermaak who was brought down. Flyhalf Josh Stander hit the ball at pace on a great angle to go over for the second try.The score went out to 21-0 when wing SP Marais intercepted and raced away, skipping out of the last tackle just short of the tryline and then thumping the conversion over as well.The Bulls responded with tries from flyhalf Handre Pollard and Ivan van Zyl to bring themselves within seven points.

The Stormers made it four tries in the first half when No. 8 Juarno Augustus charged down and collected to score and although the Bulls had the final say in the first half with a try from fullback Warrick Gelant, the Stormers took a 26-21 advantage into the half-time break.The Bulls took the lead for the first time in the game just after half-time with a try from close range from flank Paul Schoeman which was converted by replacement Manie Libbok to put them 28-26 ahead.Both teams were impressive on defence in the second half, scrambling and holding out the waves of attacks.

The Stormers put together a period of sustained pressure and they eventually found a way through as lock Chris van Zyl went over with just five minutes left to seal the 33-28 win.

A near-capacity crowd flocked to Cape Town Stadium on Sunday 3 February to witness the first pre-season Super Rugby double-header.

The event, dubbed “Superhero Sunday”, signified the unique partnership between SA Rugby and Marvel, putting South African rugby in esteemed company. Marvel has previously partnered with other sport codes, but this is the first such arrangement with a rugby union in Africa.Each Super Rugby franchise was paired with a Marvel superhero, namely Thor (Stormers), Spider-Man (Lions), Black Panther (Sharks) and Captain America (Bulls).It won’t be the last time the teams don these special jerseys – they will wear them exclusively in most SA derbies. This collaboration echoes previous Marvel partnerships like the recent Australian Open and the National Rugby League where fans arrived daily dressed in the gear of popular Marvel characters to support their favourites.In the day’s finale, the Stormers scored five tries in a thrilling 33-28 win against the Bulls.The Stormers made an encouraging start and dominated territory and possession early on, but the opening try came from the defence as a big hit shook the ball loose for Scarra Ntubeni to pounce on. The hooker raced away before finding flyer Seabelo Senatla, who finished with ease.Flank Jaco Coetzee broke free soon after and surged into the 22 where he gave the ball to scrumhalf Jano Vermaak who was brought down. Flyhalf Josh Stander hit the ball at pace on a great angle to go over for the second try.The Stormers put together a period of sustained pressure and they eventually found a way through as lock Chris van Zyl went over with just five minutes left to seal the 33-28 win.

A near-capacity crowd flocked to Cape Town Stadium on Sunday 3 February to witness the first pre-season Super Rugby double-header.

The event, dubbed “Superhero Sunday”, signified the unique partnership between SA Rugby and Marvel, putting South African rugby in esteemed company.

Marvel has previously partnered with other sport codes, but this is the first such arrangement with a rugby union in Africa.

Each Super Rugby franchise was paired with a Marvel superhero, namely Thor (Stormers), Spider-Man (Lions), Black Panther (Sharks) and Captain America (Bulls).

It won’t be the last time the teams don these special jerseys – they will wear them exclusively in most SA derbies. This collaboration echoes previous Marvel partnerships like the recent Australian Open and the National Rugby League where fans arrived daily dressed in the gear of popular Marvel characters to support their favourites.In the day’s finale, the Stormers scored five tries in a thrilling 33-28 win against the Bulls.The Stormers made an encouraging start and dominated territory and possession early on, but the opening try came from the defence as a big hit shook the ball loose for Scarra Ntubeni to pounce on.

The hooker raced away before finding flyer Seabelo Senatla, who finished with ease.

Flank Jaco Coetzee broke free soon after and surged into the 22 where he gave the ball to scrumhalf Jano Vermaak who was brought down. Flyhalf Josh Stander hit the ball at pace on a great angle to go over for the second try.

The score went out to 21-0 when wing SP Marais intercepted and raced away, skipping out of the last tackle just short of the tryline and then thumping the conversion over as well.The Bulls responded with tries from flyhalf Handre Pollard and Ivan van Zyl to bring themselves within seven points.The Stormers made it four tries in the first half when No. 8 Juarno Augustus charged down and collected to score and although the Bulls had the final say in the first half with a try from fullback Warrick Gelant, the Stormers took a 26-21 advantage into the half-time break.The Bulls took the lead for the first time in the game just after half-time with a try from close range from flank Paul Schoeman which was converted by replacement Manie Libbok to put them 28-26 ahead.Both teams were impressive on defence in the second half, scrambling and holding out the waves of attacks.The Stormers put together a period of sustained pressure and they eventually found a way through as lock Chris van Zyl went over with just five minutes left to seal the 33-28 win.

A near-capacity crowd flocked to Cape Town Stadium on Sunday 3 February to witness the first pre-season Super Rugby double-header.

The event, dubbed “Superhero Sunday”, signified the unique partnership between SA Rugby and Marvel, putting South African rugby in esteemed company.

Marvel has previously partnered with other sport codes, but this is the first such arrangement with a rugby union in Africa.

Each Super Rugby franchise was paired with a Marvel superhero, namely Thor (Stormers), Spider-Man (Lions), Black Panther (Sharks) and Captain America (Bulls).

It won’t be the last time the teams don these special jerseys – they will wear them exclusively in most SA derbies. This collaboration echoes previous Marvel partnerships like the recent Australian Open and the National Rugby League where fans arrived daily dressed in the gear of popular Marvel characters to support their favourites.In the day’s finale, the Stormers scored five tries in a thrilling 33-28 win against the Bulls.

The Stormers made an encouraging start and dominated territory and possession early on, but the opening try came from the defence as a big hit shook the ball loose for Scarra Ntubeni to pounce on. The hooker raced away before finding flyer Seabelo Senatla, who finished with ease.Flank Jaco Coetzee broke free soon after and surged into the 22 where he gave the ball to scrumhalf Jano Vermaak who was brought down. Flyhalf Josh Stander hit the ball at pace on a great angle to go over for the second try.The score went out to 21-0 when wing SP Marais intercepted and raced away, skipping out of the last tackle just short of the tryline and then thumping the conversion over as well.The Bulls responded with tries from flyhalf Handre Pollard and Ivan van Zyl to bring themselves within seven points.The Stormers made it four tries in the first half when No. 8 Juarno Augustus charged down and collected to score and although the Bulls had the final say in the first half with a try from fullback Warrick Gelant, the Stormers took a 26-21 advantage into the half-time break.The Bulls took the lead for the first time in the game just after half-time with a try from close range from flank Paul Schoeman which was converted by replacement Manie Libbok to put them 28-26 ahead.Both teams were impressive on defence in the second half, scrambling and holding out the waves of attacks.The Stormers put together a period of sustained pressure and they eventually found a way through as lock Chris van Zyl went over with just five minutes left to seal the 33-28 win.

A near-capacity crowd flocked to Cape Town Stadium on Sunday 3 February to witness the first pre-season Super Rugby double-header.

The event, dubbed “Superhero Sunday”, signified the unique partnership between SA Rugby and Marvel, putting South African rugby in esteemed company. Marvel has previously partnered with other sport codes, but this is the first such arrangement with a rugby union in Africa.Each Super Rugby franchise was paired with a Marvel superhero, namely Thor (Stormers), Spider-Man (Lions), Black Panther (Sharks) and Captain America (Bulls).It won’t be the last time the teams don these special jerseys – they will wear them exclusively in most SA derbies.

This collaboration echoes previous Marvel partnerships like the recent Australian Open and the National Rugby League where fans arrived daily dressed in the gear of popular Marvel characters to support their favourites.

In the day’s finale, the Stormers scored five tries in a thrilling 33-28 win against the Bulls.

The Stormers made an encouraging start and dominated territory and possession early on, but the opening try came from the defence as a big hit shook the ball loose for Scarra Ntubeni to pounce on. The hooker raced away before finding flyer Seabelo Senatla, who finished with ease.Flank Jaco Coetzee broke free soon after and surged into the 22 where he gave the ball to scrumhalf Jano Vermaak who was brought down. Flyhalf Josh Stander hit the ball at pace on a great angle to go over for the second try.The score went out to 21-0 when wing SP Marais intercepted and raced away, skipping out of the last tackle just short of the tryline and then thumping the conversion over as well.The Bulls responded with tries from flyhalf Handre Pollard and Ivan van Zyl to bring themselves within seven points.

The Stormers made it four tries in the first half when No. 8 Juarno Augustus charged down and collected to score and although the Bulls had the final say in the first half with a try from fullback Warrick Gelant, the Stormers took a 26-21 advantage into the half-time break.The Bulls took the lead for the first time in the game just after half-time with a try from close range from flank Paul Schoeman which was converted by replacement Manie Libbok to put them 28-26 ahead.

Both teams were impressive on defence in the second half, scrambling and holding out the waves of attacks.

The Stormers put together a period of sustained pressure and they eventually found a way through as lock Chris van Zyl went over with just five minutes left to seal the 33-28 win.

A near-capacity crowd flocked to Cape Town Stadium on Sunday 3 February to witness the first pre-season Super Rugby double-header.

The event, dubbed “Superhero Sunday”, signified the unique partnership between SA Rugby and Marvel, putting South African rugby in esteemed company.

Marvel has previously partnered with other sport codes, but this is the first such arrangement with a rugby union in Africa.

Each Super Rugby franchise was paired with a Marvel superhero, namely Thor (Stormers), Spider-Man (Lions), Black Panther (Sharks) and Captain America (Bulls).

It won’t be the last time the teams don these special jerseys – they will wear them exclusively in most SA derbies.

This collaboration echoes previous Marvel partnerships like the recent Australian Open and the National Rugby League where fans arrived daily dressed in the gear of popular Marvel characters to support their favourites.

In the day’s finale, the Stormers scored five tries in a thrilling 33-28 win against the Bulls.

The Stormers made an encouraging start and dominated territory and possession early on, but the opening try came from the defence as a big hit shook the ball loose for Scarra Ntubeni to pounce on. The hooker raced away before finding flyer Seabelo Senatla, who finished with ease.Flank Jaco Coetzee broke free soon after and surged into the 22 where he gave the ball to scrumhalf Jano Vermaak who was brought down. Flyhalf Josh Stander hit the ball at pace on a great angle to go over for the second try.The score went out to 21-0 when wing SP Marais intercepted and raced away, skipping out of the last tackle just short of the tryline and then thumping the conversion over as well.The Bulls responded with tries from flyhalf Handre Pollard and Ivan van Zyl to bring themselves within seven points.The Stormers made it four tries in the first half when No. 8 Juarno Augustus charged down and collected to score and although the Bulls had the final say in the first half with a try from fullback Warrick Gelant, the Stormers took a 26-21 advantage into the half-time break.The Bulls took the lead for the first time in the game just after half-time with a try from close range from flank Paul Schoeman which was converted by replacement Manie Libbok to put them 28-26 ahead.Both teams were impressive on defence in the second half, scrambling and holding out the waves of attacks.The Stormers put together a period of sustained pressure and they eventually found a way through as lock Chris van Zyl went over with just five minutes left to seal the 33-28 win.

A near-capacity crowd flocked to Cape Town Stadium on Sunday 3 February to witness the first pre-season Super Rugby double-header.

The event, dubbed “Superhero Sunday”, signified the unique partnership between SA Rugby and Marvel, putting South African rugby in esteemed company. Marvel has previously partnered with other sport codes, but this is the first such arrangement with a rugby union in Africa.Each Super Rugby franchise was paired with a Marvel superhero, namely Thor (Stormers), Spider-Man (Lions), Black Panther (Sharks) and Captain America (Bulls).It won’t be the last time the teams don these special jerseys – they will wear them exclusively in most SA derbies.

This collaboration echoes previous Marvel partnerships like the recent Australian Open and the National Rugby League where fans arrived daily dressed in the gear of popular Marvel characters to support their favourites.

In the day’s finale, the Stormers scored five tries in a thrilling 33-28 win against the Bulls.

The Stormers made an encouraging start and dominated territory and possession early on, but the opening try came from the defence as a big hit shook the ball loose for Scarra Ntubeni to pounce on. The hooker raced away before finding flyer Seabelo Senatla, who finished with ease.Flank Jaco Coetzee broke free soon after and surged into the 22 where he gave the ball to scrumhalf Jano Vermaak who was brought down. Flyhalf Josh Stander hit the ball at pace on a great angle to go over for the second try.The score went out to 21-0 when wing SP Marais intercepted and raced away, skipping out of the last tackle just short of the tryline and then thumping the conversion over as well.The Bulls responded with tries from flyhalf Handre Pollard and Ivan van Zyl to bring themselves within seven points.

The Stormers made it four tries in the first half when No. 8 Juarno Augustus charged down and collected to score and although the Bulls had the final say in the first half with a try from fullback Warrick Gelant, the Stormers took a 26-21 advantage into the half-time break.The Bulls took the lead for the first time in the game just after half-time with a try from close range from flank Paul Schoeman which was converted by replacement Manie Libbok to put them 28-26 ahead.

Both teams were impressive on defence in the second half, scrambling and holding out the waves of attacks.

The Stormers put together a period of sustained pressure and they eventually found a way through as lock Chris van Zyl went over with just five minutes left to seal the 33-28 win.

A near-capacity crowd flocked to Cape Town Stadium on Sunday 3 February to witness the first pre-season Super Rugby double-header.

The event, dubbed “Superhero Sunday”, signified the unique partnership between SA Rugby and Marvel, putting South African rugby in esteemed company. Marvel has previously partnered with other sport codes, but this is the first such arrangement with a rugby union in Africa.Each Super Rugby franchise was paired with a Marvel superhero, namely Thor (Stormers), Spider-Man (Lions), Black Panther (Sharks) and Captain America (Bulls).It won’t be the last time the teams don these special jerseys – they will wear them exclusively in most SA derbies. This collaboration echoes previous Marvel partnerships like the recent Australian Open and the National Rugby League where fans arrived daily dressed in the gear of popular Marvel characters to support their favourites.In the day’s finale, the Stormers scored five tries in a thrilling 33-28 win against the Bulls.The Stormers made an encouraging start and dominated territory and possession early on, but the opening try came from the defence as a big hit shook the ball loose for Scarra Ntubeni to pounce on.

The hooker raced away before finding flyer Seabelo Senatla, who finished with ease.

Flank Jaco Coetzee broke free soon after and surged into the 22 where he gave the ball to scrumhalf Jano Vermaak who was brought down. Flyhalf Josh Stander hit the ball at pace on a great angle to go over for the second try.The score went out to 21-0 when wing SP Marais intercepted and raced away, skipping out of the last tackle just short of the tryline and then thumping the conversion over as well.The Bulls responded with tries from flyhalf Handre Pollard and Ivan van Zyl to bring themselves within seven points.The Stormers made it four tries in the first half when No. 8 Juarno Augustus charged down and collected to score and although the Bulls had the final say in the first half with a try from fullback Warrick Gelant, the Stormers took a 26-21 advantage into the half-time break.The Bulls took the lead for the first time in the game just after half-time with a try from close range from flank Paul Schoeman which was converted by replacement Manie Libbok to put them 28-26 ahead.Both teams were impressive on defence in the second half, scrambling and holding out the waves of attacks.The Stormers put together a period of sustained pressure and they eventually found a way through as lock Chris van Zyl went over with just five minutes left to seal the 33-28 win.

A near-capacity crowd flocked to Cape Town Stadium on Sunday 3 February to witness the first pre-season Super Rugby double-header.

The event, dubbed “Superhero Sunday”, signified the unique partnership between SA Rugby and Marvel, putting South African rugby in esteemed company.

Marvel has previously partnered with other sport codes, but this is the first such arrangement with a rugby union in Africa.

Each Super Rugby franchise was paired with a Marvel superhero, namely Thor (Stormers), Spider-Man (Lions), Black Panther (Sharks) and Captain America (Bulls).

It won’t be the last time the teams don these special jerseys – they will wear them exclusively in most SA derbies.

This collaboration echoes previous Marvel partnerships like the recent Australian Open and the National Rugby League where fans arrived daily dressed in the gear of popular Marvel characters to support their favourites.

In the day’s finale, the Stormers scored five tries in a thrilling 33-28 win against the Bulls.

The Stormers made an encouraging start and dominated territory and possession early on, but the opening try came from the defence as a big hit shook the ball loose for Scarra Ntubeni to pounce on. The hooker raced away before finding flyer Seabelo Senatla, who finished with ease.Flank Jaco Coetzee broke free soon after and surged into the 22 where he gave the ball to scrumhalf Jano Vermaak who was brought down. Flyhalf Josh Stander hit the ball at pace on a great angle to go over for the second try.The score went out to 21-0 when wing SP Marais intercepted and raced away, skipping out of the last tackle just short of the tryline and then thumping the conversion over as well.The Bulls responded with tries from flyhalf Handre Pollard and Ivan van Zyl to bring themselves within seven points.The Stormers made it four tries in the first half when No. 8 Juarno Augustus charged down and collected to score and although the Bulls had the final say in the first half with a try from fullback Warrick Gelant, the Stormers took a 26-21 advantage into the half-time break.The Bulls took the lead for the first time in the game just after half-time with a try from close range from flank Paul Schoeman which was converted by replacement Manie Libbok to put them 28-26 ahead.Both teams were impressive on defence in the second half, scrambling and holding out the waves of attacks.The Stormers put together a period of sustained pressure and they eventually found a way through as lock Chris van Zyl went over with just five minutes left to seal the 33-28 win.

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