New money-spinning tournament coming to Bloem as Cheetahs announce Toyota Challenge

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Team huddle of Toyota Cheetahs.  (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images)
Team huddle of Toyota Cheetahs. (Photo by Frikkie Kapp/Gallo Images)
  • The Cheetahs are currently without a tournament but will soon welcome two local teams as well as a team from Spain and Romania to the Toyota stadium in November.
  • The Sharks and Stormers will be participating, together with Spain’s Diables Barcelona and Romania’s CSM Stiinta Baia Mare.
  • Each of the matches will boast prize money of R250 000 for the winning team.


The Cheetahs will once again play competitive rugby with the announcement on Friday of a new, innovative money-spinning 4-match Toyota Challenge in which R1 million will be up for grabs.

The Cheetahs are without a tournament (following the conclusion of the Currie Cup and their being left out of South African teams’ trek north) but will soon welcome two local teams as well as a team from Spain and Romania to the Toyota stadium in Bloemfontein in November.

Locally, the Sharks and Stormers will be participating, together with Spain’s Diables Barcelona and Romania’s CSM Stiinta Baia Mare from 13-26 November.

Each of the matches will boast prize money of R250 000 for the winning team, but on top of that, more cash is up for grabs for individual players and fans during the Toyota Challenge.

Players will be rewarded for "positive play actions" during the games, while fans will be rewarded for supporting their favourite teams in the stadium and online on various social media platforms.

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Cheetahs managing director Harold Verster said the new tournament was a win-win for both players and spectators.

"Apart from dishing up running rugby against the old foes in the Stormers and the Sharks, the Toyota Cheetahs are excited to have two brand-new rugby friends Diables Barcelona and CSM Stiinta Baia Mare in Toyota Stadium," he said.

"This new rugby product promises to be very enticing and entertaining for the fans. Talking about fans, we are delighted that our supporters will be allowed in the stadium again, albeit limited to 2 000 at this stage."

SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said he was thrilled by the prospect of seeing the Spanish and Romanian teams in action.

"This is very exciting for all the teams involved and I'm sure we'll see some open running rugby in Bloemfontein next month. It's also great to see new sides in action, from Spain and Romania, two nations where the game is really growing, and their involvement will add something extra to the Toyota Challenge."

Toyota Challenge fixtures:
  • Saturday 13 November: Toyota Cheetahs vs. DHL Stormers – 17h30
  • Wednesday 17 November: Toyota Cheetahs vs. Barcelona (Spain) – 17h30
  • Saturday 20 November: Toyota Cheetahs vs. Cell C Sharks – 14h00
  • Friday 26 November: Toyota Cheetahs vs. Baia Mare Rugby (Romania) – 17h30

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