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The City of Roses gears up for its own Bokjol after Pretoria's parade

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Blue Bulls Company chief executive officer Edgar Rathbone may have sounded tired, but every muscle and sinew stretched to make the first Test between South Africa and Wales at Loftus Versfeld a success was worth it.

The Sunnyside-based arena was the last ground to host a Test match with crowds in 2019 and when the Covid-19 crowd restrictions were lifted, they were in a race against time to get everything ready.

The fatigued Rathbone was loath to disclose to Sport24 the fiscal value of the sold-out Test that attracted a record crowd to the ground, but said their wildest dreams and expectations were exceeded.

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