Unions relieved as full stadiums return, but Bulls and Cheetahs race to cash in on Bok Tests

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Loftus attracted almost 20 000 spectators last week. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)
Loftus attracted almost 20 000 spectators last week. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

The relief among South African rugby's chiefs ahead of the Springboks' domestic Test programme was palpable on Thursday after government belatedly abolished its Covid-19 restrictions on gatherings.

As a result, stadiums are now allowed to be filled to 100% capacity again.

Yet, while the broader rugby community unanimously expressed its gratitude for a decision that goes a long way towards helping the local game repair finances which have been decimated by the pandemic, two hosting unions - the Bulls and Cheetahs - are now scrambling to an extent to fully capitalise on next month's Tests against Wales.

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