Tuesday 17 October 2017

'Eerie silence' - Appalling attendance for first PRO14 game on South African soil

There was a very scant crowd at the Nelson Mandella Bay Stadium
There was a very scant crowd at the Nelson Mandella Bay Stadium
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The Southern Kings and Cheetahs have endured a baptism of fire in the Guinness PRO14 and the new tournament doesn't seem to have captured the imagination of fans in South Africa.

Leinster and the Kings faced off today at the Nelson Mandella Bay Stadium and very few spectators have turned out to see them lock horns.

There has been little or no atmosphere at the game which kicked off at 1.15pm Irish time.

The official attendance was given as 3,011 much to bemusement of those in attendance.

The Cheetahs play host to Italian side Zebre later and are not charging for tickets. Hopefully the ploy generates a crowd.

Neither of the South African sides were able to register a point in the first two rounds of the tournament.

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