Bulls paint Orlando blue

SOWETO was a sea of blue when the Blue Bulls fans invaded the township to watch their team play against the Crusaders in Super 14 semifinal on Saturday.

SOWETO was a sea of blue when the Blue Bulls fans invaded the township to watch their team play against the Crusaders in Super 14 semifinal on Saturday.

The influx of fans into the township caused hours of traffic jams.

The traffic jam was worsened by the final of the Nedbank Cup between AmaZulu and Wits University at Soccer City.

The match was the first top class rugby clash in Soweto. The Blue Bulls return to the stadium for the final this weekend.

Park-and-ride facilities were organised from Centurion and Nasrec to Orlando Stadium.

We spent about two hours in traffic from the city to Nasrec, where there were park-and-ride facilities.

It took about 10 minutes to get onto the buses and about 40 minutes to get to Orlando Stadium.

Outside the stadium, there was an entertainment area where fans could buy team apparel, food and listen to music and watch the match on a big screen.

One of the few hiccups at the stadium was that the marshals were unable to assist fans get to their seats.

After the game some fans stayed behind to watch the match between the Stormers and Waratahs at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on the screen.

The Blue Bulls gave Orlando Stadium the thumbs up.

Some fans said although Orlando was not better than their home stadium, Loftus in Pretoria, it was a better option than Ellis Park in Doornfontein.

Renier and Ronnie Botha, from Centurion, said: "It has been a great experience and hopefully it will not be the last time the Bulls come here. It was our first time in Soweto and we have thoroughly enjoyed it. The park-and-ride was good and well organised. No complaints."

Tshepo Moeti from Pimville, Soweto, said: "I usually watch rugby on TV. It was my first time at the stadium. It was really exciting and the fans were great."

Piet van Zyl, who parked his car in Centurion, said: "I am very satisfied with the system and the stadium was brilliant."

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