South Africans at the Maggior Consiglio, three training sessions in Ghirada Tomorrow evening the catwalk in the city center with the two finalists
The Blue Bulls will land tonight in Treviso and will have their headquarters at the Maggior Consiglio: three days of training at the contiguous Ghirada before the Rainbow Cup final on Saturday. But tomorrow at 6.30 pm they will be protagonists, with Benetton, in the collective presentation of the historic event at the city. The two teams will first be welcomed in Piazzetta Aldo Moro by the mayor Mario Conte and the president of the Veneto Committee Fir Sandro Trevisan, then a short walkway of players, obviously spaced from the public to ensure compliance with health protocols. A representative of the Pro14 delegation, the president of Benetton Amerino Zatta and his colleague from the Blue Bulls, Willem Strauss, will also speak at the evening, presented by the journalist of Dazn Federica Zille. Meanwhile, Benetton informs that the original endowment of a thousand tickets has already been burned; the other 250, arrived from the derogation, will also be offered for sale online on vivaticket.it. So on Saturday in Monigo the box offices are closed. For the occasion, a large screen will be set up in Piazza Trentin.
For its part, the team is working hard even with temperatures and muggy weather that are almost Ferragostane: this is the opinion of the South African Irnè Herbst: «I expect a really physical battle. We know that from a physical point of view they are very strong, we will have to balance their physicality in the best possible way. We will have to set up a good scrum, a good job in the throw-in and in the set pieces in general. Furthermore, the speed of the trocar will be important ». What does it mean for you to play a final between two continents at home? «First of all, it is a truly significant achievement for us. This year we showed good rugby, in some matches we were close to winning by losing by a few points in the last minutes. We went through several difficulties, but we always believed that we could make it to the end of the competition, after a difficult year. It is incredible for the club, for the players and for the staff to be able to play this final, we know that for many players and for some of the staff it will be the last match for Benetton and we want to do well for them too. It is also important for Italian rugby, besides it will be fantastic to play a final in front of our fans, in Monigo and Treviso. We are excited and we will try to make our fans and our families proud ».
With Corny Els you are the other ex of the Bulls: excited? «It is a good experience for me, it will be special, I will still have to approach the game as I always do. We know well that we are considered the “underdogs”, we are not starting favorites and the Bulls are confident, but we will put a lot of energy and passion into it ». –