Every week, every player in a South African Vodacom Super Rugby team puts his body on the line defending that white goalline on the field. And that’s because in a season of heroes, he’s tackling for more than just points on a scoreboard.
Every week, a Vodacom Bulls player stands like Captain America’s shield between his tryline and an advancing pack of forwards, a DHL Stormers player smashes like Thor’s hammer into an opponent, a Cell C Sharks player pounces like Black Panther on a breakaway by the other team, and an Emirates Lions player snags an opponent like Spider-Man’s web.
This Vodacom Super Rugby season, South African rugby’s heroes are tackling for the children of CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa) as part of the #TacklingCancer campaign. Every tackle by a South African player is worth R100 to CHOC – jointly donated by Vodacom and SuperSport. And every fan also contributes R1 of his or her Vodacom Super Rugby ticket to CHOC.
One more week of tackles can make a huge difference to one more child at CHOC.
So, here are this week’s #TacklingCancer heroes:
Top Tacklers per SA team:
Cell C Sharks (128): James Venter (14)
Vodacom Bulls (98): Josh Strauss (13)
DHL Stormers (111): Pieter-Steph du Toit & Salmaan Moerat (12)
Emirates Lions: Bye
Total number of tackles: 337
Total Money Raised for CHOC: R33,700
Top Tackler: Cell C Sharks – James Venter (14)
Overall tackle stats to date this season
Number of tackles to date:
Total tackles to date: 1369
Total money raised for CHOC to date: R136,900
Top Tacklers to date:
Round 1: Marnus Schoeman and James Venter (13)
Round 2: James Venter and Jeandre Rudolph (15)
Round 3: Pieter-Steph du Toit (20)
Round 4: James Venter (14).