The new-look Grootuitdaag Top12 competition – The Sanlam Boland Top12 – has left an indelible mark on the community of Boland. Let us take a look at twelve significant facts of this year’s competition.

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1 – First time that Safcol United qualified for the prestigious Grootuitdaag Top12 – the Sanlam Boland Top12 – and they went all the way unbeaten claiming the coveted Sanlam Boland Top12 trophy.

2 – Only two teams – Safcol United and Robertson – were unbeaten ahead of the final.

3 – Three trophies that Safcol United have won in the 2023 season.

4 – Number of finals (four) – Grootuitdaag (Sanlam Boland Top12), Gemeenskapskild, Streekuitdaag, and Dames – contested on 2 December in Wellington.

5 – Five Robertson Town players named in the Sanlam Boland Top12 – Team of the Tournament. Jashierie Karriem, Gurshwin Africa, Jovelian de Koker, Curtly Timm, and Jumainuine Arendse.

6 – Top try-scorers scored six tries – three players feature on this list. Matthew van der Westhuizen, Gavern Skippers (both from Wesbank), and Wildon Marsh (Darling).

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7 – Seven weeks of intense travelling and playing. Five weeks of round-robin matches, including two weeks of semi-finals and final, in which no two teams from the respective Grootuitdaag regions played against each other in the pool match stages.


The @Sanlam Boland Top 12 is in full swing, with clubs in the Boland travelling far and wide to make this year’s competition an unforgettable one. How long did you spend on the road? Let us know in the comments. 👉🏼 #SBT12 #SBT12TekkieTown #SBT12Vuma #SBT12SantamProper #SBT12VirOnsPlek

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8 – Eight Boland club rugby semi-final matches streamed on SuperSport Schools App on 25 November, across four different leagues and divisions

9 – Safcol United is the ninth Boland champion. Wellington, Roses, Rawsonville, Ceres, Saldanha, Villagers Worcester, Hawston, and Robertson are all previous winners.

10 – Lehnrho Julies, Safcol United number 10 is the Sanlam Boland Top12 top point scorer on 84 points.

11 – 11,000 the number of supporters that attended the finals on 2 December in Wellington.

12 – Number of clubs out of 64 Grootuitdaag that qualified for the Sanlam Boland Top12.