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Posted on 22 July 2007  - 12:00

It was a transfer from Durban to Cape Town the day after our victory over Kaizer Chiefs in the opening fixture of the Vodacom Challenge.

It was a transfer from Durban to Cape Town the day after our victory over Kaizer Chiefs in the opening fixture of the Vodacom Challenge.

The squad embarked on the flight which lasted approximately two hours shortly after lunch and arrived at the hotel at 6pm before heading off to the Newlands Stadium for a training session. Newlands, with a capacity of 51,000, is the traditional home of South African rugby, while it was previously used by the football team Ajax Cape Town and will host our game on Tuesday against Orlando Pirates.

Our opponents are South Africa's oldest football club and hail from Orlando East in Soweto. They have lifted the Vodacom Challenge trophy on two occasions - the first edition in 1999 and again in 2005 - and are seven times winners of the domestic league.

The Buccaneers finished fifth in the league last season and won 2-1 against us on our last visit here in 2003 with a team including the Mbulelo Mabizela.

Pirates fans were out in force at Cape Town International Airport to provide a welcome and the players signed autographs and posed for pictures.