The SA Vipers will open their campaign for the defence of their title at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens in Port Elizabeth against Despatch at 12:46 on Saturday.

The Vipers, which include three Boks who played a part in South Africa’s recent Dubai and George IRB victories, are again the odds-on favourites to take home the trophy.

Their second match will be against the CUT Absa (Central University of Technology) team (14:42), which is managed by former Bok players Pieter Muller and Jan-Harm van Wyk.

The Correctional Services, Samurai international and University of Johannesburg teams are expected to be the Vipers’ major opposition.

Correctional Services, who won the Fire & Police World Cup last year, starts their tournament with a tough encounter against the university team at 13:52. Their second match will be against the Trojans at 15:48 and their third against Progress at 16:54.

The Samurai, which mainly consist of South African and British players, kicks off their campaign against Sakhuluntu at 13:30. Thereafter they will face the Sasko Sevens team, a Western Province invitation team, at 15:26 and a Lions invitation team at 16:54.

The University of Johannesburg, who has the sevens Bok Nicholas Eyre in their ranks, will meet Progress at 15:26, Correctional Services at 15:52 and the Trojans at 17:16.

The women’s final takes place at 14:15. The men’s final starts at 14:32 on Sunday.

The 15-a-side exhibition match between the SA Rugby Legends and Grey Old Boys, which kicks off at 6pm (Saturday), will be one of the major drawcards of the tournament.

Directly thereafter Stefan Ludik, Kurt Darren and DJ Ossewa will entertain the crowds with a four-hour concert.

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