Sportingclass are delighted to announce that NEC Harlequins will once again be playing Super 12 side the Natal Sharks, from South Africa, at the Stoop this season. The Safe Solutions Challenge match will be played on <strong>Thursday 10th February 2005, kick-off 7.45pm</strong>.
The Sharks have won all three previous encounters between the two sides, since the inaugural match took place in February 2002. Quins just missed out on recording their first victory over the Sharks back in January, as an injury time penalty from former Scotland international Gregor Townsend gave the South African side a win by 29-27.
"We are delighted that the match against the Sharks has become a regular event in the fixture list," said Mark Evans, NEC Harlequins Chief Executive. "The standard of the rugby and the excitement of the matches have improved year after year, and I see no reason why this seasons game will be any different."
"We will be going all out to claim our first victory over the Sharks and I'm sure supporters of both sides will witness another great battle between the two teams."
Tickets are now available for this fixture and they can be purchased by calling the Quins ticketline on 0871 871 8877 or online by clicking here.
Quins Season Ticket holders, please note that you have until 28th November to reserve your seat for this fixture. To purchase your seat please return special voucher number three from your Season Ticket booklet to the office by this date with your name and contact details on the reverse. Please also include payment and details of any additional seats required.
*NB: The Season Ticket reserve will be taken off after 28th November and your seat is likely to be sold. Season Ticket holders who have already 'Opted In' will receive their ticket by Monday 1st November 2004.
The club are once again expecting a capacity crowd at the match but those supporters unable to get a ticket will be able to watch the game live and exclusive on Sky Sports.
Also available through Sportingclass for this fixture:
â€¢ Corporate hospitality in the Stoop's corporate boxes overlooking the pitch
â€¢ Sponsorship opportunities for the event, from perimeter board to match programme advertising
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.