Being one of the few people who could be at Newlands to watch the last Currie Cup game to be played at the stadium should have felt like a privilege, but instead it just felt depressing.

It started with the drive into the Newlands precinct. The roads were deserted. It was a quick and trouble-free drive into the parking garage across the road from Newlands, but it was also a scene completely devoid of the atmosphere the area is renowned for on match days...

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