The Stormers URC super-Saturday clash against the Bulls is shaping up to be the match of the tournament. Mark Keohane and SA Rugby Mag editor Zelim Nel rave abut the qualities of South Africa’s two best sides.
We looked at both teams’ strengths, weaknesses and individual stars, but more so what the occasion means to South African rugby, and our hope that upwards of twenty thousand rugby lovers are in the stands on Saturday.
While both Zels and I were in agreement that just to watch Elrigh Louw and Evan Roos is worth the R50 entrance fee alone, we stressed that Saturday will not be a case of player vs player, but rather the individual impact they have for their team.
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The Bulls are on a five-match winning streak while the Stormers are unbeaten in their last four games. Both teams are running hot, both teams are in form, and the Bulls in their last ten matches have secured the most league points – 37– while the Stormers, Sharks and Irish champions Leinster have 36 points each within the same time period.
Zels and myself have not forgotten that there is another game in Durban, where we believe the Sharks will win comfortably, but more importantly – in the context of the South African tournament challenge – they simply have to win.
However, it is in Cape Town where the primary focus will be, and the Bulls and Stormers have the opportunity to showcase the quality of domestic rugby in South Africa to the rest of the world.
With a 2pm kickoff, weather predictions of 25 degrees and sunshine, and tickets starting as low as R50, it would be criminal not to have a (Covid-enforced) 25000-strong capacity at the Cape Town Stadium.
Watch our full discussion below: