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Stormers, Sharks and Bulls Are Aiming for Progress in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship Play Offs
- The Vodacom United Rugby Championship will head into overdrive this weekend, with the quarterfinals of the competition kicking off
- The Stormers, Bulls and Sharks will all look to advance to the last four of the competition, having to battle each other and the best of the United Kingdom and Ireland
- The South African sides were expected to struggle in their first foray into European rugby, but have instead exceeded expectations
The quarterfinals of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship will thrill South African rugby fans this weekend.
The DHL Stormers, Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks are all looking to emerge victorious in their inaugural foray into the competition. If not each other, standing in their way are Ireland's Leinster, Ulster and Munster, while Scotland's Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors rounding off the last eight teams remaining.
As reported on SuperSport, the Stormers, not even expected to place in the play-off positions, finished second on the log table behind favourites Munster, while the Bulls and Sharks finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Thus, the men from Cape Town will take on the Warriors, who finished 7th at the Green Point Stadium, while the Bulls and Sharks will tussle it out at Loftus Versfeld, as per Sport24.
Leinster will take on Edinburgh, who finished eighth, in Dublin, while third-placed Ulster will host Munster, who came in at sixth, in Belfast.
URC quarterfinals fixtures:
Friday, 3 June
Ulster v Munster - 20:35
Saturday, 4 June
Bulls v Sharks - 13:45
Leinster v Glasgow - 16:15
Stormers v Edinburgh - 19:00
Permutations for Sharks, Stormers and Bulls to host home playoffs in Vodacom United Rugby Championship
This weekend brings the final round of league action in the United Rugby Championship with lots still to be played for.
As reported on Sports Brief, from which the final eight teams will form the quarterfinal line-up to whom will host whom, it promises to be a cracking round of action.
A place in the top two is significant as it enables the occupants to play both their quarter-final and semi-final matches at home, should they make it that far.