HIGHLIGHTS: DHL Stormers Edge Hated Arch Rivals the Vodacom Bulls to Win United Rugby Championship Final

HIGHLIGHTS: DHL Stormers Edge Hated Arch Rivals the Vodacom Bulls to Win United Rugby Championship Final

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:05 PM
  • The DHL Stormers were crowned the inaugural champions of the United Rugby Championship after a nail-biting 18-13 victory over the Vodacom Bulls
  • The final took place at the Cape Town Stadium (Green Point Stadium) in front of a restricted 31 000 fans
  • Elsewhere, it was a weekend of monumental upsets as Griquas and the Pumas qualified for the Currie Cup final at the expense of the Blue Bulls and Free State Cheetahs respectively

The DHL Stormers, against all odds, are the champions of the inaugural United Rugby Championship.

The Cape Town side defeated long-time arch-enemies the Vodacom Bulls 18-13 at the Cape Town Stadium (Green Point Stadium) last night in an error-strewn but thrilling grand final in front of 31 000 spectators.

The result was the first time that the Stormers as a franchise since being established in 1997. It was also the first time that the Bulls had lost a final in franchise rugby, whether it be in Super Rugby or the United Rugby Championship.

Elsewhere, the upsets abounded in the Currie. The Windhoek Griquas defeated the Blue Bulls 30-19 on Friday night in the first semifinal at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, qualifying for their first final since 1970.

As if that was not enough, the Airlink Pumas then marched into Bloemfontein's Toyota Stadium to turn the Toyota Cheetahs over 38-35 in the other semifinal. This was the first time in the Mpumalanga union's history that they had qualified for South Africa's oldest competition.

Ex Bok, Cape Town deputy mayor, Eddie Andrews asks President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift 50% stadium restriction

As reported by Sports Brief, the South African rugby fraternity has put more pressure on the national government to lift the current 50% stadium attendance restrictions.

This was ahead of last night's much-anticipated United Rugby Championship final between great arch-rivals the DHL Stormers and Vodacom Bulls at the Cape Town Stadium, which seats 60 000 people.

Around 30 000 were in attendance to witness the Stormers squeak past Ulster 17-15 in the semifinal last Saturday, a match that will be remembered for the remarkable atmosphere generated in the stands.

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