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FINAL FOUR

DHL STORMERS VS ULSTER

CONTENTS

CEO

Martin Anayi

Tournament Director

David Jordan

Chief Operating Officer

Charl Crous

Chief Marketing Officer

Tom Lister

Head of Operations

Amy Monaghan

Head of Broadcaster &

Communications

Adam Redmond

Head of Brand Marketing &

Content

Mark Shields

Head of Growth Marketing &

Technology

Aadil Muhktar

Head of Financial Transformation

Marc McGlade

Head of Commercial

David Evans

Head of Data Insights

Rob Balmer

Head of Sponsorship

Kelly Cooke

Head of Match Officials

Tappe Henning

Head of HR

Joan McGrath

Broadcast Product Manager

Chris Blake

PR & Communications Manager

Shelly Samuel

Finance Manager

Carla McCallion

Partnership Activation Manager

Sarah Mundy

Financial Controller

Carol Shirran

Executive Administrator

Roisin Carroll

Finance Executive

Joanne Lawlor

Communications Executive

Aoife Rigney

Data Insights Executive

Georgie Liddle

Operations Executive

Ruth-Anne O’Brien

Partnership Sales Executive

Christina Mahon

URC WELCOME FROM

04 CEO MARTIN ANAYI

STORMERS STATISTICS

06

ULSTER STATISTICS

08

10

MATCH PREVIEW

14

URC AWARDS

18

STORMERS STATMASTER

04 18

20 28

20

26

28

36

STORMERS SQUAD

MATCHDAY SQUADS

ULSTER SQUAD

URC AWARDS

44

ULSTER STATMASTER

46

URC Final Four Editors: Aoife Rigney & Shelly Samuel

Photos: INPHO | Art Editor: Paul West

URC PLAY-OFF

RECORDS

This programme was designed and on behalf of

The United Rugby Championship by Ignition Sports Media.

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MARTIN ANAYI

WELCOME

After the turbulence of the past couple of

seasons, it is heart-warming to see fans

attending our Play-Offs last weekend in

person for the first time since 2019.

A

fter following up

the regular season

with a thrilling and

entertaining Final Eight

weekend, we look now

to the Final Four and seeing an even

split in representation between the

North and South is a major marker

for the success of the United Rugby

Championship’s debut season.

With games taking place in Dublin

and Cape Town, the headline acts

involved are driving a real buzz in

terms of anticipation. In Ireland we

have Leinster with their imperious

reputation going toe-to-toe with

the Vodacom Bulls who are one of

the standard bearers in southernhemisphere

rugby coached by

World Cup winner Jake White.

Then in South Africa, we have

Ulster – the only team to beat

Leinster twice this season –

travelling to face the DHL Stormers

who play rugby with the accelerator

firmly on the floor.

The presence of three South

African teams in the Final Eight

was a validation of their entry to

the URC. The Vodacom Bulls,

Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers

have made a strong impression on

fans in the north and along with

Emirates Lions their place in the

URC has driven levels of interest

that we have never seen before.

By the end of April we had

broken the 20-million barrier for

our broadcast audience this season

which smashed our previous best

of 13 million. Working with Free-to-

Air broadcasters such as TG4, RTÉ,

S4C, BBC Wales, BBC Northern

Ireland and Mediaset has opened

up more access to watch and that

combines brilliantly with Premier

Sports and SuperSport who do

such a terrific job at showing all 151

games live.


WE HAVE NEVER

SEEN LEVELS OF

INTEREST LIKE

THIS BEFORE”

With fans returning to stadiums

we are also seeing attendances

trend upwards and 93,000 came

through the gates in R18 a few

weeks ago which was our highest

total for a round this season. The

attendances in South Africa of over

20,000 in Pretoria and Cape Town

were also really encouraging for

everyone involved.

Of course, all of this is driven by

the rugby we see on the pitch and

that entertainment is driven by the

sharp minds of our coaches and

the incredible skill and athleticism

of the players. The clash of playing

styles has reinvigorated the league

and whether it is a trip south to play

at altitude and high temperatures

or a northern tour that requires the

know-how to combat the colder

locations, we know our clubs are

relishing the new challenges of

playing in new environments.

Away from the pitch, the team at

the United Rugby Championship

has been expanding as we strive to

drive this competition to greater

heights so that we can support all

of our teams in their ambitions. The

positive reaction to our new name

and brand has been rewarding, and

behind it all there are core values

and a clear strategy in place to help

us achieve our goals so that every

week you can watch your team play

in an outstanding league.

We hope that you enjoy today’s

game and whether it ends as the

final fixture of the season or the

gateway to the URC Grand Final be

sure that your support for our sport

does not go unnoticed in a world

much changed since the last time

we had fans at our Play-Offs.

Enjoy the game,

Martin Anayi

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LEAGUE TABLE STATISTICS

DHL STORMERS

TOTAL POINTS WINS LOSSES DRAWS

61 12 4 2

POINTS SCORED

POINTS CONCEDED

464 311

TRIES SCORED

TRIES CONCEDED

60 36

BIGGEST WIN OF THE SEASON

BIGGEST DEFEAT OF THE SEASON

55-7 37-19

v Zebre, Mar 13 v Emirates Lions, Dec 4

MOST POINTS SCORED THIS SEASON MOST POINTS CONCEDED THIS SEASON

55 37

v Zebre, Mar 13 v Emirates Lions, Dec 4

TRY SCORING

BONUS POINTS

11 4

LOSING

BONUS POINTS

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LEAGUE TABLE STATISTICS

ULSTER

TOTAL POINTS WINS LOSSES DRAWS

59 12 6 0

POINTS SCORED

POINTS CONCEDED

412 297

TRIES SCORED

TRIES CONCEDED

52 34

BIGGEST WIN OF THE SEASON

BIGGEST DEFEAT OF THE SEASON

48-12 36-11

v Cardiff, Mar 4 v Connacht, Oct 23

MOST POINTS SCORED THIS SEASON MOST POINTS CONCEDED THIS SEASON

48 36

v Cardiff, Mar 4 v Connacht, Oct 23

TRY SCORING

BONUS POINTS

7 4

LOSING

BONUS POINTS

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FINAL FOUR

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PLAYER STATISTICS 2021/22

DHL STORMERS

TOP 3 OFFLOADS

WARRICK GELANT DAMIAN WILLEMSE EVAN ROOS

30 25 15

WARRICK GELANT

720

METRES GAINED

TOP 8 TURNOVERS WON

MARCELL COETZEE 13

ARNO BOTHA 11

BISMARCK DU PLESSIS 10

CYLE BRINK 6

RUAN NORTJE 5

SIMPHIWE MATANZIMA 5

CORNAL HENDRICKS 5

HAROLD VORSTER 5

213

EVAN

ROOS

141

WARRICK

GELANT

130

DAMIAN

WILLEMSE

93

SEABELO

SENATLA

88

MANIE

LIBBOK

TOTAL

CARRIES

10


TOP 5 CLEAN BREAKS

LEOLIN

ZAS

MANIE

LIBBOK

SEABELO

SENATLA

RUHAN

NEL

WARRICK

GELANT

20 14 13 13 9

145

100

TOTAL

80

60

40

20

0

114 112

WARRICK

GELANT

MANIE

LIBBOK

TOTAL

TACKLES

EVAN ROOS

KICKS

IN PLAY

JANTJIES

362

46 39 27

DAMIAN

WILLEMSE

HERSCHEL

JANTJIES

STEFAN

UNGERER

HERSCHEL

TOTAL

PASSES

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A MOMENT IN TIME

Evan Roos was unstoppable against

Edinburgh in the Vodacom United Rugby

Championship Final Four against Edinburgh

at DHL Stadium last weekend.

Credit: inpho.ie

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MATCH PREVIEW

DHL STORMERS V ULSTER

lster return to Cape

Town bidding to pull

off a victory they

U

came so close to

achieving during the

regular season as they face the

DHL Stormers in the Final Four.

Dan McFarland’s men were edged

23-20 when the sides met in

March, falling agonisingly short

of becoming the first northern

hemisphere side to win in South

Africa this season.

They will hope to make a quicker

start this time around after finding

themselves 14-0 down in the

opening 10 minutes on their last visit.

Seabelo Senatla will make his

50th appearance for the Stormers

while Iain Henderson captains an

unchanged Ulster side.

THE BREAKDOWN

THE STORMERS HAVE WON

THEIR LAST NINE MATCHES

SINCE LOSING TO CONNACHT

IN GALWAY IN FEBRUARY

AND HAVE LOST JUST ONCE

AT HOME ALL SEASON IN

THE URC – A 37-19 DEFEAT

TO THE EMIRATES LIONS IN

DECEMBER.

They have won both of their

home matches against Irish

opposition during the regular

season, also seeing off Leinster.

John Dobson’s side boast the

league’s top points scorer (Manie

Libbok, 161), top try scorer

(Leolin Zas, 11) and top winner

of turnovers (Deon Fourie, 25)

across all URC fixtures while Evan

Roos leads the way for successful

carries (134) and defenders

beaten (53).

Given the attacking threat

posed by their hosts this weekend,

Ulster will take some comfort in

their record as the competition’s

most prolific tacklers.

Their total of 2,801 is the highest

in the URC while their success rate

of 91.36% is the best of the four

remaining sides.

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HACJIVAH

DAYIMANI

“Without wanting to sound funny, they have

to stop us in the same way we have to stop

them.

“I know Duane (Vermeulen) well. I played

against him when he was at the Bulls.

“We back our skill set. I reckon my circus act

and the circus acts that Evan (Roos) and Deon

(Fourie) also bring are enough for us to go up

against any opponent.

“It is exciting though to play against a team

like Ulster.

“The good thing about this competition is

that you come up against a lot of players you

don’t know.

“You don’t know them and they don’t know

you. That creates extra hype and excitement.”

DUANE

VERMEULEN

“It’s a play-off game, so it’s the last step

before the final.

“You can’t say last weekend’s game (victory

over Munster) was our best game ever.

“You put that aside and work on the

next team you’re facing, which are the

Stormers this coming weekend.

“We’ll put all our focus on this game and

the style they play and prepare in a way

we can play the best rugby on the day.”

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LEOLIN ZAS & RUAN NORTJE

PICK UP TOP TRY SCORER &

IRONMAN AWARD

HL Stormers wing

Leolin Zas scored 11

tries over the course

D

of the regular season

to end the campaign

at the top of the charts while

Vodacom Bulls second-row Ruan

Nortje takes home an award which

recognises the player who has

racked up the most minutes over

the 18 rounds of the URC.

They are the first South African

winners to be announced as part of the

end-of-season awards, with Ulster’s

Alan O’Connor (Tackle Machine) and

Ospreys pair Jac Morgan (Turnover

King) and Gareth Anscombe (Gilbert

Golden Boot) having scooped the

three accolades already handed out.

The Dream Team and the Next-

Gen Star of the Season will be

announced later this week while

Vodacom Fans’ Player of the

Season, the Loch Lomond Coach

of the Season and Players’ Player

of the Season will be crowned in the

build-up to the Grand Final.

Here, we take a closer look at the

Top Try Scorer and Ironman award

winners and the performances

that led to their prizes, which were

awarded using URC StatMaster data

provided by Oval Insights.

TOP TRY SCORER:

LEOLIN ZAS (DHL

STORMERS) - 11 TRIES

“It is incredible to think that

I finished the regular season

as the Top Try Scorer in the

competition. A lot of those

tries are down to the hard

work of my teammates

creating the opportunities for

me to finish. I am grateful to

them, the management, my

family and our fans for the

amazing support I have got

this season.”

Leolin Zas held on to his

position at the top of the URC

try-scoring charts in the face

of some late competition from

Benetton’s Rhyno Smith.

Smith claimed seven tries in

his last three appearances to

pull level with Zas on 10 at the

TOP TRY SCORER

LEOLIN ZAS

(DHL STORMERS)

11 TRIES

summit.

However, Zas – who scored

at least one try in each of his

first six URC outings – grabbed

the DHL Stormers’ first try in

their Round 18 victory over the

Scarlets to nudge back in front

and claim the prize.

Marcell Coetzee (Vodacom

Bulls) and Seabelo Senatla

(DHL Stormers)

finished joint

third on nine,

with Edwill van

der Merwe

(Emirates

Lions), Johan

Grobbelaar

(Vodacom

Bulls) and

Johnny

McNicholl

(Scarlets)

another try

further back.

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IRONMAN

RUAN NORTJE

(VODACOM BULLS) - 1,394 MINUTES

IRONMAN: RUAN NORTJE

(VODACOM BULLS)

- 1,394 MINUTES

“I am humbled and honoured

to receive the United Rugby

Championship Ironman Award

for the 2021/22 season. To

receive this recognition in a

world-class competition with

some of the most respected

players is definitely something

that will remain a highlight in my

playing career for many years

to come. I am grateful to the

Vodacom Bulls, our director of

rugby, Jake White, the coaching

staff, my teammates and the

supporters of the franchise

for the faith and support they

have all given and had in me.

To be able to put on the blue

jersey and play for the badge in

such a premier championship

is something I do not take

lightly. I look forward to many

more memories and matches

in the URC”

The award for having played the

most minutes in the URC this

season goes to Vodacom Bulls

lock Ruan Nortje.

The 23-year-old racked up

1,394 minutes on the field of play

and was one of only 14 players

to feature in all 18 of their team’s

matches.

Nortje scored one try as the

Vodacom Bulls achieved a fourthplace

finish in the regular season

and was second to Glasgow

Warriors’ Richie Gray for line-out

steals (9).

The Vodacom Bulls dominated

the top five when it came to

minutes played, with Marcell

Coetzee (1,296) third and Madosh

Tambwe (1,295) fourth.

DHL Stormers centre Ruhan Nel

(1,339) was second while Cape

Town colleague Manie Libbok

(1,264) was fifth.

URC AWARD WINNERS LIST 2021-22

TACKLE MACHINE: ALAN O’CONNOR (ULSTER) | TURNOVER KING: JAC MORGAN (OSPREYS) | IRONMAN: RUAN NORTJE (VODACOM BULLS)

GILBERT GOLDEN BOOT: GARETH ANSCOMBE (OSPREYS) | TOP TRY SCORER: LEOLIN ZAS (DHL STORMERS)

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2021/22 SEASON

DHL

STORMERS

KWENZO BLOSE

DIAN BLEULER

JUSTIN BASSON

WILMAR ARNOLDI

HOOKER

AGE: 27

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 110KG

LOCK

AGE: 8

HEIGHT: 6FT 6IN

WEIGHT: 120KG

PROP

AGE: 22

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 110KG

PROP

AGE: 25

HEIGHT: 6FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 103KG

PAUL DE WET

JUAN DE JONGH

HACJIVAH DAYMANI

ANGELO DAVIDS

WING

AGE: 23

HEIGHT: 5FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 81KG

NO.8

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 94KG

CENTRE

AGE: 34

HEIGHT: 5FT 9IN

WEIGHT: 89KG

SCRUM-HALF

AGE: 26

HEIGHT: 5FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 79KG

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BEN-JASON DIXON NEETHLING FOUCHE

LOCK

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT 6IN

WEIGHT: 104KG

DAN DU PLESSIS

DEN FOURIE

CENTRE

AGE: 27

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 97KG

WILLIE ENGELBRECHT

WARRICK GELANT

NO.8

AGE: 29

HEIGHT: 6FT 4IN

WEIGHT: 110KG

CONOR EVANS

BROK HARRIS

LOCK

AGE: 20

HEIGHT: 6FT 6IN

WEIGHT: 95KG

PROP

AGE: 29

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 1117KG

HOOKER

AGE: 35

HEIGHT: 5FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 100KG

FULL-BACK

AGE: 27

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 89KG

PROP

AGE: 37

HEIGHT: 6FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 121KG

TRISTAN LEYDS

JJ KOTZE

STEVEN KITSHOFF

HERSCHEL JANTJIES

SCRUM-HALF

AGE: 26

HEIGHT: 5FT 7IN

WEIGHT: 74KG

PROP

AGE: 30

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 120KG

HOOKER

AGE: 21

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 96KG

FULL-BACK

AGE: 25

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 70KG

LEE-MARVIN MAZIBUKO

FRANS MAL HERBE

LEON LYONS

MANIE LIBBOK

FLY-HALF

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 75KG

PROP

AGE: 23

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 117KG

PROP

AGE: 31

HEIGHT: 6FT 4IN

WEIGHT: 130KG

PROP

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 109KG

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SCARRA NTUBENI

RUHAN NEL

SALMAAN MOERAT

DAVID MEIHUIZEN

LOCK

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 120KG

LOCK

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT 8IN

WEIGHT: 113KG

CENTRE

AGE: 31

HEIGHT: 6FT 4IN

WEIGHT: 100KG

HOOKER

AGE: 31

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 102KG

RIKUS PRETORIOUS

JUNIOR POKOMELA

SERGEAL PETERSEN

MARVIN ORIE

LOCK

AGE: 29

HEIGHT: 6FT 7IN

WEIGHT: 109KG

WING

AGE: 27

HEIGHT: 5FT 9IN

WEIGHT: 82KG

FLANKER

AGE: 25

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 95KG

CENTRE

AGE: 23

HEIGHT: 6FT 5IN

WEIGHT: 102KG

CORNEL SMIT

SEABELO SENALTA

SAZI SANDI

EVAN ROOS

NO.8

AGE: 21

HEIGHT: 6FT 4IN

WEIGHT: 109KG

PROP

AGE: 23

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 117KG

WING

AGE: 29

HEIGHT: 5FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 86KG

CENTRE

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 93KG

MARCEL THEUNISSEN

TIM SWIEL

CHAD SOLOMON

ADRE SMITH

LOCK

AGE: 25

HEIGHT: 6FT 8IN

WEIGHT: 107KG

HOOKER

AGE: 28

HEIGHT: 5FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 100KG

FLY-HALF

AGE: 29

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 79KG

FLANKER

AGE: 23

HEIGHT: 6FT 4IN

WEIGHT: 90KG

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ANDRE-HUGO VENTER

ERNST VAN RHYN

EDWILL VAN DER MERWE

STEFAN UNGERER

SCRUM-HALF

AGE: 28

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 92KG

WING

AGE: 26

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 87KG

LOCK

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT 5IN

WEIGHT: 116KG

HOOKER

AGE: 20

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 100KG

LEOLIN ZAS

NAMA XABA

DAMIAN WILLEMSE

ALI VERMAAK

PROP

AGE: 33

HEIGHT: 5FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 109KG

NO.8

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 91KG

FLANKER

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 101KG

WING

AGE: 26

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 92KG

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16 TEAMS,

2 HEMISPHERES,

1 LEAGUE


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SUBS FROM:

MATCHDAY SQUAD

DHL STORMERS

15 WARRICK GELANT

14 SEABELO SENATLA

13 RYHAN NEL

12 DAMIAN WILLEMSE

11 LEOLIN ZAS

10 MANIE LIBBOK

9 HERSCHEL JANTJIES

ANDRE-HUGO VENTER, BROK HARRIS, NEETHLING

FOUCHE, ADRE SMITH, ERNST VAN RHYN, NAMA XABA,

GODLEN MASIMLA, SACHA MNGOMEZULA

1 STEVEN KITSHOFF (C)

2 JJ KOTZE

3 FRANS MALHERBE

4 SALMAAN MOERAT

5 MARVIN ORIE

6 DEON FOURIE

7 HACJIVAH DAYIMANI

8 EVAN ROOS

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MATCHDAY SQUAD

ULSTER

15 STEWART MOORE

14 ROB BALOUCOUNE

13 JAMES HUME

12 STUART MCCLOSKEY

11 ETHAN MCILROY

10 BILLY BURNS

9 JOHN COONEY

1 ANDREW WARWICK

2 ROB HERRING

3 TOM O’TOOLE

4 ALAN O’CONNOR

5 IAIN HENDERSON (C)

6 MARCUS REA

7 NICK TIMONEY

8 DUANE VERMEULEN

SUBS FROM:

J ANDREW, E O’SULLIVAN, G MILASINOVICH,

K TREADWELL, MATTY REA, N DOAK,

I MADIGAN, B MOXHAM

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2021/22 SEASON

ULSTER

WILL ADDISON

4

CAPS

JOHN ANDREW

ROBERT BALOUCONE

1

CAPS

BILLY BURMS BURNS

FULL-BACK

AGE: 29

POB: ENGLAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 95KG

HOOKER

AGE: 29

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 100KG

WING

AGE: 24

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 5IN

WEIGHT: 92KG

FLY-HALF

AGE: 27

POB: ENGLAND

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 87KG

SAM CARTER

16

CAPS

JOHN COONEY

ANGUS CURTIS

NATHAN DOAK

LOCK

AGE: 32

POB: AUSTRALIA

HEIGHT: 6FT 8IN

WEIGHT: 116KG

SCRUM-HALF

AGE: 32

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 5FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 85KG

CENTRE

AGE: 24

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 5FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 88KG

SCRUM-HALF

AGE: 20

POB: N.IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 87KG

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CRAIG GILROY CORMAC IZUCHUKWU

WING

AGE: 31

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 0IN

WEIGHT: 91KG

IAIN HENDERSON

GREG JONES

LOCK

AGE: 30

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 7IN

WEIGHT: 116KG

69

CAPS

ROB HERRING

ROSS KANE

HOOKER

AGE: 32

POB: SOUTH AFRICA

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 105KG

26

CAPS

JAMES HUME

MICK KEARNEY

CENTRE

AGE: 23

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 95KG

2

CAPS

LOCK

AGE: 22

POB: ENGLAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 8IN

WEIGHT: 117KG

FLANKER

AGE: 26

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 6IN

WEIGHT: 108KG

PROP

AGE: 27

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 118KG

LOCK

AGE: 31

POB: SCOTLAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 7IN

WEIGHT: 116KG

MICHAEL LOWRY

1

CAP

ROB LYTTLE

IAN MADIGAN

30

CAPS

LUKE MARSHALL

11

CAPS

FULL-BACK

AGE: 23

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 5FT 9IN

WEIGHT:76KG

WING

AGE: 25

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 85KG

FLY-HALF

AGE: 33

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 5FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 89KG

CENTRE

AGE: 31

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 99KG

DAVID MCCANN

STUART MCCLOSKEY

5

CAPS

JACK MCGRATH

59

CAPS

ETHAN MCILROY

NO. 8

AGE: 21

POB: N.IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 5IN

WEIGHT: 108KG

CENTRE

AGE: 29

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 5IN

WEIGHT: 110KG

PROP

AGE: 32

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 118KG

WING

AGE: 21

POB: N.IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 86KG

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GARETH MILASINOVICH

DECLAN MOORE

MARTY MOORE

10

CAPS

STEWART MOORE

PROP

AGE: 29

POB: SOUTH AFRICA

HEIGHT: 6FT 4IN

WEIGHT: 134KG

HOOKER

AGE: 25

POB: NEW ZEALAND

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 112KG

PROP

AGE: 31

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 5FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 123KG

CENTRE

AGE: 22

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 90KG

DAVID O’CONNOR

ALAN O’CONNOR

JORDI MURPHY

BEN MOXHAM

WING

AGE: 20

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 4IN

WEIGHT: 97KG

FLANKER

AGE: 31

POB: SPAIN

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 102KG

LOCK

AGE: 29

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT6IN

WEIGHT: 110KG

PROP

AGE: 27

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 3IN

WEIGHT: 110KG

ERIC O’SULLIVAN

1

CAP

TOM O’TOOLE

1

CAP

MARCUS REA

MATTY REA

PROP

AGE: 26

POB: ENGLAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 6IN

WEIGHT: 117KG

PROP

AGE: 23

POB: SCOTLAND

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 123KG

FLANKER

AGE: 24

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 1IN

WEIGHT: 109KG

FLANKER

AGE: 28

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 5IN

WEIGHT: 110KG

CALLUM REID

SEAN REIDY

2

CAPS

BRAD ROBERTS

2

CAPS

AARON SEXTON

PROP

AGE: 23

POB: N.IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 117KG

FLANKER

AGE: 33

POB: NEW ZEALAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 0IN

WEIGHT: 102KG

HOOKER

AGE: 26

POB: SOUTH AFRICA

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 104KG

WING

AGE: 21

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 94KG

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DAVE SHANAHAN

TOM STEWART

JACOB STOCKDALE

NICK TIMONEY

1

CAP

SCRUM-HALF

AGE: 28

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 77KG

HOOKER

AGE: 21

POB: N.IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 103KG

WING

AGE: 26

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 4IN

WEIGHT: 102KG

NO.8

AGE: 26

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 114KG

KIERAN TREADWELL

5

CAPS

DUANE VERMEULEN

61

CAPS

ANDREW WARWICK

LOCK

AGE: 26

POB: ENGLAND

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 93KG

NO.8

AGE: 35

POB: SOUTH AFRICA

HEIGHT: 6FT 5IN

WEIGHT: 117KG

PROP

AGE: 31

POB: IRELAND

HEIGHT: 5FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 116KG

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DHL STORMERS’ BACK-ROW

EVAN ROOS IS THE URC’S

NEXT-GEN STAR OF THE

SEASON FOR 2021-22

T

his award is open only

to players aged under

23 at the start of the

season and who have

earned no more than

five international caps at that point,

with a media panel voting for the

winner. Players are also required to

have made a minimum of nine URC

appearances to qualify.

Roos, 22, has had a stand-out

campaign for the Cape Town outfit,

proving himself a destructive ball

carrier with more successful carries

(126) and defenders beaten (49) than

any other player in the competition

over the 18 rounds.


IT IS A HUGE

HONOUR TO GET

THIS AWARD, I AM

SO GRATEFUL TO

EVERYONE WHO

HAS SUPPORTED

ME THIS SEASON”

Roos said: “It is a huge honour to

get this award, I am so grateful to

everyone who has supported me

this season. My family is a great

source of strength and pride for me

and everyone involved in the DHL

Stormers set-up has been amazing

as well. I am so proud to play for

this team and our incredible fans

every week.”

His performances this term have

seen growing calls for him to be

given a chance to shine in the

Springbok jersey.

He was overlooked for the first of

two South Africa alignment camps

in April but made himself impossible

to ignore with his subsequent

displays and was called up for the

second last month ahead of the

coming home Tests against Wales.

Following a Round 16 win against

Glasgow Warriors in which Roos

made a match-leading 10 successful

carries, beat five defenders and

scored a late try, South Africa

director of rugby Rassie

Erasmus tweeted: “Well

done Evan Roos,

that’s how you react

to disappointment

and make sure

you can’t be

ignored!”

It seems

certain Test

honours will

soon follow

for Roos,

who carried

his regularseason

form into the

play-offs by

putting in a URC

Man of the Match

performance against

Edinburgh Rugby in the

Final Eight.

Roos was earlier this week

named in the URC Dream

Team along with four of his

DHL Stormers colleagues.

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THE URC

DREAM TEAM

HAS BEEN NAMED

SOUTH AFRICAN PLAYERS

DOMINATE THE UNITED RUGBY

CHAMPIONSHIP DREAM TEAM

FOR THE 2021-22 SEASON.

Following the addition of the

Vodacom Bulls, Emirates Lions,

Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers

to the competition for the

inaugural URC campaign, South

African franchises account for 10

members of a 15-man selection

determined by a media vote.

The DHL Stormers are the bestrepresented

side with five players

making the cut. URC Top Try

Scorer Leolin Zas is among four

backs from the Cape Town outfit

included.

The Vodacom Bulls contribute

three players, including Ironman

Ruan Nortje, and the Cell C

Sharks with two.

Ulster duo Nick Timoney and

James Hume, Leinster fly-half

Ross Byrne and Munster scrumhalf

Craig Casey and second row

Jean Kleyn make up the non-

South African contingent.

Players had to have made a

minimum of nine appearances

to be considered, with the media

panel given a shortlist of 10

players per position, provided by

URC StatMaster. The player with

the most votes in each position

earned a place in the team.

URC DREAM TEAM

1. OX NCHE (CELL C SHARKS)

2. JOHAN GROBBELAAR (VODACOM BULLS)

3. THOMAS DU TOIT (CELL C SHARKS)

4. JEAN KLEYN (MUNSTER)

5. RUAN NORTJE (VODACOM BULLS)

6. MARCELL COETZEE (VODACOM BULLS)

7. NICK TIMONEY (ULSTER)

8. EVAN ROOS (DHL STORMERS)

9. CRAIG CASEY (MUNSTER)

10. ROSS BYRNE (LEINSTER)

11. LEOLIN ZAS (DHL STORMERS)

12. DAMIAN WILLEMSE (DHL STORMERS)

13. JAMES HUME (ULSTER)

14. SEABELO SENATLA (DHL STORMERS)

15. WARRICK GELANT (DHL STORMERS)

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URC NEWS

MORE FANS WATCHING THE

URC THAN EVER BEFORE

More fans are watching the United Rugby Championship than ever

before the world’s most diverse and exciting club rugby competition

continues to set new records for broadcast audiences.

B

y the end of the Round

12 fixtures the URC

broke the league’s

previous benchmark of

12.9million viewers with

13.2million tuning in and now by the

end of April that figure has climbed

dramatically to over 20.1million!

The consolidated audience data

(supplied by Nielsen Sports)

suggests that the audiences will

strengthen even further by the

end of the campaign with Rounds

17, 18 and the Play-Offs still to be

accounted for.

The URC averages well over 1

million viewers per round and is

supported by the wide array of

broadcast partnerships across

the league’s core territories. With

a mix of Free-to-Air and Pay TV

broadcasters, the URC is available

on BBC Northern Ireland, BBC

Wales, RTÉ, TG4, Mediaset,

Premier Sports and SuperSport

who have driven up the audience

numbers thanks to the high levels

of coverage and their commitment

to showcasing the crosshemisphere

competition.

Martin Anayi , CEO of the United

Rugby Championship, said:

“These broadcast audiences

provide a terrific pulse check for the

United Rugby Championship. More

eyeballs on our games translates into

increased talkability of the league

which is really evident across social

media where we are exceeding all of

our growth ambitions.

“Ultimately, the excitement on the

pitch coupled to the intrigue of the

big four South African teams joining

the league has provided a great

draw but it’s been a real collaborative

effort from our broadcast partners

and the league to maximise that

interest. Internally, we have invested

in personnel and resources to drive

up the look and feel of our TV

product and we are really excited

about how our broadcast partners

have bought into that vision.

“We know fans in the UK and

Ireland were excited about their

teams being back on RTÉ and BBC

and in tandem with TG4 and S4C

they are offering more Free-to-Air

coverage. Premier Sport, without

whom we would not have been able

to adopt the ‘every game live’ model,

have seen their viewership increase

and in South Africa SuperSport are

setting a high bar in showcasing the

URC to one of the biggest markets

in our league.

“What’s just as encouraging is

that in Italy, thanks to Mediaset’s

coverage, where we have hit 1 million

viewers for the first time ever. When

you combine all of this then you can

see really strong foundations for

the URC to build from and continue

to grow the interest in our sport

ahead of what appears to be an

unpredictable end to the season.”

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WELCOME

SOUTH AFRICA

Leagues welcome inclusion of South African clubs in EPCR tournaments

ollowing confirmation

of the inclusion of

clubs from South

Africa in the Heineken

Champions Cup and

EPCR Challenge Cup for the

2022/23 season and beyond,

Europe’s three main professional

leagues have expressed their

approval of the historic expansion

of EPCR’s tournaments.

The Cape Town-based Stormers,

the Bulls from Pretoria and

the Durban-based Sharks will

compete in next season’s Heineken

Champions Cup, while the Lions

from Johannesburg will fly the

flag for South Africa in the EPCR

Challenge Cup.

In addition to the four

qualifiers from the United Rugby

Championship, the Bloemfontein-

40

F

based Cheetahs have been invited

to participate in the 2022/23 EPCR

Challenge Cup.

Commenting on the major

development for the club game

in both the northern and southern

hemispheres, United Rugby

Championship Chief Executive and

EPCR Board member, Martin Anayi,

said: “The entry of the South African

“It is

mouthwatering

to see the

Stormers, Bulls

and Sharks all

involved in our

Play-Offs

clubs to the URC has revitalised our

league, created new rivalries and

driven up the levels of competition.

“It is mouthwatering to see

the Stormers, Bulls and Sharks

all involved in our Play-Offs and

their presence is making a major

impact on broadcast audiences

and fan engagement. Adding

the opportunity for these clubs,

as well as for the Cheetahs, to

compete in EPCR’s competitions

will only strengthen what are two

of the world’s elite club rugby

competitions.”

Premiership Rugby Chief

Executive and EPCR Board

member, Simon Massie-Taylor,

added: “It is very exciting to have

these five South African clubs

joining EPCR’s tournaments. Their

inclusion will take the competitions

to a new level of intensity for the


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players and enjoyment for the fans.

“Our Premiership clubs are looking

forward to playing against some of

the best the southern hemisphere

has to offer and matching up

against players from South Africa’s

Rugby World Cup 2019 winning side.

“It is a big step forward in

expanding the reach of these

unique and special tournaments,

and bringing world-class,

international club rugby to new

audiences.”

League Nationale de Rugby

Director General and EPCR Board

member, Emmanuel Eschalier, said:

“The arrival next season of the four

South African clubs competing in

the URC, as well as the Cheetahs,

is a major development for EPCR’s

competitions.

“The participation of these

high-level clubs will strengthen the

appeal and sporting intensity of

the Heineken Champions Cup and

the EPCR Challenge Cup with the

potential for further development of

these great competitions.”

“It is a big

step forward

in expanding

the reach of

these unique

and special

tournaments

The South African clubs in the

Heineken Champions Cup will be

in the mix against newly-crowned

winners, Stade Rochelais, who

lifted the trophy for the first time

in dramatic style in Marseille last

weekend, as well as Lyon who also

claimed a historic first European title

when they won the EPCR Challenge

Cup final.

EPCR welcomed over 110,000

fans to the Stade Vélodrome over

the course of the two finals with

a record EPCR Challenge Cup

attendance of 51,431 witnessing

Lyon’s victory over RC Toulon, while

59,682 went through the turnstiles

for last Saturday’s showpiece match

between Stade Rochelais and

Leinster.

The formats for next season’s

Heineken Champions Cup and

EPCR Challenge Cup will be

announced shortly, in conjunction

with details of the Pool Draws for

both tournaments which will be

staged towards the end of the

month.

During the 2022/23 season, EPCR

will continue to be supported by

Heineken as the title partner of the

Heineken Champions Cup, as well as

by EPCR’s Official Logistics Partner

DHL and Official Hotels Partner

IHG Hotels & Resorts amongst

others, with future exciting partner

announcements expected in the

near future.

The 2023 Finals weekend is

scheduled for Dublin’s Aviva Stadium

on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 May.

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PLAYER STATISTICS 2021/22

ULSTER

TOP 3 OFFLOADS

STUART McCLOSKEY MIKE LOWRY JAMES HUME

19 14 13

MIKE LOWRY

787

METRES GAINED

TOP 6 TURNOVERS WON

MARCUS REA 19

NICK TIMONEY 13

DUANE VERMEULEN 12

IAIN HENDERSON 7

ROBERT BALOUCOUNE 6

JAMES HUME 6

144

NICK

TIMONEY

131

MIKE

LOWRY

122

STUART

McCLOSKEY

120

ETHAN

McILROY

105

ALAN

O’CONNOR

TOTAL

CARRIES

44


TOP 5 CLEAN BREAKS

ETHAN

McILROY

JAMES

HUME

ROBERT

BALOUCOUNE

STUART

McCLOSKEY

MIKE

LOWRY

12 11 9 8 7

247

TOTAL

TACKLES

NICK TIMONEY

150

TOTAL

120

90

60

30

0

147

NATHAN

DOAK

91 81

JOHN

COONEY

BILLY

BURNS

KICKS

IN PLAY

25 16

MIKE

LOWRY

ROB

LYTTLE

NATHAN

DOAK

918

TOTAL

PASSES

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PLAYOFF RECORDS

2002-02 AND 2010 TO DATE

Note: Including quarter-finals in 2002 & 2003, Top six playoffs in 2018 & 2019, semi-finals in 2002 & 2003 and

from 2010 to 2020, and finals in 2002, 2003 and 2010 to date. Not including last year’s Rainbow Cup final.

TEAM PLAY-OFF MATCH RECORDS

LEINSTER 76-GLASGOW 14

HIGHEST

SCORE

76

LEINSTER 76-GLASGOW 14

BIGGEST

VICTORY

62

2022 QUARTER-FINAL

2022 QUARTER-FINAL

MUNSTER 33-CONNACHT 3, LEINSTER 18-ULSTER 3,

MUNSTER 23-OSPREYS 3 & LEINSTER 13-MUNSTER 3

LOWEST

SCORE

2002 QF, 2011 SF, 2017 SF, 2020 SF

3

PONTYPIRDD 12-NEATH 13, OSPREYS 31-LEINSTER 30,

GLASGOW 16-MUNSTER 15 & LEINSTER 16, MUNSTER 15

CLOEST

MATCH

2002 QF, 2012 F, 2014 SF, 2018 SF

1

MOST

TRIES

12

LEINSTER 76, GLASGOW 14

2022 (QF)

MOST

CONVERSIONS

LEINSTER 76, GLASGOW 14

2022 (QF)8

ULSTER 38-NEATH 29

MOST

PENALTY

GOALS

2001 QF

MOST

DROP

GOALS

ON FOUR OCCASSIONS

35

35

LEINSTER 76-GLASGOW

90

14

MOST

COMBINED

POINTS

2022 QF

LEINSTER 13-MUNSTER 3

LOWEST

COMBINED

POINTS

2020 SF

16

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INDIVIDUAL MATCH RECORDS IN ONE PLAY-OFF MATCH

QUICKEST TRY

3MINS

Ian Keatley Munster v Ospreys 2012 (SF)

Shane Jennings Leinster v Ulster 2013 (Final)

Tommy Seymour Glasgow v Ulster 2019 (SF)

MOST POINTS MOST TRIES MOST CONVERSIONS MOST PENALTY GOALS

28 3 8 8

DAVID

HUMPHREYS

Ulster v Neath

2001 (QF)

JOHNNY

McNICHOLL

Scarltes v Leinster

2018 (Final)

HARRY

BYRNE

Leinster v Glasgow

2022 (QF)

MOST DROP GOALS

LEE JARVIS Neath v Ulster 2001 (QF)

ERIC ELWOOD Connacht v Glasgow 2001 (QF)

LEE JARVIS Neath v Munster 2003 (Final)

RONAN O’GARA Munster v Leinster 2010 (SF)1

DAVID

HUMPHREYS

Ulster v Neath

2001 (QF)

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MOST

CAREER

POINTS IN

PLAY-OFF

MATCHES

144

JOHNNY SEXTON

LEINSTER

50


CAREER MATCH RECORDS IN ONE PLAY-OFF MATCH

SEAN CRONIN

MOST

TRIES

LEINSTER

5

JOHNNY SEXTON

MOST

CONVERSIONS

LEINSTER

15

JOHNNY SEXTON

MOST

PENALTY

GOALS

LEINSTER

YOUNGEST

PLAYER

38

YOUNGEST

STARTER

KEELAN GILES

Ospreys v Munster

2017 (SF)

LEE JARVIS

MOST

DROP

GOALS

NEATH

19YEARS

111DAYS

YOUNGEST

CAPTAIN

JONNY GRAY

Glasgow v Connacht

2016 (SF)

2

22YEARS

68DAYS

19YEARS

4DAYS

DUNCAN WEIR

GLASGOW V OSPREYS 2010 SF

OLDEST

PLAYER

YOUNGEST

POINT

SCORER

STUART HOGG

Glasgow v Leinster

2012 (SF)

OLDEST

STARTER

JOHN HAYES

Munster v Leinster

2011 (Final)

19YEARS

322DAYS

37YEARS

207DAYS

YOUNGEST

TRY

SCORER

STUART HOGG

Glasgow v Leinster

2012 (SF)

OLDEST

CAPTAIN

RORY BEST

Ulster v Glasgow

2019 (SF)

19YEARS

322DAYS

36YEARS

275DAYS

38YEARS

360DAYS

FILO TIATIA

OSPREYS V LEINSTER 2010 F

OLDEST

POINT

SCORER

MICK GALWEY

Munster v Ulster

2003 (SF)

36YEARS

87DAYS

OLDEST

TRY

SCORER

MICK GALWEY

Munster v Ulster

2003 (SF)

36YEARS

87DAYS

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MIKE ADAMSON

MAN IN THE

MIDDLE

T

oday’s referee Mike

Adamson is one of a

group of URC match

officials who have

made the successful

leap from a playing career to

holding the whistle.

In 2021 Adamson became the first

Scottish match official to referee a

PRO14 Final when he oversaw the

Leinster and Munster decider in Dublin.

It was part of an impressive

season for Adamson who refereed

his first Guinness Six Nations fixture

in early February 2021, overseeing

England’s home win against Italy.

The 38-year-old also recently

refereed his 61st league game

having made his debut in 2016.

Adamson, a former Scotland

7s player, is no stranger to a big

occasion having taken charge

of the 2019 semi-final between

these Leinster and Munster before

acting as the assistant referee the

following week for the 2019 PRO14

Final in Glasgow.

Adamson has also refereed at

the 2016 Rio Olympics where he

was appointed to the semi-final

between Fiji and Japan. A product

of the elite referee pathway,

Adamson has become a leading

figure for Scotland’s match official

programme also includes Hollie

Davidson who is now a regular on

the URC appointments calendar.

EXTRA TIME

PROTOCOL

If the score is tied at the end of

a Knock-Out Match, then extra

time will be played, consisting

of two periods, each of ten

minutes plus any stoppage time

in each period.

At the final whistle signalling the

end of normal time in the Match,

there will be a five minute break.

Neither the teams nor the Match

officials may leave the Playing

Enclosure during this break, save

for exceptional reasons. The

coaching/management/medical

staff of each Club shall be

permitted onto the Playing Area

during this break to bring water,

nourishment and treatment to

their Players, but they must leave

the Playing Area before the end

of the break.

After the five-minute break,

the teams will swap ends and the

Club that kicked off the first half

of the Match will kick off the first

period of extra time. After ten

minutes the referee will stop the

Match and the teams will swap

ends again while there is a break

of one minute. Neither the teams

nor the Match officials may leave

the Playing Enclosure during

this break, save for exceptional

reasons. The coaching/

management/medical staff of

each Club shall be permitted onto

the Playing Area during the break

to bring water, nourishment and

treatment to their Players, but

they must leave the Playing Area

before the end of the break.

After the one-minute break, the

Club that kicked off the second

half of the Match will kick off

the second period of extra time.

After ten minutes the referee will

stop the Match. If at that point

there is no winner of the Match

according to the criteria set out

in the Tournament Rules, then

the referee will conduct a placekick

competition to determine

the winner.

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FINAL FOUR

DHL STORMERS VS ULSTER

A MOMENT IN TIME

Ulster and Springbok scrum-half Ruan

Pienaar gets the ball away from a frantic

Scarlets pack in 2012 as the Irish province

won their PRO12 Semi-final to book their

place in their first league decider.

Credit: inpho.ie

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