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GRAND FINAL

DHL STORMERS VS VODACOM BULLS

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

34

URC WELCOME FROM

04 CEO MARTIN ANAYI

24 STORMERS SQUAD ROAD TO THE FINAL

06 36

11

LEAGUE STATISTICS

48

STORMERS STATMASTER

14

URC AWARDS

18 56

MATCH PREVIEW

20

04 18

24 36

MATCHDAY SQUADS

BULLS SQUAD

BULLS STATMASTER

52

URC AWARDS

URC PLAY-OFF

RECORDS

64

TODAY’S REFEREE

68

STADIUM INFORMATION

URC Grand Final Editors: Aoife Rigney & Shelly Samuel

Photos: INPHO | Art Editor: Paul West

This programme was designed and on behalf of

The United Rugby Championship by Ignition Sports Media.

www.ignitionsportsmedia.com

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MARTIN ANAyI

WELCOME

INCREDIBLE DRAMA HAS LED US

TO THIS HISTORIC OCCASION

A

season that started

in Parma, Italy now

comes down to just

80 minutes of rugby

in Cape Town, South

Africa in what should be a showcase

of what the Vodacom United Rugby

Championship has to offer.

The DHL Stormers and the

Vodacom Bulls have emerged

from a Play-Off series drenched

in drama and last weekend’s Final

Four clashes were some of the most

absorbing and exhilarating contests

witnessed in any competition across

the world this season.

The interest in the games has

been backed up by some of our

biggest TV audiences of the

season which showed that over

a quarter of a million tuned in to

watch DHL Stormers v Ulster and

figures for Leinster v Vodacom

Bulls were just below that mark at

221,000.

The Vodacom Bulls went to

Dublin, Ireland to take on eighttime

league champions Leinster

and shocked everyone by beating

the best on their own turf. Less

than 24 hours later the DHL

Stormers required 85 minutes

to end the action level with


WITH FANS

RETURNING TO

STADIUMS WE

ARE ALSO SEEING

ATTENDANCES

TREND UPWARDS”

Ulster before Manie Libbock’s

conversion sealed victory after an

incredible battle.

It has been quite a turnaround in

fortunes for South African rugby

in the Vodacom URC this season.

After the opening tour in Europe

returned just four wins from 16

games many were ready to write

off the entry of Vodacom Bulls, Cell

C Sharks, Emirates Lions and DHL

Stormers to this league.

After this the pandemic served

up another wave of disruption that

upturned our fixture lists and six

months ago the premise of the

Vodacom URC was under scrutiny.

But we love a comeback in sport

and my word did we get one!

From March onwards the South

African teams have been resurgent

and forced established teams

such as Leinster, Munster, Glasgow

Warriors and Ulster into a tight

run for Play-Off positions. The

presence of three South African

teams in the Final Eight was a

validation of their entry to the URC

and 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

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such a terrific job at showing all 151

games live.

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. This

was topped off by the incredible

crowds we saw in Pretoria and

Cape Town during the Play-Offs

and we expect great numbers in

DHL Stadium again today.

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.

The narrative around the

Northern hemisphere versus the

Southern hemisphere has grown

with every passing round and today

– even with two teams from South

Africa we end up with a domestic

North v South derby match!

The 150 games that have led

us to the Vodacom URC1 Grand

Final have raised the bar for a

competition which began life in

2001 as the Celtic League. We

believe this league can be the best

in the world and we fully expect the

DHL Stormers and Vodacom Bulls

to set a new benchmark for the

other 14 teams to aim for.

Away from the pitch, the

team at the Vodacom 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.

I would like to thank our staff

for thriving in a very challenging

environment this season. We have

also enjoyed superb support from

our title partners Vodacom who

are as passionate about growing

the game of rugby as any league or

union and their support of the URC

is playing a major role in our joint

success. Added to this we have

terrific partners in Gilbert and Loch

Lomond Whiskies who have great

belief in what the VURC stands for.

We are also hugely thankful to

our broadcast partners in the

UK, Ireland, Italy, South Africa

and across the world. They work

alongside us to help tell new

stories around our players and

teams and give you a flavour of

every corner that the Vodacom

URC has to offer – whether it’s the

Atlantic coast of Ireland, the heat

of the Highveldt, speed of play in

West Wales, the noise in Glasgow’s

Scotstoun Stadium or the magical

setting of Treviso.

We hope that you enjoy today’s

game and no matter what way the

score goes, our aim is to create

memories and a sense of belonging

to our league that ensures you,

your friends and your family will

keep bringing your passion to our

stadiums season after season.

Enjoy the drama and excitement,

Martin Anayi

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DHL STORMERS’

ROAD TO THE FINAL

The DHL Stormers snatched a Vodacom United Rugby Championship Grand

Final berth from the jaws of defeat to maintain a wave of momentum that

has carried them to within touching distance of the title.

A

n 85th-minute Warrick

Gelant try and Manie

Libbok’s nerveless

winning conversion

earned the DHL

Stormers a 17-15 victory over Ulster

in the Final Four last weekend, and

their 10-match winning streak could

yet end in silverware should they

add an 11th on Saturday.

Despite being one of the last two

sides standing in the competition,

John Dobson’s team were not

spared the struggles experienced

by all of the South African franchises

on their initial northern hemisphere

tour at the start of the season.

However, after losing to both

Benetton and Munster in their

opening two fixtures, the DHL

Stormers actually left Europe with

the best record of the four sides,

having picked up a 20-20 draw

at Edinburgh before beating the

Dragons 24-10 in Newport.

Their first home match of the

season ended in a 37-19 defeat

to the Emirates Lions, but they

followed it up with a 30-26 win

against Saturday’s final opponents,

the Vodacom Bulls, in Pretoria.

A 22-22 draw with the Cell C

Sharks in Durban preceded a

20-10 home win over the same

opponents a week later, while

they got their revenge over the

Emirates Lions with a 32-10 victory

in Johannesburg in February.

The return of north-versus-south

fixtures got off to a rocky start for

the DHL Stormers, beaten 19-17

by Connacht in Galway having led

17-7 as the match approached the

final quarter.

However, they piled on the points in


THE STORMERS

OVERCAME THE

VODACOM BULLS

19-17 AT HOME IN

A MATCH THAT

OFFERS THE

BIGGEST CLUES AS

TO HOW THE FINAL

MIGHT PLAy OUT ”

55-7 and 40-3 victories over Zebre

Parma and Cardiff respectively.

Those wins kicked off a winning

streak that remains intact, although

Ulster – who came agonisingly close

to snapping the run on Saturday –

fell narrowly short of doing likewise

in March, as they suffered a 23-20

defeat in Cape Town.

The DHL Stormers overcame the

Ospreys with a degree of comfort

before edging the Vodacom Bulls

19-17 at home in a match that

perhaps offers the biggest clues

as to how the Grand Final might

play out - the hosts holding on

for victory after Elrigh Louw’s late

converted try.

They then saw off Glasgow

Warriors and Leinster, but their route

through the play-offs remained

unclear when they travelled to

Llanelli for their final match of the

regular season against the Scarlets,

forming part of a five-way race for

second spot.

Results elsewhere went the

DHL Stormers’ way and, as well as

clinching the South African Shield,

a 26-21 victory at Parc y Scarlets

guaranteed them home advantage

through to the semi-finals should

they make it that far.

A battling 28-17 victory over

Edinburgh was followed by

Saturday’s box-office late triumph

over Ulster, meaning a season

highlighted by the try-scoring

exploits of Leolin Zas and the

emergence of rising star Evan Roos

could yet end in team glory for the

Capetonians, who will host the final

after Leinster’s elimination.

DHL Stadium has already

witnessed its fair share of drama

this season. Saturday promises to

deliver a thrilling final act.

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VODACOM BULLS’

ROAD TO THE FINAL

The Vodacom Bulls have emerged from challenging beginnings in the

Vodacom United Rugby Championship to earn a shot at the inaugural title.

J

ake White’s men lost

five of their opening

six fixtures yet find

themselves one win

away from lifting the

coveted trophy.

In common with all of their fellow

South African franchises, the Bulls

found it tough going on their initial

northern hemisphere tour.

Heavy defeats to Leinster and

Connacht were followed by a

much-needed 29-19 victory at

Cardiff, only for them to suffer

another loss at Edinburgh before

losing to the Cell C Sharks upon

their return to South Africa.

In their next fixture, the Vodacom

Bulls battled from 18-0 down to lead

the DHL Stormers 26-18 after an

hour in Pretoria but eventually lost

30-26.

The momentum generated

by home and away wins over

the Emirates Lions was briefly

punctured by a home defeat to the

Cell C Sharks but they have been

close to peerless since.

The Vodacom Bulls were 45-7

victors over Zebre Parma on their

next trip to Europe before swatting

aside each of their first four

northern hemisphere visitors.

Munster were handed a 29-24

defeat at Loftus Versfeld while the

Scarlets (57-12), Dragons (55-20)

and Ulster (34-16) came in for

heavier punishment at the hands of

the resurgent Vodacom Bulls.

White’s side suffered a narrow

19-17 defeat at the DHL Stormers on

April 9 – a result that proved to be

their final loss of the regular season


FINE MARGINS

HAVE COME TO

CHARACTERISE

THE VODACOM

BULLS’ PLAy-OFF

CAMPAIGN”

and one they will look to avenge

when the teams meet at the same

venue in Saturday’s final.

A 46-29 win over Benetton helped

the Vodacom Bulls gain a measure

of payback for their Rainbow Cup

final defeat to the same opponents

at the end of last season but their

Vodacom URC play-off path

remained very much unclear

heading into the last two rounds.

They only made sure of a topeight

finish with their 29-17 win

against Glasgow Warriors in Round

17 while a 38-31 victory at the

Ospreys in which Cornal Hendricks

crossed for a hat-trick of tries saw

them sneak into fourth at the death,

edging the Cell C Sharks by a single

point to earn home advantage in the

Final Eight.

Similarly fine margins have come

to characterise the Vodacom Bulls

play-off campaign.

A dramatic late Chris Smith dropgoal

spared them extra time in

their Final Eight clash with the Cell

C Sharks, who had fought back to

27-27 five minutes from time before

the fly-half’s moment of inspiration.

Smith’s kick booked a ticket to

Dublin to face Leinster, who were

favourites for the title having

topped the regular-season

standings.

However, the Vodacom Bulls

battled to a mightily impressive

27-26 victory at the RDS in the Final

Four – a marked improvement on

the 31-3 defeat they suffered on

their previous trip to the Irish capital

in Round 1.

That progress has been the story

of the Vodacom Bulls’ season.

To this point book-ended by a pair

of contrasting Dublin displays, the

campaign may yet have its crowning

moment for the men from Pretoria.

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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

VODACOM BULLS

TOTAL POINTS WINS LOSSES DRAWS

58 11 7 0

POINTS SCORED

POINTS CONCEDED

518 388

TRIES SCORED

TRIES CONCEDED

67 42

BIGGEST WIN OF THE SEASON

BIGGEST DEFEAT OF THE SEASON

57-12 31-3

v Scarlets, Mar 18 v Leinster, Sep 25

MOST POINTS SCORED THIS SEASON MOST POINTS CONCEDED THIS SEASON

57 34

v Scarlets, Mar 18 v Connacht, Oct 1

TRY SCORING

BONUS POINTS

10 4

LOSING

BONUS POINTS

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scenario.

HAMPIONSHIP

illating, with last minute – and in some cases

limax to the final you want for any major

VODACOM UNITED RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP

ADIUM I 18 JUNE 2022

JORGE MENDES

United, behind South African rugby.

CHIEF OFFICER: CONSUMER BUSINESS VODACOM

That’s been the message from Vodacom since 1996. That was the message when we

embarked on this new Vodacom United Rugby Championship last year and put our full

support behind this exciting evolution of rugby.

And that is definitely the message as we reach this most historic first final of the most

thrilling new competition in world rugby.

To have two South African teams contest the inaugural final of the Vodacom United

Rugby Championship in Cape Town is a dream scenario.

The playoffs have been nothing short of scintillating, with last minute – and in some cases

last second – victories providing the kind of climax to the final you want for any major

VODACOM UNITED RUGBY CHA

sports competition.

DHL STORMERS VS VODACOM BULLS I DHL STADIUM I 18 JUNE 2022

haracter shown by the South African teams

o this competition on their overseas tours,

the playoffs.

players, and well played to the fans for

th African rugby passion and pride.

ms the best of luck.

f the Vodacom United Rugby Championship

As Vodacom we are extremely proud of the character shown by the South African teams

as they had to overcome a challenging start to this competition on their overseas tours,

and then rose to that challenge to dominate the playoffs.

DHL STORMERS VS

Well played to the coaches, JORGE management MENDESand players, and well played to the fans for

never wavering CHIEF OFFICER: in your belief CONSUMER in yourBUSINESS teams. VODACOM

Now it’s time to unite around a festival of South African rugby passion and pride.

We’re proud to support this and wish both teams the best of luck.

And we cannot wait to see what season two of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship

holds in store for us.

JORGE MENDES

CHIEF OFFICER: CONSUMER BUSINESS VODACOM

VODACOM BULLS I DHL STADIUM

United, behind South African rugby.

That’s been the message from Vodacom since 1996. That was the message when we

embarked on this new Vodacom United Rugby Championship last year and put our full

support behind this exciting evolution of rugby.

And that is definitely the message as we reach this most historic first final of the most

thrilling new competition in world rugby.

To have two South African teams contest the inaugural final of the Vodacom United

Rugby Championship in Cape Town is a dream scenario.

The playoffs have been nothing short of scintillating, with last minute – and in some cases

last second – victories providing the kind of climax to the final you want for any major

sports competition.

As Vodacom we are extremely proud of the character shown by the South African teams

as they had to overcome a challenging start to this competition on their overseas tours,

and then rose to that challenge to dominate the playoffs.

Well played to the coaches, management and players, and well played to the fans for

never wavering in your belief in your teams.

Now it’s time to unite around a festival of South African rugby passion and pride.

We’re proud to support this and wish both teams the best of luck.

And we cannot wait to see what season two of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship

holds in store for us.


GRAND FINAL

DHL STORMERS VS VODACOM BULLS

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 LINEOUT STEALS

MARVIN ORIE 5

ADRE SMITH 2

HACJIVAH DAYIMANI 1

SALMAAN MOERAT 1

DEON FOURIE 1

ERNST VAN RHYN 1

SAZI SANDI 1

EVAN ROOS 1

213

EVAN

ROOS

141

WARRICK

GELANT

130

DAMIAN

WILLEMSE

93

SEABELO

SENATLA

88

MANIE

LIBBOK

TOTAL

CARRIES

14


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

Try time in Cape Town: (from left) Ruhan Nel

and Damian Willemse celebrate with Evan

Roos after the DHL Stormers No 8 scored

against Ulster in their Final Four encounter

last weekend. Credit: inpho.ie

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LEO CULLEN HAS BEEN

CROWNED LOCH LOMOND

COACH OF THE SEASON

The Leinster boss collects the award

after leading his side to victory in

the Irish Shield and the top of the

overall Vodacom United Rugby

Championship standings at the end

of the regular season.

A record-breaking victory over

Glasgow Warriors followed in the Final

Eight but Leinster could not book a

place in the Grand Final after suffering

a home Final Four defeat to the

Vodacom Bulls on Friday night.

Cullen also led Leinster to the

Heineken Champions Cup final this

season, with a narrow defeat to La

Rochelle in Marseille.

LEO CULLEN (LEINSTER)

&

COACH OF

THE SEASON

“I’d like to thank the Vodacom URC

for the Award which I will accept on

behalf of the wider coaching group

and the 60 players that pulled on

a Leinster Rugby jersey this year.

The season most certainly did not

end the way we would have liked

but there were many highlights and

positives over the year. I’d like to wish

the DHL Stormers and the Vodacom

Bulls the very best of luck in this

weekend’s final. Having played both

teams recently, it will be an intriguing

final and a great way to bring the

curtain down on the first season

of the Vodacom United Rugby

Championship. The introduction

of the four South African clubs has

raised the standards and we’ll all

have to raise our game to compete

with them next season. We would

dearly love to be there and will

watch with keen interest and we look

forward to challenging for the title

again next season.”

This award was voted for by the

Vodacom URC’s 16 head coaches

and leaves only one prize still to be

announced – the Players’ Player of

the Season.

It is the second prize won by a

Leinster representative during the

Vodacom URC Awards, with Ross

Byrne having been selected at half in the Dream

fly-

Team.

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EVAN ROOS (DHL STORMERS)

PLAyERS’ PLAyER

OF THE SEASON

EVAN ROOS HAS COMPLETED

A VODACOM URC AWARDS

QUADRUPLE BY COLLECTING

THE PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE

SEASON

The award is voted for by the

competition’s captains and vicecaptains,

with the DHL Stormers

number eight coming out on top

in a poll that was conducted at the

end of the regular season.

Roos, 22, adds this latest accolade

to a personal haul that already

includes the prizes for Vodacom

Fans’ Player of the Season, Next-

Gen Player of the Season and a

place in the Dream Team.

This is the final award to be

announced and rounds off a

successful showing from the DHL

Stormers, who also boast Top Try

Scorer Leolin Zas and five Dream

Team representatives.

Roos will be looking to cap a

memorable season by lifting the

inaugural Vodacom URC title

when the DHL Stormers host the

Vodacom Bulls in the Grand Final

on Saturday June 18.

The back-row forward 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 of the regular season.

He has carried that form into the

play-offs, putting on a Vodacom

Man of the Match display as

the DHL Stormers overcame

Edinburgh Rugby in the Final Eight

and scoring a try in their semi-final

clash with Ulster.

Roos’ Vodacom URC

performances saw him earn

a Springboks call-up over the

weekend and he is on course to

make his Test debut during next

month’s home series against Wales.

VODACOM URC AWARDS

WINNERS LIST 2021-22

Tackle Machine: Alan O’Connor (Ulster)

Turnover King: Jac Morgan (Ospreys)

Gilbert Golden Boot: Gareth Anscombe

(Ospreys)

Top Try Scorer: Leolin Zas (DHL Stormers)

Ironman: Ruan Nortje (Vodacom Bulls)

Next-Gen Player of the Season:

Evan Roos (DHL Stormers)

Vodacom Fans’ Player of the Season:

Evan Roos (DHL Stormers)

Loch Lomond Coach of the Season:

Leo Cullen (Leinster)

Players’ Player of the Season:

Evan Roos (DHL Stormers)

Dream Team:

Warrick Gelant (DHL Stormers), Seabelo

Senatla (DHL Stormers), James Hume

(Ulster), Damian Willemse (DHL Stormers),

Leolin Zas (DHL Stormers), Ross Byrne

(Leinster), Craig Casey (Munster); Ox

Nche (Cell C Sharks), Johan Grobbelaar

(Vodacom Bulls), Thomas du Toit (Cell

C Sharks), Jean Kleyn (Munster), Ruan

Nortje (Vodacom Bulls), Marcell Coetzee

(Vodacom Bulls), Nick Timoney (Ulster),

Evan Roos (DHL Stormers)

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MATCH PREVIEW

DHL STORMERS V VODACOM BULLS

A

fter 18 rounds of

action and two

weekends of play-offs,

the Vodacom United

Rugby Championship

season comes down to a Cape

Town clash between the DHL

Stormers and the Vodacom Bulls.

The DHL Stormers earned the

right to host the Grand Final as the

higher-ranked of the two sides in

the Vodacom URC table, having

finished second to the Vodacom

Bulls’ fourth.

John Dobson’s side are here

thanks to a battling victory over

Edinburgh in the Final Eight and a

dramatic late semi-final triumph

over Ulster, when Manie Libbok’s

conversion with the last action of

the match was the difference in a

17-15 victory.

The Vodacom Bulls, meanwhile,

overcame the Cell C Sharks with

an equally late Chris Smith dropgoal

before stunning tournament

favourites Leinster with a 27-26

victory in the Final Four.

THE BREAkDOWN

THE DHL STORMERS

HAVE WON THEIR LAST 10

MATCHES SINCE LOSING 19-17

TO CONNACHT IN GALWAY ON

FEBRUARY 26.

The Vodacom Bulls, meanwhile,

have lost only one of their last

11 Vodacom URC fixtures - by

the same scoreline to the DHL

Stormers in Cape Town on April 9.

That fixture forms part of a fivematch

unbeaten run in matches

against South African opposition

for the DHL Stormers, whose

only home defeat this season was a

37-19 reverse against the Emirates

Lions in December.

DHL Stormers wing Leolin Zas

collected the Top Try Scorer prize

during the Vodacom URC Awards

but Bulls number eight Marcell

Coetzee pulled level with

him on 11 tries by touching

down in the Final Four

victory over Leinster.

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GRAND FINAL

DHL STORMERS VS VODACOM BULLS

DEON

FOURIE

“It’s almost like a fairy tale. If anyone said at

the beginning of the Vodacom URC that the

Vodacom Bulls and the DHL Stormers would

play in the final in Cape Town, you should

have put money on it! You could have retired.

“It’s an unbelievable year and it’s nice to end

the season like this.

“You know what you’re going to get against

the Vodacom Bulls. They’re a really good side

and they showed it against Leinster as well.

“The thing is just to handle that pressure that

they have at the moment and just to focus on

what we have to do to win the game.

“I think that is what’s helped us the last couple

of months, that we just focus on what we’re

doing and trying to do things better that we do.

“Hopefully the guys can step on on Saturday

and just build on that.”

MADOSH

TAMBWE

“We’re at a stage in time where there is

not much you can do.

“There is one game left in the Vodacom

URC, so we just need to try to replicate the

performance we had against Leinster last week.

“The DHL Stormers are the only South

African team we haven’t got a ‘W’ against,

so obviously we go with the mindset of

wanting to win.

“Like coach Jake (White) said, you enter

competitions to win.

“It doesn’t matter how we start or

whatever happens, we just need to make

sure that by the time the ref blows the final

whistle at the 80th minute that we are a

point ahead of them.

“When we started this competition, I don’t

think anyone gave us a chance. Especially

when we lost our first game against Leinster

and we went on to lose a couple more games.

“But as time went on, the bond and the

relationships got stronger within the squad

and the belief started growing.

“We found ourselves in a situation where

every game was basically like a play-off game.”

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COACH PROFILE

JOHN DOBSON

J

ohn Dobson could

be about to write

his greatest chapter

by leading the DHL

Stormers to victory

in the Vodacom United Rugby

Championship Grand Final.

The Stormers head coach happens

to be a published author, having

released a pair of comic novels –

Year of the Gherkin and Year of

the Turnip – about the trials and

tribulations of central character

Jason Brydon.

Dobson also holds a law degree,

masters degrees in business

administration and creative writing

and was a founder of the 365 Media

Group and the Rugby365 website.

Those achievements highlight

the variety that has filled Dobson’s

adult life, although it has always

been rooted in rugby.

The son of former referee and

rugby writer Paul Dobson, who was

the recipient of the World Rugby

Referee Award in 2012, sport was in

the family for Dobson growing up.

While his playing career may not

have scaled the Test heights many

young players aspire to, Dobson

was on the books as a hooker at

Western Province and spent time

playing in Italy and Portugal.


DOBSON WAS

ON THE BOOkS

AS A HOOkER AT

WESTERN PROVINCE

AND SPENT TIME

PLAyING IN ITALy

AND PORTUGAL”

He found his calling as a coach in

2008, serving as head coach of the

UCT Ikey Tigers in the Varsity Cup

and technical director of Italian side

Roma in 2009.

A return to Cape Town followed in

2010 when he was appointed coach

of the Western Province Under-21

side, helping them to victory in the

Under-21 Provincial Championship

in his first season at the helm and

again in 2013.

He was also handed the reins of

the Vodacom Cup team, winning

that competition for the first and

only time in the union’s history in

2012 with a side that included the

likes of Bryan Habana, Damian de

Allende, Duane Vermeulen, Eben

Etzebeth and Steven Kitshoff.

Dobson led Western Province to

the Vodacom Cup play-offs for

five consecutive years and, despite

admitting to having had offers to

coach abroad, his loyalty paid off

when he was placed in charge of

the union’s Currie Cup side in 2015,

taking over from future Springboks

coach Allister Coetzee, who had

departed for a job in Japan.

His first season at the helm saw

Western Province reach a fourth

consecutive Premier Division final

before victory over the Cell C

Sharks in Durban helped them take

the title in 2017.

They finished runners-up again

in 2018 and Dobson’s ascent

through the Western Province

ranks was complete in 2020 when

he was identified as Robbie Fleck’s

successor as Stormers head coach.

He oversaw the team’s move from

DHL Newlands to DHL Stadium and

now stands on the brink of delivering

a long-awaited piece of major

silverware for a franchise who never

claimed Super Rugby’s top prize.

The Stormers won 12 of their 18

regular-season matches in the URC,

collecting the South African Shield

along the way, and now only a home

clash with the Vodacom Bulls stands

between them and becoming the

inaugural URC champions.

Forget Year of the Gherkin and

Year of the Turnip - this could be

the year of the Stormers.

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FEISTY FOURIE ON

FIRE FOR THE FINAL

Deon Fourie was winning turnovers in a DHL Stormers

jersey in 2008. All that has changed is that he is now

winning turnovers in a DHL Stormers jersey.

DHL, who signed with the Stormers and WP in 2011, are

the longest-serving sponsors of professional rugby

in the Western Cape in the history of the union and

franchise, and when reporting on Fourie’s exploits, he

is comfortably the longest-serving of those players

who will front the Vodacom Bulls in


the inaugural and historic Vodacom

United Rugby Championship at the DHL

Stadium on Saturday.

Fourie first wore the franchise jersey in

2008, left in 2014 and returned in 2021.

If he was good when he left, he is even

better now and his Springboks squad

selection is confirmation of his class and

reward for his performances this season.

Fourie has played 15 of the DHL Stormers 20

Vodacom URC matches this season and before that he

played six times for DHL Western Province.

He returned to Cape Town after a decade in France’s

Top 14 to mentor youngsters for the provincial side, but

within a fortnight DHL Stormers coach John Dobson

recognised that Fourie was still as good a player as he

was a mentor.

‘He is just world class,’ raved Dobson. ‘He is averaging

four turnovers a game, hugely influential in everything

he does and just an outstanding team player. He can

play in the loosies and he can play hooker. He is a dream

player, in quality, and also a dream individual to have in

the squad as a person. He is just so inspirational.’

Fourie will play his 100th match for the DHL Stormers on

Saturday evening, 15 years after playing his first match.

When he left in 2014, he’d played 85 times for the

DHL Stormers and 90 times for WP. He now sits on 96

matches for DHL WP, with that century sure to come

in the 2022/23 season.

For now, all the attention is on the DHL Stormers and a

100th cap that Fourie had never considered possible when

he left South Africa to seek a new

IF HE WAS GOOD

WHEN HE LEFT,

HE IS EVEN

BETTER NOW”

challenge in France.

It was a challenge he got as a

player and an adventure he enjoyed

individually and with his family.

Fourie played 91 times for Lyon

between 2014 and 2019 and 42 times

for Grenoble between 2019 and 2021.

Wherever he has played, he has

been lauded, as a rugby player and as a person.

‘He has had an exceptional season. His experience,

talent, hard work and sacrifice means a lot to the

squad and hopefully it will be the same for the

country,’ said DHL Stormers captain and Springbok

front rower Steven Kitshoff.

Fourie, despite his incredible season, speaks first of

his younger teammates, their energy, their humility

and the privilege of being a part of their journey.

But you speak to any of the youngsters in the group

and the first name they will mention is Fourie, who,

should he debut internationally later this season, will at

35 years-old become the oldest 1st-Test Springbok in

the country’s history.

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GRAND FINAL

DHL STORMERS VS VODACOM BULLS

2021/22 SEASON

DHL

STORMERS

JUAN DE JONGH

HACJIVAH DAyMANI

ANGELO DAVIDS

kWENZO BLOSE

PROP

AGE: 25

HEIGHT: 6FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 103KG

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

WILLIE ENGELBRECHT

DAN DU PLESSIS

BEN-JASON DIxON

PAUL DE WET

SCRUM-HALF

AGE: 26

HEIGHT: 5FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 79KG

LOCk

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT 6IN

WEIGHT: 104KG

CENTRE

AGE: 27

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 97KG

NO.8

AGE: 29

HEIGHT: 6FT 4IN

WEIGHT: 110KG

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CONOR EVANS BROk HARRIS

LOCk

AGE: 20

HEIGHT: 6FT 6IN

WEIGHT: 95KG

NEETHLING FOUCHE

HERSCHEL JANTJIES

PROP

AGE: 29

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 1117KG

DEN FOURIE

STEVEN kITSHOFF

HOOkER

AGE: 35

HEIGHT: 5FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 100KG

WARRICk GELANT

JJ kOTZE

FULL-BACk

AGE: 27

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 89KG

PROP

AGE: 37

HEIGHT: 6FT 10IN

WEIGHT: 121KG

SCRUM-HALF

AGE: 26

HEIGHT: 5FT 7IN

WEIGHT: 74KG

PROP

AGE: 30

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 120KG

HOOkER

AGE: 21

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 96KG

FRANS MAL HERBE

LEON LyONS

MANIE LIBBOk

TRISTAN LEyDS

FULL-BACk

AGE: 25

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 70KG

FLy-HALF

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 75KG

PROP

AGE: 23

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 117KG

PROP

AGE: 31

HEIGHT: 6FT 4IN

WEIGHT: 130KG

RUHAN NEL

SALMAAN MOERAT

DAVID MEIHUIZEN

LEE-MARVIN MAZIBUkO

PROP

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 109KG

LOCk

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 120KG

LOCk

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT 8IN

WEIGHT: 113KG

CENTRE

AGE: 31

HEIGHT: 6FT 4IN

WEIGHT: 100KG

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GRAND FINAL

DHL STORMERS VS VODACOM BULLS

JUNIOR POkOMELA

SERGEAL PETERSEN

MARVIN ORIE

SCARRA NTUBENI

HOOkER

AGE: 31

HEIGHT: 5FT 11IN

WEIGHT: 102KG

LOCk

AGE: 29

HEIGHT: 6FT 7IN

WEIGHT: 109KG

WING

AGE: 27

HEIGHT: 5FT 9IN

WEIGHT: 82KG

FLANkER

AGE: 25

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 95KG

SEABELO SENALTA

SAZI SANDI

EVAN ROOS

RIkUS PRETORIOUS

CENTRE

AGE: 23

HEIGHT: 6FT 5IN

WEIGHT: 102KG

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

TIM SWIEL

CHAD SOLOMON

ADRE SMITH

CORNEL SMIT

CENTRE

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 93KG

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

ANDRE-HUGO VENTER

ERNST VAN RHyN

STEFAN UNGERER

MARCEL THEUNISSEN

FLANkER

AGE: 23

HEIGHT: 6FT 4IN

WEIGHT: 90KG

SCRUM-HALF

AGE: 28

HEIGHT: 6FT

WEIGHT: 92KG

LOCk

AGE: 24

HEIGHT: 6FT 5IN

WEIGHT: 116KG

HOOkER

AGE: 20

HEIGHT: 6FT 2IN

WEIGHT: 100KG

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GRAND FINAL

DHL STORMERS VS VODACOM BULLS

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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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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MATCHDAy SqUAD

DHL STORMERS

15 WARRICk GELANT

14 SERGEAL PETERSON

13 RUHAN NEL

12 DAMIAN WILLEMSE

11 SEABELO SENATLA

10 MANIE LIBBOk

9 HERSCHEL JANTJIES

REPLACEMENTS FROM:

16 ANDRE-HUGO VENTER, 17 BROk HARRIS, 18 NEETHLING FOUCHE,

19 ERNST VAN RHyN, 20 JUNIOR POkOMELA, 21 NAMA xABA,

22 GODLEN MASIMLA, 23 SACHA MNGOMEZULU

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

VODACOM BULLS

15 KURT-LEE ARENDSE

14 CANAN MOODIE

13 CORNAL HENDRICkS

12 HAROLD VORSTER

11 MADOSH TAMBWE

10 CHRIS SMITH

9 ZAk BURGER

1 GERHARD STEENEkAMP

2 JOHAN GROBBELAAR

3 MORNAy SMITH

4 WALT STEENkAMP

5 RUAN NORTJE

6 MARCELL COETZEE

7 ARNO BOTHA

8 ELRIGH LOUW

REPLACEMENTS FROM:

16 BISMARCk DU PLESSIS, 17 SIMPHIWE MATANZIMA, 18 ROBERT HUNT,

19 JANkO SWANEPOEL, 20 WJ STEENkAMP, 21 EMBROSE PAPIER,

22 MORNE STEyN, 23 DAVID KRIEL

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COACH PROFILE

JAKE WHITE

F

ifteen years may have

passed since Jake

White guided South

Africa to World Cup

glory but the Vodacom

Bulls are now reaping the benefits

of their Director of Rugby’s vast

experience in the game.

White was at the helm as the

Springboks lifted the Webb Ellis

Cup in 2007 – a triumph that arrived

relatively early in his career as a

senior head coach.

The former PE teacher had been

in charge since 2004 but this was his

first high-profile job, having earlier

led the country’s under-21s to a

World Cup triumph of their own.

He also served as a technical

advisor to the Springboks during

Nick Mallett’s tenure, as well as

working as an assistant with the

national team.

White’s time in charge also saw

South Africa win the Tri-Nations

and climb from sixth to top of the

world rankings. He was crowned

Coach of the Year on two occasions

and inducted into the World Rugby

Hall of Fame.

When he departed the Boks

following their World Cup win, which

was sealed with a 15-6 victory over

defending champions England in Paris,

White was still only 43 years old – a

relative youngster in coaching terms.


I’VE COACHED A

LONG TIME NOW,

SO yOU LEARN A

COUPLE OF THOSE

THINGS”

White worked with the

International Rugby Board from

2008 to 2012 before returning to

coaching with the Brumbies.

During his time in Australia, the

Brumbies overcame the Bulls

in a Super Rugby semi-final in

Pretoria in what White described

as the Canberra outfit’s “greatest”

win while they also achieved a

memorable victory over the touring

British and Irish Lions.

White spent a season in charge of

the Cell C Sharks in 2014, guiding

the Durban outfit to the Super

Rugby semi-finals, before a stint on

the staff with Tonga.

His three years at French club

Montpellier yielded an EPCR

Challenge Cup trophy, beating

Harlequins in the 2016 final, before

his globe-trotting career took him

to Japan for a similar-length stint in

charge of Toyota Verblitz.

The Bulls came calling in 2020

and, upon his appointment, White

highlighted the need to “rebuild a

winning culture at Loftus”.

He has since overseen back-toback

Currie Cup triumphs as well as

guiding the Bulls to victory in Super

Rugby Unlocked in 2020.

Saturday’s Vodacom United

Rugby Championship Grand Final

against the DHL Stormers marks

an opportunity to land the biggest

title of his Bulls tenure to date and

White says he has never stopped

learning despite his early successes

as a head coach.

“I’ve coached a long time now, so

you learn a couple of those things,”

he said when praised for his team’s

ingenuity in their Final Four victory

at Leinster.

“I’ve coached in Japan, coached

in France and coached at the

Brumbies, so I think (I’ve learned)

along the way.

“One of the things we worked hard

on is that probably the Bulls were

well known for certain areas of the

game which we do well but if you

can tweak it and bring a couple of

new things in it obviously adds a

little bit of a dimension to our game.”

White is among an exclusive band

of coaches who have lifted rugby’s

biggest prize but his hunger to win

remains undiminished as he bids

to lead the Bulls to the inaugural

URC title.

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LIGHTNING-LIKE

LOUW ADDS TO THE

CAPE STORM

At some point in their story, every great player is

identified as a talent destined for legendary status,

and Vodacom Bulls director of rugby Jake White very

quickly recognised the star quality of Elrigh Louw.

‘I’ve got no doubt Elrigh will go to the top, he’s got

everything.’ These were White’s words in October, 2021.

At that point, the Vodacom Bulls opened the Vodacom

United Rugby Championship with heavy losses to

Leinster (31-3) and Connacht (34-7) in Ireland before

Louw hurtled over for a try in a 29-19 win at Cardiff.

Eight months later and Louw, now 22, has scored four

tries in 19 appearances, is fresh off a


monumental semi-final victory against

Leinster that catapulted the fourthseeded

Vodacom Bulls into an all-South

African Vodacom URC final against the

DHL Stormers, and has been named in

the Springbok squad for the upcoming

international season.

White is more surprised by the victory

over the log-leaders in Dublin than Louw’s Bok inclusion.

The man who coached the Springboks to Rugby

World Cup glory in 2007 believes the young Vodacom

Bulls titan compares favourably with one of South

Africa’s greatest forwards.

‘Elrigh is a Juan Smith in the making, and I don’t say

that lightly because Juan wasn’t the norm,’ said White.

‘Juan Smith finished his career as a brilliant, seasoned

campaigner but I remember what he was like as a

20-year-old. Elrigh reminds me of a young Juan.’

Like Smith, Louw is a hard-nosed competitor who has little

use for rest and no comprehension of the word ‘compromise’

when it comes to confrontation on the rugby field.

‘Elrigh is skilful, runs good support lines and is not

scared to be out wide or close in. He’s not a guy who

can only carry in tight spaces, he’s just as comfortable

taking on backs in space on the edge.’

Far from being an outspoken protagonist, the

Vodacom Bulls back rower unleashes heavyweight

blows with the demeanour of an experienced

construction worker laying brick.

With the builder, it requires patient attention to

recognise that a wall is being built, and in the case of

Louw, it takes some time to appreciate the impact of

his unremitting work-rate in breaking down the will of

opposing players to halt his runs and

I’VE GOT NO DOUBT

ELRIGH WILL GO TO

THE TOP, HE’S GOT

EVERyTHING”

carry the ball into his broad shoulders.

Louw is also an accomplished

lineout weapon, the successful target

of 33 lineout throws this season

to rank among the Vodacom Bulls

three most-effective jumpers. This

will stand him in good stead with the

national team as he looks set to serve

as an understudy to Pieter-Steph du Toit, the 2019

World Rugby Player of the Year, himself no stranger to

soaring in the lineout.

But between now and a possible Bok debut against

Wales in July lies the biggest match of Louw’s

fledgling career.

A showdown against South Africa’s top contenders

in Cape Town is the formidable challenge hindering

Louw’s access to the Vodacom URC trophy.

He will be dauntless, as he was in last week’s

semi-final when the young and fearless Vodacom

Bulls stormed Dublin, and Louw thundered through

Leinster’s celebrated pack to book a date with destiny.

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2021/22 SEASON

VODACOM

BULLS

C

M

Y

CM

MY

kURT-LEE ARENDSE

ARNO BOTHA

ZAk BURGER

MARCELL COETZEE

CY

CMY

K

UTILITy BACk

DOB: 7 JUNE 1996

HEIGHT: 1.80M

WEIGHT: 76KG

FLANk

DOB: 26 OCTOBER 1991

HEIGHT: 1.89M

WEIGHT: 108KG

SCRUMHALF

DOB: 20 AUGUST 1998

HEIGHT: 1.74M

WEIGHT: 83KG

FLANk

DOB: 8 MAY 1991

HEIGHT: 1.93M

WEIGHT: 116KG

ROBERT HUNT

CORNAL HENDRICkS

JOHAN GROBBELAAR

BISMARCk DU PLESSIS

HOOkER

DOB: 22 MAY 1984

HEIGHT: 1.89M

WEIGHT: 115KG

POSITION: HOOkER

HOOkER

DOB: 30 DECEMBER 1997

HEIGHT: 1.82

WEIGHT: 98KG

OUTSIDE CENTRE

DOB: 18 APRIL 1988

HEIGHT: 1.88M

WEIGHT: 95KG

TIGHTHEAD PROP

DOB: 16 AUGUST 1996

HEIGHT: 1.85M

WEIGHT: 122KG

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DAVID kRIEL RUAN NORTJE

WING

DOB: 15 FEBRUARY 1999

HEIGHT: 1.94M

WEIGHT: 94KG

ELRIGH LOUW

EMBROSE PAPIER

NO.8

DOB: 20 SEPT 1999

HEIGHT: 1.95M

WEIGHT: 112KG

SIMPHIWE MATANZIMA

CHRIS SMITH

LOOSEHEAD PROP

DOB: 18 AUGUST 1997

HEIGHT: 1.82M

WEIGHT: 115KG

CANAN MOODIE

MORNAy SMITH

FULLBACk

DOB: 5 NOVEMBER 2002

HEIGHT: 1.90M

WEIGHT: 90KG

LOCk

DOB: 25 JULY 1998

HEIGHT: 2.01M

WEIGHT: 113KG

SCRUMHALF

DOB: 25 APRIL 1997

HEIGHT: 1.71M

WEIGHT: 80KG

FLyHALF

DOB: 9 SEPTEMBER 1994

HEIGHT: 1.81M

WEIGHT: 86KG

TIGHTHEAD PROP

DOB: 30 JANUARY 1998

HEIGHT: 1.81M

WEIGHT: 110KG

MORNE STEyN

WJ STEENkAMP

WALT STEENkAMP

GERHARD STEENEkAMP

LOOSEHEAD PROP

DOB: 9 APRIL 1997

HEIGHT: 1.94M

WEIGHT: 128KG

LOCk

DOB: 21 JULY 1995

HEIGHT: 2.02M

WEIGHT: 121KG

LOOSE-FORWARD

DOB: 28 SEPT 2000

HEIGHT: 1.90M

WEIGHT: 106KG

FLyHALF

DOB: 11 JULY 1984

HEIGHT: 1.84M

WEIGHT: 91KG

HAROLD VORSTER

MADOSH TAMBWE

JANkO SWANEPOEL

LOCk

DOB: 8 SEPTEMBER 1999

HEIGHT: 2.01M

WEIGHT: 109KG

WING

DOB: 12 MAY 1997

HEIGHT: 1.86M

WEIGHT: 92KG

INSIDE CENTRE

DOB: 11 OCTOBER 1993

HEIGHT: 1.86M

WEIGHT: 94KG

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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-

44

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


WELCOME TO

CAPE TOWN

Welcome to DHL Stadium in Cape Town! We welcome visitors, the Blue Bulls fans and players to the

Mother City. As Mayor of Cape Town, I am excited to be joining thousands of fans for the first United

Rugby Championship to feature two proudly South African teams.

Few things compare to the roar of fans cheering on their teams to victory. Sport in South Africa

has long been a unifier, with all of us looking back fondly at the many sporting milestones we have

achieved as a country.

We are ready for bigger crowds and reiterate our call for all remaining capacity limitations on stadium

crowds to be lifted, so that our sports teams can again play to sold-out crowds.

I look forward to the thrill of this URC Final with thousands of rugby fans and see the DHL Stadium

come to life.

Geordin Hill-Lewis

Cape Town Mayor


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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

VODACOM BULLS

TOP 3 OFFLOADS

MARCELL COETZEE MADOSH TAMBWE LIONEL MAPOE

34 22 16

KURT-LEE ARENDSE

991

METRES GAINED

TOP 5 TURNOVERS WON

MARCELL COETZEE 13

ARNO BOTHA 11

BISMARCK DU PLESSIS 10

CYLE BRINK 6

RUAN NORTJE 5

185

MARCELL

COETZEE

176

ELRIGH

LOUW

126

ARNO

BOTHA

122

HAROLD

VORSTER

114

RUAN

NORTJE

TOTAL

CARRIES

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TOP 5 CLEAN BREAKS

KURT-LEE

ARENDSE

MADOSH

TAMBWE

CORNAL

HENDRICKS

CANAN

MOODIE

ZAK

BURGER

23 20 11 8 8

169

TOTAL

TACkLES

MARCELL COETZEE

100

TOTAL

80

60

40

20

0

CHRIS

SMITH

MORNE

STEYN

ZAK

BURGER

kICkS

IN PLAy

86

66 61 60

EMBROSE

PAPIER

25

JOHAN

GOOSEN

ZAK

BURGER

515

TOTAL

PASSES

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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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16 TEAMS,

2 HEMISPHERES,

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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,

LEINSTER 26-VODACOM BULLS 27

CLOSEST

MATCH

2002 QF, 2012 F, 2014, 2018, 2022 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

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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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A MOMENT IN TIME

A kick in time: Morné Steyn strikes a late

penalty for the Vodacom Bulls at the RDS

Arena in Dublin during his side’s Final Four

clash with Leinster. The successful strike put

the Vodacom Bulls into an eight-point lead

that their opponents could not overcome.

Credit: inpho.ie

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ANDREW BRACE

MAN IN THE

MIDDLE

A

ndrew Brace has

been appointed as

the match referee for

this today’s Vodacom

United Rugby

Championship Grand Final

between the DHL Stormers and

the Vodacom Bulls in Cape Town.

It is the second time Brace has

been handed the responsibility

for the league decider having held

the whistle for the 2021 PRO14

Final between Leinster and Ulster

in Dublin.

Brace, who turned 34 last

month, made his league debut in

September 2015 when he took

charge of Cardiff Blues v Zebre

and since then has gone to referee

knock-out matches in the PRO14,

EPCR Challenge Cup and the

Heineken Champions Cup.

In 2018, the Irish official refereed

his first Tier One fixture (Argentina

v Wales), he was then appointed

as an assistant referee for the

2019 Rugby World Cup and shortly

afterwards he made his Six Nations

debut in 2020 (France v Italy).

In addition to the Vodacom URC

Grand Final, Brace will also take

charge of one of England’s three

Test matches in Australia next

month. For this weekend’s game

Brace will be assisted by Jaco

Peyper and AJ Jacobs (both

SARU).

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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BRINLEy

AGE 1

Daddy Deon Fourie believes Brinley will be the future star prop of the SA

womens team, she loves balls and playing “rugby” with her Dad. Jamie is

strong willed and fiesty, and although he loves watching his Dad play on

TV, he would much rather go to Spur (SA franchise family restaurant).

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GRAND FINAL

DHL STORMER VS VODACOM BULLS

STADIUM INFORMATION

TICkET INFORMATION 2022

According to current government

COVID-19 protocols for sporting

fixtures in South Africa, rugby

venues are permitted to accept up to

50 percent capacity for vaccinated

or COVID-19 negative attendees.

All spectators attending Vodacom

United Rugby Championship or

Carling Currie Cup matches at

DHL Stadium must provide proof

of full vaccination or a negative

COVID-19 test taken within 72

hours of the match.

Tickets for the Vodacom URC

Grand Final are available only from

the Ticketpro website.

Callouts will be stationed at the

stadium offering Rapid Antigen

testing at R 150 at the Main West

Gates 1 – 11, between 15h00 and

19h00. Results will be available

within 15 minutes of testing. Under

12s do not need to provide any

documentation as they cannot be

vaccinated.

Your vaccination certificate or

negative COVID-19 test must be

presented along with your ID on

entry to any match at DHL Stadium.

All those attending will have to

adhere to government regulations

by following to the correct social

distancing protocols by staying

one metre apart and wearing a

medical mask when indoors. Masks

are no longer required to be worn

in open air spaces but are in indoor

areas – all spectators must please

still bring a mask to the stadium for

use in venues/areas considered to

be indoors.

FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH

DISABILITIES

The stadium has disabled seats

which can be accessed via the all

access ramp on Fritz Sonnenberg

Road. Seating for guests and their

caregivers is located on level 02

(podium).

Disabled toilets are available

exclusively for our guests with

disabilities and are located on

level 02.

Disabled seating and parking

facilities, may be booked through

the event organizer for each

event.

Public transport services and

parking facilities for the disabled

may differ from event to event.

Please visit our events page for

event specific details.

Elevators in all foyers provide

wheelchair access to our business,

banqueting and hospitality levels

and facilities.

PROHIBITED ITEMS

List of prohibited items for events

at DHL Stadium.

• Umbrellas

• Bottles: Cans, glass or Plastic bottles

of any kind including squeezer bottles

• Firearms, ammunition or device as

defined in the Firearms Control Act,

2000 (Act No.60 of 2000)

• Fireworks

• Sharp metal objects

• Explosives

• Tear gas, mace or similar airborne

chemical agents

• Narcotics

• Items which could cause injury

• Banners or flags with, racist, sexist,

discriminatory or offensive content

• Flagpole or banner pole of any kind,

unless it is made from inflammable

and flexible plastic and does not

exceed 1 metre in length 1cm in diameter

• Ambush marketing items

• Animals

• Liquor

• Drunkenness and unacceptable

behavior

• Dangerous weapons as defined in

• Dangerous Weapon Act, 1968 (Act

No.71 of 1968) including Knifes and sticks

• Unauthorized Cameras with

detachable lenses

• Fraudulent tickets and ticket holder

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DHL Stadium FAST FACTS

1. CONSTRUCTION

The DHL Stadium was built on

part of the 9-hole Metropolitan

Golf Course which was established

1895. The golf club and the city

came to a consensus that the

Stadium could be built on 5 of the

greens provided the City of Cape

Town developed 5 new greens for

the Metropolitan Golf Course on

the opposite road. DHL Stadium is

a multi – purpose venue.

Construction Quick FACTS

• Planning started in 2004 after winning

the bid to host the FIFA 2010 World Cup;

• Sod Turning: 20 March 2007 ;

• Construction started: 26 March 2007 ;

• Date Completed: 14 December 2009

(33 months to completion);

• Concept Designed by German Company:

Robert Hormes GMP Architekten

• Detailed Design: Louis Karol and Point

Architects (SA) Shape of Abalone shell,

seats are to give a pearly effect;

• Total Cost: R 4, 5 Billion;

• +- 2 500 workers on site during

construction period;

• +- 1 200 artisans trained;

• Contract was awarded to Murray

& Roberts (M & R), WBHO (50 plus

different consulting practices, 70 – 80

subcontractors).

ROOF

• Roof Design engineers, Schlaich

Bergman and Partner (Stuttgart)

requested that a wind tunnel testing to be

done to verify design wind pressures;

• Built to withstand winds and turbulence.

The inner roof edge can lift up by 1.8m

over a period of 15 minutes; Detail roof

design could only start after receiving

wind tunnel report;

• Structural design of roof is like a half

flat bicycle wheel with rims and spokes,

with a tension ring on the inner edge

and compression ring on the outer edge

connected to each other by radial cables;

• Mesh fabric under the steel cables and

trusses, translucent opaque glass over

the seated area to counter heat load, with

the translucent fabric ceiling giving access

to lighting and ventilation below, while

transparent glass covers the inner cantilever;

• Covers 37 000 square meters;

• Contains 7,5 km of steel cabling;

• Top layer of roof made up of 9000

laminated safety glass panels, 250

000 bolts, 20 000 steel pieces, and

16mm thick protect spectators from

strong winds and rain, but also let in

light. Most of the glass is coated in a

white ceramic paint;

• The glass is the only cladding material

that was heavy enough to exceed the

total suction that would prevent the roof

from lifting up;

Stadium Structure: Quick FACTS

• Stadium Site Area 56 990m²

• Podium Perimeter

1 336m

• Stadium Perimeter

745m

• Stadium Length

290m

• Stadium Width

265m

• Stadium Height

50m

• Roof Area 40 000m²

• Roof Weight

3 735 tons

• Outer Membrane Façade 27 500m²

• Inner Roof Membrane 31 000m²

• Floor Space 116 290m²

• Concrete Used 96 000m³

• Bricks Used 5 234 000

• Balustrades Total Length 4 480m

• Handrails Total Length

2 230m

• Number of concrete column bases 562

• Length of concrete columns 6 526 m

• Pitch Area 13 535m²

• Pitch Playing Surface 11749m²

• Rugby pitch dimensions

100m x 68 m & goal area 8m

• 87 Turnstiles, 3 Main Gates

• 8 027 signs installed at a density of

1,2 per square metre

• 112 CCTV operated from a Control Room

• 178 Media Seats

• Internal Parking 900 Bays

• Venue Operations Centre (VOC)

• 887 Toilets

• 248 VIP Suites

• Medical Centre & Police Station

• 253 -wheel chair bays

• Four Changing Rooms 396m²

THERE’S THERE’S

GOLD GOLD INSIDE. INSIDE.

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