Stormers Aiming For Back-To-Back Titles
The DHL Stormers have their eyes set on achieving a remarkable back-to-back URC title, a feat accomplished only by Leinster in the past. With the final being hosted at their home ground for the second successive year, the Stormers will enjoy the passionate support of their fans as they strive to etch their names in URC history.
The team has been in scintillating form, winning their last three matches since their home defeat to Munster earlier in the season. Their only home defeat since December 2021 was against the Lions at the DHL Stadium. Additionally, the Stormers have an impressive playoff record, having not tasted defeat in a playoff fixture since July 2017.
However, the Stormers have struggled against Irish provinces this season, with their only victories coming against Connacht. This presents an additional challenge as they face Munster, a team with a strong track record in URC Finals.
7th Final Appearance For Munster
For Munster, this is their seventh appearance in a URC Final. While they emerged victorious in two of their previous encounters, they have fallen short in their last three Championship finals. Eager to redeem themselves, Munster will be highly motivated to claim the URC crown. Their recent away performances have been noteworthy, remaining undefeated on the road since their opening four away games this season.
In terms of their performances in the URC this season, the Stormers finished third with an impressive record of 12 wins, 2 draws, and 4 losses, accumulating 68 points. Munster secured the fifth spot with 10 wins, 1 draw, and 7 losses, totaling 55 points. Both teams have showcased their potential and resilience throughout the season.
Both Sides In Good Form
Both the Stormers and Munster enter the final in excellent form, having claimed victory in their last three and four consecutive unbeaten URC matches, respectively. This highlights the formidable form and momentum that both teams bring to this climactic encounter.
Munster will be boosted by the return of key players Conor Murray, RG Snyman, Calvin Nash, and Malakai Fekitoa, who have all completed the return-to-play protocols after missing the semi-final victory over Leinster due to head injuries. Ben Healy and Jean Kleyn are expected to complete the protocols this week. The inclusion of these players adds further depth and strength to Munster's squad for the final.
The Stormers displayed their quality in the quarter-final win against the Bulls and the semi-final victory over Connacht, securing their place in the final with impressive performances.
With the stage set for an enthralling contest, rugby fans can expect a thrilling clash between two determined teams vying for URC glory. The final promises to be a fitting finale to the URC season, as the DHL Stormers and Munster battle it out for supremacy at Cape Town Stadium.
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