StovBulThe Stormers and the Bulls contest the final of the United Rugby Championship in Cape Town on Saturday and the betting suggests the game could go right down to the wire

 

 

 

Stormers v Bulls, Saturday 18th June, Cape Town, KO 19:30 (South African time)

 

Referee: Andy Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)

 

Weather Forecast – Cape Town

 

Stormers:

 

The Stormers (1.5 point favourites) edged their semi final clash with Ulster in Cape Town last week. Tries from JJ Kotze, Evan Roos and then right at the death Warrick Gelant helped the Stormers come through with a 17-15 victory which was sealed by Manie Libbok converting that final try to avoid extra time.

 

The Stormers (9.5 point favourites on the handicap) came through their home semi final against Edinburgh with a 28-17 victory. It was 10-10 at half time but the Stormers were the stronger as the game wore on and Warrick Gelant, Ruhan Nel and Evan Roos were their try scorers.

 

The Stormers had finished second in the overall standings with a record of 12 wins, 2 draws and 4 defeats. Cape Town form has been very strong with 10 wins and just the 1 blip, a surprise defeat to the Lions back in early December.

 

Aside from the Lions defeat the Stormers were unbeaten against South African sides. They beat the Bulls 30-26 at Loftus and later completed a 19-17 victory over the same opposition in a huge showdown in Cape Town. The Stormers also beat the Sharks 20-10 in Cape Town and the return in Durban ended in a draw (22-22) and they took revenge on the Lions with a 32-10 win in Johannesburg.

 

Bulls:

 

The Bulls also faced Irish opposition in the semi finals but they had to travel to take on the short priced outright tournament favourites Leinster in Dublin. The Bulls were given almost 20 points start on the bookmakers handicap but defied the odds to come away with a 27-26 victory. Johan Grobbelaar and Marcell Coetzee crossed for the Bulls and a penalty try was also awarded and they were 8 points in front with the win in the bag before Leinster narrowed the gap with an injury time try.

 

The Bulls (4.5 points favourites on the handicap) hosted the Sharks in their quarter final. They were in control of the scoreboard at 27-13 in front but the Sharks fought back to level the scores before Chris Smith's last gasp drop goal gave the Bulls victory, 30-27.

 

The Bulls finished the regular season fourth best with a record of 11 wins and 7 defeats. During the regular season their form against SA sides was below par.

 

Aside from those 2 defeats to the Stormers the Bulls also lost to the Sharks in Durban (30-16) and at Loftus (29-22) but they did beat the Lions home (21-13) and away (34-10).

 

Team News

 

Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian Willemse, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Hacjivah Dayimani, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 JJ Kotze, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).

Replacements: 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

 

Bulls: 15 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 14, Canan Moodie, 13 Cornal Hendricks, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Chris Smith, 9 Zak Burger, 8 Elrigh Louw, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Marcell Coetzee (captain) 5 Ruan Nortje, 4 Walt Steenkamp, 3 Mornay Smith, Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp

Substitutes: 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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Stormers 8/10

Draw 22/1

Bulls 1.28/1

 

Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.

 

Betting Angle

 

There was a big split in opinion on last night’s THE HANDICAP our Rugby Betting Show and I must admit I have been battling with this game all week. I priced the Stormers -3.5 so based on that I should see value with the home team, but I just have the feeling that in expected wet conditions this Bulls side is going to force the Stormers into errors and we are going to get a win for the visitors. I am not going to mess around with the handicap here and will take a Bulls to win on the board at just shy of 13/10.

 

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BET: 4 Units Bulls win at 1.28/1 at Betway

 

Note, odds quoted are available at the time of writing but are subject to change.

 

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