STORMERSThe Stormers clash with Ulster in Saturday's United Rugby Championship semi final in Cape Town and the betting suggests there will be little between the sides.

 

 

 

Stormers v Ulster, Saturday 11th June, Cape Town, KO 15:00 (South African time)

 

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)
Assistant referees: Sam Grove-White (Scotland), Adam Jones (Wales)
TMO: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)

 

Weather Forecast – Cape Town

 

Stormers:

 

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, 6 points behind Leinster and 2 clear of Ulster with a record of 12 wins, 2 draws and 4 defeats. Cape Town form has been very strong with 9 wins and just the 1 blip, a surprise defeat to the Lions back in early December.

 

The Stormers hosted Ulster in Cape Town in Round 14 in late March. They won that game 23-20 but Ulster were left cursing their luck after having a try controversially chalked off 3 minutes from time.

 

In earlier games against Irish opposition the Stormers lost at Munster, 34-18 in Round 2, and went down 19-17 at Connacht in Round 10 and in Round 17 they beat Leinster (who were under strength) 20-13 in Cape Town.

 

In the outright betting to win the tournament the Stormers can be backed at around 13/2, second favourites behind Leinster who are a warm order at 2/7.

 

Ulster:

 

Ulster won 12 and lost 6 of their regular season matches to finish on the Stormers heels in third spot. In the quarter finals last week they saw off the challenge of Irish rivals Munster with a 36-17 victory.

 

Ulster were missing a couple of stars when they toured South Africa when they lost narrowly to the Stormers and went down to the Bulls (34-16) at Loftus. They beat the Sharks 24-21 in a home fixture in the final round of matches before the play offs and earlier in the tournament they were 26-10 winners at home to the Lions.

 

Ulster are now 15/2 shots in the outright betting to win the tournament.

 

Team News

 

Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian Willemse, 11 Leolin Zas, 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 Adre Smith, 20 Ernst van Rhyn, 21 Nama Xaba, 22 Godlen Masimla, 23 Sacha Mngomezulu

 

Ulster: 15 Stewart Moore, 14 Rob Baloucoune, 13 James Hume, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Ethan McIlroy, 10 Billy Burns, 9 John Cooney, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Nick Timoney, 6 Marcus Rea, 5 Iain Henderson (captain), 4 Alan O’Connor, 3 Tom O’Toole, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Andrew Warwick

Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Eric O’Sullivan, 18 Gareth Milasinovich, 19 Kieran Treadwell, 20 Matty Rea, 21 Nathan Doak, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Ben Moxham

 

 

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Stormers -1.5 points at 9/10

Ulster +2.5 points at 9/10

 

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

 

Betting Angle

 

I priced this game as Stormers -4.5 so in theory I should be all over the -1.5 and -2.5 available, but what has been interesting this week though is the number of punters who have come out in favour of Ulster. Surprisingly despite the support the line has not moved much since it opened. I am concerned a bit about the Stormers midfield and having had a good sleep on this one I am going to be joining the boys on the Ulster men and will back them to win on the board and undo the injustice of their defeat earlier in the season.

 

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Click here to see what other punters fancy as well as any points bets I may play closer to kick off

 

BET: 3 Units Ulster win at 11/8 at WSB

 

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

 

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