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South African Teams Battle For URC Playoff Positions

  • May 9, 2024
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South African Teams Battle For URC Playoff Positions

Three South African teams remain in contention for the Vodacom United Rugby Championship playoffs. This weekend’s penultimate round will be crucial for their aspirations.

The Vodacom Bulls (currently 4th) and DHL Stormers (5th) aim to secure a top-four finish and a home quarter-final. Meanwhile, the Emirates Lions (11th) chase a top-eight spot.

The Hollywoodbets Sharks (13th) prioritize momentum leading into the EPCR Challenge Cup final. However, a win against Benetton could significantly improve their final Vodacom URC standing.

  • Stormers’ challenge: The Stormers face a potentially tricky away fixture against the Dragons. However, their superior record (nine wins vs. Dragons’ 3) and recent 42-12 victory against Leinster favor the Stormers.
  • Bulls vs. Warriors: The Bulls anticipate a tough encounter against the league’s best defense, the Glasgow Warriors. A home win for the Bulls would solidify their chances of hosting a quarter-final.
  • Sharks’ momentum: The Sharks look to build on their recent success against Edinburgh, Scarlets, and Clermont-Auvergne. Despite having fewer wins than Benetton, the Sharks’ attacking and defensive prowess suggest a close match.
  • Lions vs. Cardiff: The Lions aim for a home victory against Cardiff. Their superior win record (4 vs. 2) and stronger attack (424 points vs. 311) favor the Lions, despite a close defensive margin. While out of playoff contention, Cardiff will likely play with pride, a factor the Lions shouldn’t underestimate.
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