- Springbok legend Bakkies Botha could not pick a winner between the Stormers and Bulls before the URC final in Cape Town this weekend.
- The Stormers scraped over Ulster in their semi-finals, while the Bulls stunned Leinster in Dublin to deliver an all-South African final.
- Botha, however, was particularly impressed by the Bulls ’win in Ireland, which he admitted he didn’t see coming.
It looks like the United Rugby Championship (URC) final between the Stormers and Bulls on Saturday is hard to call neutral, layman and rugby legend and expert.
Springbok legend Bakkies Loroa unable to pick a winner between the two teams that will battle it out at the wet and windy Cape Town Stadium (kick-off 19:30).
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Botha knew one or two about winning trophies – after collecting the 2007 Rugby World Cup, three Super Rugby titles and three European Championships – even though he missed the 2010 Super 14 final between the Bulls and Stormers due to suspension.
“You can’t be better than the North derby against the South, the Stormers-Bulls, with history as well. It’s great for the first year in URC competition,” Botha said.
“It’s great for South African rugby and the country to have the finals held here and it will be a very good event.
“At the end of the day, there were no favorites in the final. Even I was wrong in the studio last weekend with Victor. [Matfield] and Gcobani [Bobo] When I say that it takes something special to beat Leinster in Ireland. “
Botha continued: “Jake White and his squad did their best to achieve that result, especially if you consider before the national team was announced, there weren’t the only players in the Springboks right now.
“To bring the squad to Leinster and do what they did is absolutely incredible. As long as the Bulls can take all the positives from the game to Cape Town this weekend. [they have a chance]. “
The Stormers scraped over Ulster in the semi-finals last Saturday in Cape Town, while the Bulls stunned Leinster in Dublin last Saturday to record an all-South African URC final.
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