Stormers v Connacht: United Rugby Championship preview as defending champions set to reach back-to-back finals

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May 12, 2023, 23:28

May 13, 2023, 06:17

Dobbo: "We were chatting about Connacht a couple of weeks ago, and it’s similar to what we say about ourselves,” said Dobson. “As Seabelo Senatla (Stormers’ wing) says, they’ve got ‘dawg’ in them, and they have. They won seven in a row.

“There is something there that is worrying: the way they fight and their attack shape is really good Connacht have a great story, from a windy greyhound track in the far west with the smallest budget in Ireland. They don’t go away. They will be tougher than we think.”..."

May 13, 2023, 06:18

Good luck Stav....GO STORMERS!!! WiePie jou lêkke ding!!!

May 13, 2023, 06:19

Have jou got a proper link Blob?

May 13, 2023, 08:07

Rugbystreams &/or vipbox ....... been good this year, touch wood.

Stormers without their Bok -ie's

Orie & Fourie:'(

Crusaders 10 - 3 Blues halftime ........... live.

May 13, 2023, 08:33

Connacht Will be a tough nut to crack, but looking at our Pack, I believe we will do it,,,,Dixon and Engelbrecht is just as good, a little better I would say….this a good stormers team : ) Go WP !!

May 13, 2023, 08:53

Looking forward to this. Should be a good game.

May 13, 2023, 09:07

Battle o' da Westies, for sure to be sure

Cape Town Webcam / South Africa

May 13, 2023, 14:00

And we're on!!!

May 13, 2023, 14:04

Fucking dweeb, not a bok, drops a sitter

May 13, 2023, 14:05

Oh my naught, it's con naught. Let's hope the stompies can win this game today 

May 13, 2023, 14:06


May 13, 2023, 14:07

Kak wind.

May 13, 2023, 14:11

Willemse is not on song, poor passing, caught out of position 

May 13, 2023, 14:11

Willemse is not on song, poor passing, caught out of position 

May 13, 2023, 14:11


May 13, 2023, 14:14

Sh!t boys!

May 13, 2023, 14:14

Jantjies, Willemse, Libbok and Dweeb are killing me right now 

May 13, 2023, 14:16


May 13, 2023, 14:17


May 13, 2023, 14:17

Good try.

May 13, 2023, 14:18

Some Irish in thestands.

May 13, 2023, 14:19


May 13, 2023, 14:20

Nice Libbok, great cross field kick and vision for the try 

May 13, 2023, 14:20

Libbok foot pass!

May 13, 2023, 14:20


May 13, 2023, 14:29

Bit of razzle dazzle by Willemse, but all went sideways 

May 13, 2023, 14:30

We look dangerous with good ball...but we ain't seeing much ball.

May 13, 2023, 14:32

Mikke Manie!!! 10-8

May 13, 2023, 14:34


May 13, 2023, 14:35

Manie and Dan-Dup!!!

May 13, 2023, 14:35


May 13, 2023, 14:38

Irish losing their composure a bit now?

May 13, 2023, 14:40

And now Davids and Libbok!!!!

May 13, 2023, 14:41


May 13, 2023, 14:48


May 13, 2023, 14:50

Gaan nou vuur aansteek...koud inmie Kaap.

May 13, 2023, 14:52

Terrible defence by Ruhan Nel for the second Connacht try. Amazing first half really. Davids in from the wing …..something the Boks have to do more. 

May 13, 2023, 14:56

Are you in Milnerton Draad?

May 13, 2023, 14:57

Davids, Libbok, Kitsie and Dan-Dup rising above the rest ATM.

May 13, 2023, 15:00

"Are you in Milnerton Draad?"

No, why do you think that?...Brackenfell.

We normally get a bit less wind here on the hill, but today is a bit miserable. 

May 13, 2023, 15:07

bad luck penalty!

May 13, 2023, 15:08

When the Stormers start mixing it up, it looks quite amazing...magical actually. :D

May 13, 2023, 15:23

24-20....well done Connach. 

May 13, 2023, 15:24

Stormers need to wake up, to many silly error's 

May 13, 2023, 15:24

20 min to go!

May 13, 2023, 15:25

The image you posted …..oh I guess that was Blob, we know he’s not in Milnerton.

May 13, 2023, 15:25

When we play, we're better....but we don't play!

May 13, 2023, 15:31

31-20...15 left

May 13, 2023, 15:32

There was a clear knock in the ruck before that last Stormers try.

May 13, 2023, 15:40

Stormers need to put this one away….50/22  the result of loose play.

Roos off…better but not dominating.

May 13, 2023, 15:41


May 13, 2023, 15:42

And Connacht scores….Stormers are playing with fire.

May 13, 2023, 15:42

Good match, but Stormers making it difficult for themselves. 

May 13, 2023, 15:44


May 13, 2023, 15:45

Stormers 28% possession and still winning...

May 13, 2023, 15:45

Connacht finally gift it to the Stormers. Some brilliant play and so many mistakes by the Stormers. They will have to be much tighter next week.

May 13, 2023, 15:47

Second consecutive final for WP...GO MUNSTER!!!!

May 13, 2023, 15:48


May 13, 2023, 16:32

Great game by Can naughts, fatigued kicked in towards the end and that pitch must have been tiring on the legs. 

2 week break before the finals. Hope Munster stuff up Leinster and then La Rochelle bashes them to pieces. 

Besides, the pitch in Dublin looks way better. Mouth watering final to look forward to

May 13, 2023, 17:05

Stormers made a lot of mistakes, but still managed to pull it thru….they are a great unit !! Congrats stormers.

May 13, 2023, 18:29

Lekke Munster ...LOL!!!

May 13, 2023, 19:34

Watch a highlights package. Very nice attacking flair and alertness with the Stormets. Congrats to the coach. 

May 13, 2023, 19:39

Haha, think Munster booked themselves a holiday in Cape Town for the final game of the season.

May 13, 2023, 19:48

Weather in Cape Town not great at the moment but we do get very nice winter days. Wet weather will suit them better than us. 

May 14, 2023, 09:05

Well played Stormers, fully deserving of the win. Stomers looked quite nervous at times but the main difference between the teams was how good the Stormers where from broken play. Libbok was X-Factor, while his opposite number had a bit of a mare.

As a Connacht fan was a decent showing, but simply far too many missed tackles and some bad defensive decisions. Ruthlessly punished after kicking the ball and the defense becoming disjointed during the chase. I was worried when the score went to 24-8 we where going be in for an embarrassing hiding but they kept going and held most of the possession, even if it was us mostly running into a wall over and over but still got through a couple of times through sheer persistence. We held up in the scrum which was surprise and the had the better of the line out and coincided less penalties, so all in all a respectable showing from Ireland's "weakest team" 10,053 kilometers from home, running the Stomers much closer than the Bulls did.

Also great to see such a high turn out for the game. I don't think many would of predicted a turn out of 47,000 for a Stomers-Connacht so soon into the URC's lifecycle.

As for Leinster-Munster....ROFL

Leinster are by miles the best team in the URC but where utterly arrogant in their team selection yesterday. I know Leinster have dominated this fixture in recent years and Munster where down a lot of their best players, and also Leinster's big prize is the Champions Cup but resting several of their top players in a semi final against a Munster team who where always going to be up for was both disrespectful to Munster and the URC as a tournament. Even in the press conference afterwards Leo Cullen didn't seem to be that bothered, and was even laughing at times.

Of course this loss could motivate them totally for the Champions Cup final next weekend but it could also heap way more pressure on them. La Rochelle are a quality team and they are of course coached by Munster legend Ronan O'Gara who would be oh so delighted to bop Leinster for a second year running. For all the people who have been creaming themselves about Leinster's depth if they go trophy-less for two seasons in a row with the resources they have at their disposal Cullen is going be under massive pressure.

As for the final, should be great. I'm imagine it will be a sell out in Cape Town, seen that clip of the Stormers team and managers going nuts when Munster won. I'd say everyone in Cape Town is on a bit of buzz, except maybe the poor grounds keepers at that stadium. Seriously what idiot thought it was a good idea to have a monster truck race there.

I'd slightly favor the Stormers, but they will need to play better than they did yesterday. Munster have now won 5 of their last 6 away games including one against the Stormers. They will probably be back to full strength in two weeks time and fully motivated and looking to end a 12 year trophy drought.

May 14, 2023, 10:07

Fun fact,

Leinster have never made a URC final before.:D8-)

May 14, 2023, 11:12

"Seriously what idiot thought it was a good idea to have a monster truck race there."

Politician...the stadium belongs to the City of Cape Town Municipality. 

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