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Sergeal Petersen and Devon Williams of the Vodacom Bulls celebrate victory during the United Rugby Championship Semifinal match between Vodacom Bulls and Leinster at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on the 15 June 2024 Image: Nokwanda Zondi/BackpagePix

How the Bulls reached the URC final

Relive the Bulls incredible URC season with video recaps of every match that has taken them to the final and a showdown with Glasgow Warriors.

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Sergeal Petersen and Devon Williams of the Vodacom Bulls celebrate victory during the United Rugby Championship Semifinal match between Vodacom Bulls and Leinster at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on the 15 June 2024 Image: Nokwanda Zondi/BackpagePix

The Bulls will face Glasgow Warriors next week Saturday at Loftus Versfeld in the URC final.

Here we take a look at how the Bulls reached the final.

How the Bulls reached the URC Final

Bulls Director of Rugby Jake White savoured the win over Leinster that booked, the final.

“This is one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had as a coach,” White said.

“I was lucky enough at the Brumbies to beat the British and Irish Lions. I was lucky at the Bulls to beat South Africa A in Cape Town [17-14 in 2021].

“But I would say man for man and with the pressure that comes with a game like this and especially because Ireland are coming here in three weeks.

“That’s probably the bonus that I feel that this would rank this as one of the best club [franchise] results I’ve had.

“This Irish team has beaten the All Blacks and the Springboks. So for a club [franchise] team, and I say club team without Canan [Moodie], no Kurt-Lee [Arendse], no Marcell Coetzee. It must rank for me as one of the best wins we’ve ever had.”

Round 1: Vodacom Bulls 63-21 Scarlets

The Bulls opened their season with a nine-try victory stroll against the Scarlets at Loftus Versfeld, with Cameron Hanekom and Stedman Gans both collecting doubles.

Round 2: Ulster 26-19 Vodacom Bulls

Despite outscoring Ulster 3-2 on tries, the Bulls were undone by Nathan’s Doak precision goalkicking as he booted 16 points to steer his team home.

Round 3: Zebre Parma 29-54 Vodacom Bulls

A high-scoring contest at the Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi went comfortably the Bulls’ way, with David Kriel scoring three tries.

Round 4: Cardiff 12-18 Vodacom Bulls

It proved a far tighter affair at the Arms Park a week later, with the Bulls having to withstand Cardiff’s fightback following tries for Embrose Papier and Sebastian de Klerk.

Round 5: Edinburgh 31-23 Vodacom Bulls

The Bulls had Marcell Coetzee sent off one minute into the second half and the home side took advantage by scoring three tries. There were also yellow cards for Hanekom and Sergeal Petersen.

Round 6: Vodacom Bulls 53-27 Connacht

The Bulls ran in seven tries on their return to Pretoria and there were 16 points for Jaco van der Walt as they bounced back strongly from defeat in Edinburgh.

Round 7: Vodacom Bulls 44-10 Hollywoodbets Sharks

Jake White’s team encountered few problems against their South African rivals, with Gans and Akker van der Merwe both scoring two tries as the Bulls dominated.

Round 8: DHL Stormers 26-20 Vodacom Bulls

It was a much different story to the Sharks game in Cape Town, where the Bulls faded after a strong start to the game. Canan Moodie was among their try-scorers.

Round 9: Vodacom Bulls 30-28 Emirates Lions

Goosen’s penalty two minutes from time gave the Bulls a thrilling victory as the Lions tried to hold out for a memorable win on the road.

Round 10: Emirates Lions 10-25 Vodacom Bulls

Any chance of the Lions avenging their loss in Pretoria was undone by the Bulls’ second-half show of strength as van der Merwe, Coetzee and Kriel scored second-half tries.

Round 11: Vodacom Bulls 40-22 DHL Stormers

The Bulls were in no mood to suffer a second defeat against the Stormers, powering home on the back of hooker Johan Grobbelaar’s try double and 20 points from Goosen.

Round 12: Dragons 10-31 Vodacom Bulls

The Bulls had few concerns in Newport as Papier and Grobbelaar featured among the try-scorers to give their team a fourth successive URC win.

Round 13: Leinster 47-14 Vodacom Bulls

Any hope of backing up the win against Dragons by challenging fellow competition heavyweights Leinster was dashed on a sobering night in Dublin. The Bulls conceded five second-half tries.

Round 14: Vodacom Bulls 22-27 Munster

There was more misery for the Bulls against Irish opposition as they were undone by scrum-half Conor Murray’s 73rd-minute try. Goosen had earlier been sent off.

Round 15: Vodacom Bulls 61-24 Ospreys

There was no stopping the Bulls as they moved effortlessly through the gears to run in eight tries, including doubles for Moodie and Kurt-Lee Arendse.

Round 16: Vodacom Bulls 40-34 Glasgow

The teams shared eight tries at Loftus Versfeld in an outstanding game as the Bulls withstood a strong second-half fightback from Glasgow. Chris Smith’s 20-point haul proved crucial.

Round 17: Vodacom Bulls 56-35 Benetton

Another high-scoring encounter comfortably went the Bulls’ way, with Moodie claiming a hat-trick among the nine tries his team posted against adventurous opponents.

Round 18: Hollywoodbets Sharks 14-26 Vodacom Bulls

The Bulls completed their regular-season fixtures with a win in Durban. Van der Merwe scored two second-half tries as they warmed up for the quarter-finals.

Quarter-final: Bulls 30-23 Benetton

Tries from Arendse (2) and Kriel and 15 points from the boot of Goosen helped the Bulls overcome a dogged display from the Italians.

Semi-final: Vodacom Bulls 25-20 Leinster

The Bulls overcame losing a player to a pedantic yellow card and seeing the referee fail to protect their players from late hits galore.

Video courtesy United Rugby Championship.