Bulls will take on Glasgow in the URC

The Bulls will take on Glasgow in the URC final on Saturday. Image: ©INPHO/Ben Brady

URC final | Bulls v Glasgow: Kick-off time, matchday squads

Here is everything you need to know as the Bulls target a historic URC title in Saturday’s final against the Glasgow Warriors.

Bulls will take on Glasgow in the URC

The Bulls will take on Glasgow in the URC final on Saturday. Image: ©INPHO/Ben Brady

The Bulls have remarkably progressed to the United Rugby Championship (URC) grand final at Loftus Versfeld, where they will have their sights set on becoming the second South African franchise to win the title.

In a major boost for Jake White’s charges, the coach has been able to confirm the selection of Springbok star Kurt-Lee Arendse on the left wing for Saturday’s final after missing the semi-finals due to a fractured facial bone he suffered in the quarter-finals.

Unfortunately, on the other hand, fellow Springbok ace Willie le Roux will miss the game due to HIA protocols, after suffering a concussion in the second half of the semi-final win against Leinster.

Le Roux’s place at fullback is taken by Devon Williams, who shifts to the No 15 jersey after an excellent performance on the wing in the semi-finals.

The clash will kick off at 18:00 (SA time).


Bulls – 15 Devon Williams, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 David Kriel, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Embrose Papier, 8 Cameron Hanekom, 7 Elrigh Louw, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Ruan Nortje, (c) 4 Ruan Vermaak, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Johan Grobbelaar, 1 Gerhard Steenekamp.
Subs: 16 Akker van der Merwe, 17 Simphiwe Matanzima, 18 Francois Klopper, 19 Reinhardt Ludwig, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Zak Burger, 22 Chris Smit, 23 Cornel Smit.

Bulls name Springbok laden side
The Bulls side to face the Glasgow Warriors. Image: Supplied.

A victory for the men from Pretoria will have extra significance for South African rugby as it will rubberstamp the country’s status as one of the top in the world following the Springboks second Rugby World Cup victory in a row in France last year and the Sharks’ victory in the EPCR Challenge Cup last month where they overcame Gloucester 36-22 to become the first domestic team to win the title.

The Bulls will enter the clash as favourites with home ground advantage and the fact that they finished second on the table in the pool stages of the competition – two places above the Glasgow Warriors – but they will undoubtedly expect an epic battle as both teams have won 15 matches apiece this season.

But fortunately for Jake White’s men, they will enter the match with good momentum after winning their last two playoff matches against Benetton and Leinster at home respectively.

The newly crowned SA Shield winners will also enter the match with the mental boost that they boast the best attack in the competition with 694 points scored to Glasgow’s 563, while they have also only suffered one defeat at home this season. Adding to this, they defeated Glasgow 40-34 in a repeat of this match during the pool stages.

They will, however, be mindful of the fact that Glasgow have been more effective on defence with 373 points conceded in their 20 their matches this season to 476 by the home team, and that they only beat the Scottish outfit by seven points in their last outing.

That said, the visitors have only beaten them once in their last three URC matches dating back to 2022 – with that win being at the Scotstoun Stadium.

Glasgow have also been effective on the road this season, winning six of their 10 away matches – although they suffered defeats in both their matches hosted in South Africa against the Lions and Bulls respectively.

History, however, will count for nothing going into this encounter with the title of United Rugby Championship champions at stake, which will set the scene for a gripping final.

Vodacom URC grand final match information:

Bulls v Glasgow Warriors (URC final)

Date: Saturday, 22 June

Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Referee: Andrea Piardi

SA Time: 18h00

TV: SuperSport