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The Bulls celebrate winning the SA shield. Photo: SA Rugby website

URC quarter-finals: Who the Stormers and Bulls will play

The Bulls and Stormers advanced to the URC playoffs for the third consecutive season. Here is who they will play, and when.

Bulls Stormers URC

The Bulls celebrate winning the SA shield. Photo: SA Rugby website

It was a rewarding final United Rugby Championship (URC) pool round for the Bulls and Stormers as they cemented their places in the quarter-finals.

The Bulls – who also secured the SA Shield for the first time – registered a bonus-point 26-14 victory against the Sharks in Durban to finish second on the log.

Meanwhile, the Stormers overcame a red card to earn a 29-24 victory against the Lions for fifth spot on the table.

What’s next for the Stormers and Bulls in the URC knockout phase?

The Bulls will now host Benetton at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday at 3.30pm, while the Glasgow Warriors will welcome the Stormers to the Scotstoun Stadium a few hours later at 8.35pm (SA time).

The two other quarter-finals are between Munster and Ospreys in Limerick on Friday evening (8.35pm), while Leinster will host Ulster in Dublin on Saturday (6pm).

The Bulls could also host a semi-final

By finishing second on the log, Jake White’s Bulls team could guarantee home-ground advantage in the semi-finals, and the coach said he felt they had a “massive” chance to win the URC.

Speaking in a post-match conference from Kings Park on Saturday, White told reporters: “I cannot stress this enough, we’ve played really well and again, four tries, and even though we made so many mistakes.

“I’m very happy that we could score from mauls, but we also need to score when the pressure is on, which in the playoffs is probably going to be one of the areas which is important.

“People talk of a home semi but that means we still have to win a home quarter-final. The final in the first year [of the URC] we lost, the second year we caught the Stormers as the champions in the quarter-finals and we lost.

“This is an example of all the lessons we’ve learnt in the two seasons. We get a home quarter … [That’s] already a massive difference in the group, and all the coaches and the team want us to have a really good chance to win this competition.

“I couldn’t have asked for more than what we got today. I laid it out to the players: are we going to just win the game, and never know whether we could’ve gone for [a bonus-point win], or are we going to go for it? And I’m really proud.

“We got the four tries, and for the group it’s going to be massive for our confidence.”