Bulls beat Lions at Ellis Park as South African sides look to continue dominating United Rugby Championship ▷ SportsBrief.com
- The Bulls comfortably beat the Lions at Ellis Park to start their new United Rugby Championship season with a win
- South African teams enjoyed great success in last season’s United Rugby Championship and will be looking for more.
- Sharks travel to Italy to face Zebre but were hit by an injury crisis before the start of the season
South Africa’s rugby teams will be looking to put in another strong showing as the new United Rugby Championship season kicks off.
Last season, the Stormers claimed victory by beating fellow South Africans, the Bulls, in the final.
The Bulls have already earned their first points on the board by beating the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.
As reported by Sport24last year’s losing runners-up cruised to a 31-15 win, a win that delighted director of rugby Jake White.
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“Getting the away win is a huge bonus for us because that’s the trend of the tournament. You have to get away wins,” he said.
The other South African teams in the tournament, the Stormers and the Sharks, will both open their accounts this coming weekend.
The Stormers will host Connacht from Ireland, while the Sharks travel to Italy to face Zebre. The Sharks, however, are facing an injury crisis ahead of the game.
IOLs reports that Boeta Chamberlain is the team’s only in-form fly-half, as both Curwin Bosch and Lionel Cronje suffered arm fractures in pre-season training. Both players are expected to miss the first two months of the tournament.
Vincent Tshituka, Mpilo Gumede and Jeandre Labuschagne are also out after each player underwent surgery, while Lukhanyo Am is also out of action after picking up an injury while on duty at Springbok.
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DHL Stormers hated rivals Vodacom Bulls to win United Rugby Championship final
Against all odds, the DHL Stormers are the champions of the first United Rugby Championship.
The Cape Town side beat longtime arch-enemies the Vodacom Bulls 18-13 at the Cape Town Stadium (Green Point Stadium) last night in an error-strewn but thrilling Grand Final in front of 31,000 spectators. sports briefs reported earlier,
The result was the first time the Bulls had lost a franchise rugby final, either in Super Rugby or the United Rugby Championship.
Source: Sports Brief News