The Stormers have clinched a home semi-final for the second year in a row in their effort to defend their United Rugby Championship title. In addition to the on-the-field action being thrilling, a moment off the field captured the attention of many spectators. The camera panned to Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, who was in the stands watching the game.
Kolisi’s Connection to the Stormers
Kolisi, who is currently recovering from knee surgery, has a deep connection with the Stormers. From 2010 to 2020, he played an essential role on the Cape side, and his appearance at the game was met with great enthusiasm. As soon as the crowd caught sight of him on the screen, they erupted with excitement. This heartwarming moment highlights the immense support and admiration both the players and fans have for each other.
The Stormers’ United Rugby Championship Journey
The Stormers’ journey in the United Rugby Championship continues as they prepare to host Connacht in the first semi-final at 4 pm on May 13th at the Cape Town Stadium. Meanwhile, Leinster and Munster will face off against each other in Dublin at 6:30 pm on the same day. The upcoming fixtures were determined after the Stormers claimed a 33-21 victory over the Bulls in Cape Town, Leinster defeated the Sharks with a 35-5 win in Dublin, Connacht triumphed over Ulster with a 15-10 result in Belfast, and Munster emerged victorious against the Glasgow Warriors, winning 14-5 in Glasgow.
The Road to the Grand Final
The winners of the semi-finals will advance to the much-anticipated Grand Final, which is scheduled for May 27th at the venue of the highest-ranked team. This will undoubtedly be a momentous occasion for the sport, as the top teams face off to claim the prestigious title.
Overall, the United Rugby Championship journey has been thrilling and highly competitive for the Stormers, who have received unwavering support from their fans throughout. Siya Kolisi and Schalk Burger’s warm reception at the Cape Town Stadium is a testament to the strong bond between the players and their fan base. As the semi-finals approach, it will be interesting to see how the remaining teams fare and who will ultimately emerge as the champions.