CJ Stander has backed his former Bulls team as the local side with the best chance of taking the United Rugby Championship (URC) trophy this season.
This weekend will be the final round of the bullet competition, and it will be decided which of the SA franchises will secure a place in the playoffs at home, with Sharks and Stormers now ranked third and fourth in the magazine, and the Bulls – sixth.
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However, while they may have to play three away games away to win the title, Stender believes Bulls rugby director Jake White gives them the upper hand.
“I’m going to get in trouble if I don’t give the Bulls, but I think that if I look at the team, the way they play, and their fitness, I can translate the Bulls,” said Stender, a former Irishman. international.
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“Under the leadership of Jake White, they are usually fully prepared for the playoffs. It seems that they will be there at best, ”Stender added.
“I think the Stormers also have a chance, but I feel that if the Bulls are able to reach the final, they will have a better chance of the SA teams giving Lenster a tough battle.”
However, the chances that the SA team will claim the title are small, as Stender believes that any trip to Ireland will be difficult to leave with a victory.
But with the possibility of improving the weather, this is one bright spot that SA teams can count on.
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“Now in Ireland they are going for the summer, so I think the conditions will be a little better,” Stender explained.
“So it will be a difficult task (for CO teams), whether Munster or Leinster, especially to go there with all the support they will get.
“But anything can happen. If the teams are well prepared, and if there is a South African team in the final and they can stay there for a week or two before they prepare, they will have a chance. “