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Post by thebandwagonsociety Mon 23 May 2022, 3:43 pm

The United Rugby Championship Play-Offs will kick off on Friday, June 3 after the schedule for the ‘Final Eight’ was confirmed this morning.
Four games will take place across Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 with Ulster’s home Quarter-final with Munster serving as the curtain raiser to the ‘Final Eight’ at 19:35 UK / IRE (20:35 SA).
Saturday will see three consecutive Quarter-final clashes with the action beginning and ending in South Africa.
The Vodacom Bulls will host the league’s first-ever Play-Off game on South African soil when they face Cell C Sharks in Pretoria at 12:45 UK / IRE (13:45 SA). The action then returns to the northern hemisphere as Leinster take on Glasgow Warriors in Dublin at 15:15 UK / IRE (16:15 SA) before Edinburgh’s trip to Cape Town to face the DHL Stormers at 18:00 UK / IRE (19:00 SA).
The timings of each game have allowed for the possibility of extra-time and a place-kicking competition. In Ireland, the Ulster and DHL Stormers fixtures will be available live on TG4 with the Leinster and Vodacom Bulls games screened by RTÉ.
All four games in the Final Eight will be broadcast live in the UK and Ireland by Premier Sports and by SuperSport in South Africa while URC TV will serve fans in Ireland and internationally.

United Rugby Championship Final Eight (Fri, Jun 3 & Sat, Jun 4)
Friday, June 3
Ulster v Munster
19:35 UK/IRE (20:35 SA)
Kingspan Stadium, Belfast

Saturday, June 4
Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks
12:45 UK/IRE (13:45 SA)
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria

Leinster v Glasgow Warriors
15:15 UK/IRE (16:15 SA)
RDS Arena, Dublin

DHL Stormers v Edinburgh
18:00 UK/IRE (19:00 SA)
DHL Stadium, Cape Town

Play-Off Pathway

QF1: Leinster v Glasgow Warriors
QF2: DHL Stormers v Edinburgh
QF3: Ulster v Munster
QF4: Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks

Winners of QF1 play at home to winners of QF4 in Semi-final 1

Winners of QF2 play at home to winners of QF3 in Semi-finals 1

Team with highest ranking from regular season league table will host URC Grand Final

Semi-Final 1: Leinster/Glasgow Warriors v Vodacom Bulls/Cell C Sharks

Semi-Final 2: DHL Stormers/Edinburgh v Ulster v Munster

Rankings for the URC Final Eight were determined by each team’s placing in the league table.
Leinster (67 points)
DHL Stormers (61)
Ulster (59)
Vodacom Bulls (58)
Cell C Sharks (57)
Munster (56)
Edinburgh (54)
Glasgow Warriors (50)

Link to press release;
https://www.unitedrugby.com/latest/news/first-ever-united-rugby-championship-play-off-schedule-confirmed

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Post by Old Man Mon 23 May 2022, 4:11 pm

Lets hope the SA teams win Wink

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Post by thebandwagonsociety Mon 23 May 2022, 4:18 pm

While the odds probably have Leinster as favourites, we're into 3 one-off matches no so form and history are out the window.
I wouldn't be surprised if the final ended up being Stormers v Bulls!
I think the two Scottish teams have the hardest fixtures (makes sense as they were 7th and 8th seeds). I'll be (happily) surprised if either of those teams win it from here and if they do, they'll have earnt it.
But any of the remaining 6 teams should be too far a long shots to win it from here.

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Post by Old Man Mon 23 May 2022, 4:37 pm

Realistically Leinster is a cut above the rest, I agree it is one off so anything can happen, but I don't see anyone beating Leinster at home

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Post by sensisball Tue 24 May 2022, 12:22 pm

Glasgow will have their fingers crossed they get to play Leinster's 2nd/3rd XV like the one that beat Munster last week. In that case they might only ship 35 to 40 points. If Leinster are fully loaded then it could be a 60 point shaming. Back to the old days before Sean Lineen and Shade Munro made them hard to beat.
Ryan Wilson needs to be given this carriage clock over the summer, be told thanks for the memories but it's time to move on. Wilson having better rock guitarist hair than James Lowe is the only edge the Weege will have over Leinster, and that isn't enough to be remotely competitive.

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