Blue Bulls skipper Marcell Coetzee in high spirits ahead of URC final versus Stormers – Entertainment SA

Vodacom Blue Bulls skipper Marcell Coetzee says they are proud of their achievement as they have reached the final of the United Rugby Championship.

The Tshwane-based rugby team will meet DHL Stormers next weekend as they just defeated Leinster with a tight scoreline of 27-26 in the semi-final in Dublin last Friday.

The inaugural showpiece will now see two South African sides, Stormers and Bulls, going head to head as the Mother City outfit beat Ulster 17-15 on Saturday.

As they look to secure this title, Coetzee expressed delight in the milestone, stating that his troops fought hard to register the win and seal a spot in the final.

“We are pleased with the win. Good job by the guys but the job is not done yet. It’s a great victory but there’s still one more game,” said Coetzee. 

“We still have one more job. We are going to prep the best way we can for it. We’ll see what will happen in the future but this is a big highlight in my career and something to be proud of forever.”

Taking a look at the comments made by former Springboks manager Jake White, he said he still wants to sign a few players.

White joined the Bulls as director of rugby in 2020 and said his vision was to take the team to the level of the Crusaders, Toulouse, and Saracens among others.

It seems that his dream is now set to come true and the former Rugby World Cup winner echoed Coetzee’s sentiments that there is progress in their project.

“It’s great our progression looks the way it does. There’s a lot more thing I’d like to do, couple of signings I’d like to get into place,” added White. 

“We’re not close to where we want to be but playing in the final of the URC and being in the semi-final is something fantastic for our union. We want to keep growing and getting better. 

“The Bulls have got to get in a position where if we are playing in a competition we have to be [competing] in the back [end] of the comp.”

Meanwhile, the Stormers are set to be without Leolin Zas who is injured and ruled out of the eagerly anticipated final.

The speedster left the field towards the end of the first half in the semi-final win over at Cape Town Stadium last weekend – his coach John Dobson has confirmed the blow.

“He won’t play next week. No question,” said Dobson.

Moreover, Dobson’s camp will also be without lock Adre Smith who was red-carded for having his fingers in the face of Ulster captain Iain Henderson.

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