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Nche cheers on the Bulls and Stormers ahead of the landmark URC final

Ox Nche. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

  • Springbok prop Ox Nche was delighted to have two South African sides in the United Rugby Championship final.
  • The Stormers and the Bulls will play the final at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
  • The Sharks, for whom Nche plays, were beaten by the Bulls in the quarterfinals with a drop goal from Chris Smith.

Springbok and Sharks pillar Retshegofaditswe ‘Ox’ Nche said he loves the fact that two South African teams are contesting the United Rugby Championship (URC) final.

The Stormers and Bulls will face off at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday in an unexpected reversal on the part of the South African side.

None of the South African teams, including the Sharks, looked like playoff material after a difficult start to the tournament.

They finished strongly, however, based on an excellent home run where the Sharks and the Bulls clashed in the second quarterfinals, which the Bulls narrowly won two weeks ago.

“I would have liked to have been there but at the end of the day it’s very nice that they’re in the final,” said Nche. “We have teams there. We could have had all four teams in the semi-finals, or even two, but we have teams there and that makes me very happy.”

“I really love it.”

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The other players who don’t see their teams advancing further in the playoffs are at Springbok camp preparing for the Wales Test series which begins July 2 at Loftus Versfeld.

Nche said they have prepared hard and the URC group will enter the sessions directly once they have completed their fight.

“We’ve been preparing for Wales, improving our condition while sorting out our game model,” said Nche.

“All the guys in the squad have been to the alignment camps and I think now it’s just a matter of putting things into practice.”

Nche doesn’t underestimate Wales, although the four Welsh regions haven’t had the best URC campaigns.

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Neither side of Wales reached the Quarter-Finals, while the Ospreys qualified for the Heineken Champions Cup as the best team in the Welsh Conference.

“When they get together, they always perform pretty well, and that’s what you’re looking for,” Nche said.

“It helps raise the standards when we finally play.”

Nche cheers on the Bulls and Stormers ahead of the landmark URC final

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