Only two teams remain in the United Rugby Championship (URC) as the Stormers play host to Munster in the Grand Final at DHL Stadium in Cape Town.
There are so many quality players across the park on both sides and Planet Rugby has selected five to keep an eye on as the two teams square off for URC glory.
Daniel du Plessis
The centre is at times criminally underrated and has been one of the key performers in the Stormers’ title defence whether playing at inside or outside centre. This weekend he wears 12 and will be looking to add to his impressive tally of 37 defenders beaten and a whopping 15 clean breaks.
Du Plessis does have game-breaking ability and he is always dangerous, particularly outside a creative Manie Libbok.
A big performance is required from the in-form man.
Dan du Plessis never settles for mediocrity ⛈️
— Darren (@SaffasRugby) May 10, 2023
It has been a tricky season for last season’s top scorer who has been sidelined for the most part with injury. Whenever he has been on the field, though, he has impressed with his impressive try-scoring instinct.
Zas is truly prolific in how he beats defenders to find a way to the try-line.
He missed last season’s Grand Final and will be desperate to make his mark with a try. Watch out for the pacey wing in Cape Town.
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) November 25, 2022
A truly key figure in the clash with both his line-out and breakdown prowess of particular importance. The Irishman averages more than one turnovers won per game with 10 in nine appearances whilst making just short of 100 tackles at a 92% success rate.
He has taken 29 line-outs on his own throw with three steals. All of this will be absolutely critical in trying to disarm the Stormers’ attack.
Beirne has grown into a player for the big occasion and that is what he will need to be for Munster this weekend.
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) May 13, 2023
The full-back is an intelligent rugby player with a solid all-around skill set. He has made a lot of metres with ball in hand this season whilst mopping up the backfield effectively, add to that a decent boot and his quality shows.
Haley will need to be on his game this weekend to limit the influence of Libbok’s kick-pass and in the aerial battle.
No doubt the Irishman will be in the thick of it and empty his tank come Saturday as he hopes to be one of the players who are the difference.
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) May 1, 2022
The former All Blacks turned Tongan international’s influence within the club has grown throughout the season.
Fekitoa is a seasoned veteran and has proved to be a key carrier in the backline notching up 133 carries this season with a total of 120 contact metres. The centre has also made an impressive 17 offloads and has been important in unlocking defences at times.
A player of his experience and calibre is made for a final like this and it will be fascinating to see him go up against Du Plessis.
— BKT United Rugby Championship (URC) (@URCOfficial) May 6, 2023