The three South African franchises who booked their spots in the United Rugby Championship (URC) playoffs will ALL take the field next Saturday, 4 June, on a jam-packed weekend of knock-out action, the tournament organisers confirmed on Monday.
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Only one match will play out on Friday, 3 June, an all-Irish derby between Ulster and Munster in Belfast, while Saturday will see three consecutive quarter-final clashes, with the action beginning and ending in South Africa.
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The Bulls will host the league’s first playoff game on South African soil when they host the Sharks in Pretoria at 13:45, before Leinster take on the Glasgow Warriors in Dublin at 16:15 (SA time).
The Stormers and Edinburgh will wrap up the quarter-final stages in Cape Town at 19:00.
The timings of each game have also made provision for the possibility of extra-time and a place-kicking competition.
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United Rugby Championship (URC) quarter-finals (SA times):
Friday, 3 June
Ulster v Munster, Kingspan Stadium, Belfast – 20:35
Saturday, 4 June
Bulls v Sharks, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria – 13:45
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors, RDS Arena, Dublin – 16:15
Stormers v Edinburgh, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town – 19:00
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QF1: Leinster v Glasgow Warriors
QF2: Stormers v Edinburgh
QF3: Ulster v Munster
QF4: Bulls v Sharks
Semi-final 1: Winners of QF1 play at home to winners of QF4 (Leinster/Glasgow Warriors v Bulls/Sharks)
Semi-final 2: Winners of QF2 play at home to winners of QF3 (Stormers/Edinburgh v Ulster v Munster)
The team with highest ranking from the regular season league table will host URC final.
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Rankings for the URC quarter-finals were determined by each team’s placing in the league table:
1. Leinster (67 points)
2. Stormers (61)
3. Ulster (59)
4. Bulls (58)
5. Sharks (57)
6. Munster (56)
7. Edinburgh (54)
8. Glasgow Warriors (50)
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