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Stormers vs Munster Predictions & Tips - Stormers set to defend their URC title

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Last updated: 26 May 2023
Ralph Staniforth 26 May 2023
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  • Watch Stormers vs Munster in the United Rugby Championship on Saturday (17:30 BST)
  • Stormers have covered the -5.5 handicap in 12 of their last 13 home matches.
  • Will lightning strike twice for Munster?
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Stormers vs Munster Predictions


Cape Town Stadium plays host to the final as the Stormers look to defend their title. Munster have beaten the odds to get here and will need to put in yet another monstrous performance whilst the Stormers will back themselves in front of a sold out stadium and win the match.

  • Stormers have won 24 of their last 25 home matches in all competitions.
  • Stormers have covered the -5.5 handicap in 12 of their last 13 home matches in the URC.
  • Munster have lost 3 of their last 5 away matches in South Africa in all competitions.

Head-to-Head


Munster have won both head-to-head matches between the sides. Munster won the last match at Cape Town Stadium by 26-24.

Stormers Form


The Cape side finished third on the table in the group stage with twelve wins and two draws. Two home wins in the knockouts have seen them qualify as surprise hosts for this final.

Recent form has resulted in a 26-24 home loss to Munster and a 38-22 home win over Benetton. A 33-21 quarter-final win over the Bulls then followed.

A 43-25 home win over Connacht was the last result. The Stormers were clinical on attack and countered superbly as Connacht dominated the match with possession. The Stormers’ defence was on song as they sucker-punched Connacht throughout the match with well worked tries.

Stormers Team News


Captain Deon Fourie and lock Marvin Orrie return to the side to bolster their first team.

Munster Form


The Irish side qualified for the knockout phase in fifth place with ten wins and one draw. Two away wins in the knockout rounds have seen them qualify for this final.

Recent results have included a 26-24 away win at the Stormers and a 22-22 away draw at the Sharks. They then beat Glasgow 14-5 in Glasgow in the quarter-finals.

Munster put in a superb performance in their last match as they beat Leinster 16-15 away. A monstrous display by Munster somehow kept a rampant Leinster at bay. A drop goal 2 minutes from time handed Munster one of the best victories in their recent history.

Munster Team News


Munster have no serious injury concerns and should be at full strength.

Verdict

I am backing the Stormers to cover the -5.5 handicap on the back of their strong home form.

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