With rain having drenched Cape Town this week – and more in the forecast – the weather could play a major factor in Saturday’s United Rugby Championship (URC) final.
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The Stormers and Bulls are set for a blockbuster clash to decide who gets to lift the URC trophy.
More rain forecast for during URC final
Not only is there more rain on the way for Saturday, but the amount of rainfall that will have fallen throughout the week could further break up a Cape Town Stadium field already struggling to cope with the demands of rugby matches.
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Speaking to the media this week, Stormers attack coach Dawie Snyman and loose forward Deon Fourie said the team will adjust their gameplan to the weather.
“We will adjust on what the scenario will be [on Saturday]. We’re a team that makes decisions on space and opportunities that are available. If there are opportunities to have a crack, we’ll go for it, but we also have to be clever about it, and we also have to get our balance right,” said Snyman.
“We’re working towards slippery conditions. We’ll have to adjust [around conditions] and be clever around it.”
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Meanwhile, the pitch will be another concern if it is waterlogged or damp.
Fourie said: “It will be difficult at scrum time to get your footing down and keep the scrum up; it’s going to be up to the front row and referee to handle that aspect.
“Hopefully, it can keep up for one more game.”
Kick-off on Saturday, 18 June is scheduled for 19:30.
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