South Africa’s Vodacom Bulls to face Italy’s Benetton in Rainbow Cup final

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 01: Zak Burger of the Vodacom Bulls in action during the PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA match between Vodacom Bulls and Emirates Lions at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on May 01, 2021 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

South African rugby franchise Vodacom Bulls will play Italian outfit Benetton in the final of the PRO14 Rainbow Cup after defeating local rivals Cell C Sharks on Saturday.

The Bulls secured a 34-22 bonus point victory in Durban which saw them win the southern league of the tournament.

FILE PHOTO: Zak Burger of the Vodacom Bulls in action during a PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA match in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The Bulls outscored their opponents by four tries to three with Cornal Hendricks, David Kriel, Stravino Jacobs and Janko Swanepoel all grabbing five pointers. Meanwhile, JJ van der Mescht, Springboks captain Siya Kolisi and Anthony Volmink crossed the whitewash for the hosts.

Veteran fly-half Morne Steyn also came out on top in another battle against his opposite number Curwin Bosch kicking 14 points for the Bulls while Bosch managed to kick five points.

36-year-old Steyn was recently recalled to the South Africa squad for the first time since 2016 for the upcoming British & Irish Lions tour at the expense of 23-year-old Bosch.

Steyn has been a reliable performer for the Bulls over recent weeks and his exceptional goal-kicking ability was also a factor in his selection.

The Bulls finished the league with five wins from six games and a total of 25 points while the Sharks ended the campaign third with three wins and 16 points.

DHL Stormers finished second with 21 points after they were awarded a win in their match against Emirates Lions after the latter was hit by a number of COVID-19 infections.

Meanwhile, Benetton finished top of the northern league after their game at Ospreys was called off because of three COVID-19 cases in the Welsh side’s camp.

The Italian outfit was awarded four points for the win meaning neither Glasgow Warriors nor Munster could catch them at the top.

The Bulls will take on Benetton on June 19 in Treviso.

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