The Bulls path to the United Rugby Championship final

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The Bulls have had a rollercoaster ride to reach the United Rugby Championship final.

Pre-tournament favourites to top the South African shield, the Bulls won just one of their first six matches.

They had possibly the toughest start to the tournament, kicking off away to Leinster but that fixture would ultimately prove an important piece of their URC puzzle.

The Bulls failed to make Loftus a fortress this season but have proven themselves to be perhaps the best travellers among the South African teams.

Jake White’s team allowed both the Stormers and the Sharks to do the regular season double over them but would claim revenge over the men from Durban in the quarterfinal.

The Bulls followed up that derby win with perhaps one of the finest victories in the history of the franchise in Dublin.

In an incredible semi-final upset, the Bulls outmuscled and outwitted Leinster to reach the URC Final.

Former Stormers boss and WP man for many years, Gert Smal has tipped the men from Pretoria to win the United Rugby Championship.

“I don’t want to say too much about [the URC final] … just wish the Stormers good luck, I’ve been there myself as well. But if the Bulls are going to play the way they played against Leinster, they’ll definitely win.”

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The Bulls v Ospreys URC
Cornal Hendricks scored a second half hat-trick to help the Bulls to a superb victory in their final URC league match against the Ospreys. Photo: SA Rugby website

The Bulls road to the URC Final

Round 1

Leinster 31-3 Bulls

Round 2 

Connacht 34-7 Bulls

Round 3

Cardiff 19-29 Bulls

Round 4

Edinburgh 17-10 Bulls

Round 5

Sharks 30-16 Bulls

Round 6

Bulls 26-30 Stormers

Round 7

Lions 10-34 Bulls

Round 8 

Bulls 21-13 Lions

Round 9

Bulls 22-29 Sharks

Round 10

Zebre 7-45 Bulls

Round 11

Bulls 29-24 Munster

Round 12

Bulls 57-12 Scarlets

Round 13

Bulls 56-20 Dragons

Round 14 

Bulls 34-16 Ulster

Round 15 

Stormers 19-17 Bulls

Round 16 

Bulls 46-29 Benetton

Round 17 

Bulls 29-17 Glasgow Warriors 

Round 18 

Ospreys 31-38 Bulls

URC QF vs Sharks

Bulls 30-27 Sharks

URC Semi-final vs Leinster

Leinster 26-27 Bulls

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