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The Xhosa Commentary The Stormers - Connacht Semi Was Insanely Passionate

The Xhosa Commentary The Stormers - Connacht Semi Was Insanely Passionate
Colman Stanley
By Colman Stanley
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Fantastic footage has been shared of the passionate home commentary during the Stormers' URC semi-final win over Connacht on Saturday.

The SuperSport commentators were speaking in the local isiXhosa language, but you certainly do not need to be in any familiar with it to hear just how passionate they are for their side.

The Stormers won the game 43-25 and will now face Munster in the URC final on May 27.

Stormers Commentators Go Bananas Against Connacht

13 May 2023; Connacht players walk from the pitch after the United Rugby Championship Semi-Final match between Stormers and Connacht at DHL Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Sportsfile

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“I didn’t think – maybe with 15 minutes left when they got within four points – that we were gonna lose it. The plan was working.” said Stormers head coach John Dobson said after his side's win.


“I would’ve loved us to have more territory, but these Irish teams are high-possession teams and it’s hard to get the ball off them at breakdowns.

“But I don’t think they could kick distance against us, you saw what happened when we scored the tries. And their contestable I didn’t think… So they could not really kick. So we knew they were (going to be) high-possession.

“We were a bit loose with the ball as well and turned possession over."


The Stormers are the current champions of the tournament, and Dobson made the point that he did not want their first win to written off as a 'fluke'.

“Our big fear was that we couldn’t prove that we belong and our win was not a fluke. If you said we were going to the final this season – we lost a few players – it’s an incredible feeling for us.

“The only reason we would want to play the game (final) in Cape Town, is for the people. But us going to the Aviva (in Dublin) will be a great experience for the growth of this group and we will put up a good performance.


“It’s incredibly special because, and this might be silly, but we will be the only team to have played two finals. It will probably change next year.”

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