United Rugby Championship

Veteran Deon Fourie praised for URC final masterclass: 'He made a massive difference'

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Deon Fourie. (Photo by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images)
Deon Fourie. (Photo by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images)

United Rugby Championship (URC) final man of the match Deon Fourie received unwavering plaudits from his coach and teammates following Saturday's thrilling showpiece in Cape Town.

The Stormers won 18-13 and it was the mischievous Fourie who gave the Bulls all manner of problems at the breakdown - something which irked Bulls director of rugby, Jake White.

For Fourie, it was also his 100th game for the Stormers.

READ | Stormers on top of the world after magical title charge: 'It's an incredible story'

According to White, Fourie was given carte blanche at the breakdown, but for the home side, Fourie's consistency was most pleasing.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Stormers head coach John Dobson continued to praise the 35-year-old's efforts.

"From where I was sitting [in the coach's box] we spent the first 30 minutes looking to the left side of the field because we were under the pump.

"We kicked really poorly but for some reason we stayed in the fight, probably epitomised mostly by Deon at the breakdown," said Dobson.

"Deon Fourie made a massive difference."

The Stormers overturned a 7-3 half-time score to secure the 2021/22 title.

Stormers replacement flank Nama Xaba also weighed in, and was equally complimentary about his senior.

"He's an amazing player ... he bailed us out twice," said Xaba.

WATCH | Stormers celebrate URC title success in style

Dobson has often called Xaba and Fourie 'like-for-like' players because they are strong over the ball. 

"It's great to have Fourie as a mentor. Obviously at the beginning of the season it wasn't ideal because I wanted to be starting, but for someone who plays like that, I don't mind," Xaba added.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Fixtures
Sat 16 Apr 22 18:35 PM (SAST)
Llanelli Scarlets
Dragons
Parc y Scarlets, TBC
SuperSport
Fri 22 Apr 22 16:30 PM (SAST)
Stormers
Glasgow Warriors
DHL Stadium, Cape Town
SuperSport
Fri 22 Apr 22 18:35 PM (SAST)
Ulster
Munster
Kingspan Stadium, TBC
SuperSport
Results
Sat 11 Jun 22
Stormers
Stormers 17
Ulster
Ulster 15
Fri 10 Jun 22
Leinster
Leinster 26
Vodacom Bulls
Vodacom Bulls 27
Sat 04 Jun 22
Stormers
Stormers 28
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 17
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
Team Logo
1. Leinster Rugby
18
13
67
Team Logo
2. Stormers
18
12
61
Team Logo
3. Ulster Rugby
18
12
59
Team Logo
4. Bulls
18
11
58