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WATCH | Stormers crowned SA Shield champions after thrilling win in Wales: 'It means a lot'

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The Stormers celebrate (Getty)
The Stormers celebrate (Getty)

The Stormers have been crowned the South African Shield champions in the United Rugby Championship (URC) after beating Scarlets in Llanelli on Saturday.

Ruhan Nel's last-minute try was enough to secure the Capetonians a 26-21 win, which seems them finish as the highest-placed South African team on the log. 

The Stormers, Bulls and Sharks have all progressed through to the quarter-finals of the competition and while those fixtures will be finalised later on Saturday, the South African Shield standings are now finalised. 

"To be, after 18 games, the best team in South Africa at this level means a lot to the group," coach John Dobson said after the match. 

"We've been in the media for bad news over a few years, and for some remarkable people like Steven Kitshoff, Scarra Ntubeni, Frans Malherbe, Damian Willemse - guys that have stayed loyal to us - it is could pay back for them.

"It means a lot, but in the dressing room the guys know that we've got an important couple of weeks coming up. It's nowhere near a feeling of 'job done' yet."

Final SA Shield standings (18 fixtures each):

1. Stormers - 61 pts (12 wins, 2 draws, 4 losses)

2. Bulls - 58 points (11 wins, 7 losses)

3. Sharks - 57 points (11 wins, 1 draw, 6 losses)

4. Lions - 41 points (8 wins, 10 losses)

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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
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P
W
PTS
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1. Leinster Rugby
18
13
67
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2. Stormers
18
12
61
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3. Ulster Rugby
18
12
59
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4. Bulls
18
11
58