Match Preview: DHL Stormers
Get the latest ahead of Saturday's United Rugby Championship Round 3 match against DHL Stormers at DAM Health Stadium (kick-off 5.15pm) with this week's Match Preview.
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GET YOUR TICKETS
Tickets are still available for this weekend's DHL Stormers match. Secure your place at the DAM Health Stadium and don't miss out on a massive night of URC action!
HOW TO WATCH
The match is live on Premier Sports 1 from 5pm ahead of a 5.15pm kick-off at DAM Health Stadium.
You can can also keep up with minute-by-minute updates via the Galbraith Match Centre.
Referee: Andrea Piardi (FIR, 17th competition game)
Assistant: Ian Kenny, Graeme Ormiston (both SRU)
TMO: Stefano Roscini (FIR)
The Edinburgh Rugby team to face DHL Stormers at DAM Health Stadium in the United Rugby Championship will be named at 12 noon on Friday 8 October via the club's website and social channels.
OVERALL URC RECORD
This is the first-ever meeting between the two sides.
STORY OF THE MATCH
Edinburgh Rugby host DHL Stormers in Round 3 of the United Rugby Championship in the first-ever meeting between the two sides.
The capital club will be looking to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss in Treviso last weekend that saw Benetton seal a one-point victory with a last-gasp drop goal.
Despite the Round 2 loss, Mike Blair's squad have showcased a free flowing attack in the opening rounds of action, crossing the whitewash on eight occasions so far, with Ben Vellacott claiming Player of the Match in back-to-back fixtures.
The DHL Stormers arrive in the Scottish capital still searching for their first win of the 2021/22 campaign. Following defeat to Benetton in Round 1, the Cape Town club went down narrowly to Munster at Thomond Park last weekend, despite leading 15-0 at half time.
With a fast track at DAM Health Stadium, and good weather forecast, both sides will be looking to get the ball through the hands in what should be an open and exciting contest.
Last 3 URC results:
13 Jun - Scarlets (A) D 28-28
12 Jun - Lions (H) W 0-0
25 Sep - Scarlets (H) W 26-22
25 Sep - Benetton (A) L 18-22
2 Oct - Benetton (A) L 27-28
2 Oct - Munster (A) L 18-34
Shield IT/SC: 3rd - W1 D0 L1 - 7pts
Shield SA: 2nd - W0 D0 L2 - 1pts
Top try scorer
2 - Darcy Graham, Ben Vellacott
1 - Leolin Zas, Rikus Pretorius, Warrick Gelant, Ruhan Nel
Top points scorer
11 - Blair Kinghorn
10 - Manie Libbok
Edinburgh Rugby’s only victory in their last six United Rugby Championship encounters was 26-22 at home to Scarlets in round One.
Edinburgh have played seven previous matches against South African opponents in the Championship, losing just twice, both on trips south of the equator, to Cheetahs in November 2017 and Sothern Kings in January 2019.
DHL Stormers have lost their last four United Rugby Championship matches since beating Sharks 25-22 in Durban in the Rainbow Cup in May.
Stormers have lost their last three away games but have not lost four in succession on their travels since they played in Super Rugby in 2018.
Stormers have never faced a Scottish opponent in a competitive fixture.