The three South African franchises that booked their spots in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship play-offs will all take the field next Saturday, 4 June, on a jam-packed weekend of knock-out action, the tournament organisers confirmed on Monday.
Only one match will play out on Friday, an all-Irish derby between Ulster and Munster in Belfast, while Saturday will see three consecutive quarter-final clashes, with the action beginning and ending in South Africa.
The Vodacom Bulls will host the league’s first play-off game on South African soil when they host the Cell C Sharks in Pretoria at 13h45, before Leinster take on the Glasgow Warriors in Dublin at 16h15 (SA Time).
The DHL Stormers and Edinburgh will wrap up the quarter-final stages in Cape Town at 19h00. The timings of each game have also made provision for the possibility of extra-time and a place-kicking competition.
Vodacom United Rugby Championship quarter-finals (SA kick-off times):
Friday, 3 June
20h35: Ulster v Munster – Kingspan Stadium, Belfast
Saturday, 4 June:
13h45: Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
16h15: Leinster v Glasgow Warriors – RDS Arena, Dublin
19h00: DHL Stormers v Edinburgh – DHL Stadium, Cape Town
QF1: Leinster v Glasgow Warriors
QF2: DHL Stormers v Edinburgh
QF3: Ulster v Munster
QF4: Vodacom Bulls v Cell C Sharks
Semi-final 1: Winners of QF1 play at home to winners of QF4 (Leinster/Glasgow Warriors v Vodacom Bulls/Cell C Sharks)
Semi-final 2: Winners of QF2 play at home to winners of QF3 (DHL Stormers/Edinburgh v Ulster v Munster)
Team with highest ranking from regular season league table will host Vodacom URC Grand Final.