Munster emerged victorious over DHL Stormers picking a 19-14 win to lift the United Rugby Championship after a 12-year wait.
The match took place at the DHL grounds, and it was John Hodnet, the talented loose forward, who scored the decisive try in the 74th minute, securing a 19-14 win for Munster.
Munster showcased their prowess from the start, exerting pressure on the Stormers and forcing them into a defensive stance. However, the Stormers managed to turn the tide when Manie Libbok intercepted a pass and embarked on a remarkable 60-meter run to put his team on the scoreboard. Libbok successfully converted the try, giving the Stormers an early lead just six minutes into the game.
Munster quickly responded in the 10th minute, as Barron D crossed the try line, although the conversion attempt went wide. The score stood at 7-5 in favor of the Stormers. Calvin Nash then added another try for Munster, which was converted, bringing the halftime score to 12-7 in Munster’s favor.
The second half saw the Stormers come out with renewed energy, capitalizing on Munster’s fullback Mike Haley receiving a yellow card. Taking advantage of the extra man, Deon Fourie scored a try from a maul, which was successfully converted by Libbok. The Stormers took the lead with a score of 14-12.
However, Munster displayed their resilience and determination, staging a comeback. In the 74th minute, John Hodnet sealed the victory for Munster by scoring a crucial try. The try was converted by Crowley, propelling Munster ahead with a final score of 19-14.