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The big threat to Bulls' URC glory

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: If there is one man the Bulls will have to keep a close eye on this Saturday, it is James Lowe.

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The Ireland international Lowe has been in exceptional form since returning to the Leinster squad following an injury after last year’s World Cup.

The 31-year-old built on his strong campaign with a key role in the United Rugby Championship quarterfinal against Ulster last weekend.

He crossed twice in the URC quarterfinal, demonstrating raw strength with his first score before grabbing a second after improvising with the ball at his feet, as Leinster avenged their two regular-season defeats to the northern province.

Leading performances all season

Along with being one of Ireland’s star players in yet another Six Nations win, Lowe was also a key man in Leinster’s Champions Cup campaign this season.

The Irish province might have lost a third Final in a row, but Lowe scored six tries in just six games, including a brace against then-holders Stade Rochelais in the quarterfinal and a hat-trick against Northampton Saints in the semifinal at Croke Park.

That record rightly secured him a nomination for 2024 Player of the Year.

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Lowe will now travel with Leinster down to South Africa for a huge semifinal against Bulls, who edged a brave Benetton Rugby side 30-23 in their own quarterfinal.

He scored in his last appearance against the Pretoria-based club, a classic Lowe-try which demonstrated all of his ability to finish well in the corner.

If Leinster were to win, they would set up a Final against Glasgow Warriors or Munster in what could be a showpiece match between Irish rugby’s two most successful clubs.

But first, Bulls, Pretoria and Loftus Versfeld await – will Lowe be the key man once again?

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Source: ChampionsCup 

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