Steven Kitshoff still proud of his Stormers after agonising URC defeat

Steven Kitshoff still proud of his Stormers after agonising URC defeat

Stormers captain Steven Kitshoff cut an emotional figure after his side’s narrow loss in the tense United Rugby Championship final on Saturday.

Setting out to defend the title they won in dramatic fashion in 2022, the Stormers went down 14-19 to a spirited Munster outfit. The Irish giants scored a late try via John Hodnett in the dying embers of the game to snatch victory and quiet the Cape Town faithful.

Kitshoff, who has spent all of his career at Western Province bar two seasons in France, will head to Ulster for a new chapter after the Rugby World Cup.

"When the final whistle blew it felt like it shouldn™t have happened like that, the 31-year-old told

"I felt we were totally in control of the second half. It felt like we were on top of Munster. I think they were scrambling to try and keep us out of their tryline. When that final whistle went, I was trying to hold the tears back.

"I am extremely proud of what the guys achieved during the season. The result is very disappointing but the guys can hold their heads up and they can enjoy each other's company.

"There were some true friendships that were built throughout the season and the guys really care for each other.

"For me, it is tough to leave this awesome union like this but the guys can be proud and they can look forward to next season.

"I am looking forward to playing the Stormers. I know it is going to be a tough game. I already made an agreement with Frans when I said we are both playing with multi-studs and we will look after each other on the field.

"I am proud of the Stormers and proud to be associated for so many years with such an awesome brand."