Kriel takes centre stage at Newlands

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:45
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: There are two changes to the Stormers team to face the Jaguares at Newlands on Saturday, with Dan Kriel and Sikhumbuzo Notshe both getting an opportunity in the starting line-up.

Kriel comes in at inside centre to replace the injured Damian de Allende, whilst Notshe will start at No.8 with Nizaam Carr on the replacements bench.

The only other change to the matchday 23 that did duty in the 37-24 victory against the Bulls last week sees World Sevens Player of the Year Seabelo Senatla named as a replacement, putting him in line to earn his first Stormers cap since 2015.

Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that he would like to see his team build on their performance last week against what is a very competitive Jaguares team.

"The win last week was encouraging, but there is still much we can improve on and we will be tested against a Jaguares team full of internationals," he said.

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Robert du Preez, 23 Seabelo Senatla.

Date: Saturday, March 4
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town 
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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