Sunwolves rung the changes for Stormers

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 13:07
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sunwolves coach Filo Tiatia has rung the changes to his team ahead of their encounter with the Stormers in Singapore on Saturday.

The team shows nine changes from that which lost 21-34 to the Bulls in Pretoria last Friday.

Jamie-Jerry Taulagi comes in at fullback for Shota Emi, who in turn moves to his preferred position on the right wing - with Takaaki Nakazuru getting a break after playing the full 80 minutes in all four matches so far this season.

Timothy Lafaele moves from inside centre to outside centre in place of for Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, with Derek Carpenter returning to the team in the No.12 jersey.

In the final backline change, Hayden Cripps is back at flyhalf in place of Jumpei Ogura.

Shokei Kin starts at No.7 ahead of Shuhei Matsuhashi.

The second row has also undergone a shake-up - Uwe Helu comes in at No.5 and Sam Wykes moves to No.4 in place of Liaki Moli.

The final change sees Heiichiro Ito at tighthead prop for Yasuo Yamaji.

"We have recovered from the jetlag," Tiatia said of the trip back to Singapore, after their two-match tour to South Africa.

They lost 31-38 to the Cheetahs in their first match.

He added that they have also successfully adjusted to the humidity and heat in Singapore.

Sunwolves: 15 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 14 Shota Emi, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Jumpei Ogura, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Shokei Kin, 6 Ed Quirk (captain), 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Liaki Moli, 3 Heiichiro Ito, 2 Yusuke Niwai, 1 Koki Yamamoto.
Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Shumei Matsuhashi, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Hayden Cripps, 23 Ryohei Yamanaka.

Date: Saturday, March 25
Venue: Singapore National Stadium, Singapore
Kick-off: 19.55 (12.55 SA time; 10.55 GMT)
Referee: Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
Assistant referees: Shuhei Kubo (Japan), Aki Aso (Japan)
TMO: Minoru Fuji (Japan)

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