Kolbe back for Stormers

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:59
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck has included fit-again Cheslin Kolbe in his starting XV that will face the Cheetahs on Saturday.

The regular fullback Kolbe will move to the right wing, while Fleck has opted to use SP Marais at 15  after being rested last week against the Sunwolves.

Dillyn Leyds will move back to the left wing.

Flank Cobus Wiese will make his first start for the Stormers on Saturday.

The versatile 19-year-old Junior Springbok came off the replacements bench to make his debut in the 44-31 victory against the Sunwolves in Singapore last week and moves into the starting line-up in place of the injured Rynhardt Elstadt.

A rotational switch in midfield sees Dan du Plessis link up with EW Viljoen as Dan Kriel is set to provide impact off the replacements bench.

Scrumhalf Jano Vermaak also returns from injury to partner flyhalf Robert du Preez, with Dewaldt Duvenage and Kurt Coleman providing some experienced options off the replacements bench.

In the loose trio Wiese comes in alongside captain Siya Kolisi and No.8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, whilst Pieter-Steph du Toit and vice-captain Eben Etzebeth return in the second row after being rested against the Sunwolves.

Frans Malherbe is also included in the starting line-up after missing the trip to Singapore as part of the Springbok management plan and he will line up alongside hooker Bongi Mbonambi and loosehead prop JC Janse van Rensburg in the front row.

Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is looking forward to standing together with the Newlands Faithful once again.

"After two away games separated by a bye week, it is exciting for us to be playing in front of our crowd at Newlands once again.

"It will be another tough South African derby, but the players have put in plenty of hard work this week and we are looking forward to the challenge," he said.

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

Date: Saturday, April 1
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 15.05 (13.05 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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