Stormers bolstered by returning Du Toit

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:13
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck has made four changes to his starting team for their clash against the Lions at Newlands.

There are just three changes to the Stormers forward pack that started in the 34-26 victory against the Chiefs last week, with Pieter-Steph du Toit named at lock and Frans Malherbe rotating with Wilco Louw at tighthead prop.

With Cobus Wiese ruled out due to a shoulder injury, Nizaam Carr moves into the starting line-up with Johan Du Toit [the younger brother of Pieter-Steph] providing loose forward cover.

The only change to the backline sees Jano Vermaak return to the team after being sidelined with concussion last week, with Godlen Masimla getting an opportunity to provide scrumhalf cover on the replacements bench.

Fleck said that his team face another serious test against the Lions, which makes for a mouth-watering South African Super Rugby derby.

"The support we got last week at Newlands was simply phenomenal and we would love to see people turn out in their numbers to support us again.

"The players have worked hard again this week and we know that we will have to be as sharp as ever if we are to maintain our winning momentum," he said.

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Daniel du Plessis, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Johan du Toit, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Dan Kriel.

Date: Saturday, April 15
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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