Coleman back, as Stormers shuffle for Sharks

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:35

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has made several key changes to the backline to face the Sharks at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.

There is a new halfback pairing - with scrumhalf Jano Vermaak linking up with fit-again flyhalf Kurt Coleman, who starts his first match this season.

This means that Dillyn Leyds is back on the left wing, with Seabelo Senatla on the replacements bench alongside Juan de Jongh, who makes his return from injury - having played for Western Province in the domestic provincial challenge competition last week.

In the midfield experienced Springbok centre Damian de Allende starts at inside centre, after making an impact as a replacement last week.

The forward pack which started the 30-22 victory against the Blues at Newlands has been retained, with lock Pieter-Steph du Toit set to earn his 50th Super Rugby cap.

The only change up front comes on the replacements bench, as Chris van Zyl provides lock cover this week.

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oliver Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Alister Vermaak, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Juan de Jongh, 23 Seabelo Senatla.

Date: Saturday, May 27
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Archie Sehlako (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

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