Stormers bring in Du Toit and Marais for Waratahs

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:39
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Pieter-Steph du Toit and Sarel Marais both return from injury for the Stormers' encounter with the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.

Lock Du Toit (back) and fullback Marais (toe) both missed the Stormers' opening 28-20 victory against the Jaguares at Newlands last week, but have been included in a starting-line-up which features four changes in total for the clash at the Allianz Stadium this weekend.

In the forward pack Du Toit comes into the second row alongside John Schickerling, with Kobus van Dyk starting on the flank and Chris van Zyl and Sikhumbuzo Notshe among the replacements.

In the backline Marais starts at fullback, with Dillyn Leyds shifted to the wing and Johannes Engelbrecht at outside centre. EW Viljoen is set to provide impact from the replacements bench, with Seabelo Senatla being rested due to a heavy pre-season workload.

Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is determined to carry the momentum they gained last week into their first game on tour.

"It has been a good week for us in Sydney and the players are focused on making a positive start to the tour.

"We know there are several areas in which we can improve, so we will be giving it everything on Saturday," he said.

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Johannes Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 John Schickerling, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Dean Muir, 17 Jacobus Janse ven Rensburg, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 George Whitehead, 23 EW Viljoen.

Date: Saturday, February 24
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 19.45 (08.45 GMT; 10.45 SA Time)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), William Houston (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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