Stormers bring in Notshe for Sharks clash

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:34
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Sikhumbuzo Notshe will make his first start of the season for the Stormers against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

The 24-year-old will be at No.8 in the only change to the Stormers forward pack for the coastal Super Rugby derby at Kings Park on Saturday.

There are two changes to the backline with Craig Barry starting on the wing and Dillyn Leyds shifting to fullback, while a fit-again Dewaldt Duvenage replaces the injured Jano Vermaak at scrumhalf.

Utility back Johannes Engelbrecht also returns from injury to take his place among the replacements.

Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that after a much-needed bye, his team are determined to get back to winning ways on Saturday.

"The break was good for the squad from both a mental and physical perspective and we returned refreshed this week, ready to take on the second half of the campaign.

“It is great to have some players returning from injury and it has been a good week of training so we are looking forward to the weekend," he said.

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

Date: Saturday, April 21
Venue: Kings Park, Durban
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds, Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Marius Jonker

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