Stormers rush duo back for crunch match

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:05
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Stormers, desperate to end their losing streak, brought back some heavy artillery.

Wing Johannes Engelbrecht and flank Kobus van Dyk will start for the Stormers against the Rebels in a Super Rugby Round 11 encounter at Newlands on Friday.

The Stormers are back home at Newlands, following three away games - which they lost to the Bulls, Lions and Sharks.

Engelbrecht's inclusion on the left wing is the only change to the backline, while in the forward pack Van Dyk is at blindside flank, with Pieter-Steph du Toit shifting to lock - where he will partner Chris van Zyl.

Cobus Wiese and Seabelo Senatla both make their return from injury on the replacements bench.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is looking forward to playing at Newlands once again.

"It is always good to be back at Newlands and playing in front of our faithful supporters who have played a big role in our three wins at home this season," he said.

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

Date: Friday, April 27
Venue: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Kick-off: 15.00 (13.00 GMT; 23.00 AEST)
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Rasta Rasivhenge
TMO: Christie du Preez

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