Cape Town - Nizaam Carr will lead the Stormers
into action, as the 2015 SA Conference winners face up to the Sharks in both
teams' final Super Rugby league match of the season in Durban on Saturday
Carr will line up at No 8 in a much-changed
Stormers team from last weekend, the new skipper the only surviving starting
player from his team’s 19-19 draw against the Lions at Newlands.
There are three Stormers debutants in the
match-day 23, with Robert du Preez starting at No 15 in his first taste of
Super Rugby action and flank Sikhumbuzo Notshe and hooker Michael Willemse
making their first starts at this level.
Lock Jan de Klerk and scrumhalf Godlen
Masimla will be looking to earn their first caps from the bench, while vice-captain
Jaco Taute (inside centre - in his 50th overall Super Rugby appearance),
Michael Rhodes (No 7) and Kobus van Wyk (on the bench) are back in the mix following
their injury lay-offs.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee explained
his selections on the team’s official website website: “We have a great
opportunity here to give game time to some fringe players and to continue to
increase the capacity within our squad.
“Players like Steven Kitshoff, Frans
Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Manny Carizza, Schalk Burger, Duane Vermeulen, Nic
Groom, Demetri Catrakilis, Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh, Dillyn Leyds and
Cheslin Kolbe have played a lot of rugby and deserve a break.
“However, the likes of Oli Kebble, Vincent
Koch, Ruan Botha, Michael Rhodes, Louis Schreuder, Kurt Coleman, Jaco Taute,
Johnny Kotze - to name just a few - are by no means second-string players and
they all have a massive opportunity to play for starting positions.
“We’re in a fortunate position to be able
to select a talented group of players who have everything to play for against a
Sharks team that will be fired up and looking to finish their season on a high.
“The Sharks are also saying goodbye to
three big players, loyal servants, so we’re expecting a brutal clash and (we)
know we need to be up for this match - physically and mentally.”
15. Lwazi Mvovo, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. JP
Pietersen, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. S’bura Sithole, 10. Lionel Cronje, 9.
Stefan Ungerer, 8. Renaldo Bothma, 7. Willem Alberts, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5.
Marco Wentzel (captain), 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2.
Bismarck du Plessis, 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Franco Marais, 17. Dale
Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. Lubabalo Mtyanda, 20. Khaya Majola, 21.
Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Fred Zeilinga, 23. Heimar Williams
15. Robert du Preez, 14. Johnny Kotze, 13.
Huw Jones, 12. Jaco Taute, 11. Pat Howard, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Louis
Schreuder, 8. Nizaam Carr (captain), 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Sikhumbuzo Notshe,
5. Ruan Botha, 4. Jean Kleyn, 3. Vincent Koch, 2. Michael Willemse, 1. Oli
Substitutes: 16. Neil Rautenbach, 17. Ali
Vermaak, 18. Wilco Louw, 19. Jan de Klerk, 20. Siya Kolisi, 21. Godlen Masimla,
22. Seabelo Senatla, 23. Kobus van Wyk