Vermeulen to lead Stormers
Cape Town - Duane Vermeulen
will captain the Stormers in Saturday's all-South African Super Rugby encounter against the Sharks in Durban (kick-off 19:10).
Vermeulen will lead the team from his regular No 8 position in the absence of Schalk Burger who has not recovered from the knock to his neck which he sustained in last weekend’s emphatic 33-0 win over the Cheetahs.
In other changes from last week, Sailosi Tagicakibau will start in the No 11 jersey, with Siya Kolisi
starting in the No 7 shirt in the absence of Burger. Cheslin Kolbe, meanwhile, shifts across to the No 14 jersey in place of Kobus van Wyk who is out of action for three weeks with a wrist injury.
Argentine lock Manuel Carizza returns to the fray for the first time since the end of February, having recovered from a wrist injury, whilst flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis
is back in the mix for the first time since July.
Both Carizza and Catrakilis have been named on the bench, where they will be joined by debutant loosehead prop Sti Sithole, who replaces Oli Kebble.
Kebble has been ruled out of action for at least eight weeks with an ankle (syndesmosis) injury, handing Sithole (an SA Under-20 starting player last year) a great opportunity to stake his Super Rugby claim.
“Unfortunately Oli has joined our long injury list and he will miss the remainder of the 2014 Super Rugby season," coach Allister Coetzee
told the Stormers' official website
“It’s a blow for us, and the player himself, but at least we’ve been able to welcome back Manuel and Demetri and, of course, Sti is on the verge of his making his debut at this level which is always an exciting moment for any young player.
“It’s been a tough week, with many of our players being in Durban and some injury worries with Schalk and Oli, but we’ve been able to name a team ahead of the weekend. It’s a young team, but it’s a side with plenty of enthusiasm and attitude.
“The Sharks are not the current Super Rugby log-leaders for nothing. They’ve grown in confidence as the tournament has progressed and their win over the Crusaders in Christchurch says a lot about their character and state of mind.
“They’re a physical side who are strong at the breakdown and who boast a good kicking game. This is, without doubt, our biggest challenge of the year.”Teams:Sharks:
15. SP Marais, 14. JP Pietersen
, 13. S’bura Sithole, 12. Paul Jordaan
, 11. Lwazi Mvovo
, 10. Francois Steyn, 9. Cobus Reinach
, 8. Willem Alberts
, 7. Tera Mtembu, 6. Marcell Coetzee
, 5. Stephan Lewies
, 4. Etienne Oosthuizen, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1. Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper
, 17. Dale Chadwick
, 18. Lourens Adriaanse
, 19. Ryan Kankowski
, 20. Keegan Daniel
, 21. Charl McLeod, 22. Tim Swiel, 23. Heimar WilliamsStormers:
15. Jaco Taute, 14. Cheslin Kolbe, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen
(captain), 7. Siya Kolisi
, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Michael Rhodes
, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Alistair Vermaak
Substitutes: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Sti Sithole, 18. Martin Dreyer, 19. Jean Kleyn, 20. Manuel Carizza, 21. Dylon Frylinck, 22. Demetri Catrakilis
, 23. Peter Grant