Cape Town - Lock Eben Etzebeth is back from
his enforced week of Springbok rest and he will be joined in the Stormers pack
by loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff for Saturday's Super Rugby clash against the
Brumbies at Newlands (17:05 kick-off).
Etzebeth was rested for last week’s defeat
to the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein as part of the South African franchises’
agreement with SA Rugby, while Kitshoff was given a break as part of the Stormers’
Etzebeth will wear the No 4 shirt this
weekend, with Kitshoff lining up at loosehead prop. Jean Kleyn drops down to
bench after starting against the Cheetahs, while Manuel Carizza will start at
No 5 in the absence of the injured Ruan Botha (ankle).
Kitshoff, meanwhile, replaces Oli Kebble in
the No 1 shirt with Alistair Vermaak remaining on the bench.
Vice-captain Juan de Jongh has been named
at outside centre, but he has been bracketed with Huw Jones after suffering a
hip pointer injury against the Cheetahs.
De Jongh has made a better recovery than
initially anticipated, but will still be given until kick-off on Saturday.
Jones will start at No 13 should De Jongh not be available, with Pat Howard set
to come onto the bench.
“Juan’s recovery has been a lot quicker
than we thought, as this is normally a ten-day injury, but we still give him
until kick-off on Saturday should he show any late discomfort,” coach Allister
Coetzee told the Stormers’ official website.
“We will never play a player if he is not
ready, but Juan has made a lot of progress and came through his fitness test
Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash against
the Australian Conference leaders, Coetzee added: “The Brumbies are a very good
side. They’re very structured and don’t gift you any possession. They’re well
coached and well organised in all aspects of their game. They’ve got a great
maul and lineout (attacking-wise and defensively) and we really have to be up
for this one.
“We’re obviously aware that we weren’t good
enough last week and although we’ve had a disrupted week of training, with a
lot of our players having been with the Springboks up until yesterday, we’re
looking forward to being back at home in front of our supporters at Newlands.”
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan
de Jongh/Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri
Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk
Burger, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi,
1 Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Alastair
Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22
Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones/Pat Howard
15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita
Kuridrani, 12 Robbie Coleman, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic
White, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold,
3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 JP Smith
Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan
Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jorden Smiler, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Michael
Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Nigel Ah Wong