Folau out of Stormers clash
Cape Town - Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has made six changes and brought in two new faces to the run on side for their Super Rugby clash against the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday night, the Waratahs' official website
In a big blow for the Waratahs, they will have to make do without the competition’s leading try scorer, Israel Folau, who continues his recovery from a throat injury and will be replaced at fullback by Kurtley Beale.
Following a tackle from Frans Steyn
of the Sharks, Beale has recovered from a minor case of whiplash to wear No 15 for the first time in 2014.
Replacing Beale at inside centre and partnering Adam Ashley-Cooper will be Jono Lance, who played fullback in the loss to the Sharks.
With Rob Horne suspended
, Alofa Alofa returns to the team on the right wing, partnering Peter Betham who remains on the left.
With Wycliff Palu ruled out with an ankle injury suffered in the loss to the Sharks in Durban, Cheika has been forced to reshuffle his back row.
Captain Dave Dennis has been moved to No 8 and Jacques Potgieter finds himself in his favourite spot in the back row. With Potgieter out of the tight five, man mountain Will Skelton gets his chance and will start at lock alongside Kane Douglas.
Coach Cheika has stuck solid with the front row of Benn Robinson at loosehead, Sekope Kepu at tighthead and Tatafu Polota Nau at hooker.
The halfbacks are untouched with Nick Phipps and Bernard Foley in the playmaker roles.
Last year the Waratahs beat the Stormers 21-15 at home in Sydney.
Kick-off for Saturday's clash at Newlands is scheduled for 19:10.Teams:Stormers:
15. Jaco Taute, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10. Peter Grant
, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen
(captain), 7. Siya Kolisi
, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Michael Rhodes
, 4. Ruan Botha, 3. Frans
Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Brok Harris
, 19. Tazz Fuzani, 20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21. Nic Groom, 22. Demetri Catrakilis
, 23. Michael van der SpuyWaratahs:
15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Jono Lance, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Dave Dennis (captain), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson