Cape Town - A technical consideration is
the reason why the Stormers decided to replace Elton Jantjies with Gary van
Aswegen at flyhalf.
Jantjies was dropped to the bench for Saturday's Super Rugby encounter against
the Bulls at Newlands, giving the young Van Aswegen a chance to prove himself
against Springbok flyhalf Morné Steyn.
With Joe Pietersen out injured, the left-footed Gio Aplon has been shifted to
fullback, which prompted coach Allister Coetzee to pick the right-footed Van
Aswegen at pivot.
"The Bulls' tactical kicking is very good and they will be focused on
trying to dominate field possession. It is therefore important for us to have a
combination of players that can kick with their right- and left feet,"
Coetzee told Die Burger's website.
Jantjies is left-footed and with Aplon at fullback Coetzee felt the need to
change his flyhalf.
"If you want to relieve pressure on the left hand side of the field, it
makes sense to have a player with a good right foot."
Saturday's clash at Newlands kicks off at 19:10.
15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Bryan Habana
, 10. Gary van Aswegen, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Deon Fourie, 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth
, 3. Brok Harris
, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Don Armand, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Elton Jantjies
, 22. Damian de AllendeBulls:
15 Zane Kirchner
, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht
, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Bjorn Basson
, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Jano Vermaak
, 8 Dewald Potgieter
(captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger
, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle
, 1 Dean Greyling
Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Morné Mellet, 19 Jacques du Plessis, 20 Jono Ross, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Jürgen Visser