Mbonambi, Carr start for Stormers
Cape Town - Forwards Bongi Mbonambi and Nizaam Carr
have been named in the Stormers' starting XV for Saturday's Super
Rugby clash against the Lions at Emirates Airlines Park (kick-off 19:10).
Mbonambi will make his first start for the Stormers in a rotational change at hooker, with Scarra Ntubeni reverting to
the bench, whilst Springbok loose forward Carr comes in for the injured
Rynhardt Elstadt in the No 6 jersey.
Elstadt suffered a serious leg injury
against the Blues last week - a game the Stormers won 27-16 - and will
be out of action for at least four months.
Meanwhile, in other team news, Springbok
tighthead prop Frans Malherbe has been named on the bench following his
recovery from a long-term leg injury and fit-again Argentine lock Manuel
Carizza is back in the selection mix too after nursing a shoulder injury.
Carizza has not featured this year, after
picking up an injury in pre-season action last month, while Malherbe suffered
his ankle injury on Bok duty in August of last year.
The Stormers have made a strong start
to the 2015 Super Rugby season, winning both their matches thus far - away to
the Bulls and at home to the Blues.
However, head coach Allister Coetzee is not
expecting any favours from the Lions who will be looking to register their
first win of 2015.
“It’s our second challenge (early in the
competition) at altitude and we’re expecting a very tough encounter against a
desperate Lions team who are back at home again,” Coetzee told the Stormers’
“From our side we are looking for
continuous improvement in our play. Yes, we have won two matches but we are not
fully satisfied and know that we can get better - and must get better - if we
are to build on our start.
“We need to front up and need all of our
key men to be at their best for what will be a very challenging match.”
* Meanwhile, young prop Wilco Louw - who
has featured off the bench for the Stormers this season - will be in action
for the Western Province Vodacom Cup team in a pre-season friendly at Sir
Lowrians on Thursday. Louw is one of 11 Stormers training squad members in
Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Harold
Vorster, 11. Sampie Mastriet, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8.
Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5.
Martin Muller, 4. Franco Mostert, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie
Coetzee, 1. Schalk van der Merwe
Substitutes: 16. Armand van
der Merwe, 17. Corne Fourie, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. Robert Kruger, 20.
Derick Minnie, 21. Ross Cronje, 22. Jaco van der Walt, 23. Howard Mnisi
15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Johnny Kotze,
13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Dillyn Leyds, 10. Demetri
Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7. Michael
Rhodes, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Jurie van Vuuren, 3. Vincent
Koch, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Scarra Ntubeni, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Manuel Carizza,
20. Siya Kolisi, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Huw Jones