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    SA-born Smith faces Stormers

    2014-03-20 07:55
    JP Smith on the charge (Getty Images)
    Canberra - Cape Town-raised Jean-Pierre Smith will get his first start in Super Rugby when he claims the No 1 jersey for the Brumbies against the Stormers.

    Smith makes his way into the starting team via the Brumbies bench where he has featured alongside twin brother, Ruan, since Round 2.

    According to the Brumbies' official website, Scott Sio’s ankle injury has forced the first change to the Brumbies front row in 2014 and is one of four changes to the starting side which beat the Waratahs in Canberra last weekend.

    Leon Power has also been forced out through injury, moving Scott Fardy back to lock and Jordan Smiler into the starting side at blindside flank.

    Joe Tomane comes back from injury to replace Henry Speight on the wing, while Andrew Smith slides into the team at outside centre in place of Tevita Kuridrani who has returned to Fiji for a funeral.

    The bench is packed with potential debutants, as Jack Whetton (lock), Michael Dowsett (scumhalf) and Stephan Van Der Walt (wing) all line up to make Super Rugby debuts.

    Ruaidhri Murphy has also been recalled to the Brumbies bench as prop cover, with the rest of the 23-man squad intact from last week’s win.

    The Brumbies have not defeated the Stormers since 2010 at Newlands, with losses in Canberra (2011) and Cape Town (2013) giving the visitors an historical edge to Saturday’s match.

    The Stormers are on the backend of a tough Australasian tour, falling to the Crusaders and Chiefs before facing the Brumbies and Reds on their way back.

    Kick-off for Saturday's clash is scheduled for 10:40 (SA time).



    15. Jesse Mogg, 14. Joe Tomane, 13. Andrew Smith, 12. Pat McCabe, 11. Robbie Coleman, 10. Matt Toomua, 9. Nic White, 8. Ben Mowen (captain), 7. Jarrad Butler, 6. Jordan Smiler, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Scott Fardy, 3. Ben Alexander, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. JP Smith

    Substitutes: 16. Siliva Siliva, 17. Ruan Smith, 18. Ruaidhri Murphy, 19. Jack Whetton, 20. Lachlan McCaffrey, 21. Michael Dowsett, 22. Stephan Van Der Walt, 23. Lionel Cronjé


    15. Gio Aplon, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger, 6. Deon Fourie, 5. Michael Rhodes, 4. Ruan Botha, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff

    Substitutes: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Brok Harris, 19. Siya Kolisi, 20. Nizaam Carr, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Demetri Catrakilis, 23. Juan de Jongh

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