Stormers to rest Etzebeth, Kitshoff
Cape Town - The Stormers are likely to rest lock Eben Etzebeth and prop Steven Kitshoff for their Super Rugby clash against the Cheetahs in
Bloemfontein this Saturday.
“Eben and Steven are guys that need a
breather. (But) I have full confidence in our group,” coach Allister Coetzee told Netwerk24.
Oli Kebble, who did well as a replacement
against the Bulls last weekend, will in all likelihood replace Kitshoff at
loosehead prop, with Jean Kleyn coming in for Etzebeth.
Etzebeth has played five consecutive
matches which means he needs to rest in line with an agreement between the SA
Rugby Union and the SA franchises to rest top Springboks.
Coetzee felt it was not needed to rest
backs Damian de Allende and Cheslin Kolbe, who have started in all 10 of the
Stormers’ games this year.
“Cheslin is a player with explosive power
who we can manage during the week and he is not exhausted. Damian is also not
in need of rest. We have a bye after our next two games, which will provide a
“Steven’s position has greater physical
demands. You can’t play him every game. We have Oli (Kebble) and Ali Vermaak who can
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash at Free State
Stadium is scheduled for 17:05.