Du Plessis to make Stormers debut
Cape Town - Daniel du Plessis will make his Stormers
debut in the Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday.
The talented young midfielder, who has been in excellent form for Western Province, comes into the team at outside centre with Juan de
Jongh who is sidelined with a back strain, while Johnny Kotze moves to
the replacements bench in place of the injured Huw Jones.
In the forward pack Sikhumbuzo Notshe will start at No 8 in place of
Schalk Burger who has not recovered from a foot injury, with JD
Schickerling providing lock cover from the bench.
Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is fully focused
on returning to winning ways back on home turf at Newlands.
“The last few weeks have been quite frustrating for us, so we are
focused on delivering a convincing performance for our faithful
supporters at Newlands.
“We have worked very hard this week and the players are determined to
show what we are capable of when we get it right,” he said.
Saturday is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, and
the Stormers will be wearing pink armbands in support of PinkDrive
to raise awareness of Breast Cancer.
The curtain-raiser at Newlands between Western Province and Griquas will kick-off at 12:00 and not 12:15 as originally
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13
Daniel du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du
Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr,
5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe (captain), 2
Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble
Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Alistair Vermaak,
18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Louis
Schreuder, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Johnny Kotze
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter
(captain), 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian
Meyer, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys,
4 Lood de Jager, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles
Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Henco
Venter, 20 Neill Jordaan, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Nico Lee