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    Stormers select new halfback pairing for Sharks

    2017-05-25 14:22

    Cape Town - Stormers coach Robbie Fleck has made some key changes to the backline to face the Sharks at Kings Park in Durban on Saturday.

    There is a new halfback pairing as scrumhalf Jano Vermaak links up with fit-again flyhalf Kurt Coleman who starts his first match this season.

    This means that Dillyn Leyds is back on the left wing, with Seabelo Senatla on the replacements bench alongside Juan de Jongh, who makes his return from injury having played for Western Province in the SuperSport Rugby Challenge last week.

    In the midfield experienced centre Damian de Allende starts at inside centre after making an impact as a replacement last week.

    The forward pack which started the 30-22 victory against the Blues at Newlands has been retained, with lock Pieter-Steph du Toit set to earn his 50th Super Rugby cap.

    The only change up front comes on the replacements bench as Chris van Zyl provides lock cover this week.

    Fleck said that after playing four New Zealand teams in a row his side is expecting a typically tough South African derby against the Sharks in Durban.

    "It is always tough going to Kings Park and we know that we will be seriously tested over there, but our focus is on developing our own game," he said.

    "The team would like to build on our win against the Blues, so our focus this week has been on backing up on that performance."

    Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:15.

    Teams:

    Sharks

    15 Lwazi Mvovo, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Johan Deysel, 11 Sbu Nkosi, 10 Garth April, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Jean-Luc du Preez, 6 Philip van der Walt (captain), 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Thomas du Toit

    Substitutes: 16 Franco Marais, 17 Beast Mtawarira, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Etienne Oosthuizen, 20 Tera Mtembu, 21 Michael Claassens, 22 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 23 Odwa Ndungane

    Stormers

    15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.

    Substitutes:16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Juan de Jongh, 23 Seabelo Senatla.

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    Saturday, 17 February 2018
    • Stormers v Jaguares, Cape Town 15:05
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