Van Zyl in line for Stormers debut
Cape Town - Lock Chris van Zyl will make his Stormers debut
if he comes off the bench in their Super Rugby clash against the Southern Kings
at Newlands on Saturday.
The hard-working Van Zyl has shown great form as captain of Western
Province this season, and is joined on the bench by prop JC Janse van Rensburg
and scrumhalf Jano Vermaak who both make a return from injury.
Huw Jones will start his first match of the season at outside
centre in place of Daniel du Plessis who has been ruled out with concussion,
and the only other change in the backline sees scrumhalf Louis Schreuder come
into the starting line-up for Nic Groom who is being rested.
In the forward pack, Stormers half-centurion Rynhardt
Elstadt starts at flank with Siya Kolisi set to provide impact off the bench,
Scarra Ntubeni comes in at hooker, and there are two new locks in JD
Schickerling and Jean Kleyn, with Springboks Pieter-Steph du Toit and Eben
Etzebeth being rested.
As winners of Africa Conference One, the Stormers will be
presented with their conference trophy after the clash with the Kings, which
kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday
However, head coach Robbie Fleck said that their focus is
solely on gaining as much momentum as possible ahead of the knock-out phase of
“It is great that we have won our conference before the last
game of the regular season, but that does not mean we will compromise on
intensity against the Southern Kings this weekend,” Fleck told the Stormers’ official
“We need to play our best rugby in order to take some
meaningful momentum into the play-offs, so this is a vital match for us.”
15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Damian de
Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Schalk Burger
(captain), 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Jean
Kleyn, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18
JP Smith, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Brandon
Thomson, 23 Scott van Breda