Vodacom Super 14

Hurricanes make five changes

2010-03-11 20:04
Conrad Smith (AFP)

Cape Town - Hurricanes coach Colin Cooper has made five changes to the team that lost to the Cheetahs in round four of rugby's Super 14.

Cooper brought in prop Jacob Ellison and flanker Scott Waldrom on Thursday for the match against the Stormers.

All Blacks center Conrad Smith and wing Tamati Ellison, Jacob's brother, were recalled for Saturday's top-four contest after recovering from injury.

Willie Ripia has replaced Aaron Cruden at flyhalf.

The Hurricanes won their first three games of the season but fell to a surprise 28-12 defeat to the Cheetahs last weekend.

The Stormers have conceded just 38 points in their four games, the least in the 2010 competition.

They beat the Highlanders 33-0 in round four.

The teams:

Hurricanes:
15. Cory Jane, 14. Tamati Ellison, 13. Conrad Smith, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 11. David Smith, 10. Willie Ripia, 9. Piri Weepu, 8. Rodney So’oialo, 7. Scott Waldrom, 6. Victor Vito, 5. Michael Paterson, 4. Bryn Evans, 3. Neemia Tialata, 2. Andrew Hore, 1. Jacob Ellison
Substitutes: 16. Dane Coles, 17. John Schwalger, 18. Jeremy Thrush, 19. Karl Lowe, 20. Tyson Keats, 21. Aaron Cruden, 22. Alapati Leiua

Stormers:
15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Sireli Naqelevuki, 13. Jaque Fourie, 12. Juan de Jongh, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger (captain), 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Anton van Zyl, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Wicus Blaauw.
Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. JC Kritzinger, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Pieter Louw, 20. Ricky Januarie, 21. Lionel Cronje, 22. Gio Aplon.

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