De Jongh leads Stormers in Sydney
Cape Town - Centre Juan de Jongh has
recovered from an ankle injury and will lead the Stormers in their Super Rugby
clash against the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday.
De Jongh was an 11th hour withdrawal from
the team last weekend, but he is fit to take his place in the No 13 shirt this
week and assume the leadership responsibilities in the absence of Duane
Vermeulen, who is back in South Africa as part of the rest agreement with SA
Nizaam Carr returns to the No 8 position in
place of Vermeulen in a new-look loose trio, which sees vice-captain Schalk Burger
pack down at No 6 and Michael Rhodes making his first start (at No 7) since
picking up a knee injury against the Lions at the end of February.
Siya Kolisi drops to the bench after two
successive starts on tour and will be joined amongst the replacements this week
by prop Vincent Koch, lock Jean Kleyn and centre/wing Huw Jones.
Koch makes way for Frans Malherbe in the No
3 shirt - in what will be Springbok tighthead prop Malherbe’s first start of
2015 - Kleyn comes in for Ruan Botha as the lock replacement and Jones reverts
to the bench after an impressive starting debut in place of De Jongh last week.
The Stormers and ‘Tahs have met on seven
previous occasions in Sydney, with the hosts shading the head-to-head battle by
four wins to three. In all, these teams have played against each other 17
times, with the Stormers winning seven and losing nine and the sides drawing
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash is scheduled
for 11:40 (SA time).
15 Israel Folau, 14 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 13
Matt Carraro, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps,
8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 David Dennis
(captain), 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Benn Robinson
Substitutes (from): 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau,
17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Mitchell Chapman, 20 Pat McCutcheon 21
Stephen Hoiles, 22 Brendan McKibbin, 23 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 24 Peter Betham, 25
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan
de Jongh (captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri
Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Schalk Burger, 5
Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Oli
Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22
Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones