Plumtree wary of Stormers
Cape Town - Hurricanes forwards coach John
Plumtree has hinted that they will bring back their big guns for their Super
Rugby clash against the Stormers in Wellington this Friday.
The unbeaten Hurricanes rested All Black
backs Beauden Barrett and Julian Savea, as well as prop Ben Franks and hooker
Dane Coles, for their 36-12 win over the Melbourne Rebels last week.
Plumtree, a former coach of the Sharks,
expects the Stormers to bounce back following their 39-21 loss to the
Highlanders in Dunedin.
"I think you can probably expect some
guys might come back in to it. We have a lot of respect for the Stormers.
They've been a top side for a long time and I know a lot of them, Plumtree told
the Stuff.co.nz website.
"They will be hurting after what
happened to them last week and we expect them to respond positively in terms of
intensity and everything will go up another few notches this week.”
With a second bye week following the
Stormers game, the Hurricanes have little reason to rest anyone as they look to
keep their winning momentum going.
Friday’s clash at Westpac Stadium kicks off
at 08:35 (SA time).
15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13.
Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Dillyn Leyds, 10. Demetri Catrakilis,
9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7. Schalk Burger, 6. Siya Kolisi,
5. Manuel Carizza, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Vincent Koch, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1.
Substitutes: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Oli
Kebble, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Ruan Botha, 20. Michael Rhodes, 21. Louis
Schreuder, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Huw Jones