Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee
has made three changes ahead of Saturday's all-South African Super Rugby clash
against the Cheetahs at Newlands (kick-off 17h05).
One of the changes sees Nizaam Carr replace
Schalk Burger at No 6, the latter being rested as part of the SA franchises’
agreement with SA Rugby, Carr winning his 50 Stormers cap in the process.
In the second change up front, Vincent Koch
gets a start at tighthead prop with Frans Malherbe reverting to the bench,
while Nic Groom and Louis Schreuder swap between the No 21 and No 9 jerseys -
with Groom starting - in the only change to the backline.
The Stormers are currently in first
position on the SA Conference log, with nine wins from 13 games, and will be
looking to make it 10 from 14 with just one home league match remaining this
The Cheetahs beat the Stormers 25-17 in
Bloemfontein earlier this month, the men from the Cape having won 33-0 the last
time they met at Newlands (on May 24, 2014).
“We need to perform and get the points this
weekend to ensure we remain in contention for the Super Rugby playoffs,”
Coetzee told the Stormers’ official website.
“We want to consolidate (on) our systems
and ensure we keep winning, but, in order to do that, we will continue to focus
on our own game and ensure we limit our mistakes against a Cheetahs team that
will punish us if we are not accurate - as they did against us in Bloemfontein.
“It’s a big game for the Cheetahs, they
always look forward to this fixture - against the Stormers in Cape Town.
They will be up for it and we need to ensure we’re up for it too - both
mentally and physically.”
Saturday’s match, the Stormers’ second last
home league game of 2015, will double up as celebration match as the Western
Province Rugby Football Union commemorates Newlands Rugby Stadium’s 125th year
of existence, as well as 23 years of unity within the WPRFU.
Newlands Rugby Stadium is regarded as one
of the most iconic rugby venues in the world, having hosted some memorable
matches over the years - at international, Super Rugby and Currie Cup level,
with some great players, both locally and from abroad, having been in action on
its hallowed turf.
15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Seabelo Senatla, 13.
Juan de Jongh (vice-captain), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Dillyn Leyds, 10.
Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7. Siya Kolisi,
6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Manuel Carizza, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Vincent Koch, 2. Scarra
Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Oli
Kebble, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Jean Kleyn, 20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21. Louis
Schreuder, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Huw Jones
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal
Petersen, 13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Joe
Pietersen, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Tienie Burger, 5
Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld,
1 Danie Mienie
Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 BG Uys,
18 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Sarel
Pretorius, 22 Coenie van Wyk, 23 Rayno Benjamin