Stormers give Grant the boot

    2014-04-30 13:00
    Cape Town - Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee has made four changes ahead of Saturday afternoon' Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders.

    The Stormers will take on the high-riding Highlanders at Newlands with fit-again hooker Scarra Ntubeni back in the front row and hard-running wing Sailosi Tagicakibau wearing the No 11 jersey.

    In other changes, experienced Springbok flank Schalk Burger comes in for Siya Kolisi at No 7 and Kurt Coleman will make his first start of 2014 in the flyhalf position, with the out-of-form Peter Grant dropped to the bench.

    "Having Scarra back to full fitness is a good thing for us. We have spoken about our set-piece, so it's all about trying to get consistency there," coach Coetzee told the Stormers' official website.

    "Players like Deon Fourie and Siya Kolisi can make a big impact for us off the bench - they're game sharp and aware of the roles they need to fill.

    "At the same time, I thought Schalk Burger and Kurt Coleman - who are starting this week - made big impacts off the bench against the Cheetahs," added the Stormers boss.

    "Kurt, in particular, has been very patient. He started the season late because of injury after a strong Currie Cup campaign in 2013 and he went on our Super Rugby tour without playing a minute. He deserves this starting opportunity after showing some good touches against the Cheetahs."



    15. Jaco Taute, 14. Damian de Allende, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Michael Rhodes, 4. Ruan Botha, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

    Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Brok Harris, 19. Jurie van Vuuren, 20. Siya Kolisi, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Peter Grant, 23. Kobus van Wyk



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