Cape town - Fit-again back Dillyn Leyds has
been named in the Stormers' line-up for Saturday's Super Rugby clash against
the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein (17:05 kick-off).
Leyds slots back into the No 11 jersey
after missing his team’s hard-fought 15-13 win over the Bulls last Saturday
because of a shoulder injury, with Pat Howard dropping out of the match-day 23
The return of Leyds is one of just three
changes to the line-up that started against the Bulls, with prop Steven
Kitshoff and lock Eben Etzebeth both being rested - the latter as part of the
SA Franchise teams’ agreements with SA Rugby.
Oli Kebble will start in Kitshoff’s place
(in his first start at this level, after 16 caps from the bench), while Jean
Kleyn will make his 12th appearance in a Stormers jersey when he lines up
alongside Ruan Botha.
Prop Alastair Vermaak and lock Manuel
Carizza return to the match-day 23 this week (on the bench), while starting
tighthead prop Frans Malherbe and replacement scrumhalf Louis Schreuder are
both set to win their 50th caps for the Stormers.
Malherbe, who is 24 years old, made his
debut against the Lions on February 26, 2011. Schreuder, who is 25 years old,
played his first match for the Stormers against the Rebels on June 3, 2011.
The Stormers are currently on a three-game
winning streak, but have not won in Bloemfontein since 2012, with their record against
the Cheetahs at Super Rugby level at the Free State Stadium reading as follows:
played six, won three, lost three.
will have the same mindset for this weekend as we do for all South African derbies.
We understand how tough these games are and we know we need to pitch up, coach
Allister Coetzee told the Stormers’ official website.
“The Cheetahs pushed the in-form Lions in
Johannesburg last week, they’re a good side - especially in Bloemfontein - and
we know this will be a tough match.”
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin,
13 Francois Venter, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Sergeal Petersen, 10 Joe
Pietersen, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Tienie Burger,
5 Francois Uys (captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen/Maks van Dyk, 2
Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Dolph
Botha, 18 Maks van Dyk/Ewald van der Westhuizen, 19 Steven Sykes, 20 Carel
Greeff, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Francois Brummer, 23 Danie Dames
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan
de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic
Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Ruan
Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble
Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Alastair
Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Manuel Carizza, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis
Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones