Stormers pin hopes on Taute
Cape Town - Jaco Taute has been named at fullback for the Stormers' first home game of the 2014 Super Rugby season.
The Stormers will host the Hurricanes at Newlands on Friday, with Taute joining the starting line-up at fullback and Gio Aplon shifting across to the wing.
Damian de Allende will move from the wing to partner skipper Jean de Villiers in the Stormers midfield, the latter shifting to the No 13 jersey and Michael van der Spuy dropping out of the match-day squad altogether.
The rest of the team is unchanged from the line-up that went down 34-10 to the Lions last Saturday, as head coach Allister Coetzee looks to maintain consistency in selection.
“I’ve learnt from this competition that you take nothing for granted, it is never easy. You have to take your opportunities," Coetzee told the Stormers' official website
“We have to make sure we come up with a good performance. The Hurricanes, over the years, have never been scared to run the ball. That is their strength - as well as creating opportunities, with their ability to off-load - and will make it challenging for our defence.”
Kick-off for Friday's game is at 19:10.Teams:Stormers:
15. Jaco Taute, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Gio Aplon, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Manuel Carizza, 4. Rynhardt Elstadt, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Pat Cilliers, 19. Michael Rhodes, 20. Nizaam Carr, 21. Nic Groom, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Ryno EksteenHurricanes: