Stormers keep faith in Jantjies
Cape Town - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has retained the same starting XV that lost to the Sharks for their Super Rugby clash against the defending champion Chiefs at Newlands on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 17:05.
Fit-again Springbok hooker Tiaan Liebenberg comes in for Martin Bezuidenhout on the bench, while Dewaldt Duvenage replaces Louis Schreuder as the back-up to starting No 9 Nic Groom.
Groom will, again, combine with Elton Jantjies at halfback, with Damian de Allende and captain Jean de Villiers starting at centre for the third match in succession - giving the team much-needed continuity in crucial backline positions.
The Stormers have not played against the Chiefs at Newlands since 2009, but these two sides have enjoyed some great battles over the years in Super Rugby, with the Stormers leading the head-to-head tally by eight wins to the Chiefs’ six victories.
15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Don Armand, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Dewaldt Duvenhage, 21. Peter Grant, 22. Gerhard van den Heever
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)