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    Van Zyl in line for Stormers debut

    2016-07-14 12:57

    Cape Town - Lock Chris van Zyl will make his Stormers debut if he comes off the bench in their Super Rugby clash against the Southern Kings at Newlands on Saturday.

    The hard-working Van Zyl has shown great form as captain of Western Province this season, and is joined on the bench by prop JC Janse van Rensburg and scrumhalf Jano Vermaak who both make a return from injury.

    Huw Jones will start his first match of the season at outside centre in place of Daniel du Plessis who has been ruled out with concussion, and the only other change in the backline sees scrumhalf Louis Schreuder come into the starting line-up for Nic Groom who is being rested.

    In the forward pack, Stormers half-centurion Rynhardt Elstadt starts at flank with Siya Kolisi set to provide impact off the bench, Scarra Ntubeni comes in at hooker, and there are two new locks in JD Schickerling and Jean Kleyn, with Springboks Pieter-Steph du Toit and Eben Etzebeth being rested.

    As winners of Africa Conference One, the Stormers will be presented with their conference trophy after the clash with the Kings, which kicks off at 17:05 on Saturday

    However, head coach Robbie Fleck said that their focus is solely on gaining as much momentum as possible ahead of the knock-out phase of the competition.

    “It is great that we have won our conference before the last game of the regular season, but that does not mean we will compromise on intensity against the Southern Kings this weekend,” Fleck told the Stormers’ official website.

    “We need to play our best rugby in order to take some meaningful momentum into the play-offs, so this is a vital match for us.”

    Teams:

    Stormers

    15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Schalk Burger (captain), 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak.

    Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 JP Smith, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Scott van Breda

    Kings

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