Shimmie starts for Stormers

Schalk Brits will be on the subs bench at his old home ground when the Stormers take on the Cats at Ellis Park this Saturday.

“Splinters” Shimange will get a rare start, although Brits should come on at some stage during the second half.

“My first aim is to prove to Kobus van der Merwe that I deserve the No 2 jersey of the Stormers. I want to show him and the panel that I deserve to be in the starting line-up,” Brits told the Cape Times.

“I also want to prove to the Cats that they have lost a good player, even though they did everything in their power to keep me. I am going to play against old friends, which will be tough. I can’t wait … it’s going to be scary. I know they’re going to come for me, but the best form of defence is attack.”

Meanwhile, Bolla Conradie is expected to wear the No 9 jersey ahead of Neil de Kock, while captain De Wet Barry is 90% sure of being fit for the game.

Possible Stormers team:

15 Werner Greeff, 14 Ryno Benjamin, 13 De Wet Barry, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Bolla Conradie, 8 Adri Badenhorst, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Luke Watson, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Andries Bekker, 3 Eddie Andrews, 2 Hanyani Shimange, 1 JD Moller.