De Kock gets his chance

Neil de Kock starts only his second match of the Vodacom Super 14 on Saturday. Coach Kobus van der Merwe has included De Kock as one of four changes to his backline that bumbled against the Blues.

De Kock replaces Bolla Conradie after the latter’s form has tailed off after an impressive beginning to the season.

As predicted on keo.co.za this week, Tonderai Chavhanga gets an opportunity at fullback in a back three high on pace but defensively frail.

Joe van Niekerk returns as Van der Merwe is able to name his first choice back row for the first time in 10 weeks, and Ross Skeate replaces Gerrie Britz and not Andries Bekker.

Bekker’s performance against the Blues was his biggest of the season.

Schalk Brits captains the side from the front row, whilst ousted skipper De Wet Barry retains a spot on the bench.

STORMERS SIDE TO PLAY THE CHIEFS

15.       Tonderai Chavhanga
14.       Rayno Benjamin
13.       Marius Joubert
12.       Jean De Villiers
11.       Jongi Nokwe
10.       Naas Olivier
9.         Neil de Kock
8.         Joe van Niekerk
7          Schalk Burger
6.         Luke Watson
5.         Andries Bekker
4.         Ross Skeate
3.         Eddie Andrews
2.         Schalk Brits (c)
1.         JD Moller

Subs

16.       Hanyani Shimange
17.       Neil Fullard
18.       Gerrie Britz
19.       Adri Badenhorst
20.       Bolla Conradie
21.       Peter Grant
22.       De Wet Barry

By Chris Hewitt.