Grant gets green light

Stormers coach Kobus van der Merwe has handed jersey 10 to Peter Grant and shifted Jean de Villiers to the wing, whilst Crusaders counterpart Robbie Deans has rested Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Leon MacDonald for their Vodacom Super 14 clash on Saturday.

Van der Merwe explained his reasonings to keo.co.za behind De Villiers’ shift yesterday, and intimated that Grant had impressed sufficiently in his 30 minute cameo against the Reds to deserve a starting berth.

Naas Olivier has worn jersey 10 for the last four matches.

Neil de Kock has recovered sufficiently from injury to reclaim a starting position after his immense display against the Chiefs.

Joe Pietersen gets another shot at fullback and the 2004 Tri-Nations winning centre combination of De Wet Barry and Marius Joubert play in tandem for the first time this year.

The pack is unchanged but for Ross Skeate’s expected return to the second row in place of Gerrie Britz.

Meanwhile the Crusaders have rested their three biggest names. Carter and MacDonald are named on the bench, but McCaw is left out out of the match 22.

Johnny Leo’o starts as opensider, with Cameron McIntyre and Scott Hamilton the replacements for Carter and MacDonald respectively.

STORMERS SIDE TO PLAY THE CRUSADERS

15. Joe Pietersen
14. Rayno Benjamin
13. Marius Joubert
12. De Wet Barry (c)
11. Jean de Villiers
10. Peter Grant
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
1. JD Moller

Subs

16. Hanyani Shimange
17. Neil Fullard
18. Gerrie Britz
19. Adri Badenhorst
20. Bolla Conradie
21. Naas Olivier
22. Chumani Booi

CRUSADERS SIDE TO PLAY THE STORMERS

15. Scott Hamilton
14. Rico Gear
13. Casey Laulala
12. Aaron Mauger
11. Caleb Ralph
10. Cameron McIntyre
9. Kevin Senio
8. Mose Tuali’i
7. Johnny Leo’o
6. Reuben Thorne (c)
5. Brad Mika
4. Chris Jack
3. Campbell Johnstone
2. Corey Flynn
1. Greg Somerville

Subs

16. Tone Kopelani
17. Wyatt Crockett
18. Craig Clarke
19. Tanerau Latimer
20. Andy Ellis
21. Dan Carter
22. Leon MacDonald