Stormers coach Kobus van der Merwe has named an unchanged team for their Vodacom Super 14 match against the Sharks in Durban.
The Cape franchise are full of confidence after their shock win against the Crusaders last weekend, and have predictably kept faith with that side.
While the Sharks will be favourites going into the game, their recent record against Cape sides is poor. The Stormers beat the Sharks 26-12 in the Super 12 last year, with Western Province beating the Sharks 47-19 at Newlands and 45-21 at King’s Park in their two Currie Cup matches.
Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant, who went to Maritzburg College and played for Natal Schools, says he is looking forward to testing himself against Percy Montgomery.
“I played against Monty in the Currie Cup and had good games, not missing too many kicks,” Grant told the Cape Argus. “At least we know what to expect at King’s Park on Saturday. It’s a little sandy underfoot and you have to be choosy about what boots to wear. And the wind swirls in the bowl-like stadium.
“Even as a schoolboy I remember watching how much the ball moves in the air. That means when you kick for touch, you need to know what to expect,” he said.
Stormers team to play Sharks:
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