Percy Montgomery has been axed, Peter Grant has been restored to flyhalf and Wylie Human starts at wing against the Waratahs.
Coach Rassie Erasmus seems to have temporarily shelved his idea that Willem de Waal and Grant can form an effective 10-12 axis. Grant rightfully starts in his strongest position after De Waal delivered a series of limp performances.
This also sees captain Jean de Villiers shift back to inside centre, where he’s played well despite his team struggling. Gcobani Bobo is also reinstated to his preferred position of outside centre.
Human’s selection is a perplexing one given that the veteran was ordinary in the 2008 Super 14 and Absa Currie Cup. He looked hopelessly out of his depth at both levels and the recall smacks of desperation from an under pressure Erasmus.
The retention of Percy Montgomery at fullback and the inclusion of Conrad Jantjes on the wing would have given the back three a better balance. Instead the 102-cap Springbok Montgomery drops out of the match 22 completely to accommodate De Waal on the bench.
Stormers – 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Wylie Human, 13 Gcobani Bobo, 12 Jean De Villiers (c), 11 Sireli Naqelevuki, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Luke Watson, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 AJ Venter, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Subs: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 JD Moller, 18 Hilton Lobberts, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Willem De Waal, 22 Dylan Des Fountain.