Allister Coetzee has reinstated Dewaldt Duvenage at No 9 while Adriaan Fondse’s return will lend the Stormers pack some grunt.
Duvenage rightly regains his starting place after Ricky Januarie’s shocking showing against the Force last week. Duvenage’s return gives the Stormers more kicking options, but more importantly ensures attacking ball will be quickly recycled at the ruck.
Juan de Jongh is also back at centre after a three-week layoff because of a elbow injury. Tim Whithead moves to the bench while Frikkie Welsh is dropped from the match 22.
As reported on keo.co.za on Monday, JD Moller will start at loosehead as JC Kritzinger is battling with a hamstring injury. The coaching staff were going to give Kritzinger until Friday but the young prop has failed to show sufficient progress to justify his inclusion on the bench.
Coetzee told this website Fondse would feature on the tour, and the No 4 lock is rushed back into the starting line-up in his first Stormers’ match of the season. De Kock Steenkamp is dropped from the matchday squad completely.
Stormers – 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Sireli Naqelevuki, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenhage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (c), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 JD Moller.
Subs: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Eusebio Guinazu, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Willem de Waal, 22 Tim Whitehead.