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Stormers bank on rookie flyhalf – Gary van Aswegen will start at No 10 against the Lions while the more experienced Peter Grant is warm the bench.
As expected, Danie Poolman comes in for the injured Gio Aplon on the right wing, while Rynhardt Elstadt will also earn his first start at No 4. Deon Fourie fills in for the injured Tiaan Liebenberg at hooker while Springbok prop CJ van der Linde plays his first game for the franchise at loosehead.
Coach Allister Coetzee has opted for the experience of Jaque Fourie and Jean de Villiers in the centres. Saturday will mark Fourie’s return to rugby after a foot injury sidelined him in the 2010 Currie Cup.
Stormers - 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (c), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 CJ van der Linde.
Subs: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Peter Grant, 22 Juan de Jongh.
Cheetahs sweat on Juan - The Cheetahs are hoping that Juan Smith will be cleared for their clash against the Bulls in Bloemfontein this Friday.
The Cheetahs skipper suffered a calf strain at training last week, which ruled him out of his team’s Super Rugby opener against the Sharks. If Smith does not pass a late fitness test, Philip van der Walt will start at blindside flank.
Hooker Ryno Barnes also slots in for the injured Adriaan Strauss (broken hand).
Meanwhile, head coach Naka Drotske plans to contest the Bulls’ lineouts by fielding two specialists in Waltie Vermeulen and former Bulls lock Wilhelm Steenkamp. This sees Francois Uys relegated to the bench.
Cheetahs – 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Philip Burger, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Rayno Benjamin, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Kabamba Floors, 7 Juan Smith (c)/Philip van der Walt, 6 Frans Viljoen, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 WP Nel, 2 Ryno Barnes, 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Subs: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 Kobus Calldo, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Ashley Johnson, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Riaan Viljoen.