Tiaan to tackle Tahs
16 May 2012
The more robust Tiaan Liebenberg has been preferred to start against the Waratahs while Canadian Jebb Sinclair is promoted to the Stormers frontline because of injuries.
Liebenberg displaces Deon Fourie in the starting side, while Sinclair comes in for the injured Nizaam Carr. Western Province loose forward Don Armand is brought into the squad for Saturday’s game against the Waratahs, and so will miss the Vodacom Cup final against Griquas on Friday.
Meanwhile, coach Allister Coetzee will continue to search for an experienced player to cover the No 8 position.
Coetzee admitted that he had been in touch with Saracens loose forward Ernst Joubert as well as a few other players from overseas, but nothing has been confirmed as yet. Most players are locked into contracts and won’t be risked in the brutally physical environment of the Super Rugby competition.
Until Coetzee finds another experienced No 8 alternative, Siya Kolisi will provide cover in the position.
Stormers – 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Don Armand, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Gerhard van den Heever.