Taute to tackle Cheetahs

Jaco Taute has made his comeback to the starting side to face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

Gerhard van der Heever’s injury has forced Coetzee to shift Joe Pietersen to wing and bring in Taute as the last line of defence. Elton Jantjies has successfully recovered from his injury to start, with Gary van Aswegen proving back up from the bench.

Michael Rhodes makes his debut on the side of the scrum, while there is a new face on the bench in Gerbrandt Grobler to cover the second row. Andries Bekker is set to become the first Stormers player to reach 100 Super Rugby matches.

Steven Kitshoff returns from his one week suspension, dropping Pat Cilliers to the bench, who is joined by Martin Bezuidenhout in the absence of Tiaan Liebenberg. Nizaam Carr, Louis Schreuder and Damian de Allende complete the bench.

Stormers: 15. Jaco Taute, 14. Joe Pietersen, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Gio Aplon, 10. Elton Jantjies 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff Substitutes: 16. Martin Bezuidenhout, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Nizaam Carr, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Gary van Aswegen, 22. Damian de Allende

By Richard Ferguson