Eben boost for Stormers

The Stormers have been boosted by returns from injury for Eben Etzebeth, Elton Jantjies and Siya Kolisi.

Coach Allister Coetzee has kept the changes to a minimum though, bringing the long term injured Etzebeth and Jantjies back via the bench. Siya Kolisi has been named in the starting line-up after his late withdrawal last week.

Frans Malherbe is back in the front row, at the expense of Pat Cilliers, with Brok Harris and Nic Groom dropping from the match 22 altogether, along with Michael Rhodes, who is back in South Africa already.

Gary van Aswegen has showed good form in his two starts so far and it will be an interesting battle for the ten jersey between him and Elton Jantjies.

Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff. Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Eben Etzebeth, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Damian de Allende.

By Richard Ferguson