Taute handed first Stormers run

Jaco Taute will start at fullback when the Stormers tackle the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Taute spent most of 2012 at centre with the Lions and Springboks, but he will start his first game for the Stormers at his preferred position of fullback in the Cape franchise’s opening warm-up clash.

Another loaned Lion in hooker Martin Bezuidenhout also features in the run-on side.

Flyhalf Kurt Coleman gets the No 10 jersey, with Elton Jantjies given compassionate leave following his father’s recent passing and Peter Grant still in Japan. Pivot Gary van Aswegen was left out of the match-day squad as he continues to struggle with injury.

No 8 Duane Vermeulen captains the team.

Stormers – 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Don Armand, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Ruan Botha, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Rayn Smid, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Pat Howard, 23 Gerhard van den Heever, 24 Joe Pietersen.