Liebenberg returns off the bench for Stormers

March 6, 2013
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The Stormers will take on the defending champion Chiefs at DHL Newlands on Saturday (kick-off 17h05), and Coetzee has kept the changes to a minimum – making just two adjustments to the bench.

Fit-again Springbok hooker Tiaan Liebenberg comes in for Martin Bezuidenhout on the bench, whilst Dewaldt Duvenage replaces Louis Schreuder as the back-up to starting No.9 Nic Groom.

Groom will, again, combine with Elton Jantjies at halfback, with Damian de Allende and captain Jean de Villiers starting at centre for the third match in succession – giving the team much-needed continuity in crucial backline positions.

The DHL Stormers have not played against the Chiefs at DHL Newlands since 2009, but these two sides have enjoyed some great battles over the years in Super Rugby, with the Stormers leading the head-to-head tally by eight wins to the Chiefs’ six victories.

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s match and can be purchased at the DHL Newlands ticket office, PostNetoutlets and online at wprugby.ticketpros.co.za.

The DHL Stormers team to take on the Chiefs is as follows:

15. Joe Pietersen
14. Gio Aplon
13. Jean de Villiers (captain)
12. Damian de Allende
11. Bryan Habana
10. Elton Jantjies
9. Nic Groom
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

Reserves:
16. Tiaan Liebenberg
17. Pat Cilliers
18. Don Armand
19. Nizaam Carr
20. Dewaldt Duvenage
21. Peter Grant
22. Gerhard van den Heever

Referee: Jaco Peyper

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7 Comments

  1. avatar Craven says:
    March 6th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    That is not a bad team on paper, hopefully they transfer this to field as well.

  2. avatar JT_BOKBEFOK! says:
    March 6th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I am not a big fan of Groom – IMO he takes too long getting rid of the ball.
    No Wonder Jantjies has not looked the player he was at the Lions.

  3. avatar Aldo says:
    March 6th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    JT, dont rate Groom on current performance. The pack has been in reverse a couple of times this year.

    I just wish someone higher up would wake up to see that Bekker is a showpony and not a lock. As was his father. Last year Bekker began to impress me with the fact that he took part more where a lock should be, but he has never been a strong scrummager and spends way to much time in the outside centre channel. This team will be a lot better once the hard working Etsebeth is back to cover for Bekker’s lack of grit.

  4. avatar Boertjie says:
    March 6th, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Die Ellende was die beste agterspeler teen die Sharks.
    Maar dan loop alles weer dood by hom.

  5. avatar KingPaul says:
    March 7th, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Reply to Aldo @ 2:07 pm: I still believe that LangBek is still struggling with a back injury and therefor is not giving his all come scrum time.

  6. avatar Craven says:
    March 8th, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Tiaan! Tiaan! Tiaan! Tiaan!

    We need this guy at hooker. Fourie is just not good enough at doing hooker duties, for the rest he is very good.

  7. avatar Craven says:
    March 8th, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 2:52 pm:

    I do not think I saw him pass once?! He kept going to ground, and this after he did some nice stuff in the Currie Cup. They must be playing to instruction?

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