Stormers team vs Saders

March 27, 2013
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Springbok Pat Cilliers will make his second start of the 2013 season, after being named at loosehead prop for the DHL Stormers’ Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Crusaders at DHL Newlands on Saturday (kick-off 19h10).

Cilliers comes in for the suspended Steven Kitshoff in the No.1 jersey in one of two changes to the Stormers starting line-up that claimed a 35-22 win over the previously unbeaten Brumbies this past weekend.

The other change is also in the front row, with hooker Tiaan Liebenberg (elbow) a late injury-victim.

Currie Cup-winning captain Deon Fourie will start in the No.2 jersey for the DHL Stormers, with Martin Bezuidenhout being named amongst the replacements once again.

Bezuidenhout, who is on loan from the Lions this season, will be joined on the bench by the experienced Brok Harris (77 Super Rugby appearances) – who, in turn, will be part of a Stormers matchday squad for the first time this year.

Speaking about the challenge of facing the Crusaders, who have beaten the Stormers in their last three encounters, coach Allister Coetzee said: “They’re a top quality side – they’re the Crusaders after all, a side that’s won many (Super Rugby) competitions.”

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

15. Joe Pietersen

14. Gio Aplon

13. Juan de Jongh

12. Jean de Villiers (captain)

11. Gerhard van den Heever

10. Elton Jantjies

9. Dewaldt Duvenage

8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain)

7. Rynhardt Elstadt

6. Siya Kolisi

5. Andries Bekker*

4. De Kock Steenkamp

3. Frans Malherbe

2. Deon Fourie

1. Pat Cilliers


16. Martin Bezuidenhout

17. Brok Harris

18. Don Armand

19. Nizaam Carr

20. Nic Groom

21. Damian de Allende

22. Jaco Taute

Referee: Craig Joubert

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  1. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    March 27th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Going to miss Liebenberg… his was instrumental in containing the strong Brumbies front-row in set pieces, tight-loose and of course LO’s…

  2. avatar Pokkel says:
    March 27th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Stormers front row looks a lot weaker without Tiaan and Kitshoff. Stormers will have to play very well to make up for a weaker scrum.

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