Seven changes for DHL Stormers


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Head coach Allister Coetzee has announced a team showing seven changes for the DHL Stormers’ final Vodacom Super Rugby tour match on Saturday – against the Reds in Brisbane(kick-off 10h40 SA time).

Springbok centre Juan de Jongh has been restored to the starting line-up, following his return from injury via the bench last weekend, whilst WP Under-21 star Jurie van Vuuren will make his first Super Rugby start after being named to partner Michael Rhodes at lock. Van Vuuren, who came off the bench last week, is a product of the WP Rugby Institute in Stellenbosch and has lifted silverware with the DHL WP Under-19 (2012) and Under-21 (2013) teams in the past two seasons.

His promotion to the starting XV, in the absence of injured lock Ruan Botha, is one of three changes to the DHL Stormers pack that started against the Brumbies in Canberra last Saturday – the others see Deon Fourie start at hooker and Nizaam Carr come in at No.6. In the backline, meanwhile, the return of De Jongh means a switch back to inside centre for captain Jean de Villiers and Damian de Allende moving back to the wing where he began the 2014 season. Louis Schreuder will come in at scrumhalf, with Nic Groom dropping down to the bench after three starts in a row. Groom also has a slight niggle and did not train fully this week.

In a final backline change, Kobus van Wyk drops out of the matchday 23 altogether after taking a knock to his knee against the Brumbies, with Jaco Taute back on the bench after resting his troublesome AC Joint last weekend.

Taute, in turn, will be joined on the bench by DHL WP Vodacom Cup stars, lock Tazz Fuzani and loose forward Sikhumbuzo Nothse. Both Fuzani and Notshe, who arrived in Brisbane just a day ago, are uncapped at Super Rugby level.

Fuzani, 23, played three Absa Currie Cup matches for DHL Western Province last season, to go with nine appearances at Vodacom Cup level, whilst Notshe – who left school at the end of 2012 – has played 12 Vodacom Cup matches for Province.

Looking ahead to the weekend, coach Coetzee told “We’d dearly love to finish our tour with a victory in Brisbane. “We know it won’t be easy, but the guys remain positive and determined to make it count this weekend against a Reds team that will also be desperate to get back to winning ways after two losses in South Africa.”

The DHL Stormers team for Saturday (v the Reds) is as follows:
15. Gio Aplon
14. Damian de Allende
13. Juan de Jongh
12. Jean de Villiers (captain)
11. Sailosi Tagicakibau
10. Peter Grant
9. Louis Schreuder
8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain)
7. Siya Kolisi
6. Nizaam Carr
5. Michael Rhodes
4. Jurie van Vuuren
3. Frans Malherbe
2. Deon Fourie
1. Steven Kitshoff
16. Stephan Coetzee
17. Oliver Kebble
18. Brok Harris
19. Tazz Fuzani
20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
21. Nic Groom
22. Demetri Catrakilis
23. Jaco Taute
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)

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  1. I do not care actually anymore…Union needs changes and until that happen i will follow in a distance.

    Have better things to worry about than these useless twats….like my sons first Rugby Tour next week….Go my boy!!!wish I could have been there.

  2. @Jacques(Bunny): Jees I said that 5 years ago…in fact I ditched the Stormers for the Sharks 2002.

    The Stormers are like the Wharatahs, this year boys this year you will win it. Yep.

    Fire the kak coach yes Bryce fire AC and the all the doeses that run that eff up of an excuse of a union.
    What a disgrace for one of the biggest Unions in the world, one of the most supported in Supersh1t.

    For me AC is the ultimate in AA mentality, no AC its not participation its to win the dam thing. Now go fire your under performing ass.

    But as you know eventually the coach might go but those plonkers who hired him will they fall on their swords too?

    Like I said in 2003 boycott Newlands, stop going to the games otherwise you are as guilty as Poephol.

  3. Wow you guys, yes the Stormers are failing. Yes they are poor, but jees their injury list is as long as my …. Uhm…. Arm. Just last year in the cc you guys still performed well with a young team. Cape Town is beginning to sound more and more like PTA.

    In PTA our biggest problem is a sense that we deserve success, we dont, we will have failures, we will dissapoint, the olayers are just human, but that is why we start calling for the coaches head after 2 losses. I allways found the WP fans more levelheaded, not saying better as I love the rugby knowledge of true rugby supporters in PTA, just you guys dont seem to overreact as we tend to. Not anymore it seems.

  4. @Aldo: Aldo, its the fact that AC had since 2008 to do something with new guys upon new guys and it is still the same shit gameplan that by the way is not working, the same excuses and most off all we still loose the same amount of youngsters to other provinces because the Cape-Mob dictate who gets contracts and who not.

    WP / Stormers has and always will be my team but for 5/6 enough is enough.

    Boycott the idiots and make them realise we as supporters is fed-up. I actually hope the Reds fuck them up good this weekend otherwise if they win they will come out again and say AC is on the right track.

    Have you seen the players in this Stormers squad and team, we have the players but we do not have the know how, how to win games anymore.

  5. We have the power to change…just boycott the team or product and things change quickly.
    I packed my streeptrui away long long time ago and call me fickle but until they actually deliver on the quality of junior ans senior talent then fuck em.

    One currie cup saved his ass. Its about winning or find some one that can especially for such a big rich well supported union with so much talent, you mock the history of Newlands….