Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee has made four changes to the side that lost to the Cheetahs for this weekend’s Super Rugby match against the Highlanders.
The most notable change is the return of Schalk Burger who replaces Siya Kolisi at No.7 while Kurt Coleman will make his first start of 2014 in the flyhalf position.
Ffit-again hooker Scarra Ntubeni returns to the starting side as does winger Sailosi Tagicakibau.
“Having Scarra back to full fitness is a good thing for us. We have spoken about our set-piece, so it’s all about trying to get consistency there,” coach Coetzee said on the Stormers site.
“Players like Deon Fourie and Siya Kolisi can make a big impact for us off the bench – they’re game sharp and aware of the roles they need to fill.
“At the same time, I thought Schalk Burger and Kurt Coleman – who are starting this week – made big impacts off the bench against the Cheetahs,” added the Stormers boss.
“Kurt, in particular, has been very patient. He started the season late because of injury after a strong Currie Cup campaign in 2013 and he went on our Super Rugby tour without playing a minute.”
“He deserves this starting opportunity after showing some good touches against the Cheetahs.”
15. Jaco Taute , 14. Damian de Allende , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Jean de Villiers (captain) , 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau , 10. Kurt Coleman , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen , 7. Schalk Burger (vice-captain) , 6. Nizaam Carr , 5. Michael Rhodes , 4. Ruan Botha , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Scarra Ntubeni , 1. Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16. Deon Fourie , 17. Oliver Kebble , 18. Brok Harris , 19. Jurie van Vuuren , 20. Siya Kolisi , 21. Louis Schreuder , 22. Peter Grant , 23. Kobus van Wyk