The DHL Stormers kicks this years edition of the Super Rugby of when they host the Jaguares on Saturday afternoon at Newlands.
With the Stormers having again a few issues with injuries in the beginning of the season it could be a tough start for the men from Cape Town.
Springboks like Pieter Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Jano Vermaak will not be available on Saturday.
Things do not get any easier for the Stormers as they have to tour against the likes of the Waratahs, Crusaders and Highlanders after this.
Home games will always be important in this competition and the Stormers can not afford to loose their first home game against the Jaguares.
The Jaguares is one of those teams that you never know what you will get which makes this an even more difficult game for the Stormers.
They have always been good in South Africa and one can expect them to come out firing on Saturday at Newlands.
One thing that the Stormers will be going out to do is to control and dominate the set pieces which the Jaguares struggled with last year.
Without the foundation the game becomes more difficult and we can expect a huge onslaught from both teams in this department.
The Stormers have an exciting look to their backline with youngster Willemse taking up the number 10 jumper.
They will surely miss Jones who moved to Scotland last year but De Allende and Viljoen will want to put their mark down early in the season.
De Allende had a difficult two years and needs to man up in the midfield if he still have the wish to be part of the Springboks.
One thing coach Fleck will want to have his team improve from last season is their defence.
Where the Stormers was know for their solid defence in the Coetzee era they lacked the ability to defend against the top teams and let through a bunch of tries last year.
With a good record against the Jaguares the Stormers will want to keep winning. Although the Jaguares have come close when playing in South Africa they have lost their last four games in the Republic.
Discipline will be key for the Argentinian team this year as they have been one of the most penalized team in the competition and have an average of 1 yellow card for almost every game they play.
Players to watch:
Dillyn Leyds – Leyds have been exceptional last year for the Stormers and he has been part of some pretty magical moments for the Stormers in 2017. His vision for the game and deseptive speed catch players unaware sometimes. Playing at fullback will give the Stormers a great attacking ability from the back.
Damien Willemse – Willemse is a star in the making and his talent has been on our TV sets since his schooldays and Paul Roos. Getting the opportunity to show his class will be a huge advantage for the youngster to grow as a player. He has a deadly step and his kicking game has improved, defence is something he will want to improve this year.
Prediction: It is a tough one with so many injuries for the Stormers but they should have enough to take the Jaguares
Follow the game live right here at Ruggaworld