The Stormers will be playing there last game which was a disastrous tour this Friday against the Rebels.
It does not get any easier for the men from Cape Town facing what is the top Aussie side this year at home.
The Stormers have been hampered with plenty of injuries going into this game.
They have already lost Pieter-Steph du Toit who went home for the birth of his baby. Add to that Siya Kolis, Eben Etzebeth, Chris van Zyl, SP Marais, JD Schickerling and Dan du Plessis.
With all these players out coach Robbie Fleck has given the captains armband to Springbok Steven Kitshoff for this weekend.
He takes over the captaincy from Kolisi who are being rested this week.
Kitshoff will have Bongi Mbonamb and Wilco Louw next to him in the front row with Salmaan Moerat and Cobus Wiese forming the new lock combination.
Johan du Toit will be covering from the bench.
Ernst van Rhyn will make his Stormers debut in place of Kolisi with Kobus van Dyk and Jaco Coetzee completing the loose trio.
Herchel Jantjies is the only change in the backline with Seabelo Senatla on the bench this weekend.
DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is determined to end their tour on a high in Melbourne on Friday.
“Our focus this week is on being as accurate as possible in everything that we do in order to make the most of our opportunities.
“The players have worked hard again this week as we look to end our tour on a high note,” he said.
David Wessels, coach of the Rebels have made four changes to his team.
Prop Sam Talakai, hooker Robbie Abel and lock Ross Haylett-Petty have all been included in the starting forward pack, while Richard Hardwick will warm the bench.
Jack Maddocks and Anaru Rangi will not be playing due to injury.
Matt Philip has also been sideline with a bruised heel with Pone Fa’amausili been left out for this weekend match.
Billy Meakes will start in the midfield after he has been cleared by SANZAAR judicial committee.
The Stormers will go into this match as the underdogs. Robbie Fleck will be hoping that his men can create the same opportunities as they have done the whole tour and that this time around they can also finish them off.
The Rebels are playing some great rugby and if the Stormers do not pitch up like they did last week against the Reds, we may see a massive defeat at the hands of the Rebels on Friday.
Some Interesting Facts (By: OPTA)
- The Stormers have won five of their previous six Super Rugby games against the Rebels including their last three on the bounce by an average margin of 19 points.
- The Melbourne Rebels have won their last three Super Rugby games on the bounce on home turf; the last time they won more was a four-game spree in mid-2015
- The Stormers have gone into the sheds level at half-time of each of their last two Super Rugby games in Australia but have gone on to lose both of those fixtures.
- The Rebels have conceded the most penalties per game of any team this campaign (13) and average nearly one yellow card per game.
- Only the NSW Waratahs’ Michael Hooper (102) has made more tackles in Super Rugby 2019 than Stormers’ Pieter-Steph du Toit (89).
Prediction: Although the hope will always be that the Stormers can turn things around, I do not see this happening this week, Rebels by 26
Rebels – 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Semisi Tupou, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Angus Cottrell (c), 6 Luke Jones, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Tetera Faulkner.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Esei Ha’angana, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Richard Hardwick, 22 Michael Ruru, 23 Campbell Magnay.
DHL Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Ernst van Rhyn (DHL Stormers debut), 5 Cobus Wiese, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Johan du Toit, 20 Juarno Augustus, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Josh Stander, 23 Seabelo Senatla.
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