The Stormers are back from their tour and will be at home against the Brumbies this weekend.
They came off a great win over the Rebels on their last tour match which was also the only match they won on a their four week tour to New Zealand and Australia.
For the Stormers to rectify the losses on tour they need to make sure that they are on the winning side of things for their home games at the very lease.
Robbie Fleck made three changes to the side starting with Joshua Stander in for Du Plessis who has not been on form.
Dan Kriel will also come in for De Allende who has a week off this time around.
In the forwards Pieter-Steph du Toit take his place again at the blindside with Kobus van Dyk moving to No.8.
Fleck has also included Neethling Fouche, loose forward Siya Kolisi and utility back JJ Engelbrecht on his bench for the game.
The Brumbies have included Jahrome Brown who will make his first start for the Brumbies this weekend.
Brown is the only change to the side that beat the Lions last week as they look to start their tour on a winning note at Newlands.
It has been a good week for the Brumbies who had a difficult season so far being too inconsistent so far this year.
They did have a good two weeks giving the Crusaders something to think about in that first half two weeks ago and last weeks win was a good change for the team.
Touring the Republic has been good for the Brumbies in the past and the Stormers will have their work cut out for them on Saturday.
Although the past two season have not been great for the men from Cape Town they have a great record at home and the Brumbies will find that out when they ran out on Saturday.
The Brumbies is well know for putting phases together for long periods of time which means Flecks men defence need to be on par.
The set pieces will give us an interesting battle and may be the key in the end result.
Willemse time at fullback has seen the youngster getting more confidence which suppoerters hope in resulting him making a step-up.
It will be interesting to see how Kriel and Nel go in the midfield. Nel had a much better game last week when Stander came on and it may be the key for them on attack.
Stander have been playing some good rugby since last year and gets a well earned start at ten. He has a brilliant boot and have shown he is a ten that can read the game.
Du Toit will make a difference coming back into the team.
Kitshoff will again lead the team from the front row.
Some Interesting Facts (OPTA)
- The Stormers have won four of their last five at home against the Brumbies in the Super Rugby regular season (L1).
- The Brumbies have won five of their last seven games in Super Rugby in South Africa (L2), scoring 25 points or more in four of those wins
- The Stormers have won eight of their last 10 at home in Super Rugby (L2), a run dating back to the start of the 2018 campaign.
- In their last Super Rugby match (v Lions), the Brumbies beat 41 defenders as a collective, their highest tally recorded since 2011, their previous best was 35 at home to the Chiefs in Round 20 2014.
- Damian de Allende (Stormers) has scored a try in each of his last two matches, he has achieved this once before in Super Rugby (Round 15-16 2015) but never posted three tries in as many matches.
Prediction: Difficult one but momentum may just be with the Stormers at home, Stormers by 11
Stormers –15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Kobus van Dyk, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Cobus Wiese, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (c).
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corné Fourie, 18 Neethling Fouché, 19 Johan du Toit, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 JJ Engelbrecht, 23 Seabelo Senatla.
Brumbies – 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Tom Wright, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Christian Lealiifano (c), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Tom Cusack, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 James Slipper, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Murray Douglas, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Andy Muirhead.