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Preview – Waratahs v Stormers

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The DHL Stormers will be targeting this fixture as a hopeful tour win knowing full well what follows this will prove to be a much tougher challenge.

They will have some confidence following their home win over the Jaguares last week but some honest introspection will reveal that they just about  scraped through due to the usual Argentinean ill discipline .

PSDT and SP Marais will provide the tourists with some extra quality in key positions and Coach Robbie Fleck will be hoping that the poor finishing displayed last week was due to season opening rust.

The Waratahs had the better of the men from Cape Town with four wins in their last few matches.

Players to watch:

SP Marais and Pieter Steph du Toit is back in the Stormers lineup and with Marais moving into the number fifteen jumper with Leyds moving back to wing may bring the stability to the backline which was lacking last week.

Marais played a vital role for the Stormers on attack last year and coach Fleck will hope that he can spark the backiline again.

Prediction: We have not seen the Tahs playing and they were just awful last year but I tend to go with them by 7 points

Teams:

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Lalakai Foketi, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Curtis Rona, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Paddy Ryan, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson

Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Nick Palmer, 20 Jed Holloway, 21 Mitch Short, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Alex Newsome

Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Dean Muir, 17 JC Janse ven Rensburg, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 George Whitehead, 23 EW Viljoen

Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney

 

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