SUPER RUGBY Preview : Stormers vs Cheetahs

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Daniel du Plessis will make his Stormers debut in Saturday’s Super Rugby clash with the Cheetahs at Newlands after being named at centre.

The talented young midfielder, who has been in excellent form for Western Province, comes into the team at outside centre for Juan de Jongh who is sidelined with a back strain, while Johnny Kotze moves to the replacements bench in place of the injured Huw Jones.

In the forward pack Sikhumbuzo Notshe will start at number eight in place of Schalk Burger who has not recovered from a foot injury, with JD Schickerling providing lock cover from the bench.

Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is fully focused on returning to winning ways back on home turf at Newlands.

“The last few weeks have been quite frustrating for us, so we are focused on delivering a convincing performance for our faithful supporters at DHL Newlands,” he said.

“We have worked very hard this week and the players are determined to show what we are capable of when we get it right.”

Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has made one change to his starting XV that will face the Stormers in their game at Newlands on Saturday.

The outfit from Bloemfontein will enter the match fresh after their bye week, which they went into following a 34-20 victory over the Kings.

Smith has decided to rotate at scrum-half as Tian Meyer comes in for Shaun Venter. This means Venter will have to wait for his 50th cap.

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Daniel du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe (c), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Johnny Kotze

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois Venter (c), 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais
Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Armandt Koster, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Nico Lee

Date: Saturday, May 28
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 15:00 local (13:00 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Referees: Ben O’Keeffe, Nick Briant
TMO: Shaun Veldsman


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