Super Rugby Preview – Quarter Final #4 – Stormers vs Chiefs

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Fly-half Robert du Preez will make his return for the Stormers in their Super Rugby quarter-final with the Chiefs at Newlands on Saturday.

After starting the first two games of the season, Du Preez injured his knee against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein in Round Two and comes into the starting XV for Jean-Luc du Plessis who was injured in the victory against the Kings.

There is one other change to the backline as scrum-half Nic Groom returns after being rested against the Southern Kings last week, with Louis Schreuder and Brandon Thomson providing backline cover on the replacements bench.

In the front-row Bongi Mbonambi starts at hooker with Scarra Ntubeni moving to the replacements bench where he will be joined by prop forwards Oli Kebble and co-captain Frans Malherbe who are both returning from injury.

Locks Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit return after sitting out last week, whilst the only change to the loose trio sees Siya Kolisi return to the XV, with Rynhardt Elstadt and a fit-again Nizaam Carr on the bench.

Stormers head coach Robbie Fleck said that having so many players return before the play-offs has been a timely boost.

“It is great to have these players back in the mix for what is obviously a very important match,” he said.

“The team is intent on going out there and embracing the occasion of playing a Vodacom Super Rugby quarter-final at DHL Newlands,” he said.

The Chiefs have named their side that will face the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday, with Stephen Donald starting at inside centre.

Due to an injury to Seta Tamanivalu, Donald comes in at number 12 and joins Anton Lienert-Brown in the midfield for the win-or-bust clash.

Elsewhere in the backs, Sam McNicol is preferred ahead of Toni Pulu on the right wing while Brad Weber is back as the starting scrum-half.

Kane Hames, Nathan Harris and Atu Moli form the front-row while Dominic Bird and Brodie Retallick will continue their solid lock partnership.

With Liam Messam injured, Tom Sanders shifts over to number eight and is joined in the back row by Taleni Seu and co-captain Sam Cane.

The Teams:

Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger (cc), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Ezebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Alistair Vermaak
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe (cc), 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Nizaam Carr, 22 Louis Schreuder, 23 Brandon Thomson

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sam McNicol, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (cc), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Sam Cane (cc), 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Mitchell Graham, 19 Tevita Koloamatangi, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Toni Pulu, 23 Shaun Stevenson

Date: Saturday, July 23
Venue: DHL Newlands
Kick-off: 19:00 local (17:00 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Referees: Jaco van Heerden, AJ Jacobs
TMO: Johan Greeff


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