TAUTE RETURNS AS BURGER LEADS STORMERS
DHL Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee has announced his starting line-up for Friday’s pre-season friendly against the Kings in Port Elizabeth (kick-off 19h00).
Flanker Schalk Burger will captain the team this week, with Jaco Taute lining up at fullback and Argentina lock Manuel Carizza making his first appearance for the DHL Stormers.
Taute will be joined in the back three by Scott van Breda – who scored the winning try in Polokwane last weekend – and Kobus van Wyk who gets another run in the No.14 jersey.
Squad captain Jean de Villiers gets a complete break this weekend, with Damian de Allende and Michael van der Spuy starting at centre and Nic Groom will start at scrumhalf in place of Louis Schreuder.
The only change up front this week sees Carizza – who is over his groin niggle – replace Ruan Botha in the No.5 jersey, whilst replacements Pat Cilliers (prop), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (loose forward) and Devon Williams (wing) join the extended matchday squad this week.
Lock Botha will sit out this week after taking a knock to his head against the Bulls, whilst coach Coetzee also revealed on Tuesday that centre Juan de Jongh would undergo a scope tomorrow after picking up a knee injury in Polokwane.
De Jongh will be out of action for at least six weeks.
The DHL Stormers team for Friday’s pre-season friendly (v the Kings) is as follows:
15. Jaco Taute, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Michael van der Spuy, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Scott van Breda, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger (captain), 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Manuel Carizza, 4. Rynhardt Elstadt, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff. Replacements: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Pat Cilliers, 19. Michael Rhodes, 20. Jean Kleyn, 21. Nizaam Carr, 22. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 23. Louis Schreuder, 24. Gary van Aswegen, 25. Pat Howard, 26. Devon Williams, 27. Ryno Eksteen
Referee: Stuart Berry