Burger & De Villiers return for Stormers

The Stormers have named their team to play the Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday and have been able to include both vice-captain Schalk Burger and captain Jean de Villiers in the starting line up.

Burger missed last weekend’s 24-8 win over the Force, whilst De Villiers returns after a two-week lay-off. In total there are five changes to the side that beat he Western Force last weekend.

The return of De Villiers sees Springbok training squad member Damian de Allende shift back onto the right-wing, whilst Burger takes over the No.7 jersey from Siya Kolisi.

In other changes to the Stormers line-up this week, Kurt Coleman returns as the starting flyhalf and loosehead prop Alistair Vermaak – after two impressive performances from the bench – will make his first Super Rugby start.

Prop Brok Harris, loose forward Siya Kolisi, flyhalf Peter Grant and wing Kobus van Wyk all drop down to the replacements bench this week, where they are joined by prop Oli Kebble who is back after sitting out with concussion for two weeks.

The Stormers and Cheetahs have met 12 times since 2006, with the Stormers winning eight games and the Cheetahs emerging victorious on four occasions.

“We learned a few lessons from our defeat last time out,” said , coach Allister Coetzee

“On that occasion we gave the Cheetahs too much space when they ran the ball.

“We allowed them to get into that space, which you cannot do against them as they have players like Willie le Roux who will punish you. We must close up that space better than we did in Bloemfontein.”


15. Jaco Taute , 14. Damian de Allende , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Jean de Villiers (captain) , 11. Cheslin Kolbe , 10. Kurt Coleman , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen , 7. Schalk Burger (vice-captain) , 6. Nizaam Carr , 5. Ruan Botha , 4. Michael Rhodes , 3. Pat Cilliers , 2. Deon Fourie , 1. Alistair Vermaak (Super Rugby starting debut for the Stormers)

Replacements: , 16. Stephan Coetzee , 17. Oli Kebble , 18. Brok Harris , 19. Jean Kleyn , 20. Siya Kolisi , 21. Dylon Frylinck (On Super Rugby debut for the Stormers) , 22. Peter Grant , 23. Kobus van Wyk

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