Stormers make one change for Blues at Newlands

The Stormers have named their team for their first home match of the 2015 Super Rugby season which is against the Blues at Newlands on Saturday.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has made just one change to the starting team that beat the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld last weekend.

Second rower Jean Kleyn will miss the action this weekend due to injury so young gun and lock-cum-flank Jurie van Vuuren who came on as replacement against the Bulls gets a starting place.

In a further change to the 23-man squad that played away last Saturday, fit-again Springbok loose forward Siya Kolisi comes in for Van Vuuren in the No.19 shirt – meaning Michael Rhodes and Rynhardt Elstadt will cover at lock whilst giving the hosts two explosive back-row options from the bench in the process.

“Frans Malherbe and Kobus van Wyk are not quite there yet (in terms of fitness), but, that said, it’s great to be able to reward our players (with selection) after last week’s performance,” said coach Allister Coetzee.

“Losing Jean is a blow, in terms of continuity, but we didn’t want to risk him – after all it’s a long season.”

Saturday will see skipper Duane Vermeulen play his 100th Super Rugby match (80th for the Stormers since 2009, along with 20 matches for the Cheetahs between 2007 and 2008) in a Stormers starting XV that boasts a total of 402 Super Rugby caps (256 caps amongst the forwards and 146 in the backline).

“Our youngsters put their hands up last week and I expect the same from them again this Saturday, at home at Newlands where we have a very good and proud record,” said Coetzee.

“It’s important that the players understand the need to back up last week’s performance against a very experienced Blues team. Someone like Tony Woodcock has played almost 150 Super Rugby games and over 100 Test matches, whereas our tight five, combined, does not boast even 90 Super Rugby appearances.

“We’re expecting a massive onslaught from the Blues on Saturday, but it’s great to be back at home and we look forward to being in front of our home fans at Newlands,” added the Stormers boss.

Stormers , 15. Cheslin Kolbe , 14. Johnny Kotze , 13. Juan de Jongh (vice-captain) , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Dillyn Leyds , 10. Demetri Catrakilis , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen (captain) – 100th Super Rugby match , 7. Michael Rhodes , 6. Rynhardt Elstadt , 5. Ruan Botha , 4. Jurie van Vuuren , 3. Vincent Koch , 2. Scarra Ntubeni , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16. Bongi Mbonambi , 17. Oli Kebble , 18. Wilco Louw , 19. Siya Kolisi , 20. Nizaam Carr , 21. Louis Schreuder , 22. Kurt Coleman , 23. Huw Jones

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