Stormers make four changes for the Western Force

Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee has named a team with four changes to the side that beat the Waratahs for this weekend’s match against the Force in Perth.

Hooker Bongi Mbonambi, lock Ruan Botha, flanker Siya Kolisi and scrumhalf Louis Schreuder will all start this week, with prop Ali Vermaak and loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe the new faces on the bench.

Notshe joins the matchday 23 this week as a replacement for Kolisi, who will start at No.6 – with Schalk Burger moving across to No.7 – in the absence of Mike Rhodes, who flew home with a hamstring tear suffered against the Waratahs last weekend.

The only other injury-enforced change from the Waratahs game – won 32-18 by the Stormers – is Botha in for Manuel Carizza in the No.5 jersey, with the latter still battling with a cut on the inside of his mouth.

Hooker Scarra Ntubeni and scrumhalf Nic Groom will provide an impact from the bench this week as the Stormers chase a second successive win on tour, before they return to South Africa for five home matches – at Newlands – in seven weeks.

The Stormers and the Western Force have met on four previous occasions in Perth, with the Men from the Cape tasting victory three times and losing by one point in 2010.


15. Cheslin Kolbe , 14. Kobus van Wyk , 13. Juan de Jongh (c) , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Dillyn Leyds , 10. Demetri Catrakilis , 9. Louis Schreuder , 8. Nizaam Carr , 7. Schalk Burger (vc) , 6. Siya Kolisi , 5. Ruan Botha , 4. Eben Etzebeth , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Bongi Mbonambi , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: , 16. Scarra Ntubeni , 17. Ali Vermaak , 18. Vincent Koch , 19. Jean Kleyn , 20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe , 21. Nic Groom , 22. Kurt Coleman , 23. Huw Jones

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