Senatla wings it for Stormers against Rebels

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has named his team to play the Melbourne Rebels at Newlands in Cape Town with Seabelo Senatla starting on the wing.

South African Sevens rugby star Senatla played Super Rugby for the Stormers last year and has now returned to the Cape Town franchise.

“It’s great to welcome Seabelo back from SA Sevens duty, as he did for us last season,” said coach Allister Coetzee on the Stormers site.

“He’s keen and excited to get stuck back in, as he said when he arrived back in the country, and Seabelo knows what we expect from him and why we have selected him.”

Meanwhile in other changes to the sides Louis Schreuder comes in for Nic Groom at scrumhalf and Scarra Ntubeni will start at hooker ahead of Bongi Mbonambi.

“The Rebels have beaten the Crusaders and the Brumbies away this year, so it shows their capacity as a team,” warned Coetzee.

“We need to pitch up for this weekend’s match – we need to bring attitude and ensure our physicality is spot-on. This is much-improved Rebels team; they’re a good team, they’re well-coached and we know we’re in for a tough time of it on Saturday.”


15. Cheslin Kolbe , 14. Seabelo Senatla , 13. Juan de Jongh (VC) , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Dillyn Leyds , 10. Demetri Catrakilis , 9. Louis Schreuder , 8. Duane Vermeulen (C) , 7. Siya Kolisi , 6. Schalk Burger , 5. Manuel Carizza , 4. Eben Etzebeth , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Scarra Ntubeni , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16. Bongi Mbonambi , 17. Ali Vermaak , 18. Vincent Koch , 19. Jean Kleyn , 20. Nizaam Carr , 21. Nic Groom , 22. Kurt Coleman , 23. Huw Jones

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