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Fourie takes over Stormers captaincy for Cheetahs


Deon Fourie will captain the Stormers this weekend

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Article Published: Wednesday 26 June 2013


The Stormers have named their team to face Cheetahs at Newlands in Cape Town with Deon Fourie taking over the captaincy for the injured Jean de Villiers.

Currie Cup-winning captain Fourie, who will wear the No.7 jersey this weekend, takes over the team captaincy as regular captain Jean de Villiers has a sternum injury.

De Villiers, in turn, will be replaced in the No.13 jersey by fellow Bok Juan de Jongh in the only change to the starting line-up that defeated the Kings 19-11 on June 1.

Meanwhile, in two changes to the bench from the Stormers' last Super Rugby appearance, hooker Scarra Ntubeni and prop Ross Geldenhuys (on debut) replace Martin Bezuidenhout and Chris Heiberg, respectively.

"The Cheetahs have everything to play for. They're a good team, they've done well in the tournament and they have play-off possibilities," said Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee.

"They've developed a few Springboks in their squad, so they're a quality side. We know we're in for a tough game."

Speaking about the Stormers' last three Super Rugby matches, in what has been a tough season up until now, Coetzee added: "It's not a case of the competition being over for us. We're a proud Stormers team and, who knows, with some showers of blessings something might happen?

"We're definitely not happy with our (11th-place) position on the log, therefore, the next three games are really important to make sure we improve that.

"We have a proud record at home and we want to keep that intact," said the Stormers coach.

"The players are looking forward to the next three derbies and they're keen to play."

Stormers

15. Joe Pietersen , 14. Gio Aplon , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Bryan Habana , 10. Elton Jantjies , 9. Louis Schreuder , 8. Nizaam Carr , 7. Deon Fourie (captain) , 6. Siya Kolisi , 5. De Kock Steenkamp , 4. Eben Etzebeth , 3. Brok Harris , 2. Tiaan Liebenberg , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Reserves: , 16. Scarra Ntubeni , 17. Ross Geldenhuys (On debut for the Stormers) , 18. Gerbrandt Grobler , 19. Don Armand , 20. Dewaldt Duvenage , 21. Gary van Aswegen , 22. Gerhard van den Heever

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