The Stormers have announced their side for their opening game of the season against the Bulls this weekend.
Rassie has taken a huge gamble with his bench relying on Joe Pietersen to cover both ten and fifteen. Another eyebrow raiser is the inclusion of Watson at eight, with Burger and Louw making up the loose trio. Liebenberg starts ahead of Brtiz, indicating Rassie is expecting a forward onslaught from the Bulls and that a greater emphasis on set pieces is more important than a flashy step.
Stormers – 15. Gio Aplon, 14. Tonderai Chavhanga, 13. Gcobani Bobo, 12. Jean de Viliiers (c), 11. Sireli Naqelevuki, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Ricky Januarie, 8. Luke Watson, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Francois van der Merwe, 3. Brian Mujati, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. JD Moller. Subs: 16. Schalk Brits, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Adriaan Fondse, 19. Ross Skeate, 20. Bolla Conradie, 21. Joe Pietersen, 22. Dylan Des Fountain.Tweet