In the first of the weekend’s SA derbies, defending champions, the Bulls travel down to Newlands to meet the Stormers.
Will the Stormers and new coach Rassie Erasmus start a turn around of last seasons 10th position with an opening round win over the Bulls.
Will the Bulls be able to get their defence of the trophy off to a winning start, despite losing some big names in the off season?
Kick-off in Cape town at 17:00 SA Time.
Referee: Willie Roos (South Africa)
TJ’s: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Linston Manuels (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Starting XV: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Gcobani Bobo, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 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.
Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Adriaan Fondse, 19 Ross Skeate, 20 Bolla Conradie, 21 Joe Pietersen, 22 Dylan des Fountain.
Starting XV: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 John Mametsa, 13 JP Nel, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Derick Hougaard, 9 Fourie du Preez (captain), 8 Pedrie Wannenburg, 7 Wikus van Heerden, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Danie Rossouw, 3 Rayno Gerber, 2 Derick Kuün, 1 Gurthrö Steenkamp.
Replacements: 16 James van der Walt, 17 Jaco Engels, 18 Werner Kruger, 19. Dewald Potgieter, 20 Heini Adams, 21 Morné Steyn, 22 Marius Delport
Note: The Stormers received a timely boost on Friday when an arbitrator of the judicial committee of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) cleared prop Brian Mujati to play against the Bulls in a Super 14 match at Newlands today.Tweet