Rassie Erasmus has been forced to make adjustments to his injury-hit team, for their Super 14 Round Four match against the Reds at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Saturday, reports Rugby 365
Having failed to win a match in their first three starts, having scored just one try and having not scored a single point in their last 120 minutes of rugby, the Stormers coach is desperate for a drastic turnaround in fortunes.The most notable changes are to his pack, which suffered a further setback at training in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Springbok hooker Tiaan Liebenberg was ruled out of the four-match Australasian tour with a groin injury.
Erasmus had planned to start Schalk Brits in the No.2 jersey and play Liebenberg off the bench – after the latter had started in the first three rounds.
However, following the result of scans, which revealed the seriousness of the groin injury, it was decided that Liebenberg must return home to South Africa for rehabilitation.
Western Province Vodacom Cup hooker Deon Fourie will fly over to Brisbane to provide cover on the bench and will make his Super 14 debut if he gets game time.
In other changes Luke Watson comes in at his preferred position of openside flank, with Robbie Diack staying at No.8 and Pieter Myburgh providing loose forward cover on the bench.
Watson was a late withdrawal, with flu, from the side that lost 0-22 to the Crusaders last week – having played at No.8 in the earlier rounds.
Diack, Francois Louw and Myburgh were the loose forwards last week.
Stormers: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Gcobani Bobo, 12 Jean De Villiers (captain), 11 Sireli Naqelevuki, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Robbie Diack, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Luke Watson, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 JD Moller.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Ross Skeate, 19 Pieter Myburgh, 20 Bolla Conradie, 21 Gio Aplon, 22 Dylan Des Fountain.
Date: Saturday, 8 March
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 19.05 (09.05 GMT)
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Lyndon Bray (New Zealand), Simon Moore (Australia)
Television match official: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)
Assessor: Gus Erickson (Australia)